HSE Manager Canada, Wood Coatings

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Date: Nov 23, 2022

Location: Port Hope, CA

Company: AkzoNobel

We’ve been pioneering a world of possibilities to bring surfaces to life for well over 200 years. As experts in making coatings, there’s a good chance you’re only ever a few meters away from one of our products. Our world class portfolio of brands – including Dulux, International, Sikkens and Interpon – is trusted by customers around the globe. We’re active in more than 150 countries and have set our sights on becoming the global industry leader. It’s what you’d expect from the most sustainable paints company, which has been inventing the future for more than two centuries.

Job Purpose

Manages process hazard review, technical data, services, and information pertaining to health, safety, and environmental concerns to ensure an effective program in compliance with corporate, federal, state, and local regulations.

Key Accountabilities

  • Manages corporate safety program by developing policies, reviewing technical data, and implementing new procedures to ensure a safe work environment in compliance with corporate, provincial, and local safety regulations at both sites our Port Hope, ON and Warwick, QC Sites
  • Develops, monitors, and controls the administration component of the 5S system; responsible for developing and updating the audit format; puts together audit teams and regularly inspects and scores plant areas. Provides feedback to area champions after the audits. 
  • Administers environmental and safety programs such as hazardous wastes, pollution reduction, industrial hygiene, OHS&A, fire safety and prevention , etc., to ensure that standards, policies, and procedures are adhered to in compliance with corporate, federal, provincial, and local requirements. Maintains the environmental compliance and permitting. 
  • Assists in the development and maintenance of ISO procedures and policies. 
  • Conducts and reports on semi-annual safety audits at each site to ensure legal compliance. 
  • Reviews projects such as new site construction, remodelling, etc., for process hazard review and provides guidance for complying with regulations; develops air permits. 
  • Provides safety training such as orientation, supervisor training, spill containment, safety workshops, etc., to enhance in-plant safety programs. 
  • Monitors accidents/injuries and develops procedures through accident reporting to decrease the accident rate. 
  • Resolves safety and environmental processing issues by implementing process improvements at all sites. 
  • Leads accident investigations collect and analyze injury data to determine root cause.
  • Provides support for the Behavior Based Safety Program
  • Reviews MSDS for products; assists with product safety for the Wood  group for regulatory agency requirements for product health and safety. 
  • Oversees management of hazardous waste
  • Promotes the current quality system through adhering to the elements and being familiar with the philosophy, quality statement, quality manual, and procedures. This position also has the responsibility and authority to prevent the occurrence of product nonconformity. 
  • Promotes the MTQ philosophy throughout the organization by setting a positive example and positively participating in cross-functional problem solving activities.
  • Attends and participates in Wood Plant Programs/Committees/Training as required, such as Department Safety, Plant Safety, Behavioural Safety, Housekeeping Audit Teams, ISO, Life Saving Rules or any other safety programs. 
  • Adheres to the Golden Principle which is Simply to intervene to stop work if conditions or behaviour are unsafe. 
  • Performs additional duties as required including developing and monitoring fire protection requirements, monitoring exposure levels for employees, promoting environmental regulations, etc., to ensure a safe workplace and compliance with the law.

Level of Autonomy

Apply judgement to determine how to achieve set objectives, programs and audits.  Tailor the requirements and best practices included in the Common platform to the local legal framework and complexity of the site. 

Job Requirements

  • Bachelors Degree in Engineering and 5-7 years of process HS&E related experience required. 
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.  Must be proficient in English both Written and Spoken.   Bilingualism French and English is preferred.
  • Knowledge of policies, functions, and operation of company. 
  • Knowledge of the OHS&A , hazardous materials exposure in the workplace, principles and practice of the requirements of federal, provincial, and local regulatory agencies is required. 
  • Fire protection standards, occupational health laws, loss control and prevention principles and practices as relates to the workers’ compensation law.
  • Strong computer skills for data tabulation, analysis and report preparation (Excel, Word, Power Point)
  • Ability to perform repetitive and non-repetitive physical duties, including lifting, pushing, pulling, stretching, bending, climbing, working in awkward positions, and lifting up to 50 pounds
  • Ability to work in a heavy manufacturing environment with exposure to chemical agents
  • ISO 14001 and OSHAS 18001 experience preferred.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age or disability.

Requisition ID: 25563 #LN-KT1