Director of EHS

 •  Tri Alpha Energy Foothill Ranch, CA

11 - 15 years experience  •  Energy / Utilities

Salary depends on experience
Posted on 11/27/17
Foothill Ranch, CA
11 - 15 years experience
Energy / Utilities
Salary depends on experience
Posted on 11/27/17

Job Description

TAE Technologies is leveraging proprietary science and engineering to tackle the world’s biggest challenges. Our core mission is to create a new source of clean energy – one that’s powered by nature’s own processes and produces no harmful byproducts. It’s what we call Friendly Fusion. Our groundbreaking work has effected industry-wide advances in accelerator and plasma physics, and acted as a catalyst for adjacent innovations based on our results. With 20years of focused research, TAE Technologies is on a purposeful path to commercial fusion energy and pioneering sustainable solutions for a better tomorrow.


We have an opening at our Foothill Ranch, CA (Orange County) facility for a Director of Environmental Health & Safety who is responsible for overseeing a safe workplace environment and assuring that Company activities are conducted in accordance with applicable regulations and best practices.


This position requires close coordination of the EHS function with senior management, supervisors, and staff by offering technical advice and developing strategies to maintain a safe and secure working environment for employees, contractors, and visiting personnel.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Monitor daily EHS function of all company operations and facilities, and provide direction to EHS specialists and security personnel

Work with legal and risk management representatives to prevent legal actions and insurance claims arising from company operations

Review department policies and procedures and recommend the formulation of new/revised policies and procedures as needed

Ensure required EHS documentation is maintained

Monitor, review, and analyze proposed EHS legislation/standards for impact on the company

Manage EHS staff and participate in EHS staff recruitment, training, and development

Develop EHS training and orientation programs for all employees, contractors, and visitors

Conduct EHS audits of company facilities to monitor standards of safe, health, and environmentally sound practices

Implement processes and programs which control possible hazardous waste streams; oversee related permit development and submission

Develop methods that encourage safe practices by all employees

Investigate incidents and near misses to determine appropriate follow-up action

Technically advise management on methods to encourage health maintenance

Required Skills

This position requires heightened security because of access to controlled information, and employment with Tri Alpha is contingent upon Tri Alpha either verifying U.S. person status or electing to apply for, and obtaining, any necessary licenses. Tri Alpha may choose not to apply for the license for such individuals who may require them and may decline to proceed with an application on that basis.


Required:  Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Health and Safety or related science/engineering field

Preferred:  Current CIH or CSP credential


Technical Experience 

Experience dealing with as many of the following hazards as possible:

  • High voltage systems of up to a megavolt.
  • Large capacitor banks and other stored energy systems.
  • High energy lasers up to class 4.
  • Radiation generating devices producing both x-rays and neutrons.
  • Chemical hazards including strong acids, strong bases, and metal fires.
  • Confined space entry.
  • Rigging of heavy equipment and critical lifts.


Advanced knowledge of industrial hygiene, safety engineering, health physics, and environmental compliance

Knowledge of EHS standards and experience in conducting EHS audits and EHS training programs

Experience in evaluating community emergency services in support of organizations


Software Knowledge and Skills:

MS Office


Other Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Strong organizational and leadership skills

Ability to foster a strong safety culture in a fast paced, dynamic technology start-up environment.

Excellent written and oral communication skills with emphasis on maintaining positive business relationships within all levels of the organization

Ability to work flexible and extended hours as needed


Experience in a complex research and power utility environments

10 plus years managing the EHS function in research and development, power utility, national laboratory or similar environment.


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