Safety Manager - Power Plant
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Lorton, VA 
Posted 1 month ago
Job Description

Job Overview:


Reporting to the Facility Manager and the Regional Safety Manager, the Safety Manager role will span strategic, tactical, and transformational safety and health management activities.  In addition to managing the facility’s safety program, the Safety Manager will oversee the employee training program and assist with the daily execution of the facility safety and health activities. The Safety Manager will also be called upon to contribute to the broader facility management team and provide leadership to process improvement and best practice deployment, demonstrating the right values and behaviors with high emotional intelligence in working with a disbursed stakeholder base, often on critical schedule projects.  You may be asked to help mentor or assist other Safety Program Managers at other locations or to help develop and implement corporate initiatives.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Actively lead in the management of the facility’s health and safety programs, processes, and policies.
  • Monitor regulatory compliance, maintain facility safety records, compliance with Covanta safety program requirements, and OSHA VPP efforts.
  • Implement, motivate, educate, and enforce Covanta’s safety and health policies.
  • Manage the safety training program and ensure training is completed on applicable safety bulletins, memos, Safety Alerts, safety, and health procedures/programs, etc.
  • With facility management, oversee contractor safety and health performance.  Ensure contractors are properly trained, use appropriate tools and equipment.
  • Continually monitor the performance and effectiveness of the facility safety program and implement adjustments and improvements as needed.
  • Actively monitor work safety in the field on a very frequent basis.  Conduct formal and informal safety reviews and follow-up reporting.  When necessary, stop potential unsafe behaviors in the field when observed and coach employees on the proper method.  Also provide positive recognition for safe behaviors.
  • Work with plant personnel to secure accident scenes when appropriate, ensure the medical treatment of affected employee and/or contract employee, and investigate near miss, first aid, recordable injuries, on site vehicle incidents or incidents related to plant vehicles, and general safety concerns.  Assist/Coordinate recommendations for corrective actions and track to completion.  Manage accident investigations, root cause analyses, and related reporting.
  • Work with plant personnel and contractors to ensure fire system inspection, testing, and functionality.
  • Primary contact with the plant’s health clinic.  Schedule annual physical exams, hearing tests, and/or respirator evaluations.



  • Bachelor’s degree (ideally in a safety and health or science-related area)
  • Working knowledge of OSHA 1910 and 1926, or related state safety and health regulations in a Power Plant, Waste to Energy, Industrial or related field.
  • 3 to 5 years Safety Experience as a leader including developing and implementation of policies, accident investigation, audits, etc
  • 5 years Occupational Health and Safety experience in a Power Plant or related field experience to include knowledge of operations and maintenance in an industrial/power plant environment.
  • Certified Safety Professional (CSP) preferred.


Physical Demands:

  • Regularly required to stand, sit, talk, hear, reach, stoop, and kneel
  • Use hands and fingers to operate a computer, telephone, and keyboard
  • Climb Ladders and structures
  • Tolerate heights, high temperatures, and work outside
  • Lift up to 25 pounds
  • Have the ability to don and wear a negative pressure respirator in accordance with OSHA Regulation 29 CFR 1910.134
  • Ability to wear required PPE for the job and the assigned task


What Covanta Offers You:

  • Health Care Benefits - start 1st day of employment
  • Wellness Program Incentives & Rewards
  • 401k - match up to 7%
  • Paid Time Off (Vacation & Holiday)
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Short-Term & Long-Term Disability Benefits
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Employee Referral Bonus

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Job Summary
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
3+ years
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