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Lexington, Kentucky
United States
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Construction Safety
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11-15 years
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Bachelor's Degree
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Health & Safety Manager - Programs

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The Manager of Health & Safety Programs will direct and coordinate technical operational risk management (ORM) duties as well as manage Enterprise wide Health and Safety Programs, Systems Development, Near Miss Programs, Job Safety Analysis, and Computerize Safety Enterprise Systems, which will be implemented by way of company-wide Operations and KYAW & TNAW.

Responsible for managing the health and safety program and supporting systems and databases to reduce injury and illness frequency in accordance with established company strategy, goals and targets. Program activities also assure compliance with Federal Occupational Health and Safety (OSHA) regulations, State OSHA regulations, Federal and State Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) programs, Department of Transportation regulations as applicable and local regulations when they apply.

Accountable for the performance and results of employees within a departmental area. Make decisions that are guided by and interpreted through policies, procedures and business plan.

Directly performs health, safety, emergency response, business continuity and some environmental (e.g. Risk Management Plan (RMP)  duties that includes technical direction for state based safety staff, implementation and execution of companywide safety programs, providing technical content for health and safety training, inspecting/auditing, development of safety awareness/recognition programs, behavior based safety programs and activities, safety practices and procedures, accident investigations with root cause analysis and corrective actions, selection and implementation of computer based data bases and programs, database management, recordkeeping and medical surveillance.

Develops and manages OPEX and CAPEX budgets to support these programs. Maintains records, supporting systems and associated metrics for safety performance and prepares periodic reports as required by regulation or AW. Supports the Claims Center of Expertise by providing investigation and incident analysis for workers’ compensation issues. This position will direct technical duties of state staff and work closely with other ORM staff to execute consistent AW programs. Interfaces with all levels of management in order to assure that programs are carried out in accordance with company policy, practices, goals and targets. This position will support KYAW & TNAW and companywide safety programs.

Knowledge / Skills: 

  • Knowledge of and familiarity with health and safety program management and OSHA regulatory requirements with increased opportunities to apply expertise across disciplines or organizational areas required.
  • Generates trust and recognition as a coach and people leader required,
  • Water Industry Knowledge preferred
  • Emergency response and incident management preferred
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules and regulations, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals required.
  • Ability to write reports and correspondence and communicate information through verbally.
  • Ability to solve practical problems and respond to employee and public complaints effectively. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.
  • Must be able to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.
  • Ability to technically manage staff of professionals
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision
  • Ability to work well in a cooperative team environment, participate routinely in multi-disciplinary projects and activities
  • Ability to recognize and deal appropriately with confidential and sensitive information.
  • Particular areas or experience desired: knowledge of OSHA, Federal, State and Local regulations as applicable for a utility or construction environment desired.


  • Building Effective Teams
  • Hiring and Staffing
  • Managerial Courage
  • Motivating Others
  • Peer Relationships

Experience / Education: 

  • At least seven (7) years experience with at least three (3) years experience managing people.
  • Demonstrated experience in development, management and delivery of health and safety programs
  • A bachelor’s level degree from an accredited college or university in a safety health related field study or an equivalent combination of undergraduate education
  • Ten (10) + years experience in a utility, construction or industrial setting that provides the knowledge and exposure to the fundamental theories, principles and concepts of the field.
  • Certifications & Licenses: At least one relevant/related nationally recognized professional certification required; Safety related certifications, e.g., CIH, CSP, are preferred.

Travel Requirements: Approximately 20% overnight travel is anticipated in this position. 

Work Environment: 

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and in outside weather conditions and could include a work environment where possible exposure to wet and/or humid conditions and chemicals exists.
  • The employee occasionally works at elevation, in confined spaces and in a construction environment.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet but there may be instances of potential noise exposure.

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