Safety Manager

JOB TITLE: Safety Manager

LOCATION: Brewery, Comstock, MI

REPORTS TO: Director of Operations

FLSA POSITION TYPE: Full Time, Salaried Exempt

EXTERNAL POSTING DATES: 02/22/2018-03/18/2018


POSITION SUMMARY: The Safety Manager will lead all aspects of the Bell’s Brewery Safety Program and enact the vision and goals established by the Directors' team for company-wide safety efforts. The Safety Manager is also responsible for building employee commitment to a culture of safety in the workplace and ensuring that the organization complies with the applicable MIOSHA and industry standards.



• Adheres to and advances the “Safety Always” culture of Bell’s Brewery, Inc., and is accountable for the safety of their department.

• Successfully builds rapport, respect and camaraderie, both inter- and intra-departmentally, through exceptional coaching, teambuilding and training. 

• Trains, mentors and develops department staff.

• Works closely with Director of Operations and HR to address developing personnel concerns. Works with HR team to recruit, select and hire staff. 

• Leads meetings of direct reports to ensure effective communication throughout the department and company as a whole. 

• Leads and manages the Safety Programs at Bell’s Brewery and works with Operations, Hospitality and Administration to ensure proper safety protocols are in place and adhered to.

• Oversees compliance with safety standards and regulations. Ensures Bell’s Brewery remains current on safety standards within the brewing industry.

• Sustains and builds the safety training program including On-Boarding new employees, refresher training. Maintains documentation for every employee’s successful completion.

• Serves as first point of contact with government agents, insurance carriers, and other inspectors or outside safety specialists focused on the workplace.

• Attends and participates in Brewery Leadership meetings.

• Oversees the development and upkeep of departmental Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

• Is informed about, educates on, and implements industry best practices. 

• Calculates, authors, and regularly presents safety event data, KPI, and dashboards.

• Assists leaders with the enforcement of safety rules.  Brings non-compliant situations to the attention of leadership and, as necessary, advises on the appropriate level of discipline required.

• Thoroughly investigates any accidents or near-miss situations that occur.  Identifies the root cause of issues and ensures that appropriate corrective actions are taken.

• Interacts with Bell’s Human Resources Department and Worker’s Compensation insurance company to return injured employees to work as quickly and safely as possible.  Evaluates light-duty assignments and coordinates with the employee, physician, and Operations.

• Coordinates safety activities with contractors and vendors, as appropriate, to ensure that their work meets expectations for safe work practices.

• Inspects facilities and equipment on a routine basis to ensure that any unsafe items are identified and corrected in a timely manner.

• Evaluates the design and installation of new equipment to ensure that it meets safety standards.

• Ensures inventories and distribution of safety supplies; personal protection equipment, medicine cabinet and First Aid/AED supplies, as well as any additional equipment specific to safety programs or policies.

• Evaluates the ergonomic impact of various job duties and recommends ways to reduce or eliminate repetitive motion and/or ergonomic issues.

• Serves as the Radiation Officer in maintaining compliance on all relevant production equipment

• Consistently exhibits company values in all interactions with associates and customers in a professional manner.

• Flexible schedule. 24-hour, 7-day on-call status, required.


Additional duties may be assigned as necessary.



• Three (3) direct reports (Brewery Safety Specialist, DRC Safety Coordinator, Safety Trainer)

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  

• Must possess a valid driver’s license 

• Access to a personal vehicle.



• Desktop computer (MS Office Suite) 

• Company Phone 

• Forklift trucks 

• IH monitoring equipment

• Fire Extinguishers

• AED/1st Aid supplies

• Company Vehicle 



• Exceptional leadership skills.

• Exceptionally strong written and verbal communication skills and be comfortable addressing diverse groups.

• The ability to positively engage employees in support of safe work practices

• Strong computer skills necessary to quickly learn Bells’ software systems.

• Exceptional time management skills with a proven ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work load to balance multiple projects effectively.

• An energetic, forward-thinking and creative individual with high ethical standards who will positively represent Bell’s Brewery both internally and externally.

• A well-organized and self-directed individual who is a team player.

• Outstanding attention to detail and the ability to manage multiple processes at one time.

• Self-motivated with good time management skills. 

• Strong problem solving and analysis skills.

• The ability to safely handle potentially hazardous chemicals & train others in safe practices.

• Interpersonal skills sufficient to be comfortable leading in a team environment with a great deal of interdepartmental coordination. 



• Bachelor’s degree in Safety Management, Industrial Engineering, a related field, or comparable work experience.

• 5-7 years’ experience, preferably at both the plant level and multi-site settings. 

• Previous leadership or management experience.

• Extensive knowledge of OSHA and MIOSHA regulations and their application.

• An exceptional ability to assess risk and make intelligent recommendations on safety improvements

• A mindset that an incident-free environment is not only possible, but is the expectation

• Sound judgment in all aspects of the position

• Experience in a production environment with a comprehensive understanding of lock-out/tag-out and other core safety issues.

• Brewing or other beverage manufacturing experience preferred.

• Knowledge of brewing processes

• CSP and /or CIH Certification 


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• Performance duties of this job include regularly being required to sit, stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; talk, hear, and smell. 

• Must be able to lift, push, and pull up to 25lbs on a regular basis. 

• Vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and the ability to adjust focus.

• The ability to travel via car or airplane on a regular basis.

• Must be able to participate in organoleptic assessment of beers. 


WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. 

• Work is primarily performed in an office environment with frequent trips to operational areas required.

• The work environment is that of a brewing and packaging facility. 

• The employee frequently must work in a sanitary environment.

• The noise level in the packaging facilities is frequently loud (90+ dB). 

• The employee regularly works around high voltage, flame, hot water, and steam.

• The employee comes in contact with and has to handle broken glass.

• The employee handles hazardous materials.

• The employee works near moving mechanical parts.

• The employee works on wet floors and with wet equipment.

• The employee may occasionally enter a confined space.



Bell’s is an Equal Opportunity Employer