Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Manager / Palmer Candy (Sioux City)

Palmer Candy is looking for a full time Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Manager to support safety efforts at all Palmer Candy locations.

Who are We?

The Palmer family has been making candy together since 1878. We have continued to grow together, sharing in one another’s triumphs, learning from our mistakes, and enjoying more than a few good laughs. We are proud of our unique history that is highlighted by five generations of family ownership and management. The Palmer Candy Company operates today as not only one of the country’s oldest candy companies, but as the very oldest company of its size to be under continuous family ownership in the United States!

Why work for us?

Palmer Candy has developed a culture where we treat our Team Members like family. Palmer Candy offers a full range of benefits to our Team Members. Benefits include but are not limited to:

  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Company Paid Life Insurance
  • Company Paid Short Term Disability
  • 401(k) with company match
  • PTO

Essential Job Functions of an EHS Manager at Palmer Candy.

  • Champion safety culture with zero incident mentality. Build management and colleague commitment and enthusiasm for safety through effective leadership and influence.
  • Provides training on new regulations, policies, and how to recognize hazards for existing and new Team Members.
  • Assisting with implementation of Safety Program including incident investigation, compliance, rules, permits, ergonomics, health and hygiene control, group communications, emergency preparedness, engineering controls, environmental and contractors.  
  • Ensures training and documentation is maintained in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.
  • Conduct regular safety audits, identify and evaluate hazards in the workplace, and recommend solutions to minimize or eliminate risk. 
  • Collaborate with appropriate departments to support workers’ compensation cases and follow appropriate HIPAA laws.
  • Assisting with scope review, project planning, and recommended processes to mitigate employee exposure to workplace hazards.
  • Maintains safety awareness and consistency of safety program implementation by management personnel by providing current information on safety issues and continuously working with supervisors and managers to effectively handle safety-related issues. 
  • Schedules meetings and organizes events to provide information regarding workplace safety issues to employees and managerial personnel.
  • Manage workers’ compensation claims and OSHA reporting and maintain all OSHA logs.
  • Attend workers’ compensation appointments with Team Member when applicable.
  • Support all incident and near miss investigations to uncover root cause and track completion of corrective actions.
  • Stay current on Federal and State Safety and Food Security regulations likely to affect the company.
  • Analyzes work environments and site standards as a basis for action required to improve conditions and to meet Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) standards, and informs management of areas not in compliance.
  • Facilitate safety meetings, review injury statistics and corrective actions, communicate department safety performance.
  • Advise Team Members on how to minimize or ultimately avoid risks and hazards in the workplace.
  • Assist with the creation and management of health and safety monitoring systems and policies in the workplace.
  • Manage emergency procedures (such as fire alarm drills) and organizing emergency teams such as fire marshals and first aiders.
  • Review current PPE and makes suggestions for improvements. Review Safety Policies annually.
  • Coordinate Safety Campaigns Monthly.
  • Weekly update to VP of Operations.
  • Maintain Safety Data Sheets (SDS).
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Experienced EHS Manager with 3-5 years of progressive responsibilities in a manufacturing environment, or equivalent training such as Safety Trained Supervisor certification.
  • Must have successfully completed 30-hour OSHA training.
  • Knowledge and understanding of a multitude of health and safety regulations and policies with the ability to communicate the requirements effectively and assist the facility with implementation and management.
  • Ability to communicate effectively across all functions within the plant and the ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships with individuals at all levels.
  • Proficiency in Office 365 products (Outlook, Teams, Word, Excel) as well as web-based programs
  • Strong experience and knowledge of safety and environment processes and procedures.
  • Strong leadership, training, problem solving, and decision-making skills.
  • Demonstrated organizational, communication, research, and analytical skills.
  • Experience and/or familiarity with OSHA, EPA, and DOT regulations.
  • Ability to read, comprehend and interpret technical procedures and governmental regulations.
  • Experience communicating with external agencies.
  • Experience with ergonomics and industrial hygiene a plus.
  • Ability to administer minor first aid.
  • Strong computer skills in Word, Excel, and Power Point
  • Prior forklift training experience preferred.

Work Environment/Physical Requirements

  • Office and manufacturing setting.
  • Occasionally required to balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, or twist.
  • Occasional lift up to 30 pounds and infrequently lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Ability to work in varying temperatures.
  • Must be able to climb stairs and ladders of various heights.
  • Flexibility to work different shifts and days for two manufacturing sites, warehouses and candy shop when required as well as take phone calls or come into work after regular work hours.

Submit Resumes’ to

Kaylynne Patterson / HR Recruiter