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Environmental Health & Safety Specialist

Charles RiverBallina, Mayo

For 70 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 TITLE: Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist


  • BSc. in Environmental Health & Safety
  • IT Skills – MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Ability to interact with peers effectively
  • Be able to deal with people at all levels including internal and external clients
  • Strong administration, documentation and analytical skills
  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • Excellent Organisational & Decision Making skills
  • Good Time Management
  • Meticulous attention to detail.
  • Ability to work to tight timescales
  • Takes ownership of projects.
  • Knowledge of Biosecurity levels preferable.
  • Good working knowledge of storage and disposal of chemicals
  • Proven track record of dealing with a waste management system
  • 5+ years of working in a Pharma Environment.


  • Implement and review health & safety systems and procedures, update and maintain systems to ensure compliance with all regulatory requirements.
  • To provide assistance to local managers with assessments and other practical requirements as necessary under H&S legislation.
  • To assist in the operation, development and organisation of safety and health monitoring schemes, including written policies, record keeping and monitoring.
  • To undertake incident investigations as necessary, record and report monthly accident/incident statistics to management.
  • To liaise with the Facilities Department in relation to maintaining the fire safety systems as required by legislation.
  • To manage and monitor the Contractors program on-site.
  • To liaise with internal and external Enforcing Authorities as required.
  • To carry out regular H&S audits/inspections.
  • To assist in staff safety training.
  •  To maintain suitable and sufficient records relating to all H&S matters.
  • Liaise with the facility environmental staff and other departments including but not limited to operations, maintenance and procurement in order to lead and coordinate the facility’s sustainability efforts. This shall include but not be limited to:
  • Leading the site sustainability team via monthly meetings in its efforts to reduce the site’s environmental impact including energy use/CO2, water and waste.
  • Implementing sustainability initiatives and programs based on guidance from Charles River’s Global Sustainability Department.
  • Educate, inspire and lead employees to help make Charles River a more sustainable company.
  • Entering waste and water data into the company sustainability database (Resource Advisor) and preparing reports for site management on progress vs goals
  • About Biologics Testing Solutions With more than 50 years of experience and proven regulatory expertise, the Charles River Biologics group can address challenging projects for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies worldwide. Offering a variety of services such as contamination and impurity testing, protein characterzation, bioassays, viral clearance studies and stability and lot release programs, we support clients throughout the biologic development cycle, from the establishment and characterization of cell banks through preclinical and clinical studies to marketed products. Whether clients need stand-alone services, a unique package of testing, or insourced support, our Biologics group can create a custom solution to suit their needs. Each year more than 20,000 biologic testing reports are sent each and over 200 licenses products are supported by our biologics testing solutions team.

    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 17,000 employees within 90 facilities in 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. And in 2018, revenue increased to $2.67 billion. 

    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 ~85% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2019.

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