Louisville, KY, United States of America


Leadership, Innovation, Solutions, Zeon Chemicals is the leading developer and supplier of innovative polymers, including synthetic elastomers and specialty chemicals and other selected products used in countless applications worldwide. We develop superior elastomers for the hottest parts of automotive engines, polymers for longer lasting laser printer rolls, synthetic rubber to survive oil wells' most aggressive fluids and cyclo-olefin plastics for today's advanced medical and electronic applications.

Job Skills / Requirements

The Corporate Process Safety Engineer will be responsible for Zeon Chemicals' process safety vision and strategy and will lead the effort to improve and sustain excellence in the organizational and chemical process safety culture and knowledge base. They will provide leadership and direction to achieve the process safety vision through management commitment and employee ownership.

Position Responsibilities:

Upholds safety, health, environmental procedures, communicates directly and supports the SHE department to ensure OSHA and EPA compliance at all times. Works to consistently build the competence of the site SHE professionals and engineers in the areas of PSM and RMP. Serves as coach and facilitator for process safety engineering and health and safety risk reduction strategies. Ensures a safe and environmentally sustainable operation of ZCLP production, warehouse, and R&D facilities by facilitating the installation of proper procedures, equipment controls and training to meet or exceed all standards, laws, rules, and regulations.

Develop and execute programs to reduce and eliminate the risk of incidence of process, equipment, and systems-related injuries and illness, exposure and property loss
Collaborate with other functions including but not limited to Research and Development, Engineering, and Operations to execute the process safety strategy.

Ensures OSHA-required training is conducted for employees and that it incorporates innovative methods to make training interesting, relevant and effective.

Designs and implements Corporate safety programs to be cascaded to all sites. Assures policies and corresponding procedures are compliant with regulatory standards.

Reviews corporate process safety metrics and investigations of process safety-related incidents to provide feedback on root cause and necessary corrective actions.

Audits and documents process safety and risk management programs, procedures, and corrective actions making recommendations for continuous improvement.

Provide leadership, counsel and technical assistance to corporate and plant leadership in the field of process safety management to attain production, quality, cost, safety and environmental goals. Fosters Process Safety ownership within the organization through leadership, coordination, and coaching in accordance with the compliance standards.

Demonstrate how to prepare for PHA meetings, how to effectively lead hazard review meetings, and how to document results in a useable PHA report. Lead and document the PHA/hazard evaluations of large projects (such as a new process) and revalidations of existing (older) processes as necessary.

Ensure incident investigations and root cause analyses for all process safety incidents are conducted thoroughly and in conformance with PSM requirements. Lead investigations for serious process safety incidents.

Perform Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA) for determining if the risk of an accident scenario is low enough.
Be an expert at determining the necessary risk mitigation for an accident scenario during PHAs/HAZOPs, or as a stand-alone task.

Ensure employees understand and exercise their decision rights regarding Process Safety/Chemical Process Safety.

Develop key performance indicators (most importantly, leading indicators) to track the progress of PSM and work in cooperation with managers, engineers and others to keep process safety performance on track.

Manage, coordinate and implement all fourteen (14) elements of the OSHA Process Safety Management standard and additional requirements of EPA risk management plan rule. Identify gaps in any of the elements and implement sustainable solutions to address them.

Work in tandem with the maintenance staff to develop, coordinate and evaluate maintenance programs for highly technical equipment.

Provide oversight and conduct audits for site management of change (MOC) and pre-start up safety review (PSSR) processes.

Ensure the development, improvement, and implementation of training systems to meet compliance standard requirements.

Provide hands-on support for closure of audit and PHA findings by developing and implementing solutions related to EHS risk and compliance gaps.

Lead process safety management and risk management plan audits, report on findings, make recommendations for correction of issues, and directly support the risk reduction efforts.

Ensure all sites maintain compliance with Department of Homeland Security Chemical Facility Antiterrorism Standard requirements.

Represent the Company in external regulatory inspections and inquiries involving Process Safety, Risk Management and Chemical Security issues.

Use models for environmental releases and facility siting to assess risk and drive risk reduction activities.
Strive for continuous improvement in process safety performance through effective implementation of PSM program.


BS degree in chemical or mechanical engineering.
7-10 years’ experience in a PSM role or covered processes. Working knowledge of process safety regulations (29 CFR 1910.119 and 40 CFR 68). Professional Engineer (P.E.), Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Six Sigma, Human Factors Engineering, DHS (CFATS CVI) preferred.
Formal training in Root Cause Analysis and How to Conduct Audits preferred.
Working knowledge of regulatory requirements, procedures and legislative process.
Excellent communication skills, personal rapport and motivation are required to effectively coach internal staff and work with outside groups and agencies engaged in process safety.
Knowledge of State/Federal EPA RMP and OSHA PSM compliance requirements.
Experience working in a union environment preferred; but not required.
Proficient in Microsoft applications, including MS Word, MS Excel, MS Outlook, and MS PowerPoint.
Excellent communication skills and experience applying technology through teamwork.

Education Requirements (Any)

Bachelor's in Mechanical or Chemical Engineering

Additional Information / Benefits

Zeon offers growth opportunities, a highly competitive salary and excellent benefits program. Benefits: Medical Insurance, Life Insurance, Dental Insurance and Vision. Zeon is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status. Please apply online at:

Insurance, Paid Vacation, Paid Holidays, Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability, 401K/403b Plan, Educational Assistance

Screening Requirements: Drug Screen, Criminal Background Check, Physical Exam

This job reports to the Corporate Safety, Health & Environmental Leader

This is a Full-Time position 1st Shift, As needed.

Number of Openings for this position: 1