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Manager, Safety

Ithaca - New York - USA

Sep 15, 2020

Full time



The incumbent ensures that safe operating procedures, a healthy work environment, and good housekeeping, are established and maintained in the workplace according to OSHA guidelines and BorgWarner Corporate regulations. This involves guaranteeing that the Department of Labor, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 29 (Labor), Part 1910 (Occupational Safety & Health Administration for General Industry) and BorgWarner Corporate regulations are communicated and enforced throughout the facility. The Safety Manager assists in coordinating the activities and training of the Emergency Response Team (ERT) for the facility.


  • Acts as key team member in the implementation of BorgWarner Corporate Global Star Safety Framework for the plant and engineering technical center.
  • Works with the Plant Manager and plant staff to implement BorgWarner safety strategies to reduce incidents at the plant. Keeps and reports results of efforts at the monthly management review and staff meetings.
  • Responsible for oversight of safety programs and policy for engineering technical center as well as manufacturing plant.
  • Provides advice and guidance to 1st line supervisors on behavioral safety strategies.
  • Maintains employee safety acumen through training programs (Safety University, incident investigation training, ERT training, etc.)
  • Ensures that monthly departmental safety inspections and audits are conducted to monitor if proper safety measures are being utilized.
  • Ensures that new and modified equipment safety signoffs (risk assessments) are comprehensive and complete.
  • Utilizes safety management software to report injuries, keep training records, and compliance records.
  • Ensures that all operations are conducted within OSHA guidelines.
  • Maintain existing safety policies, monitoring frequently for required updated. Act as lead in safety policy creation and updates.
  • Actively participates, and in some cases leads, plant Safety Committees, incident investigations, employee suggestion responses and implementations, shop floor conversations, and multi-site safety committees.
  • Maintains fire protection systems and trains plant emergency personnel in firefighting and emergency response procedures to reduce potential business interruption.
  • Schedules required drills (emergency evacuation, severe weather, etc.), industrial hygiene testing, etc., ensuring compliance to all regulations.
  • Assists in the reduction of Worker's Compensation Costs, First Aid cases, OSHA recordable injuries, and lost workdays. Improves Safety Score.
  • Works closely with plant engineering on insurance risk assessments and improvement actions.
  • Applies for training grants where applicable.
  • Manages safety supplies and outside inspections cooperatively with the purchasing department.
  • Reviews all chemical approvals for appropriate use, and employee protective measures, and coordinates pulmonary / fit testing for respirators.
  • Ensures that medical assistance is available on all shifts through the ERT.

Safety and Health – This individual promotes high standards of safety and health, which stress the importance of preventing accidents and illnesses. He/she is responsible for Safety Committee activities and Hazard Communication Training to ensure individual employees meet their responsibility for safety. Ensures that issues identified by Safety Committee are accurately defined and resolved in a timely manner. Ensures employees, visitors, and contractors (including subcontractors), at BorgWarner, adhere to Global Star Safety Program, including safety rules, practices and training as outlined in the BorgWarner Safety Policy Manual.


EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE (Minimum Qualifications)

  • BS degree required; MS degree preferred.
  • 8+ years of experience with safety, fire systems, emergency response, and industrial hygiene. Experience in a manufacturing environment preferred.
  • Proficient understanding of behavior-based safety.
  • Proficient computer based skills including database, spreadsheet, word processing and presentations.
  • Experience in technical and awareness level training program development and delivery preferred.
  • Strong communications / people skills.

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