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Agriculture and Food Industries (Agribusiness)

Farms, Ranches, Food Processing and Delivery (including Commercial Catering) as well as the Seed and Feed Research, Fertilizer and other businesses that support them present unique challenges for Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS / HSE) professionals.

Agribusiness is just not as simple as it used to be.  Employees in this industry work with highly mechanized and potentially deadly equipment and animals in both the fields and the food processing facilities.  From hazards such as heat stroke for those handpicking fruits and vegetables under the hot sun, frostbite and other cold exposure risks in commercial refrigerators and freezers, the complex operation of huge combines in corn and wheat fields, filling and maintaining grain storage silos, husbandry and veterinary medical services  for raising, herding and processing live cattle and other animals, to the operation of massive commercial ovens used for cooking the food we eat, these workers and the equipment they use must be protected by highly skilled and knowledgeable EHS and Food Safety Professionals.

The EHS Professionals who fulfill these roles are experts whose responsibility it is to see that their workplace protects lives and property while simultaneously protecting the safety and quality of the food products and keeping their company profitable.  They are expected to design, develop, implement and continuously improve Injury and Illness Prevention Plans (IIPP) programs that will:

  • Assess the potential risks and hazards that can cause harm to people and / or property
  • Mitigate or minimize those hazards to protect employees, any and all site guests, property and other assets as well as the environment
  • Training programs to teach all stakeholders about their personal responsibility concerning protecting themselves, others and physical assets in the performance of their jobs
  • Measure, monitor and continuously improve leading and lagging indicators and metrics regarding:
    • Behavior Based Safety (BBS) observations
    • Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) and Job Safety Analysis (JSA) for every job and task being performed by employees
    • Lock out / Tag out (LOTO) compliance
    • Near Miss / Near Hit incidents and observations
    • Total Recordable Injury Rates (TRIR)
    • Days Away and Restricted Time (DART)
    • Experience Modification Rates (EMR)
  • Oversight and control of the EHS Management System
  • Coordinate with Emergency Management (police, fire, ambulatory) services and committees
  • Waste management and disposal plans for everything from traditional trash cans and food waste to medical, chemical and other hazardous waste storage and removal and even removal of nuclear waste with specific attention paid to Large Quantity Generator (LQG) rules
  • Lead to and maintain certification under International Standards Organization (ISO) such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 18001, ISO 22001 and ISO 45001
  • Layers of Protection Analysis (LOPA) for chemical handling and storage and full Process Safety Management (PSM) training if quantities require it
  • Meet or exceed federal, state and local laws and regulations pertaining and be the intermediary in dealing with regulators from, but not limited to, the:
    • Occupational Health and Safety Agency (OSHA)
      • OSHA 10- and 30-hour training
      • OSHA 1910, 500, 510 and other regulations
    • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations
      • Clean Water Act (CWA),
      • Clean Air Act (CAA)
      • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
      • Superfund Amendments Reauthorization Act (SARA) 
      • National Emission Standards for Hazardous Pollutants (NESHAP)
      • New Source Performance Standards (NSPS)
      • Reduction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS)
      • Spill Prevention, Containment and Control (SPCC)
      • Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA)
      • Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)
    • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
    • The Joint Commission (TJC) rules and regulations for proper hospital and medical facility food service and catering operations

Top EHS Professional in this industry will generally have their bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, Food Science, Food Safety, Occupational Health and Safety, Environmental Health and Safety, Industrial Hygiene or related discipline and many also have a master’s degree in one of these fields.  In addition, they will usually have one or more of the following nationally recognized Board Certifications:

  • Certified Food Safety Professional (CFSP)
  • Certified Safety Professional (CSP)
  • Associate Safety Professional (ASP)
  • Graduate Safety Professional (GSP)
  • Engineer in Training (EIT)
  • Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH)
  • Registered Environmental Manager (REM)
  • Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM)
  • Certified Environmental Professional (CEP)
  • Certified Professional Environmental Auditor (CPEA)

Consentium Search has years of experience recruiting for these very professionals at every level of an academic institution’s needs such as:

Food Safety and Quality (FSQ) Manager

Environmental Engineer

Health and Safety Coordinator

EHS Staff member

Fleet Safety Manager

Health and Safety Manager

Environmental Compliance Manager

EHS Manager

Director of Environmental, Health and Safety

Vice President of Environmental, Health and Safety