Site Safety Specialist
Site Name: USA - Massachusetts - Waltham
Posted Date: Mar 20 2023
The Worldwide Real Estate and Facilities (WREF) organisation oversees and operates 16 million square feet of space with a population of over 28,000 GSK and other staff, including pharmaceutical R&D laboratories / pilot plant, and commercial office accommodation.
The Site Safety Specialist will establish and maintain a culture that embraces safe working, protection of the environment, a sustainable healthy workforce and continuous safety performance improvement in the delivery of WREF-managed site facilities & engineering services. Responsibilities include monitoring of outsourced WREF Service Partners and third-party contractors to ensure that Safe Systems of Work are in place & in use and are effective in the management of safety risks.
This role will provide YOU the opportunity to lead key activities to progress YOUR career. These responsibilities include some of the following:
- Perform management oversight of field safety risks arising from maintenance, operations and engineering project work activities across a range of functional areas on site including mechanical plant rooms, electrical substations, research laboratories, warehouse/storage, offices and amenity spaces.
- Conduct monitoring of routine day-to-day site operations work activities to provide assurance that WREF Service Partner methodologies for managing safety risks are proportionate to the nature and extent of risks introduced by the work activity. Ensure that risk assessment mitigation plans are applied in an effective manner and suitable controls are in place to reduce the risk of adverse safety event as a low as reasonably practicable.
- Oversee non-routine high-risk work activities performed by WREF Service Partners in compliance with the site Permit to Work system. Train, embed and monitor the Permit to Work process to ensure safe systems of work are in place and in use. Ensure that appropriate communications are issued, and the required precautions are in place before work starts, e.g. isolation of hazardous energy and materials, and that the work area and/or equipment are handed back in a safe condition for use after work completion.
- Identify and assess safety information needs for third party Contractors and visitors including awareness training on the risks associated with hazardous areas/materials on site such as Asbestos containing materials. Support the delivery of contractor site induction training and ensure that contractor staff are provided with up to date site safety information. Monitor conformance with site safety policies by WREF Service Partner & Contractor staff and take corrective action when required.
- Investigate adverse safety events, ensure immediate corrective actions are taken to promptly restore normal conditions or eliminate hazards, and engage key stakeholders before the affected activity / operation restarts.
- Lead full incident investigations for major adverse events and submit investigation reports to senior managers in a timely manner. Incorporate techniques for Root Cause Analysis so that resulting corrective actions address not only the symptoms but also to underlying causes of issues identified, in order to prevent recurrence.
- Analyse the types and causes of adverse safety events over time to identify trends, assess the effectiveness of corrective & preventative measures and implement appropriate actions to avoid recurrence.
- Help define relevant safety indicators, metrics, objectives and targets consistent with the WREF-specific risks and opportunities. Measure and report performance against established safety objectives to relevant stakeholders.
- Reward and celebrate safety achievements by WREF GSK and Service Partner staff. Apply discipline and enforcement mechanisms when there has been intentional breach of site safety policies & procedures, or failure to operate within GSK’s Values or the Code of Conduct.
- Foster a culture of transparency and trust by ensuring roles and responsibilities are clearly defined and communicated. Escalate significant safety risks at site, business and company levels so that they are addressed and mitigated in a transparent manner.
- Interpret legal and GSK requirements associated with safety management systems and advise WREF on achieving compliance. Stay abreast of regulatory changes and external trends and translate impacts of emerging changes to WREF
We are looking for professionals with these required skills to achieve our goals:
- Bachelor’s degree
- 5+ years of Safety and Engineering experience within a regulated industry
- Broad working knowledge of Facilities Management operations
If you have the following characteristics, it would be a plus:
- Excellent interpersonal, presentational and persuasive skills to successfully interact with managers at all levels and the ability to manage internal relations with site customer base.
- Ability to establish strong working relationships with key external contract partners, to deliver appropriate site services in agreement with established contracts.
- Strong ability to act as a motivator of change.
- Acts as a role model for applying standards to ensure compliance.
- Displays knowledge of the Research & Development process and understands GxP requirements.
GSK is a global biopharma company with a special purpose - to unite science, technology and talent to get ahead of disease together - so we can positively impact the health of billions of people and deliver stronger, more sustainable shareholder returns - as an organization where people can thrive. Getting ahead means preventing disease as well as treating it, and we aim to impact the health of 2.5 billion people around the work in the next 10 years.
Our success absolutely depends on our people. While getting ahead of disease togther is about our ambition for patients and stakeholders, it's also about making GSK a place where people can thrive. We want GSK to be a place where people feel inspired, encouraged and challenged to be the best they can be. A place where they can be themselves - feeling welcome, valued and included. Where they can keep growing and look after their wellbeing. So, if you share our ambition, join us at this exciting momet in our journey to get Ahead Together.
GSK is a global biopharma company with a special purpose – to unite science, technology and talent to get ahead of disease together – so we can positively impact the health of billions of people and deliver stronger, more sustainable shareholder returns – as an organisation where people can thrive. Getting ahead means preventing disease as well as treating it, and we aim to impact the health of 2.5 billion people around the world in the next 10 years.
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