VP Production Safety

at ExecuNet
Location Universal City, CA
Date Posted January 6, 2021
Category Default
Job Type Full-time


The Vice President Production Safety provides oversight, guidance, and support to Production EHS Staff as they work with assigned feature and live theater productions to ensure compliance with all applicable company, federal, state, local and/or international environmental, occupational safety and health policies, rules and regulations.
This role partners closely with Physical Production, Labor Relations, Legal, Risk Management, Security, and outside agencies to ensure the company is compliant and taking the necessary steps to establish a safe production work environment.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Oversee Production EHS staff and review significant accident, incident, event, and emergency investigations conducted by EHS staff to ensure a consistent application of company policies across all productions and evaluate whether these policies are effective and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations; present Injury and Illness data at physical production executive meetings identifying key findings as it relates to trends, root causes, etc.
  • Provide strong and effective leadership to Production EHS Staff; managing the day-to-day operations of the department, including budgeting, resource allocation, and recruitment and development of team.
  • Effectively communicate with all levels of cast, crew, physical production executives and EHS staff to develop and establish short and long-term health & safety goals.
  • On cases reportable to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) or other regulatory agencies, ensure that EHS staff addresses cases with production representatives and regulatory agencies to resolve identified issues in a satisfactory and timely manner.
  • Work with the MPAA and Government Affairs to monitor regulatory changes and proposed legislation that may impact production operations and provide feedback in support or opposition.
  • Represent COMPANY at industry related meetings, working groups, committees (e.g., AMPTP, ActSAFE, SAFFE, NFPA, ESTA, IATTF, etc.), and outside regulatory agencies (e.g., Fire Department, OSHA, FAA, etc.).
  • Participate in presentations to the California Film Commission, DGA, and Academy of Television Arts and Sciences on matters of production environmental health and safety.
  • Review and develop EHS programs and provide EHS training for a variety of groups (e.g. DGA, Los Angeles County Fire Department, various local schools and colleges).
  • Provide technical production EHS support for other COMPANY business units (e.g. UCP, UTV, Universal Television Alternative Studios, Sports, News, Theme Parks, Marketing, Publicity).
  • Conduct presentations to Comcast Risk Management and insurers as requested.

On March 13, 2020 COMPANY instituted a work from home program as COVID-19 cases spread across the US and the World. One by one our film, television, and live theatrical productions shut down. As the effects of COVID-19 became apparent, the production EHS department embarked on review of all literature available from around the world and began to prepare protocols for our productions to use once we were able to resume working. As a result numerous additional responsibilities arose.

  • Work with internal departments (e.g. Legal, Labor Relations, Business Continuity) to ensure that policies in place for COMPANY productions reflect the most current procedures for COVID-19 safety protocols.
  • Maintain up to date information on global trends and regulatory requirements for regions where COMPANY has active and upcoming productions.
  • Ensure that production EHS staff are educated on protocol modifications and that protocols are being communicated to their assigned productions.
  • Advise physical production executives of changes to protocols or regulatory requirements that may impact current or anticipated productions.
  • Oversee development of internal policies, procedures, training, and guidelines for productions.
  • Maintain channels of communication with industry partners to stay informed of trends in COVID-19 compliance and management throughout the industry.
  • Review testing statistics for COMPANY productions to monitor for suspected outbreaks and/or trends.
  • Evaluate new devices and methods for testing, PPE, and compliance management.
  • Participate as part of a panel of key internal departments (e.g. medical, crisis management) to address cast questions and concerns regarding COVID-19 compliance and protocols.
  • Advise marketing and publicity departments on COVID-19 compliance procedures for a wide variety of promotional activities including screenings, interviews, and advertising activities.
  • Work with post production departments (e.g. scoring, editing) to ensure all groups are educated in COVID-19 procedures and that appropriate protocols are in place.
  • Assist in the assessment of vendors and consultants under consideration to provide additional services to COMPANY productions globally.
  • Review COVID-19 procedures for production leased facilities to confirm they are aligned with COMPANY policy.
  • Work with production EHS managers as well as COVID-19 Compliance Supervisors and Managers to ensure a consistent application of COMPANY protocols and procedures across all production operations.
  • Review engineering and industrial hygiene reports for owned and/or leased facilities including access, egress, and ventilation.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 10 years of Environmental Health and Safety experience at a large company with a diverse portfolio of business locations and settings
  • Minimum of 5 years of people management experience
  • Comfortable working in a collaborative environment to achieve results
  • Excellent professional verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience in media, entertainment or film

    Eligibility Requirements:

  • Interested candidates must submit a resume/CV online to be considered
  • Must have unrestricted work authorization to work in the United States
  • Must be covered by Solutions, COMPANY’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Program

Desired Characteristics

Desired Qualifications
• Knowledge and understanding of local, state, US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rules, and various international country regulations and procedures.
• Strong working knowledge of Industrial Hygiene.
• Comprehensive knowledge of a wide range of environmental regulations such as asbestos, lead, mold, indoor air quality, water quality, and abatement.
• Proven ability to influence stakeholders, build consensus, and implement policy in a highly matrixed environment.
• Exhibits excellent interpersonal and executive presentation skills; communicates effectively in high-pressure situations with employees of all levels.
• Proven ability to build and sustain excellent relationships, through clear and effective communication, with internal stakeholders as well as key vendors and other relevant industry contacts.
• Calm under pressure with an ability to quickly identify problems and work collaboratively to achieve results.
• Must be able to work proactively, independently and reliably under tight deadlines in an organized fashion in a fast-paced environment.
• Track record of success leading teams both locally and remotely.
• Ability to frequently travel to foreign and domestic production locations.
• Bachelor’s degree preferred, advanced degree in EHS, engineering, chemistry, biology or related field is a plus.

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