Jonah Corbett

  • Linwood US-NJ
Jonah Corbett

Work experience

Work experience
May 2008 - Present

Director of Environmental Health and Safety

Beverage Distribution Center, Inc.
  • Manage environmental health and safety for unionized soft drink production and distribution company with 1,500 employees and eleven operations across five states
  • Work with executive management and business unit leaders to identify, assess and manage risks
  • Ensure compliance with OSHA, EPA and DOT (FMCSA/PHMSA) regulations
  • Oversee operation of two wastewater treatment plants
  • Represent company in regulatory inspections and in industry trade groups
  • Draft general and operating permits to ensure compliance with federal and state air emission regulations
  • Train employees and supervisors in DOT, OSHA and EPA topics
  • Implemented SPCC and SWP3 plans in production facilities and distribution centers
  • Manage staff of corporate EHS managers
  • Oversee fleet safety program consisting of 276 power units, 310 drivers and over 4 million annual miles
  • Implemented matrix-based EHS training program to assist local management in identifying needed training by job title and at various stages of employment
Feb 2006 - May 2008

Environmental Health and Safety Manager

L-3 Communications

  • Manage corporate environmental health, safety, and workers’ compensation program for Department of Defense Contractor
  • Implemented best management practices regarding chemical handling and usage designed to reduce VOC and HAP emissions resulting in obtaining synthetic minor exemption for environmental permitting
  • Created environmental impact matrix which projects impacts in voc generation, hap generation, ehs generation and hazardous waste stream creation which would result from the implementation of new equipment or processes
  • Through streamlining waste disposal processes, eliminated the need for NPDES stormwater permit by obtaining No Exposure Certification
  • Reduced both hazardous and residual waste annual quantities through intelligent ordering, recycling, and identification of secondary uses for waste materials
  • Advise executive management of environmental health and safety exposures and recommend actions to eliminate or mitigate risk
  • Lead an interdisciplinary team of electrical engineers, quality engineers and production personnel in the re-design and implementation of formal safety policies and procedures
  • Perform audits to ensure compliance with applicable OSHA, PA DEP, EPA, NFPA, and DOT regulations
  • Develop and implement training programs designed to cover various OSHA, NFPA and EPA topics such as: Lockout/Tagout, Confined Space Entry, Machine Guarding, Ergonomics, Hazard Communication, Live Electrical Work Procedures (NFPA 70e), RCRA and SPCC
  • Oversee the design and layout of new production areas to ensure compliance with applicable regulatory standards
  • Draft environmental permits, requests for determination (rfd’s) and variance requests
  • Manage a staff of eight (8) direct reports
  • Responsible for the management and oversight of 3.4 million dollar salary and expense budget
  • Oversee product stewardship and end-of-life service issues associated with decommissioning of circuit breakers containing asbestos and mercury
Jun 2000 - Feb 2006

Safety, Environmental and Workers' Compensation Manager
  • Manage environmental health, safety, medical and workers’ compensation program for multi-union production and distribution facilities in Pennsylvania and New jersey
  • Oversee all aspects of compliance with Title V operating permit
  • Create and implement safety and environmental programs designed to reduce risk to employees, and the environment, as well as comply with OSHA, EPA, NJDEP and PADEP standards
  • Investigate accidents and analyze loss data and job activities to identify opportunities to prevent injury
  • Conduct or oversee industrial hygiene monitoring including: sound surveys, air monitoring and indoor air quality audits
  • Create and deliver safety training programs in the following areas: Hazard Communication, Spill Response, PPE, Lockout/Tagout, Electrical Safe Work Practices (NFPA 70E), Powered Industrial Truck Operation, Accident Investigation
  • Directly oversee multi-million dollar self-insured workers’ compensation program. In 2005 achieved 20% reduction in OSHA recordable cases, 30% reduction in cases with days away from work or with restricted work activity and achieved 1 million dollar workers comp. incurred claim cost reduction
  • Develop post injury management and workers’ compensation best practice guidelines
  • Manage company self insured short-term disability program
  • Supervise a staff of six employees responsible for: medical services, workers’ compensation, FMLA, and short and long-term disability services
  • Ensure compliance with FMCSA regulations for drivers and vehicle feet
  • Act as Designated Employer Representative (DER) and also supervise compliance of DOT Drug & Alcohol testing program
  • Work with corporate management to set goals for reduction of injuries and workers’ compensation costs
  • Along with company senior management develop safety goals based on: accident reduction, lost workday reduction, transitional duty usage and participation in safety training and meetings
  • Implemented a back injury prevention program which was responsible for a 40% reduction in back injuries in the targeted departments
  • Designed a computer database to track employee health & safety training
  • Implemented a system of post-offer physical agility tests for candidates in high injury positions
  • Manage budgets for Safety and Medical departments
  • Created safety and health web page on company intranet site
Feb 1998 - Jun 2000

Corporate Environmental Health and Safety Manager
  • Managed environmental health and safety issues for apparel manufacturing and distribution company with operations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Mexico
  • Responsible for environmental compliance issues in industrial laundry and chemical process preparation facilities in Texas, New Jersey, and Mexico
  • Created and implemented programs to ensure employee health and safety and compliance with OSHA regulations, including: hazard communication, control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout), personal protective equipment, powered industrial truck operation, new hire safety orientation and contractor health and safety
  • Participated in environmental due diligence for mergers and acquisitions across US and in Mexico
  • Supervised seven employees responsible for plant level environmental health and safety compliance
  • Provided ongoing support and assistance to 5 safety committees and 2 ergonomics committees
  • Created corporate health and safety achievement program based on safe behaviors and activities
  • Developed global ehs and travel safety initiatives for employees assigned to travel and work overseas (i.e. China, DR, S. America, C. America)
  • Worked with property and casualty insurance carriers, as well as insurance broker to ensure acceptable delivery of loss control and prevention services
  • Utilized and maintained safety budget
  • Developed formal post injury management procedures to ensure proper treatment of employees and management of workers’ compensation issues
  • Created book of full and transitional duty job descriptions for workers’ compensation medical providers
  • Implemented workers’ compensation claim coding system to allow for cost allocation of w/c claims to individual business units
  • Managed corporate property protection issues to achieve "HPR" status with property insurance carrier


Aug 2005 - May 2009

Juris Doctor

Temple University Beasley School of Law

GPA 3.23

Dean's List: Fall 2005, Fall 2007, Spring 2009

Outstanding Oral Advocacy: Legal Research and Writing, Spring 2006


EHS Professional with fifteen years of experience managing programs across multiple states and countries.


  • Volunteer: Philadelphia VIP
  • Marathon Running
  • Mountain Biking

Skills, Honors and Certifications

  • OHSAS 18001:2007 Lead Auditor Training (2009)
  • Motor Carrier Safety Regulations Training (2008)
  • ISO 9001 Certified Internal Auditor (2008)
  • Certified Powered Industrial Truck Trainer (2007)
  • Experience in implementing Environmental Health and Safety Management Systems (EHSMS) across organizations
  • Knight-Ridder Excellence Award Nominee while employed at Philadelphia Newspapers, Inc
  • Experience in managing EH&S operations at multiple worksites
  • Ability to interact effectively with employees at all organizational levels
  • Superior knowledge and familiarity with various software programs and ability to use software to illustrate EH&S performance and project tracking (i.e. MS Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Access, Project)
  • Familiarity with Kaizen and Lean manufacturing principles

Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania; October 2009

New Jersey; November 2009



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