Merchants Metals is hiring a

Director, Environmental Health & Safety

About Merchants Metals

We’re one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of fence systems in North America. With 35 distribution center locations, 5 manufacturing facilities, and a 60-year legacy of providing quality fencing and accessories, Merchants Metals continues to be the contractor and architect choice for excellence. Our complete line of products includes perimeter security solutions for industrial, commercial and residential applications.

Why Join the Merchants Metals Team?

Our employees are part of a culture that values and promotes personal growth and development. We understand that to be a market leader we must be committed not only to our products, but also to our people. It’s our talent that helps make Merchants Metals the first name in fence solutions.

Are you an EHS Professional looking for a great opportunity?

We are currently seeking a Director, Environmental Health & Safety for our Houston, TX manufacturing plant. The Director of Environmental Health and Safety is responsible for the Company’s health, safety and environmental compliance programs, and for promoting a safe and secure environment for Company employees. This position establishes priorities, strategic direction and manages the Environmental Health and Safety Department. It is also responsible for administering, planning, implementing and monitoring critical emergency and disaster preparedness plans and policies; planning, directing and supporting the implementation/supervision of health and safety programs, policies and procedures at each of the Company’s plants and service centers. This position ensures Company compliance with applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations.


  • Establish and maintain relationships with governmental agencies, including local Fire, Police, Public Health, and Public Works departments, Cal-OSHA, OSHA and other agencies as new regulations require.
  • Lead the management, development, revisions, implementation, and team training regarding critical business continuity plans, emergency and disaster preparedness plans, and Company policies.
  • Prepare, maintain and monitor department records, manifests and reports that pertain to EHS as required by state and federal laws and regulations.
  • When necessary and appropriate, establish new EHS programs, and monitor, update and evaluate the effectiveness of existing programs and processes. Implement and track the effectiveness of Company policies and procedures to ensure that the Company complies with federal, state and local statutes and guidelines.
  • Partner with the Human Resources Team to manage and monitor workers’ compensation return to work programs. investigate all accidents, injuries, illnesses and hazards, and make corrective action recommendations attend claims reviews meetings.
  • Manage the EHS Department operating budget, identify necessary environmental capital and operating expenses necessary to ensure regulatory compliance, and where appropriate, manage and track environmental spending projects to ensure that specifications, design and construction meet applicable regulatory requirements.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Coordinate implementation of Injury and Illness Prevention Program (I.I.P.P.), including program revisions, distribution and training.
  • Coordinate regulatory training as necessary, including CPR, First Aid, AED, Fire Extinguisher, GHS, Lock Out Tag Out, Forklift, new employee safety orientation and other training as regulated.
  • Coordinate regular fire safety, active shooter and other emergency drills.
  • Train Company leadership and staff in work site safety practices, fire prevention, proper handling and use of hazardous material and equipment, including managing and updating Safety Data Sheets.

Workers Compensation Administration

  • Maintain the accuracy and integrity of Workers' Compensation claim records.
  • Maintain an agency-based control and tracking system to ensure compliance with OSHA record keeping and annual filing and posting requirements (OSHA 300 and 300A logs).
  • Maintain derivative databases that track the incidence of certain types of injury/illness (e.g., carpal tunnel, motor vehicle), and that track Workers' Compensation program expenditures by a variety of factors (e.g., indemnity, medical costs, permanencies, stipulations)

People Management

  • Responsible for the performance management and hiring of all employees within the EHS Department.
  • Lead, manage and motivate EHS team direct reports and verify that direct reports provide appropriate and effective consultation to field operations.
  • Monitor direct report employee performance; provide timely and appropriate performance feedback to all direct reports.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in EHS, Natural Science, Engineering, or a related curriculum.
  • Seven (7) + years of experience in a similarly situated role.
  • 5 years of progressive experience in environment health and safety.
  • 3 years of people supervision experience
  • Certified in First Aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and automated external defibrillator (AED).
  • Certified as a Safety Professional and/or in Industrial Hygiene preferred.
  • Knowledge and understanding of local, state and federal regulations/requirements, including but not limited to: CAL OSHA, EPA, and NFPA.
  • Understanding of California Health and Safety codes.
  • Strong fiscal management of departmental budgeting knowledge.
  • Senior level written and verbal communication, consultative and leadership skills.
  • Must be able and willing to travel approx. 20% of the time.


The position requires physical ability and mobility to work in an office and outdoor settings; to walk, stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light amounts of weight (up to 20 pounds) of equipment such as emergency preparedness equipment and supplies; to operate modern office equipment, disaster tools, vehicles, electrical equipment and other job related equipment requiring dexterity in the use of fingers, limbs, or body in the operation of equipment. Tasks may involve extended periods of time in front of a computer monitor and keyboard. Good visual skills for accuracy and for the reporting and interpretation of data, and effective verbal communication skills to present and respond to data. The employee must be able to see in the normal visual range with or without correction. The employee must also be able to hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

Due to the nature of the business, must be willing and able to work safely around certain fumes, chemicals, dust, noise and hazardous waste containers.


Merchants Metals employees and their qualified family members have the opportunity to participate in industry leading benefits programs which include:

  • Medical, Dental and Vision coverage for Employees, Spouses, Dependents &/or entire Family
  • Company Paid Life Insurance and Short/Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Convenient 24/7 Doctor Visits through LiveHealth Online
  • Legal Assistance via Legal Shield
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Identify Theft Protection
  • Access Perks – Discounts on products and services with companies nationwide.
  • 401k Retirement Program with strong company match.

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