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Plant Safety Manager

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Date: Jan 25, 2023

Location: Winston-Salem, NC, US, 31520

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 59372


Corning is vital to progress – in the industries we help shape and in the world we share.

We invent life-changing technologies using materials science. Our scientific and manufacturing expertise, boundless curiosity, and commitment to purposeful invention place us at the center of the way the world interacts, works, learns, and lives.

Our sustained investment in research, development, and invention means we’re always ready to solve the toughest challenges alongside our customers. 

Our Optical Communications segment has recently evolved from being a manufacturer of optical fiber and cable, hardware and equipment to being a comprehensive provider of industry-leading optical solutions across the broader communications industry.This segment is classified into two main product groupings – carrier network and enterprise network. The carrier network product group consists primarily of products and solutions for optical-based communications infrastructure for services such as video, data and voice communications. The enterprise network product group consists primarily of optical-based communication networks sold to businesses, governments and individuals for their own use.


Role Purpose:


  • The Environmental, Health & Safety (EH&S) Manager will help drive continuous improvement in overall EH&S performance while promoting an interdependent organizational culture.
  • The intent of this role is to lead and effectively integrate EH&S processes/programs into the overall plant strategy while maintaining compliance with all applicable federal, state local, and corporate safety laws and standards.
  • Provide EHS leadership, expertise, and practical support for Safety Excellence in site specific OFC manufacturing plants in North America – to ensure we have a rigorous safety program that protects the safety of our employees, contractors, and visitors at all times.
  • To develop technical solutions to improve Safe manufacturing capability within North America.
  • This role requires working within a complex manufacturing structure at a plant level and aligning with corporate requirements to ensure safety standards are maintained.
  • The work is multi-dimensional in the areas of regional support and corporate regulations and compliance.
  • It involves influencing sustainable change in cultural and technical aspects of manufacturing.
  • It involves influencing sustainable change in cultural and technical aspects of manufacturing at all levels of the organization.
  • Management involves working in a matrix organization structure with plant Safety and Corporate Safety teams driving solutions in cooperation with plant operations, engineering and technology resources.





  • Open in NC (Winston-Salem)





  • Solid line to Plant Manager & dotted line to OFC Global Division Safety Capability Manager



Required Education:


  • Minimum BS (MS preferred) – occupational health/safety, environmental engineering, safety or related subject or Industrial Engineering considered with demonstrated manufacturing experience in Safety Engineering



Required Skills:


  • Knowledge of OSHA/EPA and other relevant regulations and standards
  • Experience with database management
  • Excellent problem-solving skills (DMAIC, DESGN)
  • Experience integrating aspects of EH&S management into the overall operation of the plant
  • Handles time and resources effectively to meet deadlines
  • Information Utilization and ability to use electronic databases



Soft Skills:


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent presentations skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Effective management of competing priorities based on risk



Required Years and Area of Experience:


  • Demonstrated manufacturing experiences in developing and deploying Safety Strategy and associated tactical plans to deliver targeted results.
  • Desired experience within a Safety Management Systems approach > 5 years.
  • Demonstrated manufacturing experience on a regional or multiple plant environment and cultures.
  • Knowledge and experience in Safety Regulatory and Legal requirements and industry direction.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; both organization and presentation skills.



Key Responsibilities:


  • Report to the Plant Manager & OFC Global Safety Capability Manager all aspects of Safety performance and improvements.
  • Maintain close liaison with Corporate Safety Management Services and Corporate Environmental Control.
  • Facilitate the development and maintenance of facility emergency response plans and ensure that all affected employees receive training as needed.
  • Support and maintain comprehensive assessment of manufacturing capability for Safety in OFC plants – determine current performance and capability.
  • Work should include all aspects of manufacturing operator tools, process equipment, facility operations, maintenance and introduction of new technology.
  • Support and maintain the Safety Strategy that drives and delivers an improvement roadmap and facilitate the development, implementation, maintenance and improvement of required safety, health and environmental programs and processes.
  • Contribute to the development of consistent Safety Standard for all manufacturing locations that aligns with Corning Incorporated and that incorporates local codes and regulations, OFC Strategy for all Corning employees, contractors, and visitors. This will include supporting the management and deployment of evolving changes in Safety Standard requirements working to ensure that the facility remains current in all external reporting requirements to corporate, state, local and federal agencies.
  • Contribute toward the driving of the Safety Governance process to ensure Safety Standards, North America Program initiatives and metrics are being implemented, maintained and sustained.
  • Work with internal and external organizations to coordinate industrial hygiene, safety, health and environmental audits of the facility.
  • Conduct self-assessments prior to scheduled audits and take leadership in prioritizing and taking action on audit findings and recommendations.
  • Develop a consistent Safety Standard for all manufacturing locations that aligns with Corning Incorporated and incorporates local codes and regulations for Corning employees, contractors, and visitors. This will include management and deployment of evolving changes in Safety Standard requirements.
  • Develop, manage and drive Safety Governance to ensure Safety Standards, Global Program initiatives and Global metrics are being implemented, maintained, improved and sustained.
  • Develop, coordinate and deploy safety improvement training that appropriately targets all levels of the organization – Business Leadership, Manufacturing Leadership and all aspects of Manufacturing Operations/Engineering and Functional Groups.
  • Lead and support an EHS team, providing coaching and guidance to ensure the plant is aligned with federal OSHA guidelines, Corporate safety strategy and other regulatory environmental requirements.
  • Provide guidance and expertise in conducting safety, health, and environmental risk assessments for new or existing processes or equipment.
  • Support the introduction of new products and processes into the facility.
  • Facilitate and provide guidance and expertise for the development of a world class safety culture within the facility.



Travel Requirements:


  •  < 10% - domestic


This position does not support immigration sponsorship



We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected status.


We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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