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Environmental Health & Safety Specialist

United States Pharmacopeia
North Bethesda, Maryland, US
Closing date
Jun 10, 2023

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Consultancy/Private Sector
Conservation science
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time

Who is USP?

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) USP is an independent scientific organization that collaborates with the world's top experts in health and science to develop quality standards for medicines, dietary supplements, and food ingredients. USP's fundamental belief that Equity = Excellence manifests in our core value of Passion for Quality through our more than 1,100 talented professionals across five global locations to deliver the mission to strengthen the supply of safe, quality medicines and supplements worldwide.

Brief Job Overview

This is a non-supervisory position responsible to assist in plan, direct, improve, and implement USPs Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) programs and to ensure a positive, safe, healthy, and incident-free work environment.

The incumbent will play a major role in providing support and driving continuous improvement to all US sites (Rockville, Frederick, DC, and Richmond)

The incumbent will interface with other internal departments and some external organizations.

How will YOU create impact here at USP?

Performs all phases of audits to identify potential EHS, workplace hazards, program deficiencies, and liabilities.

Responds to and investigates workplace injuries and near-miss events.

Recommends and implements appropriate risk mitigation measures to management.

Creates and provides general and program specific EHS training to staff such as but not limited to, new hire, blood-borne pathogen, contractor safety, emergency, and safety preparedness.

Provides guidance and supervision of contractors involved with EHS duties and/or contingent staff for occupational hygiene duties, which may include motivating, training, and coaching.

Revises, prepares, and implements several EHS programs, procedures, work instructions, trainings, and plans.

Supports EHS team in the management of all hazardous material and hazardous waste activities including the collection, transportation, and disposal of all hazardous waste in compliance with all applicable regulations. Reviews new hazardous materials and checks incoming material for SDSs, unique usage and storage characteristics. Works with end user to ensure proper usage and disposal. Provides guidance as necessary.

Reviews and maintains SDS data system.

Develops and oversees EHS training programs for employees in areas such as employee right-to-know, hazardous material handling, laser safety, emergency response, industrial hygiene, and life safety.

Drives compliance with applicable Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Maryland Department of Environment (MDE)regulations and best practices, local fire code, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, City of Richmond, Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) biosafety guidelines, and all record keeping requirements.

Manages and troubleshoots the visitor/contractor acknowledgment system and assist in contractor safety implementation and compliance.

Keeps abreast of regulatory issues and technologies, including but not limited to EPA, OSHA, MDE, DOT.

Completes and submits several regulatory reports including but not limited to Montgomery County, EPA, and Maryland Department of Environment.

Provides support for continuous improvement and modification of US Security.

Assists with EHS and Facility key projects and work activities to design, develop, and implement risk mitigations and controls.

Who USP is Looking For?

The successful candidate will have a demonstrated understanding of our mission, commitment to excellence through inclusive and equitable behaviors and practices, ability to quickly build credibility with stakeholders, along with the following competencies and experience:

Bachelors degree required, preferably in an EHS/scientific discipline (environmental, chemical or life science preferred).

5 - 10 years of experience in a scientific environment with 5+ years experience dedicated to performing Environmental Health and Safety program activities.

Ability to assist in applying chemical and environmental regulations and developing compliant workplace programs.

Experience interpreting Federal, State and Local regulations regarding EHS programs.

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills including written, verbal, listening, and the ability to effectively communicate with and work well with others to manage projects, meetings.

Exceptional organizational skills with a high consideration to detail.

Must possess time management skills and can meet deadline and work well independently as well as in a group environment effectively and efficiently under minimal supervision.

Has critical thinking and problem-solving skills but is able to understand the departments overall objectives.

Team player with ability to build lasting productive business relationships with management and peers.

Ability and desire to work well with a diverse group employees and customers in a cooperative and friendly manner.

Proficiency in MS office (Excel, Word, Power Point, and Outlook) and technical savvy.

Additional Desired Preferences

Prior experience in a scientific, biotech or pharma-based industry.

The ability to influence without direct authority.

Results driven with demonstrated successful outcomes.

Ability to handle multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment.

Excellent written and verbal communications skills.

Able to work flexible hours when needed. In addition to normal business hours of 8:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, serves on a team to provide 24 hour a day, 7 days a week response to emergency alarm calls and can be available on short notice to support requests during unusual hours, especially early or late in the day during the business week.

Supervisory Responsibilities



USP provides you with the benefits you need to protect yourself and your family today and tomorrow. From company-paid time off, comprehensive healthcare options to retirement savings, you can have peace of mind that your personal and financial wellbeing is protected.

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy (will apply to the selected candidate(s) hired):

As a condition of employment with the United States Pharmacopeial Convention's (USP) duty to provide and maintain a workplace free of known hazards, all employees and contingent staff hired after July 1st, 2021, must be fully vaccinated unless a reasonable accommodation is approved. Your recruiter will advise accordingly.

USP is proud to be an equal employment opportunity employer (EEOE) and affirmative action employer. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment in all aspects of our workfrom the standards we make to the partnerships and conversations we cultivate. An environment where every employee feels fully empowered and valued irrespective of, but not limited to, personality, race, ethnicity, physical and mental abilities, education, religion, gender identity and expression, life experience, sexual orientation, country of origin, regional differences, work experience, and family status. We are committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities.

Note: USP does not accept unsolicited resumes from 3rd party recruitment agencies and is not responsible for fees from recruiters or other agencies except under specific written agreement with USP.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractors legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

Job Category Administrative

Job Type Full-Time

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