Senior EHS Specialist

  • Reference: CJ46550
  • Job Type: Contract
  • Location: Cork, Cork City, Munster
  • Category: Health & safety

Position Details: 

The position will support the EHS Lead Role in the deployment and implementation of EHSS requirements and standards in project design and commissioning phases.

Role Responsibilities: 

  • Support the EHS lead in delivery of strategic, tactical and operational plans to execute EHS G&O’s. 
  • Act as Senior EHS representative on all EHS aspects as directed by EHS Lead. 
  • Fully engage with the site functions, interface programs and governance to ensure safe and compliant design, construction and commissioning
  • Frontline daily reviews of EHS interface with key site contacts that can impact the site or site EHS impact including: 

–       Regular EHS meetings, reviews, walk-downs and audits as per site/project procedures and schedules. 

–       Liaise with Construction Safety person to align on distinct roles and responsibilities. 

–       Approval of work permits in interface areas and where required support the Construction Safety person on main construction site

–       Work with all Job Supervisors to achieve a common understanding and shared commitment to the project objectives

–       Involve workers in discussions around risk assessments, method statements, SPA, JSA and other documentation, and use this as a basis for daily briefings to maintain high situational awareness. 

–       Ensure that there are effective communication arrangements to inform all personnel of key issues including progress, lessons to be learned from incidents, campaigns, and programmes of risk control. 

–       Work with and advise the normal (day to day) site EHS site team and area Supervisors to ensure the site is fully aware of project safety requirements as necessary. 

  • Ensure Design drawings are reviewed as required to ensure compliance with EHS requirements.
  • Review commissioning safety plan with specific focus on schedule. Pay special attention to new global PTW system requirements. 
  • Support any investigations of EHS&S accidents/ incidents if any and ensure timely reporting and escalation as per EHSS procedures. 
  • Support the communication structures for full collaboration between all parties to ensure two-way communication, engagement and collaboration. 
  • Ensure a comprehensive interface plan and communication plan is in place between Client services and operations and activities related to commissioning and validation to avoid any potential risks. 
  • Support EHS Lead in the execution of comprehensive:

–       Execution of comprehensive Commissioning and handover phase EHS verification and assessment for EHS Clearance by area/process/equipment to ensure project meets regulatory requirements and standards.

–       Ensure that every system/process/area has a EHS Clearance completed (EHS and Project ‘System Owner’ sign off) and critical actions are closed prior to handover and the introduction of hazardous materials into any system 

–       Ensure Pre-Start up safety reviews (PSSR’s) capture all the requirements from EHS by Design, URS, HAZOP, consultants report etc.

–       Review and agree interface risks e.g. Green Tag (Mechanical completion) and Blue Tag (Pre-Commissioning / Functional & Performance testing) before handover to Client

–       Facilitate the induction and EHS training of all new operators and staff

–       Ensure final project is 100% audit ready to regulatory standards 

–       Compilation, filing and retention (hard and soft copy) as required of EHS/project related information in an audit ready state

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Requirements:

  • Relevant years of experience: 5+ years 
  • He/she will have a strong EHS general/technical knowledge and experience in the Bio pharma industry or equivalent, be a strong effective communicator to all involved stakeholders.

Education and Experience: 

  • Advanced degree in Sciences, Engineering, Occupational Safety, Environmental Sciences or related field. Engineering preferred. 
  • Broad technical expertise in the different fields of EHS&S with a focus on Construction Safety preferably in a chemical, petrochemical, medical device, or a pharmaceutical-manufacturing environment 
  • Experience in risk management particularly associated with HAZOP/process safety, machine safety, pressurized systems and safe isolation of hazardous energies
  • Experience support EHS in large projects. 
  • Proven track record of delivering agreed-upon expectations. 
  • A strong communicator & influencer who is credible, self-assured and highly capable of negotiating successful outcomes with site stakeholders (managers, leads, contractors, front line workers). S/he will have strong technical skills and the ability to explain complex issues and requirements in an easily understood manner. S/he will apply previous learning and ideas to new situations, projects and teams, developing creative solutions to manage risk to a reasonably practicable level. 
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and the necessary capabilities to understand and find solutions for complex technical/regulatory issues 


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