Occupational Health Specialist

Abbott is a global healthcare leader that helps people live more fully at all stages of life. Our portfolio of life-changing technologies spans the spectrum of healthcare, with leading businesses and products in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals, and branded generic medicines. Our 109,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.

The primary objective is to provide strategic leadership, consultation and direction globally to all IDEM sites in the area of Occupational Health. This includes developing global plans, processes and procedures to prevent, reduce and eliminate occupational risks and work-related illnesses and injuries, and to promote employee health. The Occupational Health (OH) Specialist provides technical consultation and expert advice to divisional management and Abbott's global organizations to assist with compliance with applicable health and safety regulations and corporate standards. Additionally, the individual establishes and maintains a strong working relationship with all sites in order to help develop and manage an effective occupational health program.

Responsibilities and Duties

- Serves as and provides expert technical direction and consultative services world-wide to management, professional, technical and support staff as well as external customers as warranted

- Serves as expert contact on occupational health inquiries involving peer companies, e.g. benchmarking surveys

- Leads Occupational Health audits and site Occupational Health assessments

- Provides Occupational Health external and internal compliance support for Abbott organizations

- Assists IDEM sites and affiliates in establishing and maintaining OH programs with focus on the prevention and treatment of work related illnesses and injuries and the promotion of employee health and productivity

- Serves as expert in occupational health and safety education and training

- Develops division-wide Procedures and Technical Guidelines relevant to occupational health programs and assists organizations implementing the Procedures

- Communicates critical recommendations to the sites and provides technical assistance

- Develops and provides opportunities for occupational health professional development and continuing education

- Responsible for knowledge and compliance with pertinent laws and regulations governing occupational health and safety

- Monitors quality and effectiveness of vendor services and adherence to legal requirements, such as, the global AED program

- Interviews and supports selection process of Occupational Health candidates for all sites

- Provides orientation training for new Occupational Health professionals across the division

- Creates training programs and procedures as appropriate to ensure compliance with corporate and global regulatory requirements

- Delivers specialized training to targeted global audiences

- Develops, collects, analyzes and reports metrics, such as, the Global Health Scorecard

- Collaborates with Abbott legal department to establish contracts with outside vendors

- Establishes and deploys tools and processes that enable consistent applications of OH global policies and procedures

- Keeps current on relevant emerging technologies and regulatory issues that may impact the business; provides innovative, achievable and practical solutions to OH clients

- Assists with the integration of global technical standards

- Serves as technical expert of medical information management systems and electronic medical records

- Responds to public health emergencies impacting the company as needed.

This position serves a strategic purpose for IDEM and must prioritize issues for regulatory and Abbott compliance.

Requirements

- Undergraduate degree in nursing required. Masters degree in nursing, occupational or public health, or business highly recommended

- Certification in occupational health nursing required (if exists in the country where this position is located)

- Current license or registration to practice as a Registered Professional Nurse

- Minimum of 5 years experience in Occupational Health nursing desired.

- Prior experience in occupational health in a plant operations environment desired.

- Strong interpersonal relationship skills and attention to detail required. Other personal skills needed include: leadership, tact, self-reliance and sound judgment.

- Experience in managing moderate/large initiatives, projects or systems.

Accountability/Scope:
Position interfaces with a wide variety of outside vendors and Abbott management and employees across IDEM world-wide. Must be able to work independently. Exercises judgment in evaluating and analyzing issues. Must effectively represent and influence the Occupational Health and Safety and Human Resource community. Must interact with all levels of management to ensure delivery of programs and initiatives necessary to meet objectives. This position serves all IDEM operations globally and acts as a point person for occupational health. This position requires the ability to anticipate, recognize, evaluate and understand OH& Safety risks and hazards. Provide guidance world-wide on OH matters and possess exceptional communication, training and consultation skills to successfully implement programs and policies. Promote OH awareness and conduct OH training.

WHAT WE OFFER

At Abbott, you can have a good job that can grow into a great career. We offer:
  • A fast-paced work environment where your safety is our priority (Include for Manufacturing roles only)
  • Production areas that are clean, well-lit and temperature-controlled (Include for Manufacturing roles only)
  • Training and career development , with onboarding programs for new employees and tuition assistance
  • Financial security through competitive compensation, incentives and retirement plans
  • Health care and well-being programs including medical, dental, vision, wellness and occupational health programs
  • Paid time off
  • 401(k) retirement savings with a generous company match
  • The stability of a company with a record of strong financial performance and history of being actively involved in local communities


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