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Smithfield Assistant Safety Manager in Smithfield, Virginia

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Smithfield Foods is a $15 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meatscategories. Popular brands includeSmithfield®, Eckrich®, Nathan’s Famous®, Farmland®, Armour®, Farmer John®, Kretschmar®, John Morrell®, Cook’s®, Gwaltney®, Carando®, Margherita®, Curly’s®, Healthy Ones®, Morliny®, Krakus®, and Berlinki®. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental and food safety and quality programs.For more information, visit , and connect with us on , , , and .

The Assistant Safety Manager is responsible for assisting the Plant Safety Manager in promoting a healthy and safe workplace at the designated facility. These duties will be accomplished by providing technical expertise to the plant safety and health teams, providing training on safety and health topics, and promoting active employee involvement in the safety process.

Core Responsibilities

Safety Audits

  • Performs documented safety tours and reports findings to the facility management.

  • Performs audits of written program compliance and team activities.

  • Conducts inspections of facility equipment and processes for potential safety and health hazards.

  • Identifies potential hazards to people, processes or property and recommends corrective action to facility management.

  • Audits outside contractor activity.

  • Supports safety programs to ensure Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliance.

  • Analyzes statistical data from injury/illness/loss reports and applies appropriate risk management process controls.

    Safety & Management Advisor

  • Attends plant safety team meetings.

  • Monitors safety and health team performance and makes recommendations for improvement.

  • Provides technical expertise and support to safety team.

  • Acts as a liaison between team members and management staff as needed.

Administrative Documentation and Organization

  • Ensures training and documentation is maintained with applicable laws and regulations.

  • Ensures supervisory personnel are aware of employee restrictions due to work-related injury or illness and that employees are working within those restrictions.

  • Participates in accident investigation process.

Safety & Risk Management Documentation & Training

  • Conducts safety and risk management portion of employee orientation and training.

  • Prepares written safety meeting documentation for supervisory use.

  • Ensures written programs and policies and work practices are in compliance with applicable regulatory agencies.

  • Ensures training materials are current and comply with OSHA requirements.

OSHA Compliance Sampling

  • Collects industrial hygiene samples to ensure OSHA compliance as needed.

  • Assists with sample interpretation and recommendations.

Safety Activities

  • Completes special projects and initiatives to work on independently and presents findings to the plant management and/or corporate management.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. May perform other duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in a safety or related technical field and 2+ years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience, required.

  • CPR/First Aid certified, preferred.

  • OSHA 40 hour Industrial Construction, preferred.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Must be able to travel on an occasional basis.

  • Ability to work well with others in fast paced, dynamic environment.

  • Ability to be respectful, approachable and team oriented while building strong working relationships and a positive work environment.

Work Environment & Physical Demands

The work environment characteristics & physical demands described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Office and plant setting. The plant environment will include wet or humid conditions (non-weather related), extreme cold and heat (non-weather related), working near moving mechanical parts, exposure to fumes or airborne particles, and chemicals.

  • Noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but can be loud when in the production area.

  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

  • Specific vision includes close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus.

  • Frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear.

  • Frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear.

Scope/Impact of Job

EEO/AA Information

Smithfield, is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, gender identity, protected veterans statusorstatus as a disabled individual or any other protected group status or non-job related characteristic as directed by law.

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Job LocationsUS-VA-Smithfield-North Plant



FLSA StatusExempt

Shift1st Shift

Adv.IndSPR- Operations Production