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Occupational Safety and Health Specialist - Leaf River Cellulose


Start your career at Leaf River Cellulose, LLC, and a world-class manufacturing facility where team members are using innovative technologies to produce specialty and market fluff pulp for a variety high-end uses across the globe.

For nearly 30 years, the Leaf River team has been on a journey to make the best products possible for customers while doing it in new and innovative ways. Creating value for our customers and for society is the ultimate goal for our business, and one of our comparative advantages in our ability to do so is our employees.
With a workforce of approximately 300, Leaf River is a non-union facility located in the heart of South Mississippi, just 20 miles from Hattiesburg. http://www.kochind.com/whatwedo/
As one of six mills in the GP Cellulose business, Leaf River is a showcase of safety, operational and environmental excellence. Maintaining the highest levels of workplace safety for employees is crucial and is reflected in our status as an OSHA VPP Star site and a multi-year winner of the Georgia-Pacific CEO Safety Excellence Award. GP Cellulose is also committed to environmental sustainability and stewardship through every stage of our business, using environmentally conscious production practices to maximize the use of renewable raw materials throughout our process. 
Our culture is defined by the Market-Based Management® philosophy which guides everyday decision making and provides employees with opportunities to contribute and personally benefit from the value they create.

Position reports directly to the Safety Leader at the Leaf River operation.


A Day In The Life Typically Includes:


  • Provide leadership and direction to achieve the safety & health vision through management commitment and employee ownership. 
  • Ensures the facility safety vision remains evergreen, describes the vision of a better state and that employees objectives are connected to the vision.
  • Facilitate the organization’s safety & health ownership through integration of the safety & health management system.
  • Assist with the development and utilization of risk assessment methods/systems for anticipating, identifying and evaluating hazards. 
  • Assist employees in aligning to a vision of lower risk tolerance / preference.
  • Assist facility leadership with the development of short and long-term safety & health objectives, targets, strategies, and measures that identify critical hazards, prioritize and mitigate risks.
  • Assist with the evaluation, interpretation, and compliance with safety and health laws, regulations and permits as it relates to the operation of the facility.
  • Provide a good foundation and solid understanding of Georgia-Pacific safety and health standards and all OSHA and Federal and State regulations.
  • Manage the mill industrial hygiene programs.  These elements include HazCom, respiratory protection, asbestos, radiation and industrial hygiene monitoring.
  • Facilitate the development, improvement, and implementation of training systems and effectively conduct training to the mill population of over 300 employees.
  • Supports the process safety and chemical process safety programs
  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Demonstrated ability to interact and excel in a team environment
  • Working knowledge of OSHA and compliance regulations.
  • Knowledgeable of Risk Management concepts and tools.
  • Ability to rotate with other team members to provide support on weekends and holidays


What You Will Need:

Basic Qualifications:


  • A Bachelor’s degree in Safety & Health, Industrial Hygiene or other safety technical field
  • A minimum of 2 years safety & health experience in an industrial or manufacturing environment
  • Experience in Microsoft Office Software (Access – database creation/tracking and reporting, Excel – sorting data and creating tables, Outlook – scheduling, Word – document creation/editing and PowerPoint – presentation creation/editing)


What Will Put You Ahead?

Preferred Qualifications:


  • Participation in GP’s Entry Level Professional program
  • Experience and knowledge of PSM covered processes
  • ASP, GSP, CSP, CIH or equivalent certification
  • Experience in heavy manufacturing and/or chemical processes in a pulp & paper facility
  • Experience in managing injuries and illnesses
  • Supervisory experience in a heavy manufacturing environment
  • Objective, non-comparative ideal skills

Why Work For GP?

  • A culture that places top priority on integrity and compliance
  • Opportunity for career growth at one of the largest, financially stable companies in the world
  • Encouragement to challenge the status quo and share knowledge
  • Responsibilities and rewards based on contributions
  • Continued company growth due to reinvesting 90% of our earnings
  • Competitive pay and benefits that help you manage your personal and financial wellness

Want to learn more about Georgia-Pacific?


Georgia-Pacific and its subsidiaries are among the world's leading manufacturers and marketers of tissue, paper-based packaging, office papers, cellulose, specialty fibers, non-woven fabrics, building products and related chemicals. Our familiar consumer brands include: Quilted Northern®, Angel Soft®, Brawny®, enMotion®, Sparkle®, Mardi Gras®, and Vanity Fair®, as well as the Dixie® brand of disposable cups, plates and cutlery. Its Harmon subsidiary is among the world's largest recyclers of paper, metal and plastics. The company employs approximately 35,000 people directly.


Salary and benefits commensurate with experience.
We are an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran
Except where prohibited by state law, all offers of employment are conditioned upon successfully passing a drug test.

This employer uses E-Verify. Please visit the following website for additional information: www.kochcareers.com/doc/Everify.pdf

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