Coordinator, Environmental, Health and Safety

Our Company

Akorn, Inc. is a niche pharmaceutical company that develops, manufactures and markets generic and branded prescription pharmaceuticals as well as animal and consumer health products. We specialize in difficult-to-manufacture sterile and non-sterile dosage forms including: ophthalmics, injectables, oral liquids, otics, topicals, inhalants, and nasal sprays. Akorn markets its products to retail pharmacies, ophthalmologists, optometrists, physicians, veterinarians, hospitals, clinics, wholesalers, distributors, group purchasing organizations, and government agencies.


Provide support for environmental, health and safety matters for the Akorn, Decatur Illinois Facilities including developing, implementing, and coordinating safety, health and environmental programs, processes, and policies to prevent injuries, protect the health and well-being of all employees, minimize the impact of our manufacturing operations on the environment, and maintain compliance with applicable local, state and federal laws, regulations, guidelines and directives.

Essential Functions

1. A demonstrated knowledge of OSHA, EPA, DEA, Federal, State and local regulations to assure compliance with program requirements.
2. Maintain logs, documentation manage records and assist in regulatory audits and inspections.
3. Active participation in the safety committee and provide daily guidance and direction with EHS programs to re-enforce safety policies, guidelines and procedures established by the Company.
4. Assist in the preparation of Job Hazard Analyses, accident, near miss, investigations and corrective actions.
5. Participate and assist in the development, management and training of all EHS required programs.
6. Ensure all hazardous materials, universal, non-hazardous and medical waste are handled, labeled and/or shipped in accordance with regulatory guidelines.
7. Arrange for the purchase and distribution of personal protective equipment, including safety shoes and prescriptive eyewear.
8. Manage the fire and sprinkler inspection, fire extinguisher, safety shower and eyewash inspections and records.
9. Manage Safety Data Sheet record keeping and updating the log.
10. Manage and ensure the cleanup and response to all emergencies are handled in accordance with the state and federal regulations.

Additional Functions

1.Ability to work effectively as a team
2.Proficient at Microsoft Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint and Word
3.Strong communication skills and presentation skills
4.Ability to abide by quality standards
5.CPR and First Aid certification

Required Qualifications:

Demonstrated experience in the application of EHS management systems. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively (verbal and written) with wide variety of audiences (operators, management, engineering, etc,).

Desired Qualifications:
Demonstrated proficiency in the use of computers and Microsoft Office products, primarily the use of word processing, environmental database applications, presentation and spreadsheet software.
- Certified Hazardous Material Manager (CHMM), and other EHS related certifications.
- Experience supervising/managing people.
- Ability to drive results, driving change, business understanding and teamwork.
- Thorough understanding of risk management, as relates to environmental, and loss control methodology.
- Direct experience in developing and implementing environmental stewardship programs.
- Demonstrated ability to influence by example and the ability to work with all levels of the organization.
- Ability to develop and make presentations before various audience sizes at all levels of the organization.

Education and Experience

Bachelor's degree or Associates degree in the area of Environmental studies or related field preferred, but professional industry experience with and a knowledge of Environmental regulations and Health and Safety regulatory knowledge may be substituted.

Must possess excellent communication skills for dealing with in-house personnel, regulatory agencies, local authorities, and other agencies.

Job Prerequisites
Ability to meet attendance standards. All full-time employees are required to work a 40 hour week, most of which has to be during "regular" business hours. At times it may be necessary to work additional hours in order to get the required tasks accomplished to meet deadlines.

Physical Demands and Work Environment
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, talk and hear. The employee is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision for written work and PC use. Additional physical requirements include the ability to hear accurately the spoken word with moderate office noise (or plant noise).

Mental requirements include:
Ability to apply deductive reasoning and understand complicated issues.
Ability to receive instructions and follow work rules and company policies.
Ability to follow safety and security practices.
Ability to meet deadlines and effectively deal with office stress.
Ability to accurately communicate ideas, facts and technical information.
Maintain confidentiality of certain information.

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