Fachkraft für Arbeitssicherheit und Umweltschutz

“I haven’t regretted a single day”

Stephen McCulloch, Specialist for Occupation Safety and Environmental Protection at Handtmann Service GmbH & Co. KG

“I actually come from the chemical industry and first came across Handtmann a few years ago on a tour of the factory. Even then I was excited about what the company does. When my previous employer was in the process of making a number of changes, the job ad for Handtmann came just at the right time. I worked for 18 years at my previous company, and it was a big step for me to make the move in 2016. But I have to say, I haven’t regretted a single day.

I’m now responsible for occupational safety and environmental protection at Handtmann Service - for the whole Group! My work focuses on occupational safety, specifically on the handling of chemicals because of my experience. My colleagues and I have regular meetings with all companies, where we hold factory inspections and discussions. We also help to find and rectify the causes of incidents on site, such as accidents.

My tasks also include the topic of compliance, which covers compliance with statutory or industry association regulations. This involves us checking whether there are any gaps and how we can quickly close them. Then there are other topics in the area of the environment, such as waste management and our operating licences.

I especially like the contact I have with colleagues from all hierarchy levels – from the worker at the machine to the managing director. Because environmental protection and occupational safety are really important to me, I look for pragmatic solutions so that the employees can go home in the evening as healthy as they came to work that morning. The individual companies have quite different styles – that makes my work exciting and varied. But occupational safety and environmental protection are really important across the board.

My orientation was very hands-on. I was first able to visit all of the companies. Then there were some smaller projects which I got to grips with straight away. I received a very warm and friendly welcome not only in my own department but throughout the business. I quickly noticed that the company has a very positive work environment.

As far as I can tell, some very smart company policies are in place at Handtmann. Above all, its diversification into many different industries has advantages –  after all, it’s difficult to stand on one leg. What they’ve created here over the decades is impressive, especially the ongoing growth and high degree of dynamism.

I experience Handtmann as an employer in really positive terms. I get the impression that the individual employee in this family company plays a bigger role than in other companies which primarily focus on their market value. I’ve come across a lot of people I know here who also like working at Handtmann. That reassures me that I have taken the right step.”