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Operations Safety Lead


Bridgewater, VA, US, 22812

Req ID:  3801
Job Function:  Production

Forbes has named Perdue Farms one of “America’s Best-Diverse Companies” . Perdue Foods is part of Perdue Farms, a family-owned company heading into its second century of growth and innovation. With a goal of becoming the most trusted name in premium proteins, we create products for consumers and for retail and foodservice customers around the globe, while changing the way animals are raised for food.


This hourly position assists production supervisors and the Safety & Security Manager in ensuring all operational safety compliance protocols and protections are in place, and fully functional by performing various safety duties throughout the production shift. The position will assist in providing safety & hazard recognition training to current department safety representatives and audit the representative’s daily inspections to ensure they are completed in a timely and quality manner.  The OSL will be responsible for training all new safety reps, delivering basic safety training such as new-hire safety orientation and any other general safety duties as directed by management.  In addition, the OSL will also assist in preparing the weekly safety topics used by supervisors in huddle meetings.   The OSL will perform various administrative and/or compliance duties associated with the Perdue Safety Program, and the annual Corporate Safety Audit for operations.

Principal and Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Performs daily audits within operations to ensure all plant safety protocols and procedures are being strictly adhered too.  The OSL will train all new department safety reps on the daily inspection process they are to perform and the check sheets used to capture any potential hazard.  The OSL will ensure all hazards identified by safety reps are reported to supervision, and the team leader advised of the corrective action taken.

Assist in performing various safety training requirements.  Included: new-hire orientation, hazard communication requirements, material handling techniques and PPE.  The OSL may be required to work various shifts and some weekends when production is running in order to deliver training to associates.

The OSL will assist production supervision and the Safety & Security Manager in developing the weekly safety topics covered by supervisors in the daily huddle meetings.   The OSL will attend department/shift huddle meetings to assist team leaders with covering these safety topics when needed.  The OSL will assist in attending department huddle meetings throughout the month to ensure safety topics are being covered by team leaders in an effective way and report findings to senior management.

Perform various administrative duties within the Plant’s Safety department.   Assist the Director of Operations, Safety and Security Manager, Plant Safety Steering Committee and Regional Safety Manager in preparing for the Corporate Safety Audit or any safety related audit, including regulatory inspections within the facility.

Coordinates the plant’s new-hire ramp-in program to ensure all new-hires are ergonomically orientated into their new positions.  In the absence of the Safety & Security Manager, the OSL will perform any safety related duties that are required. 

Minimum Education

High School or equivalent not required but beneficial.

Experience Requirements

A minimum of 3 years further processing work experience and an equivalent familiarity with the production equipment used in the operations.  Proficient computer skills using WORD, Excel & PowerPoint. 

Experience Preferred

Experience serving as a plant safety representative or other related safety experience gained at other employers.  

Environmental Factors and Physical Requirements

Exposure primarily consists of wet and moist floors which include metal and plastic grating surfaces. 

May be exposed to temperatures of 28 degrees to 100 degrees Fahrenheit with both ambient and 100% humidity.

May handle product 25 degrees to 50 degress while standing.

May be exposed to noise ranges of 50 db to 110 db.

May be exposed to dust, and all chemicals used in poultry, food, processing facility.

Protective Personal Equiptment.

Occasional exposure to carbon dioxide vapors 10ppm and chlorine less than 20 ppm. 






Perdue Farms, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Nearest Major Market: Harrisonburg
Nearest Secondary Market: Virginia