Safety Specialist

Date: Jun 16, 2022

Location: Lafayette, IN, US, 47905

Company: Subaru

Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc.

Human Resources – Safety

Safety Specialist

Reports to:         Section Manager                                                                                                        Position Type: Full-time

Career Track:     Professional                                                                                                                 Shift:  Administrative   

Classification:     Safety Specialist                                                                                                         FLSA:  Exempt


The Safety Specialist maintains the organization’s workplace safety expertise, develops, and conducts safety training, investigates injuries, and promotes monthly safety campaigns. The Safety Specialist works closely with Associates, Group Leaders, Managers and Engineers to promote workplace safety and to listen and respond to safety concerns and recommendations for improvement.


Essential Job Functions

The essential functions described below are intended to broadly define the expectations of the role.


  1. Lead Industrial Hygiene Sampling/Activity
  2. Conduct safety audits on production floor
  3. Conduct equipment reviews and Safety buyoffs for new or modified equipment
  4. Respond to Associate concerns
  5. Review and interpret OSHA, ANSI, NFPA, or other applicable regulations
  6. Create and update Safety Engineering Standards, SIA Safety Policies and Procedures
  7. Investigate injuries and determine root causes
  8. Investigate Powered Material Handling Equipment incidents and determine root causes
  9. Coordinate Production, Maintenance and Engineering Meetings to determine countermeasures for open punch list items
  10. Work with Section Managers to assist in developing Injury Reduction Plans
  11. Assist with developing safety campaigns or other activities to eliminate injuries
  12. Develop, coordinate, and conduct safety training as needed to include, but not limited to, Powered Material Handling Equipment and Crane, Lockout Tagout, Confined Space, Fire Prevention, Fire Extinguisher, Haz Comm/GHS, Emergency Response, Aerial Lift, OSHA 10 Hour, PPE, New Hire Orientation, other required OSHA Training
  13. Assist with developing new safety training to include orientation training for New Hires and Contractors
  14. Input, file all training records or associated documents, assist with ISO45001 management system
  15. Packaging sketch safety reviews for racks/ totes/ equipment
  16. Online tracking of Safety Data Sheets including reviews/ edits/ updates
  17. All other duties as assigned


Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the Associate for this role.  Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.



  1. Teamwork – Takes initiative personally and corporately to meet the shifting needs of our fast paced and dynamic workplace. Communicates clearly and honestly at all times with respect to all stakeholders. Supports co-workers providing useful collaboration in areas of expertise and competency.


  1. Job Knowledge – Supports the business function of SIA as an expert in their field. Participates in continued growth to remain current of developments in areas of responsibility. Communicates professionally in a fashion that instills confidence in skills/expertise and trust in the SIA brand. Executes job duties to standards of quality and quantity as defined by Manager and SIA leadership.


  1. Professionalism – Leads through ethical and responsible decision making in the best interest of the SIA brand. Possesses a demonstrated ability to positively influence the work productivity of others. Presents a professional and organized image to all internal and external customers/stakeholders. Represents service leadership through enthusiasm, honesty, and diligence.


  1. Critical Thinking – Applies critical thinking to challenges in the workplace. Successfully breaks down problems into smaller components, understands underlying issues, can simplify and process complicated issues, and effectively differentiates between critical and unimportant facts. Utilizes principles such as Kaizen, root cause analysis, SWOT, PDCA, 5 Whys, effective communication, and other relevant skills. Demonstrates understanding/ability to interpret data and appropriately applies findings to workable solutions.  Implements continuous measurement processes to guard against problem reoccurrence.


Required Education, Experience and Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Safety, Industrial Hygiene, or related field


Preferred Education, Experience and Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Safety or Industrial Hygiene required plus 5-10 years relevant experience
  • ASP, CSP or similar certification


Skills and Knowledge Required

  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Access
  • Ability to work and build relationships with all levels of the organization (Managers, Group Leaders, Engineers, Production Associates)


Supervisory Responsibilities

This role will not supervise other Associates.


Work Environment

This role operates approximately 50% of the time in a professional open office environment subject to frequent interruptions and distractions and approximately 50% of the time an industrial manufacturing setting that will include moving and/or assembly lines. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, and photocopiers. The role frequently collaborates with colleagues, internal customers/Associates, and management.


Physical Demands

The physical demands here are representative of those that must be met by an Associate with or without a reasonable accommodation to successfully perform the essential functions of this role. While performing the duties of this role, the Associate is required to be at work as scheduled consistently and dependably, talk, and hear.  The Associate is frequently required to stand, walk, use hands to finger for keyboarding, handle or feel, and reach with hands and arms.  


Work Hours

This role generally works administrative hours (8:30 am to 5:00 pm four day per week) with 1st and 2nd shift coverage (6:00am – 2:30pm, 12:30pm – 9:00 p.m.) as part of team rotation and occasional alternate hours to meet safety training objectives. This role is subject to occasional Saturday and/or Sunday overtime to meet demands of production. This role does not currently allow for remote work opportunities.



Occasional travel, including overseas travel, may be required mainly for off-site training, visiting suppliers, and/or business collaboration purposes.

Nearest Major Market: Lafayette