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Director/ Region/ Manager Safety

Florence, South Carolina, 29501, United States
100,000 annually
August 17, 2018

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John S. Jeffries

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Florence, SC 29501

843-***-**** (H)

843-***-**** (C)


USF Environmental Health, Safety, and Security Manager, South East Region April 2012 – Aug 2018 Provides all USF, Stockyards, Culinary Equipment & Supply, and CHEFS retail units in the Region with the requisite program management guidance, oversight, and assistance in the areas of OSHA, EPA, DOT regulatory compliance (state and federal); workplace safety and environmental; and security/ loss prevention to ensure the Divisions are able to safely operate in full compliance with all applicable regulatory requirements and in a manner consistent with US Foods Policies and Procedures. Conducts regular OSHA/ EPA/ DOT compliance audits, workplace safety training, environmental and security program reviews, CI Projects. Prepares timely concise reports to Division and Corporate Management and appropriate Regional and office support staff to remedy and / or escalate identified issues as needed on a timely basis. US Food Service, Inc. (USF) – Charlotte, N.C. Jan. 2010- April 2012 USF operates a 450,000 sq. ft. broad-line distribution center that services chain restaurants and health care providers along the east coast. USF also contains a meat processing facility on site called Stockyards. This operation provides custom meat orders for specific customers.

USF Safety/ Security Specialist

Accountable for identifying common safety/ health hazards inherent in the organization’s operations, and establish guidelines and establish guidelines for protection from those hazards. Ensure compliance with all OSHA, DOT, and EPA State and Federal guidelines. Develop safe standard work practices with all members of management and monitor conformance through safety and housekeeping audits. Analyze trends of all claims and implement appropriate corrective actions. Establish and maintain a presence with the workforce, through walk-through, meetings, inspections, and being accessible to all associates in their work environment. Facilitate safety committee meetings and review boards. Develop all written safety programs and coordinate all internal exercises and drills. Develop Loss Prevention program to reduce internal losses. Manage on site security force to reduce theft.

• Developed and write OSHA, EPA, DOT safety programs/ testing material for all associates.

• Work with IT Dept. to develop trend reports for employee sales, credits, driver shorts, mis-picks, inventory adjustments.

• Organize key and pas-card distribution for all staff.

• Develop training for Stockyards Meat Processing associates.

• Coordinate all internal drills and exercises with local authorities.

• Conduct Loss Prevention and Safety Audits for compliance and effectiveness.

• Review new products, equipment, and processes for potential hazards and recommend appropriate solutions. INSTITUTION FOOD HOUSE, INC. (IFH) – Hickory, NC/ Florence, SC 1996 – October 2009 IFH operates as a food service distributor in the Carolinas. Annual sales $644 million. Serves dining establishments, casual restaurants, quick serve restaurants, hotels, school systems, and health care providers. Operates one retail store, Chef Smart, in Winston-Salem, NC. Partners with sister company, Lowes Foods, a chain of over 100 grocery stores in NC, SC and VA.

IFH Safety/ Security Manager July 1996 – Oct. 2009 Accountable for driving the highest of safety and quality standards. Hired to design and manage a food safety program to guarantee the safest possible food products for IFH customers. Also responsible for ensuring all employees are trained in Federal and State OSHA requirements. Ensured that all industry safety program regulations are in compliance. Developed and maintained a safety program which identifies hazards and abatements to those hazards.

• 2007 IFH President’s Award Winner for safety and compliance audit scores.

• Wrote all OSHA Safety, HACCP, Food Security, EPA, GMP, SSOP, Food Safety related policies and procedures for IFH.

• Achieved perfect 100% rating with ASI inspection in 2007 with all subsequent ratings “Exceptional”.

• Interacted daily with IFH Quality Control with regards to receiving product in date and with fresh seafood/ produce/ diary item inspections. Solved issues involving pest contamination and carton integrity as well.

• Coordinated process success with Merchandising and Marketing teams with regards to sample products, selling/ returning non-moving products, credit issues, recall issues, and salvage issues. Developed strategies to reduce purchases of products for which IFH did not have committed sales.

• Succeeded in reducing non-moving slow inventory by $7 million dollars in 2008.

• Worked with third party food and non-consumable vendors in packaging, quality, and tie/high issues.

• Created all test questions and answers for testing materials used for the above-mentioned training based on regulatory compliance requirements and the environment at IFH Distribution and the Retail Chef Smart store.

• Reviewed product walk through summaries specific to quality, inventory control reports, cycle counts, and daily SSOP inspections.

• Knowledgeable of FHSA, CPSC and ISO 9001 regulatory agencies/ protocols.

• Gained age grading experience working with Lowes Foods and IFH’s Quality Control Department.

• Recognized for success in multi tasking, meeting required deadlines and working cross functionally.


• Successfully and effectively communicate with all levels of employees, both verbally and written.

• Negotiate and work effectively with IFH customers, third party vendors, general contractors and regulatory agencies on problem solving issues, complaints, fines, policy issues, etc.

• Ten years plus experience with FDA, USDA, ASI, YUM, DHEC, NCDENR

• Contributed to the development of food-related regulations, including HACCP and GMP for IFH. Maintained these procedures and wrote adjustments as required. Represented IFH to inspection agencies for ten plus years.

• Helped design current IFH Florence facility with safety and ergonomic efficiency.

• Implemented annual safety strategy for warehouse and transportation departments resulting in another 18% reduction in frequency and severity rates in 2009.



CURTIN MATHESON/ FISHER SCIENTIFIC, INC. – Orlando, FL Distribution Center Manager 1995 - 1996

Duties included directing multiple activities for the distribution of 8,000+ items used for diagnostic and laboratory facilities which included warehousing, transportation, billing, inventory control of temperature controlled and hazardous materials. Responsible for scheduling labor, supervision, training, and proper use of space, equipment, and man power; providing a safe, efficient, and economical operation of equipment and the facility at-large; interfacing and coordinating a one-shift warehouse operation with clinical and industrial sales management and representatives, remote customer service representatives, and transportation personnel.

• Increased graded facility from 76% to 96% in a 120- day period. GENERAL MILLS RESTAURANTS – Orlando, FL

Distribution Center Manager 1981 - 1995

Responsible for the hiring, supervision, and training of staff for this fast-paced, 158,000 square foot warehouse facility, one-shift operation.

Interior Construction Superintendent for restaurants nationwide 1979 - 1981 EDUCATION/ WORKSHOPS/ SEMINARS

BA, Organizations Communication (Business) – Rollins College Winter Park, FL AA, Business – Valencia Community College – Orlando, FL Traffic and Transportation Certification Course – Cornell University 1998 Advance MESH (Manager of Environmental, Safety, and Health) Certification. WORKSHOPS/ SEMINARS

Warehouse Education/ Research Council, Team Building, Basic/ Advanced Supervisory Skills, Leadership Skills, Hazardous Materials, Managing Change, Management Development, DCS Functional Training, Sexual Harassment, Computers (Microsoft Word and Excel), HACCP Certification, ADA, FMLA, Worker’s Compensation Regulations, Worker’s Safety, OSHA Compliance, Forklift Train the Trainer, Structural Pest Control, Distribution Supervision Skills Training Program, Results-Based Interactions, and Coaching: Developing High Performance Employees, Interrogations and Interviewing (John R. Read), OSHA 10 & 30-Hr. Course, Bio-Terrorism, Crane and Hoist Safety, Ergonomics, HAZCOM, NFPA 70, Seafood Safety Workshop (as Instructor), DHEC (UST, Air Quality), Ammonia Refrigeration, 30-Hour Accident Prevention Course, Advanced Seafood HACCP, OSHA 511and 501 Classes, Smith Systems – Managing DOT Safety and Compliance, PSM/RMP, FSPCA Controls for Human Foods, Advance MESH Certificate, EXCELL, Power Point, RMP,PSM Certification.


United States Navy

E-5 Petty Officer-Second Class

Honorable Discharge

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