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Morristown, New Jersey
United States
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IH Manager/Coordinator: Multi-site
Safety Manager/Coordinator: Multi-site
Safety Corporate Director/Manager
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Experience level:
6-10 years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree
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Safety Manager

Covanta is a world leader in sustainable waste management and renewable energy. Covanta's 45 Energy-from-Waste (EfW) facilities provide communities and businesses around the world with an environmentally sound solution to their solid waste disposal needs by using waste to generate clean, renewable energy. Covanta is a listed company under the symbol CVA.

Annually, Covanta's modern Energy-from-Waste facilities safely and securely convert approximately 20 million tons of waste into 9 million megawatt hours of clean renewable electricity and almost 9 billion pounds of steam that are sold to a variety of industries. Covanta's facilities also recover 400,000 tons of metal per year for recycling.

To learn more about how Covanta's facilities provide sustainable waste management for the communities it serves, visit www.covanta.com. Information on our facilities is available on our website. Covanta is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Reporting to the VP of Safety and Health, the Safety Manager will influence and optimize health and safety regulatory compliance and program performance for a growing domestic and international enterprise, including multiple facilities currently throughout the US, Canada and Ireland. 

In this newly created role, you will review and provide impactful instruction and leadership related to quarterly facility improvement plans for enterprise organization, in conjunction with Corporate and Regional Safety personnel and the field operations teams.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Goals and focus on reduction of accidents and commitment to an injury free workplace, management of industrial hygiene monitoring programs and related medical surveillance protocols and programs, implementation of regulatory/Corporate programs and enterprise-wide safety program improvements.
  • Develop new corporate programs and conduct annual facility audits outside the assigned region including implementation of the Covanta STEP-UP Program.
  • Foster the success of innovative safety management systems through strong relationships throughout the enterprise with the various leadership teams while identifying safety deficiencies and offering means for cost effective corrective action.
  • Develop and teach training courses in the field of safety management as needed;
  • Coordinate/ track medical surveillance program and lead exposures;
  • Researching special topics/equipment needs;
  • Outage planning and oversight/participation;
  • Industrial hygiene sampling, analysis and reporting data base tracking; accident investigation;
  • Fit testing;
  • JSA hazard identification;
  • Ergonomics evaluations and design changes;
  • Hazard control evaluation;
  • Program evaluation;
  • Active communication;
  • Evaluation of PPE selection;
  • Near miss reporting.

About Covanta's commitment to health and safety: 
Our commitment to health and safety helps us maintain consistent productivity and quality work that supports our reputation as a renewable energy leader in the Energy-from-Waste (EfW) sector. We maintain a comprehensive health and safety program at all facilities and operations. Our dedication to safety has resulted in a reduction in accident and incident rates, as well as fostering a work ethic that promotes the health and safety of every employee, contractor, visitor, customer and the communities we serve. We also reward our employees for engaging in proactive behavior that helps us to improve safety performance.

Employees Helping Employees to Stay Safe:
Our internal safety awareness initiatives combine targeted communications with specialized training to facilitate a greater commitment to safety in the workplace. We provide specialized training for new hires, and offer ongoing training for all employees (both field and corporate). Field employees receive at least 24 hours of training per year.

We also use peer mentoring and positive self-coaching as key elements in our safety programs. For example, when there is a near-miss injury, rather than taking punitive action, we focus on examining the behavior behind the event. Everyone benefits from a constructive analysis of the near miss, leading to greater awareness not only for the affected employee, but for the whole team.

Our Green Hard Hat program requires new employees to, literally, wear green hard hats so that they are easily identifiable to fellow employees who can provide guidance as to safe behaviors and protocols. All employees are empowered to take ownership of their own personal safety, as well as that of their peers.

Safety Excellence Programs and External Recognition:
The majority of our domestic facilities participate in the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Under VPP, management, labor and OSHA work together, establishing cooperative relationships at workplaces to implement comprehensive safety and health management systems.

Acceptance into VPP is OSHA’s official recognition of the outstanding efforts of employers and employees to achieve exemplary occupational safety and health policies, procedures and practices.

We are also very proud to be among the top 10 companies in the United States to enter the majority of our operating locations into the OSHA VPP STAR program. Covanta has led over 40 of our locations into the VPP STAR ranks of excellence.

Thirty-nine of our facilities and/or groups were awarded the Occupational Excellence Achievement Award in 2014 by the National Safety Council (NSC), an organization devoted to the promotion of safety in U.S. industry for more than 100 years. This award recognizes companies/facilities with lost-time injury rates equal to or less than half the rate of other companies within the same industry. We continue to underscore safety awareness and training as a key company priority. 


  • Bachelor in Occupational Health & Safety or similar degree in science, engineering, industrial hygiene
  • Exceptional candidates without a Bachelor's degree may also be considered
  • Graduate degree preferred


  • Minimum of eight years experience in the ‘health and safety/Experience with OSHA, ANSI, ASME, NFPA and DOT regulations and requirements

Certifications preferred:
CSP, CIH and/ or ARM

Willing and able to travel as needed, current estimates are about 50-60% 

Skills & Knowledge: 

  • Word processing, database, spreadsheet and PowerPoint skills
  • Knowledge of OSHA, ANSI, ASME, NFPA and DOT regulations and requirements
  • Excellent statistical and analytical skills
  • Knowledge of Continuous Improvement techniques and methods for minimizing Human Error
  • Passionate about innovation and behavioral change
  • Authority on safety management systems and organizational development/optimization