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Health and Safety Manager

Role: Full-time

About Plenty

Plenty is on a mission to make fresh, pesticide-free fruits and vegetables more accessible to everyone. Our cutting-edge indoor, vertical farms produce extraordinary yields using a fraction of the land and water outdoor farms need. Nutrient-rich, mouth-watering and locally grown, our crops help people, communities and our planet to be healthier and more resilient.

The people and teams who make up Plenty are at the core of how we do this. We are a collaborative and innovative bunch. We are passionate about our contributions to Plenty, the communities around us and our planet, but never take ourselves too seriously. We’re down to Earth, we grow together, and we always find a way. Most importantly, we’re here to improve the lives of plants, people and our planet.

About the role

In this role, you will be responsible for developing and implementing Plenty’s safety programs to minimize the risk of work-related accidents and ensure a culture where employees are aware of and enthusiastically follow safe work practices. Key responsibilities include policy and program development, monitoring employees, contractors and third-party vendors for safety culture and compliance. Reporting to the Senior Health & Safety Manager, with dotted-line reporting to the site General Manager, you will help employees work safely and become a resource for managers, supervisors and employees on Health and Safety priorities. As the Safety and Health Manager, you will also implement, support, and execute Plenty’s EHS and COVID-19 programs. We are looking for a collaborator who is mission-oriented, organized, proactive, data-driven, has a high-level of personal accountability and can balance competing priorities at once.

What you'll do:

  • EHS Site Support
    • Lead the Site Safety Committee where observed hazards, near misses and incidents are discussed, solutions identified and opportunities for communication on current safety topics are provided
    • Develop and direct emergency response and response planning, being a primary resource for employees and the company during emergency events, including but not limited to fires, earthquakes, personnel injuries and chemical releases
    • Lead or participate in incident investigations to help determine containment, causation, solution and verification of implemented solutions using plenty’s Root Cause Analysis (RCA) process
    • Apply knowledge of Health & Safety principles and regulations to review equipment, ensuring that new or modified equipment meets team and food safety standards
    • Coordinate or conduct Health and Safety training courses which meet the regulatory and safety culture requirements of the site
    • Maintain site Health & Safety compliance documentation including, but not limited to, chemical inventories, SDS sheets, CUPA information and Cal-OSHA logs
    • Provide guidance to and interface with vendors handling Hazardous Waste disposal, interact with local and state regulatory agency representatives to provide requested information and maintain positive relationships
    • Interact with insurance representatives (Claims adjusters, loss control representatives, brokers) to provide requested information, ensure proper handling of Workers’ Compensation claims and negotiate compliance with recommendations
    • Manage the site Permit To Work process to ensure vendors’ activities are not harmful to Plenty’s employees or their own staff
    • Organize and support the Senior Manager EH&S in maintaining EHS programs and policies across sites via ETQ and Change Control
    • Provide a safe workplace by inspecting emergency response equipment and assisting during periodic audits
    • Assist in the development of training matrices/guidelines and implementation of the hands-on training process
    • Complete miscellaneous tasks and data collection as required to support the continuous improvement of all functional groups
  • Lead and continue to implement Plenty’s COVID Program and Policies
    • Develop a strong understanding of CDC, OSHA, WHO, federal/state/local COVID-19 policies and translate them into Plenty’s internal COVID-19 Policies along with guidance and approval from Legal, People Ops and Safety leadership
  • Travel up to 25% of the time
  • Other duties as assigned

What you’ll bring to the table

  • Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree in Safety Studies, Human Factors, Environmental Studies, Chemistry, Biology, Engineering or a similar field and 5+ years of relevant work experience
  • Strong chemical safety background is preferred
  • Experience building structure for a Health and Safety department (design & implement SOPs, improve existing processes & systems) is highly preferred
  • Excellent project management/coordination/organizational skills and ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Excellent collaboration and interpersonal skills to partner closely with cross-functional teams
  • Calm under pressure and a rational thinker who responds quickly to complex and urgent situations
  • Ability to maintain order and control in a crisis
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills with the ability to effectively communicate with employees and outside vendors
  • Flexibility and adaptability; ability to successfully work under pressure, respond to shifting needs and manage multiple tasks at one time; a willingness to pitch in wherever needed

Type of role

Full-Time On-Site

What we can offer

  • Compensation: we’ll pay you a competitive wage, give you a stake in the company via equity and contribute toward your 401K
  • Health & well-being: we’ll invest in your physical and mental well-being with comprehensive medical, dental, & vision benefits from day one, in-office gyms, and an Employee Assistance Program to help with mental health, financial & legal matters
  • Food: in-office lunches, snacks and access to our leafy greens & new produce in development -- are you up for a side gig as a taste tester?
  • Grow together: learning & development opportunities including unlimited access to our Upstart University platform, LinkedIn Learning, lunch & learns, training certifications, and more
  • Equipment: we’ll provide you with the equipment you need to be successful, including $75/month toward your phone bill and $250 every 2 years to upgrade your phone
  • Paid time off: unlimited PTO
  • Parental leave: 12 weeks off for all new parents - fully paid so you can focus your energy on your newest addition

Food Safety Requirements

  • Comply with all Plant, State and Federal OSHA, EPA, FDA, HACCP, and SQF regulations