Posted to MedZilla on 2/22/2020

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-CA, Environment Health & Safety Specialist II SR0045284-MZ


Takeda is a patient-focused, values-based, R&D-driven global biopharmaceutical company committed to bringing Better Health and a Brighter Future to people worldwide. Our passion and pursuit of potentially life-changing treatments for patients are deeply rooted in over 230 years of distinguished history in Japan.
Every vial has a name is a core value at our Thousand Oaks CA campus, a multiproduct facility with over 20 years of operational expertise. We have an excellent opportunity for a high performing Environmental Health & Safety Specialist II.

The selected candidate is responsible for the development and implementation of environmental, health and safety (EHS) programs. Provide the employees with professional, technical problem solving and administrative coordination of EHS programs, policies and regulations.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Administer and coordinate compliance with all safety, hazardous material, hazardous and non-hazardous waste programs.
  • Perform and/or assist in industrial hygiene monitoring for the site using OSHA/NIOSH/ACGIH methods to determine employee and environmental safety.
  • Provide technical information on EHS issues on new equipment, projects, method of performing work, and hazard/risk assessments.
  • Conduct or participate in EHS audits of regulatory compliance, site/company program requirement and policy requirements, reporting the results to the site leadership.
  • Provide non-routine problem solving to departments, engineering and research and development groups through participation in meetings, committees, projects, etc.
  • Prepare and/or assist with composing EHS Regulatory & Agency (OSHA, EPA, DHS, etc.), Corporate, and Divisional reports/communications.
  • Review and update EHS documentation, programs, trainings and procedures as needed.
  • Develop and provide specialized training required by EHS regulations to employees.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Knowledge of cGMP manufacturing and basic laboratory and pharmaceutical production equipment including but not limited to: autoclaves, process tanks, incubators, analytical equipment, and CIP/SIP systems is desired.
  • Knowledge of basic chemical and biological safety procedures.
  • Employee may be required to manage hazardous wastes in compliance with company procedures & State/Federal/Local hazardous waste regulations. Duties may include: identifying, handling, generating, accumulating, storing, labeling, on-site transporting of hazardous wastes as well as developing HW programs/procedures, inspecting/auditing hazardous waste program requirements, providing guidance and training to HW generators/handlers, managing and inspecting 90-day hazardous waste accumulation areas, and working with hazardous waste vendors to arrange hazardous waste shipments (including signing shipping manifests in compliance with DOT and haz waste regulations).
  • Must have the ability to correctly complete high school-level mathematics.
  • Incumbent must be proficient in a variety of mathematical disciplines and be able to work with both the metric and USA standards of measurement.
  • Must be able to read and follow detailed written instructions and have good verbal/written communication skills.
  • Must be able to read, write, and converse in English.
  • Must be able to navigate, conduct searches, and complete forms on Personal Computer for the purposes of training, performance management, and self-service applications.
  • Must have the ability to navigate electronic mail systems and intranet for communication purposes.
  • Basic or Advanced word processing skills.
  • Basic or Advanced spreadsheet skills.
  • Basic or Advanced typing skills.
  • Good interpersonal skills and be able to work effectively and efficiently in a team environment.
  • Employee may be required to manage hazardous wastes in compliance with company procedures & State/Federal/Local hazardous waste regulations. Duties may include: identifying, handling, generating, accumulating, storing, labeling, and on-site transporting of hazardous wastes.
  • Employee may be required to sign documentation related to hazardous waste transportation and disposal such as manifests, bill-of-ladings, shipping documentation, land ban disposal forms, etc.

Education and/or experience

  • Bachelor's Degree in Environmental, Occupational Health, Safety or related field.
  • 3-5 years experience in the EHS field with specific concentration in OSHA and EPA regulations.
  • 2-4 years experience in a pharmaceutical manufacturing environment desired.
  • Preferred: A professional certification in the practice of EHS.

Physical Demand

  • May be required to lift, carry, push or pull up to 50 pounds.

Working Environment

  • May be required to occasionally work off shifts such as swing or nights for a short period to support production.
  • May be required to travel for business reasons, e.g. training and meetings.
  • Must be able to work in controlled or clean room environments requiring special gowning/garments. Will be required to follow gowning requirements and wear protective clothing over the head, face, hands, feet and body. No make-up, jewelry, contact lenses, nail polish or artificial fingernails may be worn in these work environments. Additionally, must be able to wear required personal protective equipment.
  • May be exposed to dust, gases, and fumes.
  • May be around moving equipment and machinery.
  • May be working in a loud area that requires hearing protection and other protective equipment to be worn.
  • May work around chemicals such as alcohol, acids, buffers and celite that may require respiratory protection.
  • May be required to work in a confined area as defined by the site or Environmental, Health, & Safety.
  • May be required to work or be assigned to a different shift as needed.
  • Must be able to work more than 8 hours a day or 40 hours a workweek as required.
  • Will have interaction with other people.
  • Pace may be fast and job completion demands may be high.

Notice to Employment / Recruitment Agents:

Employment / Recruitment agents may only submit candidates for vacancies only if they have written authorization to do so from Shire, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Takeda s Talent Acquisition department. Any agency candidate submission may only be submitted to positions opened to the agency through the specific Agency Portal. Shire, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Takeda will only pay a fee for candidates submitted or presented where there is a fully executed contract in place between the Employment / Recruitment agents and Shire, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Takeda and only if the candidate is submitted via the Agency Portal. Candidates submitted or presented by Employment / Recruitment Agents without a fully executed contract or submitted through this site shall not be deemed to form part of any Engagement for which the Agency may claim remuneration.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Shire, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Takeda, is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce. Shire, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Takeda, will not discriminate against any worker or job applicant on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy, gender reassignment, non-job related mental or physical disability, genetic information, veteran status, military service, application for military service, or membership in any other category protected under law.

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Reasonable Accommodations

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