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Operations Safety Lead

Date:  Jan 2, 2021

Monterey, TN, US, 38574

Req ID:  19742
Job Function:  Production

Perdue Foods is part of Perdue Farms, a family-owned company heading into it's 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.


The operation’s Safety Leader (SL) shall assist 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 SL 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 SL will also assist in preparing the weekly safety topics used by supervisors in huddle meetings. The SL 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 SL 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 SL 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 as necessary to ensure associates understand their safety responsibilities. This shall include: new-hire orientation, hazard communication requirements, material handling techniques and PPE. The SL may be required to work various shifts and some weekends when production is running in order to delivery training to associates.


The STL will assist production supervision and the Safety & Security Manager in developing the weekly safety topics covered by supervisors in the daily huddle meetings.  The SL will attend department/shift huddle meetings to assist team leaders with covering these safety topics when needed.  The SL 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. Will maintain all ramp-in documentation requirements and provide regular reports to the plant steering committee on the ramp-in program’s effectiveness.


In the absence of the Safety & Security Manager, the SL will perform any safety related duties that are required. 

Minimum Education

High School Diploma or equivalent is required. 

Experience Requirements

A minimum of 3-5-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

At least 3-years experience serving as a plant safety representative or other related safety experience gained at other employers; or, through military or voluntary fire/emergency rescue service organizations. An advance degree or related work experience as a safety professional.

Environmental Factors and Physical Requirements

When in a plant environment:

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 degrees Fahrenheit.

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

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

Must wear and use protective and safety equipment required for the job as directed by the Company.

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

Able to stand for several hours.

Work may include lifting (up to 50 lbs), reaching, bending, pushing boxes on conveyor assembly.



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.


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