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Occupational Health & Safety Nurse

Date: Jan 5, 2022

Location: Charlotte, NC, US

Company: Gerdau


Why you'll love it at Gerdau

At Gerdau it’s all about the people. Gerdau's growth is based on our purpose and on a vision focused on excellence. The measures of performance are customer satisfaction, the personal and professional growth of each employee, our communities, and the World.  Our culture thrives by embracing diversity, encouraging innovation and creating products that serve humanity. This is a new position and offers you the ability to participate in the creation of health and safety programs. If you like being boots on the ground in a manufacturing environment, this is the position for you!


We offer a competitive salary plus weekly incentive bonus and best of all a Monday through Friday,  8 hour day schedule. Your benefits start on your first day!


We Have: 

  • A strong global presence with steel mills that transform millions of metric tons of raw material to produce steel beams, flat-rolled steel, merchant bar, rebar, spikes, and wire used by the automotive industry, appliance, construction, machinery, and equipment industries.    

  • A culture that welcomes diversity, encourages innovation and creates products that serve humanity.  

  • An environment that values teamwork, safety, and sustainability. 

  • A commitment to continuous improvement and the belief that we can create a better future for our employees and our global community by investing in people, processes, and technology. 


We Offer:

  • Comprehensive Medical, Prescription, Dental, Vision Plans – Eligible upon 1st day of hire 
  • Health & Dependent Care (Flexible Spending Account) 
  • 100% Matching 401K up to 6% 
  • Life/Accidental Life Insurance 
  • Health Advocate Services 
  • Employee Assistance Program 
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program 
  • Career Path System and Training 
  • An empowering and open culture with the opportunity to grow and create 


You Have:

  • A degree from an accredited nursing school, preferably a Bachelor of Nursing and current registered nursing license in the state of North Carolina.
  •  3-5 years of Clinical Nursing experience
  • Occupational health and safety experience and OSHA training preferred but not necessary. 
  • Prior experience with North Carolina Workers Compensation case management and federal laws related to Worker’s Compensation, and legislation regarding confidentiality.
  • Ability to analyze and make sound judgements to accurately document and maintain appropriate confidentiality of medical records. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively with employees, physicians/medical professionals, and other outside parties. 
  • Knowledge of state and federal laws related to Worker's Compensation and legislation regarding confidentiality. 
  • Intermediate proficiency with MS Office suite
  • Possess excellent written communication skills and the ability to document decision, agreements, and orders made.


Your Purpose:

Reporting directly to the Health & Safety Manager, you are in daily contact with managers, supervisors, administrative staff, hourly employees, contractors, union representatives & safety representatives regarding injuries, first aid treatment, annual hearing tests, wellness initiatives (including EAP), first aid kit supplies and disability management issues.


Your Work:

  • Provide immediate emergency care for traumatic and non-traumatic injured workers and contractors including coordinating, directing and setting up for or transporting offsite medical treatment for the injured workers as required.
  • Coordinate and assist the Safety Administrator in case management for all  Workers’ Compensation claims.
  • Work with the EHS Manager and EHS Specialists to develop preventative measures to reduce work place injuries.
  • Conduct respirator fit tests, hearing tests, heavy metal blood draws, PFT tests, crane physicals, and vision tests.
  • Maintain, sustain, and ensure compliance with select Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA),  Charlotte Mill, and Gerdau Corporate Safety guidelines and standards.
  • Standardize/develop Charlotte nursing, injury response, and North Carolina Workers Compensation practices and policies.
  • Coordinate specialized occupational safety and health training and emergency drills for the Charlotte Mill.
  • Act as back up to the EHS Manager and Protective Service Medical Team as needed.
  • Assist HR in random drug testing as directed by the HR Manager.
  • Conducts Breath Alcohol Testing (BAT)
  • Performs contractor safety testing and issuance of updated working identification numbers when tests have been completed and passed with a score of 80% or above.
  • Authorization of Personal Protective Equipment for new hires and employees as needed.
  • implementing and evaluating strategies to facilitate maximum medical improvement for employees to return to work when possible and then establishes case-specific target return-to-work dates. Participate in applicable safety meetings and investigations. 
  • Report and correct all unsafe conditions immediately.  
  • Participate in Safety Hour activities and corporate safety initiatives.