Debbie Vandercook
Debbie Vandercook
EHS Manager Position wanted
I am an experienced EHS Professional looking to work at a manufacturing facility where I can utilize my skills and training to make a safer workplace and protect the environment.

Charlevoix, MI 49720

EHS Manager EJ East Jordan, MI
September 2014 to November 2015
Plans, coordinates and directs environmental and safety activities for the site. Establishes and promotes the maintenance of a safe, accident-free, and healthy work environment. Maintain compliance with air, water, solid waste permits and regulations while meeting all health and safety regulations and policies. Carries out the corporate safety policy to provide a safe and healthy work environment for all employees. Ensure that all employees work proactively to reduce the risk of injury to themselves and their fellow employees. Uphold the company environmental laws and regulations. Strive for continuous process improvement and use production processes and controls that minimize the impact to the environment.


Skills Used
Training, Excel, Microsoft, Word, Power point

Safety Coordinator Brillion Iron Works Brillion, WI
May 2012 to August 2014
Written formaldehyde, lead, and benzene exposure control plans and training power points to comply with OSHA regulations. Updated EHS manual upon starting position. Developed addition power point presentations for supervisor’s safety meetings. Started up safety committee. Daily walk through for safety issues in all four plants. Address employee safety concerns and answer safety hot line. Put together safety material per guidance from safety manager for training purposes. Participated in setting up air sampling on the melt decks.

Manager EHS South Milwaukee, WI
January 2011 to August 2011
Title V facility and Large Quantity Generator experience. TRI and Sara 313 reporting. NPDES permit renewal. Training for PPE, Lockout, Machine Guarding, Confined Space, Fall Protection, Powered Industrial Trucks, Workers Compensation, SPCC and SPPP, Hazardous Waste Disposal, Hazardous Materials Shipping and Safety Audits and follow up for corrective action. Facilitate and lead plant safety committee and emergency responders. Layoff.

EHSS Manager Grain elevators Green Plains Grain Everly, IA
January 2010 to July 2010
Manage environmental, health, safety, and security concerns for 7
grain handling and processing locations in Northern Iowa.
• Maintain DOT and Drug and Alcohol documents for fleet.
• Conduct EHSS audits as it applies to the business sector and follow up on corrective actions and implementation.
• Be aware of Agricultural and Grain handling issues as they relate to workplace safety and occupational health.
• Manage worker’s compensation and return to work program.
• Assess and conduct safety training on vast array of safety,
environmental, hazmat, and PSM issues.
• Assist Corporate EHSS as part of EHSS auditing team of Ethanol
• Provide STOP program training to various locations in behavior
based safety systems.
• Provide support and information to outside regulatory and consulting
agencies on UST and AGST issues as they pertain to diesel fuel.
• Prepare and implement Job Safety Analysis for each job in each
location. Contract ended.

EHS Manager Siemens Water Technologies Ames, IA
November 2007 to June 2009
Responsible for health, safety and environmental for a 168 person
non-union municipal water treatment manufacturer.
• Daily tasks include dealing with worker’s compensation, monitoring
outfalls for storm and waste water sampling for operating permit.
Monthly tasks include calculating the lost time and recordable rates for three facilities.
• Participating in monthly management meetings to discuss metrics and take action on deficiencies.
• Responsible for all training for new hires including Lockout/Tag out,
Confined Space, Arc Flash Protection, PPE, Emergency Action Plans,
putting out fires, Fall Protection, Incident Investigation.
• Implementing any changes to the existing Health and Safety Program.
• Arc flash protection program and PPE requirements meeting the NEC and
Arc Flash protection requirements.
Plant closure and just kept around for environmental closure.

Safety and Health Manager Lennox Industries, Inc Marshalltown, IA
February 2006 to September 2007
Responsible for health and safety for a 1600 person unionized heating and cooling manufacturer managing a staff consisting of two full time
occupational health nurses, one safety engineer, two safety and ergonomic interns and three contract nurses.
• Act as Liaison with outside regulatory agencies including OSHA, LEPC and represent company at different community functions. Also
responsible for implementation of Health and Safety program for new
machining facility.
• Duties include training, interfacing with engineering on new processes and changes to existing operations by developing JSAs and researching
regulations, acting liaison with regulatory agencies and annual program
• Other duties include facilitating plant emergency organization,
central safety committee, HAZMAT team, and ergonomics committee.
• Used Lean Manufacturing techniques to drive the business, firm
believer in Visual Metrics and Scorecards. Downsizing.

Safety Manager Con Agra Foods Mason City, IA
March 2004 to June 2005
Responsible for safety program for 300 person union facility with 2
direct report and promoting safety and security through personal
enthusiasm and creativity to ensure active participation from all
levels of personnel.
• Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to: developing and maintaining a systematic loss prevention program, controlling
Workers’ Compensation costs, keeping knowledgeable in the dynamic field of ergonomics, ensuring full governmental and Company policy compliance with minimal interruption of production, maintaining a comprehensive and ever changing knowledge of numerous government agency regulations and standards, and achieving and sustaining the ability to fully
interpret regulations and standards as they apply to plant operations.
• Key accountabilities for the role encompass directly interacting with 12 plants, primarily with the safety contacts and plant managers to
assist in analyzing pertinent data to identify trends and recommend
safety improvements and in providing guidance in managing worker’s
compensation claims. The role will be involved in establishing business
unit policies and carrying out responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws.
• Responsibilities include interviewing, training employees in necessary
compliance areas and to improve safety performance; planning, assisting and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining
employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems and PSM.
Plant closure and downsizing.

EHS Manager/ISO14000 Management Representative Karl Schmidt Unisia Marinette, WI
September 1998 to February 2004
Responsible for managing all EH&S issues for two manufacturing
facilities for machining and foundry operations.
• Duties encompass supervising Occupational Health Nurse and
Environmental Engineer.
• Also responsible for setting up EH&S Management and EMS systems for compliance with regulatory agencies, Hazardous Material Response, and
ISO14000 standard. Conduct all applicable training.
• Worked with Wisconsin DNR on air permit renewals and addition of new
equipment and changes to the Aluminum MACT standard in 2003 and 2004.
• Characterized and classified hazardous waste for disposal and made
recommendations for vendors for appropriate disposal.
• Approved and verified all information to submit all reports relating to environmental concerns, (SARA, Title III, etc.).
• Met with local emergency planning coordinator for facility walk through and changes for off-site plan under EPCRA and RCRA on an annual basis.
• Experience with writing EAP programs according the NFPA Life Safety
guidelines. Left for better opportunity and more money.

Environmental, Health, & Safety Regional Coordinator United Technologies Automotive Traverse City, MI
February 1993 to May 1998
Responsible for managing all EH&S issues for two manufacturing
facilities including electromechanical parts manufacturing and metal
stamping employing 1000 people between both sites.
• Duties encompass setting up EH&S management systems for compliance with regulatory agencies and internal review, training, and EH&S review with
each site coordinator.

Health & Safety Coordinator
• Responsible for incident investigation and administration of Worker’
Compensation for a manufacturing facility employing 850.
• Coordinate all OSHA compliance-training issues and conduct training in the areas of Hazard Communication, Blood borne Pathogens, Hearing
Conservation, Proper Lifting, and Personal Protective Equipment.
• Coordinate all activities for Ergonomics, Safety Committee, and Safety
• Responsible for all industrial hygiene monitoring and emergency
response personnel. Bought by Lear Corporation and position was duplicated and laid off.

Communications Great Lakes Maritime Academy
Traverse City, MI
1990 to 1992

B.S. Industrial Management University of Akron
Akron, OH
1987 to 1992

Industrial Hygiene (2 years)

Certified Occupational Safety Specialist

American Society of Safety Engineers


• Established and implemented a comprehensive noise monitoring program including training, on site audiometric testing, and noise sampling for problem areas.
• Designated as a certified trainer for Environmental, Health, and Safety for Line Supervisors.
• Familiar with OSHA, EPA, and DHEQ regulatory protocols and regulatory standards.
• Familiar with the manufacturing concepts of QS9000, TQM, Kaizan, and RCI.
• Multiple site responsibility.
• Wastewater treatment procedures.
• Responsible for writing and implementing EH&S programs such as; PPE,
Respiratory protection, injury and illness management, safety
Inspection and auditing procedures, and incident investigation through
Corrective action.
• Participated in multiple Lean programs and received certifications.

  • Updated 7 years ago

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