Health and Safety Specialist 

LOCATION: Salisbury / North Carolina (US-NC), United States | BRAND: New York Air Brake | REQUISITION ID: 5639 | JOB GRADE: 15  | ON-SITE/REMOTE: On-site 


Since 1890, New York Air Brake has been an innovative leader in the heavy-haul railroad industry. As a member company of Knorr-Bremse –the world’s leading manufacturer of braking systems for rail and commercial vehicles--New York Air Brake is recognized worldwide as a Center of Competence for heavy-haul freight railroad control systems. From multiple locations, we serve customers across the United States, Canada, and Mexico—reaching clear across the globe to South America, Africa, the Middle East, China, and Australia. Our talented, diverse, and dedicated teams develop innovative solutions to the challenges facing our customers. Join us in our next steps.



HSE definition:  Health, Safety, Environmental and Energy


Professional Summary

Supports management and project teams to ensure compliance with relevant HSE laws and regulations. Monitors and analyses changes in HSE legislation. Designs and implements respective internal guidelines for the company. Completes internal HSE inspection of units. Evaluates procedures. If required, ensure the availability of HSE support for the unit. Completes regulatory reporting. Attends external HSE audits and maintains contact with authorities. Designs and implements HSE training. In cases, conducts thorough investigations of incidents and recommends improvement measures. May advise HSE support staff technically.

Essential Functions
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


  • Develop, implement, and continuously improve Safety, Environmental, and Energy policies and procedures, driving toward best practices.
  • Planned, scheduled, and provided required training, including new hire orientation.
  • Review and approve new or updated manufacturing processes, equipment, facilities, and other project work.
  • Investigate and respond to all safety, environmental, and energy incidents, including root cause analysis, containment, corrective/preventive measures, and reporting.
  • Plan, schedule, and perform internal audits (e.g., ISO, standards, compliance audits, regulatory audits, hazard identification, etc.)
  • Coordinate, participate, and respond to external audits (e.g., regulatory agencies, and management system audits)
  • Track and follow up on Corrective / Preventive Actions generated from audits and incidents, ensuring completion and effectiveness.
  • Prepare, maintain, and test any plans for preparedness or regulatory compliance (e.g., emergency response guide).
  • Serve as emergency coordinator, including maintaining 24-hour emergency support personally or through scheduled backup.
  • Maintain all necessary HSE performance metrics, records, and permits as required by internal processes, corporate needs, and local, state, or federal agencies (e.g., incidence and accident records, OSHA 300 log, safety data sheets).
  • Support the Facilities department in their Safety activities (e.g., equipment inspection and maintenance, waste management, wastewater plant, personnel safety).
  • Support Human Resources and HSE team on health-related programs (e.g., worker’s compensation, return-to-work, light duty, ergonomics, and new-hire screening).
  • Provide technical support, guidance, and periodic audits to other KB Rail North America locations as needed.
  • Support product-related Safety, Environmental, and Energy activities as needed.
  • Must understand and support all Quality, Product Safety, and Health/Safety/Environmental/Energy policies.
  • Must understand and adhere to all relevant statutory or regulatory compliance obligations.
  • Must understand, support, and adhere to the Integrated Management System policies, procedures, and instructions.
  • Must understand and support relevant key performance indicators (KPIs) defined in the goal tree.



Skills and Competencies

  • Has knowledge and experience in occupational safety, environmental, and energy regulations, programs, and requirements.
  • Knows manufacturing ergonomics.
  • Has a high level of problem-solving ability.
  • Has excellent organizational skills.
  • Strong analytical tools, Six Sigma preferred.
  • Has strong initiative / self-starting skills, able to act with urgency.
  • Customer Orientation - Demonstrating service and relationship orientation to internal and external customers, satisfying their needs and generating mutually satisfactory solutions.
  • Analytical Thinking - Refers to collecting, analyzing, and structuring information using a wide perspective to identify key issues and patterns and draw conclusions.
  • Managing & Improving Processes - Describes the ability to plan, prioritize, monitor, and improve work processes and allocate resources.
  • Teamwork – This means working with others, building a positive climate, and trusting relationships within teams.
  • Influence & Inspire - Refers convincing others to embrace ideas, provide compelling arguments, and use informal processes.
  • Communication Skills - Comprises the ability to speak, present, write, listen, and distribute information effectively and create an environment for open communication.

Supervisory Responsibility
This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

Work Environment
The employee will be required to perform duties on a computer terminal. The employee may be exposed to shop floor conditions, i.e. noise, heat, cold, dust/dirt, etc.

Physical Demands
The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of an office work environment position.

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in occupational health and safety or Related Field
  • 2-5+ Years of Relevant Experience in Safety, Environmental and Energy systems

Preferred Education and Experience

  • OSHA Training, OHST or Similar Certification, OHSAS 18001/ISO 45001/ISO 50001 Knowledge
  • Six Sigma Training


The base pay range for this role is $79,120-$107,880. The company reasonably expects to pay within that range, however, New York Air Brake considers several factors when extending an offer, including but not limited to, the role and associated responsibilities, a candidate’s work experience, location, education/training, and key skills.



From Engineering to Test Laboratory; Manufacturing & Skilled Machine Operation to Sales and Marketing; Field Service to Customer Service; Quality to HR to Finance to Software Development, our team-based approach is built on inclusion, opportunity, development, social responsibility and rewards. You are afforded the chance to grow personally and professionally through challenging assignments, commitment to continuing education, exposure to a variety of projects, and international travel. Our benefits are cutting edge as we offer student loan repayment assistance, lucrative 401k program, company assisted stock purchase plan, tuition reimbursement, wellness program, onsite workout facilities & classes along with competitive salary and incentive compensation, generous paid time off programs and a full array of medical, dental and vision options. We’ve got the right stuff, do you? Let’s find out together.


Then join us! We look forward to receiving your online application!


New York Air Brake LLC is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of the Company to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

Nearest Major Market: Charlotte