Safety Engineer

December 2, 2021
Cantonment, Florida

Ascend Performance Materials is the premium provider of high-quality chemicals, fibers and plastics. With world scale integrated manufacturing facilities, we are able to develop new products from our core technologies and provide flexibility to respond to the expanding needs of our customers. Ascend has global sales and distribution with five manufacturing facilities in the United States.

We have an exciting opportunity for a talented individual to be a part of our Environmental, Safety, Security and Health (ESSH) team at our Pensacola Plant located in Cantonment, FL. The ideal candidate will be responsible for assisting the site to drive to achieve best-in-class occupational safety performance while maintaining compliance with applicable OSHA safety regulations.

The Safety Engineer is responsible for comprehensive safety activities with an understanding of OSHA standards for general industry, Process Safety Management (PSM), data analysis, and reporting of ESSH data to key stakeholder. The position works in conjunction with the Safety/IH/Medical Service Manager to develop, implement, and monitor programs for all safety standards, systems, and work processes. The Safety Engineer creates value by facilitating risk assessments and works with our employees to develop solutions to mitigate or eliminate risks that meet or exceed regulatory, company, and industry


· Assist the manager – Safety/IH/Medical Services with tasks to assure compliance and reduce the risk of incidents

· Works closely with his/her manager and team to deliver and maintain OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) and Responsible Care (RC 14001) systems

· Participate in emerging issues identification, analysis, and resolution as warranted

· Participate as a core member of the site ESSH team in any other capacity necessary to maintain and improve ESSH programs, policies, systems, and initiatives for the site and/or company

· Builds partnerships with Operations, Maintenance, and Technology to deliver sustaninable ESSH performance


· Identifies and corrects at-risk behaviors when observed

· Perform safety housekeeping audits as directed/needed

· Assist with incident data management to analyze and report out key ESSH statistics

· Responsible for publishing a site wide ESSH monthly report

· Perform Life Critical Procedure (LOTO, fall protection, confined space entry permit, etc.) audits and as directed/needed

· Review and modify Safety Procedures as needed

· Assist with Pre-Start Up Safety Reviews (PSSR’s) as needed

· Coach, mentor, audit, and train to the site’s Hazard Recognition Plus™ (HRP) Thought Process

· Learn and become an HRP coach, perform HRP audits, and coach at every opportunity

· Provide general guidance for Process Safety Management (PSM) issues within facility

Site Safety/Industrial Hygiene/Medical Services Manager with a dotted line to Director of Operations


· Bachelor of Science degree in safety related field

· Minimum of two (2) years of experience in chemical industry, oil refining, industrial manufacturing and/or heavy construction environment working as a degreed safety professional

· Demonstrated commitment to safety and health practices and standards

· General safety program management with strong knowledge and understanding of OSHA and other industry related safety regulations required

· Knowledge and understanding of Process Safety Management (PSM) concepts; prior experience with PSM is a plus

· Certified Safety Professional (CSP) or desire/ability to eventually obtain the CSP designation


· Basic knowledge of OSHA Standards to include (confined space, LOTO, Recordability, fall protection, NFPA 70E, etc.)

· Proactive leadership and team-building skills with the ability to work effectively at all levels of the organization, including contractors

· Working knowledge of incident investigation and analysis tools (Cause Mapping, 5-Why’s, FMEA, etc.)

· Solid interpersonal, influential, coaching, facilitation and organizational skills with excellent verbal and written communication capabilities

· Ability and willingness to effectively lead change, influence others and gain commitment to new ways of performing work with all levels in the organization

· Must be self-motivated, well organized, and able to manage multiple initiatives to successful completion

· Strong computer skills are required, including sound proficiency with MS Office products


· Previous experience with OSHA VPP

· Previous experience with Decision Point HRP™ process

· Previous experience with SAP, KMS, and/or Cority is a plus

· Previous Safety & Health training experience

· Working knowledge of Six Sigma methodologies and Continuous Improvement tools

· Working knowledge of Process Safety Management is a plus

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Company Name:

Ascend Performance Materials

Job Category:

Safety Single-site, EHS - Southeast region

Position Type:

Full Time


2 - 5 years


Bachelor's Degree

Industry Segments

Chemicals, Distribution / Warehousing, General Manufacturing, Manufacturing - Miscellaneous