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Safety Manager

South Burlington, Vermont, United States
February 28, 2018

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John Buhmann

Global EHS Management Professional

Twenty plus years of proven success making workplaces safer, more environmentally friendly and more productive by creating a “culture of safety & environmental excellence” to augment the production of insightful, rigorous and detailed processes and procedures. Effective in gaining the commitment of European, Asian and US managers to improving plant conditions as a way of reducing costs and enhancing quality. Hands-on experience combines with intensive, self-driven, on-the-job training and an over-riding desire to make life better for others. The magnitude of the results is confirmed by a long and consistent history of awards for superior performance.

Transformational Leader

Team Pacesetter

Subject Matter Expert

Resolute Negotiator


Cross-cultural Manager

Collective Bargainer

Broadly Experienced

Talent Developer

Professional Experience

KEURIG GREEN MOUNTAIN, Waterbury, VT 8/16 – Present

World’s largest producer of single serve beverage products ($5B)

North America Production and R & D centers

Regional Director EHS Americas

Lead a staff of 17 EHS regional resources; direct expenditure of +$11MM operational and +$35MM capital budgets

Member of the corporate manufacturing leadership team

Corporate lead for TPM/IWS EHS Pillar

Develop and lead the Safety culture change initiative to include leading indicators, near misses, EHS leadership development, and hourly employee safety champions

Ensure EHS processes and procedures are implemented and standardized across the manufacturing network

Work closely with engineering to develop safe equipment design and installation

Interpret the business impact of EHS laws, standards, and regulatory requirements and provide management systems to ensure compliance

Oversee site EHS assessments across the network

Work with sites to build annual EHS plans

Partner with leaders to ensure alignment of the EHS programs with business needs

Coach leaders at all levels to develop high performing teams that embrace a culture of safety


World’s second largest producer ($2B) of specialty silicone, silicone based derivatives and other specialty materials

Shanghai, China and APAC Facilities

Regional Director EHS, Asia/Pacific 7/14 -7/16

Lead a staff of 20 EHS regional resources; direct expenditure of +$13MM operational and $40MM capital budgets

Advisor to chairman of joint venture EHS sub-committee to the BOD of Momentive and Wynca Corporation

Coached site leaders, operations managers and EHS personnel on PSM requirements and EHS regulatory expectations

oDeveloped proactive leading indicators for the APAC region

Point of contact and EHS expert for the APAC region; member of global EHS planning and strategy team

Developed and implemented behavioral based EHS culture change program within all APAC manufacturing sites

oFounding member of company-wide Safety Culture steering committee

- Project leader for safety culture change initiative in Asia/Pacific and parts of Australia

- Developed detailed safety action plans for APAC sites

Ensured effective implementation of Life Safety expectations and standards at sites in China, Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, Malaysia and Korea

Professional Experience (cont.)

oAssessed and supervised regional EHS personnel to ensure proper completion of divisional EHS objectives

oGuided local HR in addressing gaps in hiring of regional EHS talent

Collaborated with procurement to implement strict EHS standards for APAC region contractor selection

Developed EHS communication tools to improve other regions’ understanding of APAC needs

Lead the EHS review function for mergers and accusations in the APAC region

Regional lead for review and approval of new and modified chemical processes

Final approver for Chinese Environmental (EIA) and Safety Impact Analysis (SIA) for chemical processes.

Regional EHS resource for Lean 5S workout sessions

Collaborated with HR to setup targeted develop plans for EHS professionals

Regional leader for safety, PSM, environmental, security, and industrial hygiene compliance audits

Responsible for the administration of ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 management systems


Waterford, NY

Global Director, EHS Basics Sector 10/11 – 7/14

Manager, EHS and Security 7/10 - 10/11

Manager, Health, Safety and PSM 10/08 - 7/10

Lead multi-divisional teams including ergonomics, hazard recognition and management system redesign

oLead a staff of 25 and 150+ indirect staff, including a site in Thailand

oManaged the on-site medical center- Staff of 9 including a Doctor and Physician Assistant

oKey stakeholder on the Basics Sector leadership team responsible for compliance, ISO 14001 & Responsible Care Management systems and sustainability programs

- Prior service as key stakeholder on America’s leadership team, with added VPP responsibility

PSM leader for more than 54 covered chemical processes

Developed a summer safety program that reduced injuries by 75% YoY

Completed an in-depth LDAR audit conducted by the EPA-NEIC division

Negotiated a complicated RCRA permit with the highest levels of the New York DEC

Negotiated successful outcomes between OSHA and union leadership concerning VPP and concerns over organizational transformation

Awarded Most Improved OSHA divisional performance for a 55% reduction in OSHA recordables

Reduced Waterford’s OSHA injury rate to a record level


Family-oriented amusement parks started by Anheuser Busch and now owned/operated by Sea World Entertainment

Manager, Environmental, Health and Safety 7/05 - 10/08

Administrated the safety and health program for 4,500 employees and one million guests

Reduced safety audit regulatory findings 75% after first year in the position

Performed comprehensive EHS reviews for $40MM+ in capital improvement and maintenance activities

Promoted proactive versus reactive safety systems by changing focus from OSHA recordables to first aid injuries

Developed individualized strategic facility safety plans and provided compliance tools

oLed the development of safety committees and risk management groups

Managed the asbestos remediation and cataloging program

Rewrote facility’s emergency action plans for high angle and confined space rescue

Developed and instructed EHS Leadership training courses

Served as co-chairman of the site-specific Business Resumption plan

Named Operations Professional of the Year

Cut OSHA injury rate at BGW and WCUSA by 50+% over two years: One million worker hours without a lost time injury at BGW

Parks named Industry Leader by National Safety Council

METAL CONTAINER CORPORATION (An Anheuser-Busch Company), Arnold, MO

Manufacturer supplying 45% of Anheuser-Busch’s U.S. beer cans and 55% of domestic lids

Manager, Environmental, Health and Safety 5/02 - 7/05

Conducted stand-up behavior-based safety training promoting a want-to versus have-to attitude toward safety

Initiated and managed a plant wide installation and use of fall protection systems

Reduced safety critical backlogs by managing completion of 400 safety work orders in one year

Implemented initial Safety in Motion program, and weekly SIM management plant condition inspections

Mentored EHS Manger at sister MCC plant

Initiated and managed a plant-wide OSHA-level improvement on machine guarding

Managed security project implementation at MCC-Arnold

Administered and negotiated conditions and modifications for a Title V air permit

Reduced 2003 - 2004 workers compensation expense 62%

oDecreased the workers compensation caseload by 86%

oOne million+ hours without a lost time injury, and record 225 days without OSHA recordable injury

o53% reduction in injuries, 83% in sprains/strains

NATIONAL STEEL CORPORATION, Granite City, IL 1995 – 2002

Major American steel producer between 1929 and 2003

Safety Engineer 1999 - 2002

Upgraded safety procedures and protocols to OSHA standards in multiple plants employing 5000+ workers

Implemented an online chemical management software program

Designed and built a comprehensive safety intranet page

Incident commander for environmental releases and team leader of on-site carbon monoxide rescue team

Instructed classes on general safety, lock out-try out, confined space, fall protection and hazard recognition

oDeveloped several lock out-try out and confined space programs

Process Safety Management (PSM) program leader for a coke oven process

Awarded the National Steel P.A.C.E. for continuing safety systems excellence

Production Foreman 1999 - 2000

Managed day-to-day line operations of the line, oversaw quality/safety/production/maintenance activities, administered lock out-try out programs and was internal QS-9000 auditor

Union Representative ... with special focus on safety issues 1995 - 1999


Columbia Southern University, Orange Beach, AL

Bachelor of Science- Occupational Safety and Health Management

Sigma Alpha Pi- National Society of Leadership and Success, Member


DNV Lead Auditor

TapRoot Incident Investigator

QS9000 Internal Auditor

Safety in Motion Ergonomics- Train-the-Trainer Certified

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