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Senior Specialist Industrial Hygiene (Occupational Hygiene) - Netherlands  

MSD (company)


Posted on : 10 April 2017

Project Description

For our Global Safety and Environment department at our site  we are currently hiring a Senior Specialist Industrial Hygiene (Occupational Hygiene)

About Us:
  • Our company is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products.
  •  Today, we are building a new kind of healthcare company – one that is ready to help create a healthier future for all of us. 
  • Our ability to excel depends on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill, diversity and teamwork of an individual like you. 
  • To this end, we strive to create an environment of mutual respect, encouragement and teamwork. 
  • As part of our global team, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with talented and dedicated colleagues while developing and expanding your career.

The position
Reporting into the Associate Director, Global Safety and the Environment for the Business Unit Pharmaceutical Operations, the Senior Specialist Industrial Hygiene will be responsible for leading and driving implementation of the site’s industrial hygiene program, ensuring compliance with both regulatory and company requirements and providing IH industrial hygiene technical support for engineering projects.

Responsibilities may include:
  •  Develop and coordinate the execution of the site’s Industrial Hygiene systems, including site processes to anticipate, recognize, and evaluate workplace health hazards and recommend proper control strategies to manage identified risks;
  • Prioritize IH-related risks and develop and assist with implementing corrective action and preventive action plans. Monitor and communicate overall status of plans to Site Management;
  • Proactively identify improvement opportunities and collaborate with other IH’s/EHS staff/ Engineering /and Operations personnel to leverage best practices and drive continuous improvement efforts;
  • Coordinate the IH Monitoring team efforts in execution of site’s exposure monitoring programs
  • Maintain the required technical competencies, proficiencies, and regulatory knowledge to ensure responsibilities are effectively executed;
  • Technical expertise needs to include but is not limited to: exposure assessment & monitoring of pharmaceutical operations; control strategies – prevention, engineering controls, work practice controls, and personal protective equipment (PPE) including respiratory protection, applicable regulatory and company  requirements;
  • Establish and maintain excellent communication processes to ensure on site and above site management, occupational health, and affected employees understand the workplace hazards, exposures, and accompanying risks, as well as the needed control strategies;
  • Provide technical support for new projects and modifications to ensure proper IH design review, containment verification, as well as routine /maintenance evaluation after process / equipment installed / implemented;
  • Conduct IH self-assessments / audits;
  • Develop and implement effective IH-related training programs for both management and employees;
  • Serve as the site’s IH Coordinator for the site manufacturing areas and technical support groups and participate in local S&IH committees.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Hygiene /Ergonomics (Master's degree is a plus) as well as an expectation to have or obtain professional certification in industrial (occupational) hygiene recognized under the NAR program of the International Occupational Hygiene Association (IOHA) e.g. Hobéon SKO (VAO certification requirements);
  •  At least 5 years of experience with managing risks associated with high potency pharmaceutical compounds and full understanding of containment systems and concepts;
  • Experience in leading the integration of excellent Industrial Hygiene and Ergonomics processes into chemical / pharmaceutical operations or similar industries;
  • Ability to analyze data, interpret results/ trends, decide appropriate, cost effective corrective actions and provide clear recommendations to both management and employees;
  • Excellent technical, leadership and communication (oral & written) skills in Dutch and English.

A good place to work
  • Our employees are the key to our company’s success. 
  • We demonstrate our commitment to our employees by offering a competitive and valuable rewards program. 
  • Our company’s benefits are designed to support the wide range of goals, needs and lifestyles of our employees, and many of the people that matter the most in their lives.

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