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Perdue Farms, Inc. Operations Safety Leads in Rockingham, North Carolina

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.


The Operations Safety Lead (OSL) will assist the Safety and Security Manager (S&S Mgr.) 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 ensuring all training is provided to the department safety reps, the delivery of basic safety training such as new-hire safety orientation and any other general safety duties as directed by management (whether directly or through the safety trainer). 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 as necessary to ensure associates understand their safety responsibilities including the facilities powered industrial truck licensing process. This shall include: 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 perform safety duties or deliver training to associates.

  • The OSL will assist 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 supervisors 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, S&S Manager, Plant Safety Supervisor, Plant Safety Steering Committee and Corporate Safety Director 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 OST will perform any safety related duties that are required.

Minimum Education

High School or equivalent not required but beneficial.

Experience Requirements

REQUIRED: A minimum of 3-5-years operations work experience and an equivalent familiarity with the production equipment used in the operations. Proficient computer skills using WORD, Excel & PowerPoint. High school diploma or GED is required.


Experience Preferred

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.