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Health, Safety and Environmental Specialist

Who we are:

LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 7.6 billion in 2021 and more than 13,000 employees in 33 countries. The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of chemical intermediates, additives, specialty chemicals and plastics. LANXESS is listed in the leading sustainability indices Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World and Europe) and FTSE4Good. In the United States, LANXESS employs more than 2,000 people at 25 locations in 11 states. 

We are looking to find diverse and talented people to join our team. Studies have shown that some individuals are less likely to apply if they do not meet 100% of the criteria. We are looking to equalize the gap! If you are excited about this role but your past experiences do not align perfectly with every qualification, we encourage you to apply. We will look to assess your talent against our competencies, values and requirements to get the best organizational fit. You might be the right candidate for this or other roles we have available!

Join our Team!


What we can offer you:

LANXESS is a young company with strong roots! We derive our strength from global presence, management excellence and most importantly our people! Our employees are the pillars of our success.
We offer exciting career opportunities regionally as well as internationally, educational assistance programs, competitive pay and benefits, language training programs, and many other personal and professional development programs that are a part of our vision and values that drive our ongoing success.

Job Highlights

  • Have primary responsibility for PSM compliance elements of Training and Competence, Contractor Safety, and Safe/Critical Work Permits and support responsibility for PSM compliance elements of Employee Participation, Compliance Audits, and Emergency Planning and Response.
  • Serve as Training Coordinator for the site.  
  • Manage the Safe Work Permit programs, including reviewing, updating, and maintaining procedures for Hot Work, Confined Space Entry, Lock-out/Tag-out, Line/Vessel Opening, etc. 
  • Coordinate all Industrial Hygiene activities, such as employee monitoring, reporting, and risk mitigation. 
  • Manage the Hazard Communication Plan including SDS records, labeling, and management of new chemical introduction process.
  • Develop, review, and maintain all Health and Safety policies, procedures, and forms.  Communicate changes to all affected site personnel.  
  • Oversee the Contractor Safety Management program.
  • Coordinate the site Respirator Safety Program, including fit testing, annual medical exams, maintaining respirator stock, and issuing respirator equipment to employees.
  • Coordinate testing, maintenance, and recordkeeping of Safety Equipment such as fall protection harnesses, safety shower/eyewash stations, fire extinguishers, etc.
  • Facilitate Job Safety Analyses for new tasks, and regularly review, maintain, and audit existing JSA’s.
  • Perform routine audits and inspections, e.g. review safe work permits, housekeeping audits, etc., and proactively supports the resolution of issues found. HSE Specialist will have daily engagements and field presence with Kalama site colleagues.
  • Participates in and supports department Safety Committee Teams.
  • Supports recording Occupational Health and Safety measurements, metrics, and KPI’s.  Perform analysis of results to trend data and identify opportunities for improvement.
  • Supports HSE Manager as required for Compliance Audits from external agencies and internal audit teams.
  • Assists with development of messaging and updating Site Communication Monitors throughout facility.


  • Previous experience as Occupational Health and Safety professional required.  Degree preferred, but consideration will be given to experience level and/or certifications. 
  • Experience with direct supervision of contractors, consultants, design firms, etc.
  • Willingness to drive change.
  • Self-reliant with strong time management and prioritization skills
  • Experience in a chemical, food, pharmaceutical, or similar process manufacturing industry is required.  OSHA PSM plant experience is preferred. 
  • Excellent interpersonal, listening, and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent computer skills especially Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Ability to work effectively with multiple organizational levels from shop floor to executive level.
  • Plans own work to achieve assigned goals and is responsible for the relevance of work and the integrity of results. 


What we offer you:

  • Compensation: We offer competitive compensation packages, inclusive of a global bonus program and an individual performance bonus program. In accordance with Washington state requirements, the established pay range for this position is Min: $83,300 to Max: $138,800.
  • Comprehensive Benefits: We provide a variety of benefits to support your financial security, health and wellbeing. These benefits include: 
    - Health care - Medical, Dental, Vision
    - Health Spending Account (HSA) with High Deductible PPO XD
    - Employee Life Insurance - Basic, Supplemental Life and AD&D
    - Dependent Life Insurance and AD&D
    - Disability Coverage - Short-Term and Long-Term
    - Flexible Spending Accounts - Health Care and Dependent Care
    - NortonLifeLock device security, online privacy, and identity theft protection
    - Aflac Benefits
    - Legal Assistance Program
    - Retirement Benefits - Defined Contribution 401(k) Plan with Employer Retirement Contribution and Employer Match
  • Work-Life, Time Off & Flexibility: We support you in maintaining a balance between working hours and personal life. With our global "Xwork" program, we offer flexible working arrangements in all countries in which we operate. Washington employees who are not covered by a collective bargaining agreement accrue a minimum of 80 hours of vacation per year; have 10 paid holidays; and accrue 64 hours of Sick/Personal time per year. Employees who are covered by a collective bargaining agreement earn time off in accordance with the provisions of the agreement.
  • Training & Development: We are committed to your professional and personal development and encourage you in the ongoing pursuit of education, training and knowledge through both formal and informal learning.


Diversity: LANXESS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical ability or attributes, religion, national origin, veteran status and political beliefs.

LANXESS has a value-based performance culture. We are seeking a range of human interests, backgrounds, and experiences that can be engaged to achieve respect, ownership, trust, professionalism, integrity and healing across all sectors.  

Join the LANXESS team!

Must include a resume.

Requisition ID:  5186

Kalama, WA, US, 98625

Work Arrangement:  Onsite
Level of Experience:  Intermediate

Nearest Major Market: Portland Oregon
Nearest Secondary Market: Tacoma

Job Segment: Chemical Research, Compliance, Pharmaceutical, Industrial Hygiene, Internal Audit, Engineering, Legal, Science, Finance

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