Safety (EHS) Specialist

Whisker is the maker of Litter-Robot, Feeder-Robot, and At Whisker, we believe pet parenthood can always get better.

As leading innovators in pet tech and refined pet accessories, we work tirelessly to solve problems and deliver smarter insights for pet parents while enriching the lives of pets. Whether it’s a self-cleaning litter box that automates scooping, an automatic feeder that helps pets develop healthier eating habits, or a modern cat tree that delights both humans and felines, we strive to deliver better solutions for consumers while transforming pet care along the way. To us, having a pet is the best thing ever. At Whisker, life together just keeps getting better.

Whisker is based in Auburn Hills, Michigan and Juneau, Wisconsin with 500+ passionate team members.

What You’ll Do:

The Safety (EHS) Specialist becomes the workplace superhero, keeping everything safe, healthy and incident-free! From designing awesome training sessions to busting out the forklift moves, they're the safety champions who make sure everyone's protected and having a blast while they're at it.

The Safety (EHS) Specialist will be responsible for the day-to-day safety duties and programs to ensure a positive, safe, healthy, and incident-free workplace. This position will administer all safety programs, including creating associate training, OSHA compliance, forklift training, and maintaining safety metrics. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

This list of duties and responsibilities is not all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities as deemed necessary.

  • Directs the environmental, health, and safety programs for the site
  • Collaborates with the operations team to develop, prepare, and implement safety policies, procedures, and programs
  • Creates, maintains, and enforces policies, processes, and regulations
  • Leads incident investigations and root cause analysis to identify underlying causes of safety incidents and implement measures to prevent recurrence
  • Leads Safety Committee and maintains meeting minutes and objectives
  • Develops and conducts employee training on applicable safety standards utilizing in-person, online, and learning management systems
  • Creates safety communications, including regular safety posts, communication screen topics, toolbox talks, and other safety reminders
  • Coordinates and conducts inspections, audits, and assessments for safety performance and compliance
  • Assists with tracking and reporting claims to the insurance carrier
  • Maintains OSHA, DNR, and other legal recordkeeping and requirements
  • Partners with Human Resources to coordinate return-to-work and light-duty assignments for employees with restrictions
  • Ensures accurate preparation of safety reporting and metrics including compiling, maintaining, analyzing, and presenting data
  • Performs ergonomic and safety assessments
  • Champions a culture of safety excellence by fostering open communication, promoting safety awareness, and recognizing and rewarding safety achievements
  • Will perform additional responsibilities when required

What You’ll Bring:

  • BA/BS in Safety, Environmental Health & safety field and/or equivalent years of experience
  • 1-3 years experience in a safety or environmental health and safety role required
  • Basic worker’s compensation and insurance (property & casualty, equipment) knowledge
  • Understanding of behavior-based safety principles
  • Maintains confidentiality of proprietary information
  • Ability to maintain a professional atmosphere in a fast-paced environment with numerous interactions and interruptions
  • Excellent leadership and communication skills, with the ability to influence and engage employees at all levels of the organization
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with team members and colleagues
  • May be required to flex hours to support all areas of the business
  • A high degree of initiative, self-motivation, and ability to motivate others
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with Team Members and colleagues
  • Comfortable with office pets (cats, dogs) 

Not Required but Nice to Have!

  • Experience in manufacturing and distribution environments
  • Experience with 5S and other Lean tools

Benefits & Perks:

Join a tenacious, inventive company that empowers team members to chart their own path, lead by grounding decisions in the “why”, and has a strong sense of empathy and openness to new perspectives. Be a part of exciting growth, work with incredible people, and create tomorrow’s pet products—plus a whole lot of extras. You will also be provided with:

  • Premium Medical/Dental/Vision insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • PTO
  • 14 Paid Holidays
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • 401K with 4% Match
  • Flexible Work Arrangements
  • Top of the line equipment

Statement of Inclusivity:

We believe different perspectives make Whisker better and strive to create a place where everyone has equal opportunities to thrive.

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