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Kansas City Southern Railway Co. announced yesterday it has consolidated occupational health, workplace and public safety, and environmental functions into a new group within the company's operations.As part of the consolidation, KCS promoted Kayden Howard from associate general counsel to the newly created position of vice president health, safety and environmental. Howard has been with KCS since 2005.KCS also will create a new position of assistant vice president health and safety. The person appointed to that post will lead the team responsible for the ongoing design, implementation and administration of workplace safety and health programs for the company, KCS officials said in a press release.KCS Executive Vice President Jeff Songer said he is confident that Howard "will continue to enhance our overall commitment to safety."Prior to joining KCS, Howard practiced labor and employment law with the firm Shook, Hardy & Bacon, and worked for the U.S. Department of Labor.