Safety Specialist

Job Requisition ID:  50967

Founded in 1920, Eastman is a global specialty materials company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With the purpose of enhancing the quality of life in a material way, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. The company’s innovation-driven growth model takes advantage of world-class technology platforms, deep customer engagement, and differentiated application development to grow its leading positions in attractive end markets such as transportation, building and construction, and consumables. As a globally inclusive and diverse company, Eastman employs approximately 14,000 people around the world and serves customers in more than 100 countries. The company had 2023 revenue of approximately $9.2 billion and is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA. For more information, visit





The role of the Safety Specialist encompasses activities related to the wellbeing of employees including developing and implementing policies and practices to identify/mitigate hazardous conditions within the workplace and to assist the site’s goal in cultivating a zero-incident mindset. Individual selected will serve as the site resource for workplace safety while ensuring regulatory compliance and safety program obligations and initiatives are met.



Major Job Responsibilities:

  • Near-Miss / Incident Investigations: Lead/assist incident and near miss investigations by utilizing root cause analysis in addition to the Human Factor analysis in the incident investigation process. Investigating incidents and consulting with technical staff, leadership, and health and safety regulatory authorities to identify causes of incidents and prevent their recurrence.
  • Identify potential workplace hazards, unsafe equipment, work practices, and working conditions and determine suitable mitigation efforts to maintain a safe work environment.
  • Provide oversight and maintain compliance with corporate and applicable regulatory requirements, activities, and projects.
  • Maintain and manage site policies and procedures related to compliance with Health and Safety and analyzing records of workplace injuries, illness, and absences to identify areas of concern and provide information required by regulatory agencies.
  • Conduct Job Safety Analysis and PSSR for field activities
  • Daily floor presence to help coach and provide feedback (including positive reinforcements) regarding hazard identification and awareness.
  • Develop and conduct HSES training.
  • Manage and enhance the use of the incident management database.
  • Assist with ensuring HSE regulatory requirements and government reporting regulations such as Virginia OSHA Logs, etc.
  • Strong troubleshooting skillset.
  • VPP site resource/site rep
  • MOC coordinator for Martinsville


Other Duties and Responsibilities:

• Active participation in the site’s emergency response teams: medical response, etc.


• Requires a college or university degree. Preferred disciplines: occupational safety and health, environmental health and/or industrial hygiene or related 4-year technical degree.

• Prefer 3 or more years’ experience in industrial manufacturing safety, or related manufacturing plant environment

• Passionate and positive mindset in helping others work safely

• Ability to perform work indoors and outdoors. Work may involve climbing stairs, working in congested areas, and working around chemical process equipment.

• Strong interpersonal and communication skills

• Keen ability in building professional relationships with local and State Regulatory Authorities

• Proficient in basic computer software (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Relational Databases).

• Candidate should be able to work independently with a moderate level of guidance and direction.

Eastman Chemical Company is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other characteristics protected by law.


Eastman is committed to creating a powerfully diverse workforce and a broadly inclusive workplace, where everyone can contribute to their fullest potential each day.

Nearest Major Market: Roanoke

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