Operations Safety & Environmental Specialist

Date: Jan 27, 2019

Location: Holland, MI, US, 49424

Tennant Company is a recognized leader of the cleaning industry. Since 1870 we have been passionate about developing innovative and sustainable solutions that help our customers clean more spaces more effectively, addressing indoor and outdoor cleaning challenges. Our products include equipment for maintaining surfaces in industrial, commercial and outdoor environments; detergent-free and other sustainable cleaning technologies; cleaning tools and supplies; and coatings for protecting, repairing and upgrading surfaces. With more than $1B in revenue, Tennant Company operates in three geographic business units including the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa and Asia Pacific. Join the company committed to empowering our customers to create a cleaner, safer and healthier world with high-performance cleaning solutions that minimize waste, reduce costs, improve safety and further sustainability goals.


Implements and assists in the development of Site/Divisional Safety, Environmental, Security, and Hazmat programs for applicable business units. Ensures compliance with federal, state and local regulations while also performing EHS audits and assessments in order to prevent environmental, safety and hazmat related incidents.  Reports back to Corporate EHS issues or concerns that require corporate assistance.



  • Works with site management to implement Tennant EHS requirements
  • Using Corporate policies/procedures as guidelines, customizes local policies/procedures to meet site requirements
  • Customize/develop EHS trainings based on corporate guidelines
  • Performs EHS trainings as needed to facility employees
  • Customize/develop toolkits to site differences
  • Conducts applicable environmental regulatory permitting, reporting and other day-to-day activities (i.e. recordkeeping, waste pick-ups, sampling)
  • Implements and conducts EHS audits to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations and Tennant standards
  • Performs various assessments i.e. hazard assessment
  • Tracking, reporting and communicating EHS metrics to site leadership.
    • Communicates local results up to Corporate EHS
  • Conducts local incident and injury reviews
  • Ensures closure of action items deemed necessary from near-miss, incident, or injury reviews
  • Manages facility emergency response programs
  • Assists with various local security needs and ensure local security program aligns with corporate strategies
  • Fosters relationship with local regulatory agencies
  • Communicating to Corporate EHS department local regulatory changes that may affect corporate strategies
  • Responsible for site Safety Data Sheet program and compliance



  • Bachelor's degree in safety, chemistry, biology, or related technical fields and two to five years of experience dealing with safety, environmental and Hazmat issues preferably within an industrial or regulatory setting.
  • Minimum 5 plus years of experience in a manufacturing or similar environment with experience in managing or handling safety/environmental issues



  • Ability to problem-solve.
  • Ability to concentrate on tasks, make decisions and work calmly and effectively in a high-pressure, deadline oriented environment.
  • Willingness to be flexible with time and adjust to a changing work environment.
  • Ability to build and maintain positive relationships, both internally and externally, while maintaining a client service orientation.
  • Ability to use sound judgment and discretion in dealing with highly confidential information.
  • Consistent attendance.
  • Ability to take direction and accept supervision.
  • Ability to lead and mentor other associates.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, organize and accurately prioritize work, be detail-oriented, understand when urgency is required and use good judgment in varied situations.
  • Working knowledge of safety, environmental and hazardous materials regulations/procedures.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong organization skills.
  • Risk assessment and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong computer skills.
  • Some overnight travel may be required.



  • Must regularly lift and/or moved up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move 40 pounds
  • Specific vision abilities include close vision, color vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus
  • Regularly required to stand, use hands to grip, handle or feel objects, tools or controls and reach with hands and arms
  • Frequently required to walk, talk and hear



  • Routinely and regularly works near moving mechanical parts
  • Occasionally exposed to non-toxic fumes
  • Moderate noise level



  • Must be able to wear safety glasses, safety shoes at all times.


Let us introduce you to Tennant Company. We’re everywhere. In your sports clubs, shopping malls, office buildings, parking lots. We make things that make things look like new. We bring new cleaning ideas to market. There is new dirt every day and our machines clean it up. With manufacturing operations and sales, service and support functions across globe, your journey at Tennant can take you places you never expected. If you want to get your hands dirty on a project, step up with your own ideas, or maybe even explore talents you never knew you had, Tennant Company is a place where that can happen. Because at Tennant, we like to think like new. Begin your journey with us. Let's reinvent how the world cleans.


Equal Opportunity Employer

Tennant Company is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made on the basis of individual skill, ability, reliability, productivity, and other factors important to performance. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, veteran status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, or any other basis protected by state or federal law or local ordinance.


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