EHS Specialist in Kutztown, PA at Advance Auto Parts

Date Posted: 10/9/2019

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The EHS specialist II conducts execution of proactive safety programs for Advance Auto Parts operations in distribution centers based in North America which conform to Company proactive safety philosophies, goals, & ensures regulatory compliance (US & Canadian federal, state, provinces); leads the implementation of safety strategies which engage all associates to prevent, reduce, and/or avoid losses that impact Team Members , drivers, customers, third parties, and business continuity.  This position will also work independently to execute environmental programs.  This position will report to either a Manager of EHS or Sr. EHS Manager.  Partners closely with site General Managers and works directly with distribution center leadership.  This position will act as the Environmental, Health, and Safety subject matter expert for 1-2 distribution centers.  This position will work directly with Operations Directors and GM to deploy safety and environmental programs.  This position will not have direct reports and will need to further develop influence and coaching skills. Will coach lower level EHS Specialists.


•       Develop and identify site specific loss control strategies to prevent and reduce hazards and losses for all business units.  Deploy AAP programs specific to loss control, hazard assessments, and prevention.

•       Deploy, manage, and measure various internal safety programs/activities and compliance activities related to, but not including the OSHA, DOT, & other governmental safety regulations & programs.

•       Deploy, manage, and measure various internal environmental programs and compliance activities related to EPA, DOT, DHS, and other governmental environmental regulations & programs.

•       Coordinate regulatory compliance activities, safety meetings, training programs, and any additional information or materials required for such.

•       Support Emergency Action Plans (EAP) and Business Continuity Plans (BCP) for locations.  Participate in hurricane preparedness storm tracking and conference calls as needed (depending on geography of role).

•       Communicate loss trends DC leadership effectively so operators know what their key loss drivers are and provide the tools and resources to assist business units prevent and reduce losses.

•       Develop and maintain effective safety communications strategies.

•       Help maintain current HAZCOM program and provide store management with this information for dissemination. Keep managers and associates alerted as to the hazards of working with toxic fumes, dangerous chemicals, and any other hazardous substances. 

•       Partner with other members of the EHS Leadership Team on cross functional projects that relate to Team Member, Operational, and Customer safety and regulatory compliance.

•       Partner with AAP’s Risk and Claims staff to address specific along with current and long-term claims trends in order to reduce the frequency and severity of identified hazards.

•       Audit safety/health programs for compliance with company standards, government regulations, and adequacy.  Work closely with internal staff and third-party providers during this process.

•       Review and analyze accident reports and trends to ensure proper action is initiated to prevent the re-occurrence.

•       Actively support, coordinate, and enhance the LIFE program(s).

•       Implement safety related initiatives for Team Members and management as required.


  • Knowledge of federal, state, province, and OSHA regulations and procedures on a multi-state basis. Knowledge of loss control strategies related worker’s compensation regulations, general liability, auto, property, crime and third party administrators and their operations is essential.
  • Documented history of managing a multi-state safety program that achieved measurable results.  Retail, fleet, and distribution experience is highly preferred.
  • Excellent communication skills required, in order to appropriately communicate with individuals of differing knowledge levels (e.g., store associates, management, doctors, attorneys, etc.) Ability to multi task, prioritize and organize work to meet deadlines and multiple requests desired.
  • Analytical skills needed to analyze and interpret data trends.
  • Managerial or supervisory experience along with strong organizational skills.
  • Knowledge of overall store, fleet and distribution operations, to include policies and procedures, use and availability of manuals and guides, employee position descriptions, training and development programs.
  • Microsoft Office skills.
  • Ability to present to, and train both small and large groups.


Bachelors Degree in Safety or Occupational Health, other safety related programs; (post-graduate education) preferred.

1 – 3 years of experience in operations, maintenance, or store operations, or supply chain preferred.

Prior distribution center or manufacturing experience is strongly preferred.

Experience with OSHA VPP is a plus. 


Associate Safety Professional (or higher) certification highly preferred or a willingness to obtain.

Understanding of Six Sigma process with a Black or Green Belt certification are a plus.

Other professional designations are a plus.