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Safety & Environmental Specialist

Avara Pharmaceutical Services
Arecibo, Puerto Rico, US
Closing date
May 30, 2022

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Consultancy/Private Sector
Conservation science
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
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Responsible for the administration of the site procedures and programs related to safety, and environmental. Responsible for performing field inspections, designing employee training programs, preparing detailed reports, and analyzing test samples. Assess the applicability to the site of the environmental, health, and safety standards in our workplace. Provide support to maintain the Site in compliance with the applicable safety and environmental rules and regulations measured by no significant violations. Reviews processes, facilities procedures, etc., to assure conformance with recognized and regulated occupational safety, health, and environmental standards. Develops technical reports and recommendations to address identified safety and/or environmental concerns. Develops programs and management systems to meet requirements of OSHA/Environmental Regulations, and Avara Programs. Represent as applicable the company in EHS regulatory inspections and participate in company EHS audits. Performs assignments with limited supervision.

PRIMARY RESPONSABILITIESPrepare and submit all environmental reports required by agencies and Avara. Perform calculations related to environmental releases, emissions, raw material inventories and other environmental related data to ensure site compliance. Prepare EHS metrics.
Lead all tactical elements of the environmental program supporting site operations including air quality, water quality, solid and liquid waste management, spill protection, hazardous waste management and disposal, toxic substances, drinking water, ground water, and environmental risk management. Track compliance with environmental permits monitoring and conditions requirements.
Develops safety & environmental programs or guidelines to assure compliance with regulations. Ensure proper execution of relevant safety, and environmental programs.
Oversee hazardous management program ensuring compliance with RCRA regulation. Implement spill prevention and hazardous waste programs.
Evaluate, supervise and approve high risk works permits such as confined space entry, electrical, elevated, rigging and other related works, according to the Safe Work Permit program.
Conducts safety and environmental incident investigations and root cause analysis and evaluates risk management information to identify significant hazards and loss trends; identifies and recommends preventive measures and corrective actions.
Performs regular physical inspections, and assigned EHS internal audits of area grounds, buildings, equipment, and operations; identifies hazards and incidents of regulatory non-compliance and recommends corrective measures. Prepare the reports as well as engaging in the identification and closure of corrective and preventive measures.
Develop training plans and deliver EHS training to employees, contractors, and emergency brigade. Support the management of emergency events. Ensure the plan is completed.
Conduct/Support the PHA studies, Job Hazard Analysis, equipment safety inspections. Look for alternatives for the identified risks.
Support new process introduction and projects by identifying requirements, providing feasible solutions ensuring compliance with EHS regulations.
Ensure that area inspection plan is completed including, but not limited to equipment regulatory inspections (extinguishers, safety showers, satellite waste stations, etc.) and internal compliance inspections (area safety-self inspections), consolidating observations and providing coaching to those executing inspections in the case of area safety-self inspections.
Work with operating areas to maintain site in compliance with all applicable environmental regulations and permit conditions. Support Environmental compliance programs such as awareness programs, internal inspections, tracking systems and employee participation programs, waste management, recycling, among others.
As requested, may accompany site personnel and OSHA/environmental inspectors on their plant tours. Works with both in highlighting problems, developing appropriate controls and answering specific request/recommendations.
Comply with all environmental trainings, procedures, guidelines, practices, current Good Manufacturing Procedures (cGMP's), permit conditions and internal notifications of any environmental event.
Perform any other job related duties as required or that may arise in the future.


Bachelor's Degree in engineering, environmental science, industrial hygienists, or other related science.
Five (5) years of experience in similar position, experience in health and safety law in a private and public, experience working in or with industry, particularly manufacturing.

Licenses and/or Certifications

Certified Safety Professional (CSP) licensure is preferred.
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