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Director of Environmental Health and Safety

Massachusetts General Physicians' Organization
Boston, Massachusetts, US
Closing date
Oct 24, 2022

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
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Employment Type
Full time
Job Description - Director of Environmental Health and Safety (3213433)

Director of Environmental Health and Safety - ( 3213433 )

This position directs EH&S personnel and leads technical and regulatory activities to provide a comprehensive safety and environmental compliance program serving all clinical and research locations for the MGH and MGPO. Major duties include hazard identification, risk management, staff development, policy management and sound fiscal stewardship. The Director maintains a proactive focus on program planning, implementation, and quality assurance/performance improvement in all technical program areas with emphases on fire and life safety, construction, biological research, chemical safety, general laboratory safety, workplace exposure management, contingency response, training content and delivery, and environmental compliance. The director guides the organization's preparation efforts for external audits and surveys, is the primary interface with these agencies during onsite visits and develops/oversees any required improvement plans.

  • Maintains a comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge base relative to technical workplace safety and environmental protection matters for the organization's clinical and research mission. Also keeps current with regulatory developments with potential program impact and proactively responds with operational changes as needed.
  • Establishes departmental goals and objectives based on continual assessment of organizational risk, incident experience and compliance imperatives. Assures continued alignment with organizational needs through continual performance measurement and quality assurance and improvement initiatives.
  • Exercises sound judgement while guiding the organization through reasoned assessments and prioritization of risk and escalation of urgent matters
  • Develops, implements, and maintains policies and procedures that seek to identify hazards, minimize workplace-related risk, and ensure hospital-wide regulatory compliance with relevant EH&S and environmental protection regulations.
  • Takes action in solving problems while exhibiting a realistic understanding of potential options. Demonstrates the ability to influence change through others in a large, matrixed organization
  • Prioritizes safety training. Develops and maintains content and delivers subject matter to inform on topics of both organization-wide and department-specific need.
  • Maintains an effective EH&S team. Provides staff with the training, physical resources and non-material support needed to achieve individual job objectives. Acts with each team member to also provide opportunity for individual professional growth.
  • Functions as a primary resource on all matters pertaining to workplace safety, including consulting on an individual basis as needed and requested. Must be viewed as responsive and credible (technical knowledge and integrity) in these interactions
  • Participates on committees. Maintains a close cooperation and liaison with all departments and administration to provide coordination of activities that encourage a culture of safety relative to the environment of care for patients, researchers, employees, and visitors.
  • Interfaces with regulatory and accreditation authorities relative to inspections, licenses, certifications, permits and other regulatory matters. Maintains strong working relationships with external agencies such as OSHA, MWRA, Boston Fire, etc.
  • Familiar with life safety standards and JCAHO survey process. Conducts tracer rounds as part of organization's preparation efforts and plays leadership role for the environment of care at site visit
  • Prepares the annual operating budget. Monitors operating expenses. Ensures costs remain within established fiscal limits and prepares justification when needed for budget deviations or unanticipated emergent needs. Utilizes outside consultants and service providers in a fiscally sound manner consistent with selected safety program necessities.
  • Supports changes needed to maintain alignment across Mass. General Brigham and embraces role as informal leader of system-wide standards.


The Safety Director must possess at least a bachelor's level degree, have ten years of experience (preferably in a hospital or academic medical center environment), and show proficiency in managing a small professional staff department but large, complex environmental health and safety program. Certification as a Certified Safety Professional or an equivalent credential is desirable.

  • Remains highly motivated and proactive with ability to manage multiple, simultaneous tasks in a fast-paced and constantly changing environment.
  • Maintains a broad understanding of basic sciences and knowledge in the field of environmental health and safety.
  • Must be able to interact throughout the organization to build functional working relationships. Displays excellent interpersonal skills and handles conflict situations tactfully and constructively.
  • Must communicate well at all organizational levels in writing and verbally. Must possess ability to present to large and small groups and utilize a variety of communication media.
  • Budgets realistically and maintains sound fiscal performance
  • Interfaces constructively with outside regulatory agencies
  • Can perform routine physical activities (such as walking, climbing, lifting and carrying). Can work in personal protective equipment, including a respirator.

  • Must function in a fast-paced and highly dynamic organization comprised of sizable clinical, research, and support service functions
  • Assure EH&S availability all-hours via page; respond to urgent matters when necessary; occasionally work outside of regular office hours
  • Work safely with hazardous materials and in and around a variety of hazardous conditions


Currently responsible for eight full time staff.


Current EH&S Budget: ≈ $2 million.

Massachusetts General Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. By embracing diverse skills, perspectives and ideas, we choose to lead. Applications from protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged.
Primary Location Work Locations
MGH Main Campus

Job Professional/Managerial

Organization Massachusetts General Hospital(MGH)

Schedule Full-time

Standard Hours 40

Shift Day Job

Employee Status Regular

Recruiting Department MGH Environmental Safety

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