Health Safety & Environmental Manager, San Diego, in San Diego, CA at Austal

Job Description

Any qualified individual with a disability who is having difficulty in completing an application because of incompatible technology or other disability-related application issues may contact us at the following phone number for assistance: 251-445-1932.
Austal shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR §§ 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that covered prime contractors and subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status or disability.  Austal’s commitment to equal employment opportunity applies at all levels of employment, in all job titles, including the executive level, and to all employment actions, including but not limited to decisions concerning recruitment, hiring, training, and promotion. 

REPORTS TO: Sr. Manager of Health Safety and Environmental

SUPERVISES: Safety Officers, Fire Watch contractors assigned to San Diego Office.


  • Assists and coordinates functions of a comprehensive on-site Injury & Illness Prevention Program (I2P2) to include incipient fire protection and control, hazardous materials and waste management both on project sites and in local satellite offices.
  • Oversees investigates all local site accidents/injuries; coordinates Sr. Manager HSE and Occupation nurse regarding the processing of Longshore Harbor Workers (LSHW) Compensation claims, log recordability.  
  • Ensure compliance with Corporate, State, and Federal regulations and guidelines regarding to occupational safety & health, hazardous chemical use and chemical waste storage for California operations as it relates to maritime shipyard and general construction. 29 CFR 1910, 1926, 1915 and CA Title 8.
  • Oversees compliance with all Navy yard, BAE, environmental and EPA regulations as they apply to California operations.
  • Oversees at a local level development, recommend and implement general accident preventive programs to include specific protective procedures and devices.
  • Perform safety survey audits side by side with subordinates to identify and evaluate occupational health, safety and environmental conditions.
  • Oversees crew and fire watch schedules and carry out periodic safety inspections to identify environmental and occupational hazards.
  • Conducts and coordinates on-site inspections with client to audit physical conditions and safe work practices.
  • Assist in the development of control systems for identified hazards.
  • Provide advice and counsel to CA production management team concerning all corporate, city, state, and federal compliance regulations.
  • Measure and evaluate the effectiveness of the hazard control system, policies, and procedures and recommend changes that reflect improved opportunities to eliminate work place accidents and injuries.
  • Direct or assist in the development and or modification of specialized education and training materials.
  • Assist in the coordination and training for new direct hire and / or contractor employees.
  • Oversees coordination and conduct supervisory and other production safety training programs. 
  • Advise management periodically on the status of the safety program and new safety techniques.
  • Compile, analyze, interpret and report accident, loss, and exposure statistical data as they apply to CA operations.
  • Assist in the preparation of comprehensive recommendations for corrective action to eliminate or minimize potential hazards. Review, prepare injury and property damage reports, and evaluate root causality.
  • Conduct and prepare specialized safety programs to communicate hazard control information (LOTO, Lanyard and Harness, CSE, etc.). 
  • Assist with the implementation and daily maintenance of environmental compliance programs related to hazardous wastes, air permitting, water pollution control, Navy carbon foot printing and right-to-know programs (SDS’s).
  • Supervises and coordinates the activities of any subordinate health, safety, fire watch and environmental staff.
  • Perform other related duties as directed that correspond to the overall function of this position.



  • Ten years related experience in an industrial setting, preferably HS&E, military   experience in lieu of related experience will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • A BA/BS in Safety Engineering, Industrial Hygiene, or Environmental Sciences, Health Sciences, or in a related field
  • Must be familiar with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), California Title 8, EPA and other federal or state standards, must be competent in filing reports, answering complaints and responding to citation notices issued by these organizations.
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written (training/presentations/report writing.)
  • Ability to lead and direct teams, workgroups or subordinates
  • Strong PC skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint, Publisher).
  • Skilled in the standards, concepts, practices, and procedures within the health, safety and environmental fields.
  • Ability to work at all levels within and organization and the ability to work in a diverse work group.
  • Must be able to work with other safety personnel and management staff and to take direction accordingly.
  • Professional certifications not required but are considered a plus (I.e. CSP, OHST, CHST, REM, CIH, MC, QCI, CHMM, 40 hr. 1910.120 Hazwoper, RCRA CAL, DOT, GHS Trainer)
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills.


  • OSHA Outreach training as it relates to Shipyard Industry – Considered a Plus but not necessary to apply for job.

TOOLS:  Integrated air monitoring equipment, Real time air monitoring equipment, lanyards harnesses, LOTO Devices, Extinguishers.

DIRECTION EXERCISED:  Full discretionary authority to assign work at a local level.

DISCRETION EXERCISED: Full discretionary authority to correct and discipline, recommend pay increase, transfers, promotions, discharges, and process grievances at a local level

LIAISES WITH:  HS&E corporate management, main yard HSE staff, Operations Department, Client, Government organizations, Supply Chain and Vendors.  


Candidates must meet the following employment eligibility guidelines to be considered for employment with Austal USA:

  • 18 years of age or older at time of application.
  • Able to provide proof of US Person Status
  • No felony convictions of Theft/Deception or Violent crimes within seven years from disposition date
  • No felony convictions of Drug crimes within three years from disposition date
  • Willing to submit to a drug screen
  • Willing to submit to a background check
  • Must have a valid drivers license and ability to be placed on company vehicle insurance.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Must be able to tour all vessels and work sites.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, use hands to manipulate, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms, climb and balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to sit. 

Specific physical requirements include the following:

Must have the ability, bend, squat, stoop, crawl, and kneel. Perform prolonged standing. Ability to turn head from side to side and about the vertical axis. Ability to turn body at the waist from side to side and about the vertical axis. Must have the ability to climb in an unrestrained safe manner (climbing as a minimum includes stairs, scaffolding, ladders, and ramps). Ability to work at heights above 12’ while working from ladders, scaffolding and/or man lifts. Able to work at a variety of levels (ex. waist, eye, overhead). Demonstrate good balance while working on uneven surfaces and maneuvering obstacles. Possess sufficient handgrip and coordination to carry and operate tools and equipment. Ability to utilize personal protective equipment (hard hat, safety glasses, steel-toes shoes, goggles, respirator, safety harness, safety line, flotation gear, etc.) safely per OSHA standards. Ability to withstand cold and hot temperatures. Ability to enter 18” x 36” openings and work in confined spaces for prolonged periods of time. Able to respond to verbal and audible sounds/commands. Able to utilize adequate visual skills. Ability to fully extend the arm while reaching overhead, reaching out, reaching to the side and reaching down. Ability to perceive attributes of an object/material such as size, shape, temperature and texture by means of receptors in the hands and fingers.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters whole performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to humid conditions, bright flashing lights, moving mechanical parts, high precarious places, outside weather conditions, and extreme heat.  The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes and/or airborne particles at or below the PEL, toxic or caustic chemicals, and heat and cold.  The noise level in the work environment is usually very loud, + 90 dB.


Must comply with company, federal, state, and local safety and environmental rules and regulations while performing daily job tasks.