Riken Americas Corporation


Location: Hopkinsville, KY 

Riken Elastomers Corporation, manufacturer of custom plastics compounds, has been in business in Hopkinsville, KY since 2007. Riken is committed to providing high performance plastics compounds that meet and exceed our customers’ expectations by providing quality products, excellent customer service and on-time delivery through continuous improvement of our people and processes.

Job Summery: 

Lead and administer the company’s environmental, health and safety programs. Meet the requirements of federal, state and local laws, industry standards, customer specifications, and company specifications applicable to environmental, health and safety.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Maintain and revise Company Environmental, Health and Safety programs, as required.
  • Recommend changes or improvements to enhance the effectiveness of the EHS programs.
  • Develop and/or revise appropriate facility-wide EHS related policies, procedures, practices and training, as required and ensure alignment with the requirements of federal, state and local laws and industry standards.
  • With support from the Plant Manager, develop EHS targets and objectives.  Monitor progress toward completion of objectives; document and report progress on quarterly basis.
  • Establish, coordinate, perform, and/or participate in internal and external EHS audits. Assure adequacy and implementation of responses; confirm effectiveness of corrective and preventive actions.
  • Lead site-specific EHS risk assessments. Document results and implement measures for improvement. Work with plant manager and other personnel to revise or modify facility procedures to address hazards and risks and minimize their impact on personnel.
  • With support from consultant, maintain appropriate federal, state & local environmental permits, including required tests, inspections, & reporting. Obtain new and revised permits as needed.
  • Assure compliance with applicable EHS federal, state, and local regulations and/or requirements.
  • In collaboration with supervisors and managers, investigate all work related incidents (injury/near-miss/property damage/environmental spills) and develop / implement corrective actions to prevent a recurrence.  Work closely with HR / Supervisors to return workers to modified / full duty. 
  • Responsible for OSHA reporting including OSHA Log.
  • Work with HR / Supervisors to track incidents – including Days Away and Days of Restricted Work Activity.
  • Responsible for company Hearing Conservation Program.
  • Responsible for maintaining Forklift Training Program to include conducting training.
  • Responsible for site First AID, CPR, AED and BBP training.
  • Coordinate employee EHS training, orientation, and emergency drills.
  • Responsible for maintenance of pre-employment company specific physicals to include monitoring of providers services.
  • Lead Safety Committee meetings.
  • Direct investigations into events and incidents. Provide feedback on root cause and appropriate corrective actions. Monitor corrective actions and responses, and follow-up when required.
  • Maintain Company SDS-GHS system; chemical inventory.
  • Collect and monitor samples as required by applicable regulations.
  • Participate in industry associations.
  • Represent Riken Elastomers Corporation at safety and environmental meetings / functions.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Be able to relate to other people beyond giving and receiving instructions:
    •   Can get along with co-workers or peers without exhibiting behavioral extremes; 
    • Perform work activities requiring negotiating, instructing, supervising, persuading or speaking with others;
    • Respond appropriately to criticism from a supervisor

Special Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Support Quality Department with testing and analysis.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in safety or environmental management or similar plus 2-3 years relevant experience in environmental, health or safety functions within manufacturing environment, or equivalent education and experience. 
  • Knowledge of broad-based EHS programs and an understanding of the underlying philosophy.
  • Developed knowledge of relevant local, state and federal safety and environmental regulations and practice. 
  • TSCA inventory experience preferred.
  • Environmental storm water, hazardous waste and air permit experience preferred.
  • Strong verbal, written and interpersonal communications skills to communicate effectively and foster management and employee participation.
  • Developed knowledge of EHS field concepts, practices and procedures.
  • Intermediate computer skills including strong knowledge of Microsoft Office products.
  • Strong focus on follow-up and attention to detail.
  • Ability to analyze data.
  • Ability to travel as needed.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical demands:

  • Constantly required to sit/stand, walk, talk and hear.
  • Frequently required to use hands and fingers to feel, handle or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms.
  • Frequently required to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, and crawl.
  • Occasionally required to lift and/or move up to 55 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision,peripheral vision, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

Work environment: Plant and Office

  • Exposure to changes in temperature, dust, fumes and chemicals.
  • Exposure to moderately loud noise while in the plant.
  • Exposure to low noise levels while in the office.
  • Personal protective equipment required.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we are committed to a diverse workforce.

Please Email Resume to kwilcox@rec-ky.com

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