Safety and Compliance Director

January 20, 2022
Charlotte, North Carolina

Are you ready to be part of a passionate and hard-working team eager to drive our business forward? Discover an exciting Career with Airgas!

Airgas USA, LLC, a Fortune 500, $6B organization is planning for continued growth. As the largest distributor of welding, medical and specialty gases and hard goods in the United States, Airgas has the versatility to provide the best solution at the best value, direct to our customers. Bring your competitive drive and ability to work in a fast-paced, results oriented environment to Airgas!

Airgas USA, LLC is hiring a Safety and Compliance Director in the Charlotte, NC Area!!

The primary function of this position is to promote safety and safety initiatives throughout regional company and coordinate these efforts with all branch locations and other facilities within the business unit. This position is responsible for loss control prevention, reporting, investigation, and follow-up, relative to vehicle accidents, personal injury accidents, property damage, near-miss incidents, and customer incidents involving Airgas supplied products. This position must lead the efforts in the effective supervision, management, motivation and training of all Airgas associates in areas of personal safety, health, regulatory compliance, and environmental concerns. The Safety and Compliance Director is also responsible for ensuring that annual audits/facility reviews are performed for all facilities, in order to assess compliance with Airgas Safety Policies and Procedures, as well as Federal and State regulatory compliance requirements. This position is charged with the responsibility of implementing and maintaining the directives of Airgas' policies and procedures.

● Provide environmental, health, and safety expertise to ensure compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local regulations.
● Perform periodic safety and compliance audits for facilities within the region.
● Ensure the proper reporting, investigation, and corrective action for vehicle accidents,
personal injury accidents, property damage, near-miss incidents, and customer incidents involving Airgas supplied products.
● Promote the effective supervision, management, motivation and training of all Airgas
associates in areas of personal safety, health, regulatory compliance, and environmental concerns.
● Ensure compliance with Airgas’ safety programs, policies, and procedures.
● Complete periodic and one-time safety and compliance reports in a timely fashion.
● Work with the safety team to implement consistent, standardized processes and policies where appropriate.
● Conduct facility audits to ensure compliance with the Airgas Safety Program and detect existing or potential accident and health hazards. Recommends corrective or preventative measures and work with management to develop and implement improvements.
● Coach and guide associates and managers regarding safety compliance issues.
● Devises, supervises, and coordinates training programs or media which will increase
proficiency in safe practices and promote safety consciousness.
● Provide training, or schedule training by others, and provide updates of the training
requirements as they change.
● Assure that safety meeting and training attendance are properly documented, in accordance with Airgas procedures and regulatory agency requirements.
● Address specific reporting and record keeping requirements of the EPA, DOT, OSHA, and FDA, as well as other pertinent safety/regulatory compliance matters.
● Develop, implement and manage safety programs Coordinate the efforts of the Safety and Incident Review Committees to reduce the frequency and severity of accidents and injuries.
● Monitor monthly safety meetings and training conducted at facility locations. Compile
reports addressing the efforts and effectiveness of the local meetings, to both regional and local management.
● Direct the compliance efforts in the area of Compressed Medical Gas operations to assure compliance with the FDA. This will include annual reviews of manufacturing facilities, and the training and certification of employees.
● Responsible for all environmentally-related regulatory compliance efforts including the
provisions of SARA, RMP, and Waste Management.
● Attend facility audits conducted by the corporate safety department at locations within the region.
● Work closely with the operations group to ensure manufacturing and distribution activities are performed in a safe manner in compliance with applicable company policies and
● Direct compliance efforts in the area of the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
● Coordinate security activities and protocols in support of DOT, Homeland Security, and other regulatory initiatives.
● Prepare state, federal, and local environmental, health, and safety reports as required.
● Willingness to travel 50% of the time throughout region.

● Other duties and projects as assigned.

● Bachelor’s degree from four-year college or university in Safety, Engineering, or related technical field, or 3 years of related experience and/or training or equivalent combination of education and experience.
● 5 - 7 years of experience in the safety management of an industrial manufacturing and/or distribution company, or 3 years of safety management experience and a Certified Safety Professional, Associate Safety Professional, or similar safety accreditation.
● Working knowledge of Safety and OSHA regulations required.

● Strong proficiency in MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Experience in Access is a plus.
● Must be able to qualify as a member of Airgas Emergency Response Organization/ Hazmat Team.
● Ability to be “on call” 24/7 for emergencies and to respond to DOT- related questions
associated with the shipment of hazardous materials.
● Proven ability to work independently and as part of a team.
● Highly motivated self-starter, who can effectively prioritize, multi-task and manage to
accomplish objectives within tight deadlines.
● Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
● Outstanding communication skills including written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills.
● Ability to perform extensive travel for training, auditing, and incident review purposes.
● Ability to perform work during prolonged standing up to 8 hours or more; frequent bending,
stooping, crouching, reaching, grasping, feeling and repetitive motion also required.
● Must be able to work outdoors in a wide range of temperatures and weather conditions.
● Must possess the personality, enthusiasm and commitment to Airgas core values that
promote cooperation and respect.
● The nature of this position demands discretion, good judgment, and prompt, accurate
decision-making, as well as the management of complex situations.
● Must be able to operate in a drug-free workplace.

EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability
Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, or disability

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$105,000 - $125,000 Per Year

Job Category:

Safety Multi-site, EHS - Southeast region

Position Type:

Full Time


5 - 10 years


Bachelor's Degree

Industry Segments

Chemicals, Distribution / Warehousing, Environmental Services, Manufacturing - Miscellaneous, Oil & Gas - E&P, Transportation/Logistics Services