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Director, Environment Health Safety

Bristol, Pennsylvania, US
Closing date
Sep 29, 2022

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Consultancy/Private Sector
Conservation science
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
Your Vision. Our Mission. For Patients.

The Director of EHS is responsible for developing strategic plans and directing projects and programs designed to ensure the attainment of the company's goals relative to EHS. In addition, the EHS Director will be a member of the Site Leadership Team (SLT), responsible for site strategic planning and growing the business.

  • Partner with the Site Management Team to develop and deploy an integrated Environmental Health & Safety Strategy and plan that achieves stated goals for employee safety and wellness.
  • Drive, monitor and report progress against established goals and manage Environmental, Health and Safety processes and programs.
  • Demonstrate a broad knowledge of industrial hygiene, air, water, waste, ergonomics, chemical and laboratory safety, etc.
  • Coordinate and implement changes and safety considerations for HPAPI ( High Potency Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients) and ADC (Antibody Drug Conjugation) programs at the site based on SafeBridge banding system.
  • Provide in-depth technical knowledge on EHS compliance standards and issues, especially state environment regulations.
  • Manage and promote employee health and safety performance by developing health and safety policies and procedures and metrics.
  • Enhance the overall site safety culture resulting in management engagement, employee involvement and the reduction in unsafe conditions and behaviors.
  • Provide technical consultations that include assessment and management of EHS issues and risks arising from operations, to prevent incidents, protect company assets and business affairs.
  • Inspect, assess, monitor, investigate and/or recommend corrective and preventative actions.
  • Capture metrics and conduct trend analysis to drive improvements and document compliance with standards.
  • Design and implement safety programs.
  • Remain accountable for incident handling and reporting of EHS&S issues.
  • Assist and guide internal and external customers with regards to Environmental, Health, and Safety and Security issues, including special projects, new products, and complaints or concerns.
  • Advance the EHS&S objectives and achievement of results through the engagement of appropriate stakeholders throughout the organization including management and direction of the site safety committees.
  • Ensure that complaints, incidents, compliance deviations and enforcement actions are fully investigated and work with other departments to ensure corrective and preventative measures are taken.
  • Implement and continuously improve loss control programs such as emergency response, business continuity, crisis management planning, access control and building/life safety consulting other leaders as appropriate.
  • Serve as site EHS&S compliance program owner to interpret EHS&S regulations and develop standards, procedures and programs that ensure compliance include, but is not limited to laboratory chemical hygiene, safety, ergonomic, hazardous waste management, and industrial hygiene.
  • Provide management and daily leadership of security team at the site and overall emergency response plans including business continuity and crisis management plan.
  • Manage the medical surveillance program including but not limited to respiratory protection, hearing conservation and employee exposure monitoring.
  • Adhere and maintain 100% compliance with federal, state, and local regulatory agencies and host inspections conducted by these authorities.
  • Prepare, submit (as appropriate, by law) and document all Homeland Security, EPA and OSHA requirements up to but not limited to OSHA 300 log, CAA, CWA, RCRA, storm water / wastewater, and Tier Il reports, if applicable.
  • Oversee all chemical and hazardous waste management and disposal, including transportation.
  • Develop and implement training, based on a competency framework, for all personnel, including contractors, to assure understanding and compliance of EHS&S programs and environmental permit conditions.
  • Interact, report and provide company representation to regulatory bodies relating to particular aspects of EHS and Security affairs, compliance matters, enforcement actions, remedial activities and regulatory affairs.
  • Interface with external professional services, customers, regulators, industry and represent Abzena at public meetings, hearings and perform public relations duties.
  • Partner with Human Resources regarding Workers' Compensation program including individual case management where appropriate.
  • Maintain Company's HBP (Hazardous Business Plan) utilizing CERS (California Environmental Reporting System).
  • Maintain and update as necessary the company's IIPP (Injury Illness and Prevention Program), Chemical Hygiene and Biological Safety Plans.
  • Coordinate with third party waste hauler for the safe removal of all hazardous and biological waste.
  • Provide administrative leadership for the laboratory along with knowledge-based expertise in related areas that can be applied to meeting strategic goals.
  • Operate to the highest ethical and moral standards.
  • Comply with Abzena's policies and procedures.
  • Communicate effectively with clients, supervisors, colleagues and staff.
  • Participate effectively as a team player in all aspects of Abzena's business.
  • Adhere to quality standards set by regulations and Abzena policies, procedures, and mission.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications/ Skills Required:
  • Bachelor's degree in environmental chemistry, chemical engineering, environmental health, environmental science, environmental studies, industrial hygiene, or safety management. CHMM or CSP certifications are highly desired for this position.
  • Minimum15 years of experience in a GMP laboratory and GMP operational setting with increasing responsibilities.
  • Preferred minimum 10 year experience managing direct reports.
  • Knowledge of business software programs, such as Microsoft Office Suite, document control software, enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, and asset management software.
  • Possesses OSHA HAZWOPPER Certificate
  • A Proven ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  • A Proven ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or government regulations.
  • A Proven ability to communicate complex technical information in understandable form through all levels of the organization including customers and other external partied.
  • Working knowledge of HPAPI and ADC compounds to direct operations for safe handling of same and associated engineering controls for safety compliance.
  • Travel between Abzena sites (Bristol PA, San Diego CA and Sanford NC) as needed.

Physical Requirements:
  • Ability to stand for 1-2 hours at a time, sit for 2 to 3 hours at a time
  • Ability to lift up to 15 pounds

FLSA: Exempt

Great Benefits:

100% Employer Paid Health, Dental, and Vision Benefits

100% Employer Paid Basic Life & AD&D, Short-Term Disability, Employee Assistance Program

5% 401k Employer Contribution through Fidelity

23 Days of Paid Time Off, increasing to 28 days after 5 years of employees

Tuition Fee Reimbursement up to $5, 250 per year for degree, certification, development programs

Abzena is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.

This policy applies to all employment practices within our organization, including hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, leave of absence, compensation, benefits, and training.

This job description requires the handling, supervision, management, or otherwise exposure to RCRA hazardous waste as defined at 40 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations), parts 239 - 289.

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