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Company Name:
Approximate Salary:
Rockville, Maryland
United States
Job Categories:
EH&S Engineer/Specialist: Single site
EH&S Engineer/Specialist: Multi-site
Industry Segments:
Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals
Experience level:
6-10 years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree

Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist

Summary of the Position

The Environmental Health and Safety Specialist is a non-supervisory position that provides support to the Global Compliance and Ethics Department at USP. The incumbent will play a key role in the Global Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) footprint by providing support to the Rockville and Frederick facilities.

The employee will work with the Global EHS staff to facilitate EHS programs, policies, and objectives and will report to the Global EHS Manager. The employee can be based at either the USP Rockville or Frederick location, but will be required to split their time between the locations. Assistance may be required at times to assist global USP sites.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Maintains and applies technical knowledge associated with USP Environmental Health and Safety Programs.
  • Identifies, analyzes and reports on risks and hazards associated with system designs, and assists staff and management in ensuring systems and designs are safe, operational and effective
  • Performs inspections of USP facilities and safety equipment to identify and correct potential hazards
  • Serves as the point-person for the  Waste Officers and Safety Officers in their duties to include weekly monthly record keeping inspections ,manifest tracking and regulatory reporting; provides recommendation and remediation if gaps are identified. 
  • Provides overarching support to various environmental programs, including air quality and chemical & waste management, tracking weekly waste inspections, proper waste and chemical segregation, and waste pick-ups to ensure USP is compliant.
  • Reviews quarterly laboratory safety inspections and provides EHS feedback to respective department management
  • Gathers information on incident investigations, compiles and reviews incident reports and evidence prior to submitting to Global EHS Manager to ensure complete and accurate information; makes recommendation for consideration
  • Works closely with Waste Management vendors to ensure compliance and waste reduction
  • Provides environmental health and safety training to staff along with compliance and ethics program training.
  • Reviews and updates environmental health and safety standard operation procedures.
  • Reviews employee safety programs such as Respirator, Bloodborne Pathogen, Chemical Management and Emergency Evacuations and recommends improvements
  • Completes and submit regulatory reporting (OSHA 300 log, Montgomery County Reports, EPA reports and Maryland Department of Environment).
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in a scientific discipline (environmental, chemical or life science preferred) and 5 years of Pharmaceutical/Biotech industry experience identifying and analyzing risks and hazards and supporting environmental programs.


  • MS degree, preferably in a scientific discipline, and 3 years of experience identifying and analyzing risks and hazards and supporting environmental programs.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to assist in applying chemical and environmental regulations and developing compliant workplace programs.
  • Experience working with databases such as Oracle, Metric Stream and Live-Link
  • Experience interpreting Federal, State and Local regulations regarding EHS programs
  • Team player with ability to build lasting productive business relationships with management and peers
  • Ability and desire to work well with diverse employees and customers in a cooperative and friendly manner
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently with minimal supervision
  • Proficiency in MS office (Excel, Word, and Power Point)


Supervisory Responsibilities



USP offers an impressive benefits package, including:

  • Generous paid time off – 13 paid holidays, 10 sick days and 15 vacation days per year to start
  • An annual 401(k) contribution, beginning after 1 year of service, of 10% of pay (base and bonus) every pay period that vests immediately
  • Comprehensive individual and family healthcare plans with affordable premiums and low annual deductibles ($250/individual or $500/family)

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) is a scientific nonprofit organization that sets standards for the identity, strength, quality, and purity of medicines, food ingredients, and dietary supplements manufactured, distributed and consumed worldwide. USP’s drug standards are enforceable in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration, and these standards are used in more than 140 countries.

Being a part of USP means belonging to a diverse culture made up of more than 1,000 talented professionals working together at five international locations. We share our expertise in science, IT, human resources, quality assurance, communications, administrative management, and more...all to support an overall mission dedicated to making a difference by providing standards and programs that help improve the quality of medicines, dietary supplements, and foods worldwide.


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