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Environmental Health and Safety Specialist

Charles River Laboratories
Mattawan, Michigan, US
Closing date
Jun 9, 2023

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
For 75 years, Charles River employees have worked together to assist in the discovery, development and safe manufacture of new drug therapies. When you join our family, you will have a significant impact on the health and well-being of people across the globe. Whether your background is in life sciences, finance, IT, sales or another area, your skills will play an important role in the work we perform. In return, we'll help you build a career that you can feel passionate about.

*Job Summary *

SALARY RANGE: The pay range for this position is $70,000 - $80,000. Please note that salaries vary within the range based on factors including, but not limited to, experience, skills, education, certifications, and location.

An Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Specialist is responsible for: managing EHS programs in adherence to local, state and federal regulations. This role requires excellent interpersonal skills and a willingness to lead teams of people in projects and implementation of sustainable processes that will improve the health and safety of our employees. The individual in this role is a generalist and may be responsible for programs across the EHS discipline and may be responsible for supervising staff.

Essential Functions (The fundamental Duties & Responsibilities of the role (products and services provided/results accomplished) include, but are not limited to, those listed:

• Supervisory responsibilities may be required in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws to include interviewing, hiring, training, and developing employees; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance and completing annual performance review on or before due date; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
• Establish, administer and update specific EHS programs for compliance with state and federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Transportation (DOT) and other regulatory programs as necessary. Manage OSHA and EPA records and maintain reporting and documentation standards. Review new regulatory standards and make compliance recommendations.
• Provide safety and environmental training to employees. Oversee maintenance of group training manual and training records.
• Inspect the facility for compliance with OSHA, Radioactive materials, Biosafety, and EPA regulations as applicable. Advise management on safety and environmental issues and recommend solutions to address deficiencies.
• Manage the hazardous waste (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act - RCRA) and medical waste disposal function including waste profiling, permitting, manifesting, and record keeping and reporting.
• Assist management team in emergency response and function as EHS Emergency Coordinator for 24-hour incident response. Assist in the investigation of injuries resulting in lost time claims and/or safety violations and property damage. Make recommendations for corrective action.
• Serve as Chairperson of Safety Committee(s). Provide regulatory guidance on EHS issues to staff.
• Explain procedures and produce written documentation as proof of compliance to clients and federal and state investigators. Coordinate communications to regulatory agencies and client inspections on EHS-related matters.
• May request and maintain necessary facility permits, licenses and compliance reports to federal, local and state regulatory authorities; may obtain necessary licenses to function as wastewater and underground storage tank operator.
• May assist in development of departmental budget and development of EHS programs and metrics.
• Perform all other related duties as assigned.

*Job Qualifications *

Qualifications (Knowledge, Experience, Skills and Abilities required to accomplish the essential functions) include but are not limited to:

• Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Environmental Health and Safety, Environmental Engineering, or a related discipline, with 5 or more years related experience in EHS, preferably in a laboratory or scientific organization.
• An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as satisfactory substitute for specific education and experience listed above.
• Demonstrated ability to interpret/apply required federal or state regulations and manage multiple/changing priorities with many interruptions.
• Excellent commutation skills both verbal and written, project management skills, and strong time management and organizational skills are required.
• Basic familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite.
• Computer skills, commensurate with Essential Functions, including the ability to learn a validated system.
• Ability to work extended hours beyond normal work schedule to include, but not limited to evenings, weekends, extended shifts, and/or extra shifts; sometimes on short notice.
• Ability to work under specific time constraints.

About Safety Assessment

Charles River is committed to helping our partners expedite their preclinical drug development with exceptional safety assessment services, state-of-the-art facilities and expert regulatory guidance. From individual specialty toxicology and IND enabling studies to tailored packages and total laboratory support, our deeply experienced team can design and execute programs that anticipate challenges and avoid roadblocks for a smooth, efficient journey to market. Each year approximately 300 investigational new drug (IND) programs are conducted in our Safety Assessment facilities.

About Charles River

Charles River is an early-stage contract research organization (CRO). We have built upon our foundation of laboratory animal medicine and science to develop a diverse portfolio of discovery and safety assessment services, both Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and non-GLP, to support clients from target identification through preclinical development. Charles River also provides a suite of products and services to support our clients' clinical laboratory testing needs and manufacturing activities. Utilizing this broad portfolio of products and services enables our clients to create a more flexible drug development model, which reduces their costs, enhances their productivity and effectiveness to increase speed to market.

With over 20,000 employees within 110 facilities in over 20 countries around the globe, we are strategically positioned to coordinate worldwide resources and apply multidisciplinary perspectives in resolving our client's unique challenges. Our client base includes global pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, government agencies and hospitals and academic institutions around the world.

At Charles River, we are passionate about our role in improving the quality of people's lives. Our mission, our excellent science and our strong sense of purpose guide us in all that we do, and we approach each day with the knowledge that our work helps to improve the health and well-being of many across the globe. We have proudly supported the development of 86% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2021.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Charles River Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer - all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

If you are interested in applying to Charles River Laboratories and need special assistance or an accommodation due to a disability to complete any forms or to otherwise participate in the resume submission process, please contact a member of our Human Resources team by sending an e-mail message to This contact is for accommodation requests for individuals with disabilities only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.

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