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Company Name:
Approximate Salary:
Union City, California
United States
Job Categories:
Safety Engineer/Specialist: Single site
Industry Segments:
Food & Beverage, Manufacturing - Miscellaneous
Experience level:
3-5 years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree

Safety Specialist


 American Licorice Company is one of the original licorice manufacturers in the U.S. candy industry, and we have been focused on creating happy consumer experiences since 1914. We manufacture your favorite Red Vines® and Sour Punch® candies. 

We have been creating Happy Consumer Experiences for our consumers since 1914. Our associates are just as important to us and we invest in their happiness by offering market leading benefits such as health and wellness, insurance, retirement, training and tuition reimbursement, EAP, HSA and profit sharing.

Safety Specialist

Reports to: Safety Manager
Functional Group: Operations
Department: Safety
Date: 10/11/2016
Location: Union City, CA       

Position Overview:
The Safety Specialist develops and administers programs to ensure a safe work environment in compliance with OSHA, federal, state & local regulations for the Union City location.  This individual will also manage safety programs to ensure a safe and incident free work environment.  Plans and/or delivers programs to train managers and associates in work site safety practices.  Promotes plant safety by working with all departments to analyze current situation and recommend safety improvements.  Analyzes incident data to identify trends and incident types that can be prevented. 

Essential Job Functions:

  • Ensure compliance with CalOSHA federal, state & local regulations.
  • Coordinate with the Safety Manager & administer effective safety programs to establish a zero accident culture.
  • Responsible for local Worker’s Compensation compliance.
  • Administer and coordinate annual risk assessments (FM Global) for the buildings and equipment.  Work with management and risk insurance carrier to resolve any concerns and to ensure compliance.
  • Investigate, analyze and document all incidents and near misses.
  • Conduct root cause analysis and solutions for safety issues.
  • Ensure that corrective actions are administered as result of safety policy violations.
  • Identify trends and contributing factors that impact associates’ environment related to incidents.  Research, suggest and implement solutions to safety hazards.
  • Develop and deliver safety training as needed on-site i.e., OSHA 10 & 30 hour certification.  CPR/First Aid/AED training.
  • Lead monthly Safety Committee meetings.
  • New hire safety orientation (GMP’s, House Rules, Emergency Evacuation procedures)
  • Review all SDS’ to ensure associates have proper Personal Protective Equipment for the job in compliance with SDS’.  Provide additional training as needed.
  • Ensure that proper PPE is ordered and available as required.
  • Assists in managing hazardous waste disposal and appropriate documentation as required by OSHA.
  • Ensure that water coolers are maintained, call for service as necessary.
  • Assists as needed in ensuring appropriate cleaning supplies and chemicals are ordered and in house as needed.
  • Responsible for Food Safety as related to position.
  • Manages all safety recognition programs (safety raffles, gift cards, etc.…).


  • Bachelor’s Degree Preferred.
  • Public Relations Experience.
  • Bilingual Preferred – Spanish.


  • Self-starter with strong initiative.
  • Capable of understanding larger programs and projects and able to break them down into a manageable and achievable tasks.
  • Excellent oral and written communications and interpersonal skills.
  • Should have certification in OSHA.
  • Ability to interact with a diverse group of people.
  • Must be flexible with work schedule.
  • Excellent project management skills.
  • OSHA authorized 10 & 30 hour trainer preferred.
  • Certified CPR/First Aid/AED trainer preferred.

Physical Job Description

  • Typical Working Conditions: (Describe environment including exposure to heat, cold, fumes, chemicals, allergens, mold, etc.)
  • Limited Environmental exposure to a variety of materials used in the manufacturing facility.
  • Equipment Used: (List all manual and automated equipment used in the course of performing essential functions.)
  • Equipment generally used in an office environment for managerial and administrative work.
  • Essential Physical Tasks: (List all physical tasks encountered in performing essential functions.)
  • Physical functions performed as those expected in an office environment for managerial and administrative work.  Walk the plant floor on a daily basis.

Analysis of Physical Demands:

  • N = Never 
  • R= Rarely (less than 1 hour per week) 
  • O= Occasional (1%-66% of time)                                                                               
  • F= Frequent (34%-66% of time)     
  • C= Constantly (over 66% of time) 

Activity Frequency :

  • Reach over shoulder - O   
  • Reach over head - O
  • Reach outward - O                     
  • Climb - R           
  • Crawl - N       
  • Kneel - R     
  • Squat - R    
  • Sit - C
  • Walk - Normal Surfaces - C  
  • Walk - Slippery Surfaces - O  
  • Walk - Uneven Surfaces - O   
  • Stand - F  
  • Bend - F 


  • Less than 10 lbs - O                                                          
  • 11 - 20 lbs - O                                                                        
  • 21 - 50 lbs - R                                                                               
  • 51 - 100 lbs - N                                                                                                             
  • More than 100 lbs - N 


  • Less than 10 lbs - O   
  • 11 - 20 lbs - R     
  • 21 - 50 lbs - R 
  • 51 - 100 lbs - N                                                                             
  • More than 100 lbs - N 


  • Automatic Trans - N  
  • Standard Trans - N 


  • Keyboard/Ten Key - C 
  • Fingering (fine dexterity) - C
  • Handling (grasping, holding) - C 
  • Repetitive Motion - Hands - C 
  • Repetitive Motion - Feet - N

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