Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) Manager

January 6, 2022
Walla Walla, Washington

Walla Walla Foundry is one of the largest contemporary fine-art foundries in the world. Established in 1980, it now employs over 100 people and produces work in a range of materials and through multiple processes. The foundry casts in various alloys, including bronze, copper, brass, and stainless steel. It also produces work in wood, resin, glass, and wax. It houses an advanced technological infrastructure encompassing a digital design and modeling department, multiple paint booths, high resolution five axis CNC machines, 3D Printing, 3D scanning, and high precision water jet cutting services. Walla Walla Foundry was recently featured in the New York Times and described by artist Jim Dine as an “extension of the artist’s hand.”

Walla Walla is located in the southeast corner of Washington State, nestled at the base of the Blue Mountains. Surrounded by rolling wheat fields and vineyards, Walla Walla is known for its iconic downtown, easy access to the outdoors and world-class wine and restaurants.

Walla Walla Foundry has experienced substantial growth over the past few years. Our production processes, procedures and technologies have seen significant growth and change. The purpose of this important role is to dedicate a resource to lead the next level advancement of the Foundry safety system. The EHS Manager will approach the assessment of our current safety system from a place of process and legal compliance to improve and enhance current safety practices, as well as create and introduce new safety and compliance programs. To be successful in this role, the EHS Manager will bring clarity and consistency to the Foundry safety system, while supporting the overall manufacturing process.


  • Partner with the Foundry leadership team and an EHS consultant to assess, define and deliver an overall EHS program consistent with OSHA and Washington State Labor and Industry standards. This includes:
    • Updating/creating/writing safety policy, standard operating procedures, JHAs and other documents
    • Facilitation of annual safety training requirements and new hire safety training including assessment of current programs, new program creation, coordination/delivery of training and recordkeeping
  • Manage facility environmental compliance, including:
    • Consistent and accurate data sampling
    • Accurate recording and interpretation of data, based on a professional understanding of NIOSH and WAC codes
    • EHS recordkeeping requirements for permit and regulatory compliance (i.e. CAA, SARA, RCRA)
    • Serve as a company liaison with WA DOE, WISHA, City of Walla Walla, and other agencies
    • Review new chemical requirements for EHS impacts, provide use/storage/disposal guidance along with training, and maintain Safety Data Sheet (SDS) database for facility.
    • Update process documents and employee training, as needed
  • Work with Project Managers and Foundry staff to document department standard operating procedures, giving appropriate weight to safety considerations. Seek process and/or safety improvement opportunities
  • Assess and implement processes and new technologies to support the maintenance, tracking and delivery of ongoing safety related events (ex. Annual training, annual drills, annual compliance activities, etc.)
  • Organize and facilitate Foundry Safety Committee
  • Lead and conduct proactive and reactive risk/hazard/job assessments, mitigations and incident investigations
  • Coordinate with HR regarding workers comp and return to work administration
  • Seek opportunities for continuous EHS improvement while supporting the overall manufacturing engineering functions within the facility.
  • Lead and/or participate in Foundry projects to drive improvement supporting a strong EHS culture
  • Assess EHS staffing needs; propose path forward which could include hiring and supervising additional EHS staff
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Serve as a subject matter and technical resource, providing expertise and guidance
  • Collaborate with other Foundry and external resources including President, HR Manager, Facility Manager, Project Managers, Safety Committee reps, outside consultants, other agency representatives and employees
  • Possess and maintain a current knowledge of EHS laws and regulations—be able to interpret, explain and implement Foundry policies and procedures to meet or exceed requirements
  • Be a skilled planner—able to accurately scope out length of difficulty of tasks and projects, set objectives and goals and delivers quality work in a timely matter
  • Be an outstanding communicator—possess excellent verbal skills as well as the ability to write formal letters, technical documents and create training presentations. Bilingual in English/Spanish a plus
  • Be able to work independently, with strong self-management and organization skills, pursuing work objectives with appropriate energy and empathy
  • Bring a creative, problem-solving approach that integrates safety with manufacturing and production needs
Bachelor’s degree in Safety or Industrial Engineering, EHS or other related field, with at least 4 years of progressive experience in areas related to environment, health and safety OR a combination of education/experience

Previous experience should include:
  • Experience in areas related to environment, health and safety in a manufacturing or industrial environment—experience with welding, foundry or paint operations a plus
  • Experience developing and delivering effective and engaging safety training
  • Experience interfacing with regulatory agencies

This position spends time in the manufacturing environment which can be loud, dirty, dusty and/or have swings in temperatures. Must be able climb stairs and ladders. PPE required and worn daily includes ear protection, safety glasses/goggles, sturdy work boots. Also must be able tow work at a computer, keyboard and operate office equipment.   

This is an onsite position.  Remote/virtual work is not an option for this role.  Regular Foundry working hours are 7 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Additional work time beyond these hours, depending on project load may be required. 

Walla Walla Foundry benefits include a generous health/dental/vision care package (health insurance paid 100% by the Foundry for employee, 50% for dependents), 401(k) Plan with employer retirement match. Other employer paid benefits include life insurance and Long-Term Disability, and paid time off. Salary DOE.


Complete the online application through the link below to attach your resume (required). Introductory letter is optional but highly encouraged.

Walla Walla Foundry requires a post-offer drug test (screen includes THC) and background check.

The Walla Walla Foundry is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, citizenship, sex, marital status, military or veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, political ideology, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law.

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Company Name:

Walla Walla Foundry


$85,000 - $130,000 Per Year

Job Category:

EHS Single-site, Safety Single-site, EHS - West Coast region

Position Type:

Full Time


5 - 10 years


Bachelor's Degree

Industry Segments

Manufacturing - Miscellaneous