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Abbott Specialist, Environmental Health & Safety in Sunnyvale, California

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 107,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries

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Our location in Sunnyvale, CA, currently has an opportunity for an EHS Specialist.

We are seeking a high caliber Environmental Health & Safety Specialist who will manage the day-to-day maintenance and monitoring of EHS programs, procedures, and policies at a site. Main programs include Ergonomics, Machine Safety, Lockout/Tagout, PPE, Job Hazard Assessments, Hazard Communication, Contractor Safety, Emergency Preparedness, Fire Prevention, and Hazardous Waste Management. Complete EHS metrics, lead accident and hazard investigations, and recommend corrective action. Conduct and prepare the format for periodic EHS inspections and / or site audits. This position is also responsible for assisting with the top sustainability initiatives for the site.


  • Develops, maintains, and enforces EHS policies and procedures in accordance with all local, state, federal regulations and company EHS program requirements; acts as liaison to regulatory agency personnel;

  • Complies with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations, other regulatory requirements, Company policies, operating procedures, processes, and task assignments

  • Ensures site compliance with Abbott’s global technical standards;

  • Applies professional health and safety principles, theories and concepts and uses independent judgment to develop and design imaginative, thorough and practical solutions to difficult environmental, health and safety issues

  • Manages and maintains day-to-day EHS programs at the site, including new employee orientation, EHS management systems, and regulatory record keeping and reporting;

  • Facilitates the management of all hazardous material and hazardous waste activities including the collection, transportation and disposal of all hazardous waste in compliance with all applicable regulations

  • Manages the employee EHS training program, including developing and delivering training curricula and driving/tracking employee participation;

  • Provides technical knowledge in the development of EHS controls, programs, and general workplace hazard control strategies;

  • Conducts EHS reviews for new product development, facility modification, product manufacturing modifications and new equipment/machinery installations;

  • Specifies the procurement and maintenance of safety equipment inventory to ensure that onsite personnel have adequate protection from workplace hazards;

  • Reviews the procurement of chemicals and materials purchased, including the maintenance of the library of SDS’s;

  • Oversees emergency response activities and manages site’s emergency response team;

  • Responsible for promoting a strong safety culture through outreach initiatives as well as employee and management engagement;

  • Manages site workers compensation program and lead incident investigations;

  • Manages incidents, hazard ID’s, near misses, safety inspections, and safety audits using Abbott internal tracking database;

  • Provides oversight to safety committee;

  • Facilitates and grow the site behavior-based safety program; and

  • Maintains positive and cooperative communications and collaboration with all levels of employees, customers, contractors, and vendors

  • Plans and schedules work to meet deadlines established by others to ensure the completion of several related tasks

  • Supports EHS management in the gathering of data for the establishment of report metrics pertinent to EHS activities

  • Coordinates employee exposure monitoring activities for chemical and physical agents, including performing Industrial Hygiene (IH) sampling and supporting the activities of contract Industrial Hygienists, chemical spill remediation specialists, and other safety consultants as required

  • Manages site workers compensation program and lead incident investigations;

  • May be required to perform other related duties as required and/or assigned.



  • Bachelors Degree in In EHS, Occupational Health, Engineering, Science, Nursing or closely related discipline is desired.

  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in experience in the safety or environmental field preferably in a manufacturing or R&D environment;

  • Demonstrated ability to recognize, evaluate, and recommend controls for workplace hazards;

  • Demonstrated ability to determine training needs, organize and conduct training;

  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and achieve objectives within established deadlines;

  • Demonstrated skills in machine safety, ergonomics, hazardous waste, and building EHS culture programs.


  • 3-5 years’ experience in the safety or environmental field preferably in a manufacturing or R&D environment;

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills required, including the ability to interact with senior management and large employee groups;

  • Self-motivated and capacity to work under limited supervision;

  • Demonstrated proficiency with computer applications, including word processing, spreadsheet, and slide presentations required; and

  • Excellent communication skills in a variety of medium (PowerPoint charts, written reports & memoranda, and verbal).

  • OSHA 30 HR course or equivalent;

  • CSP (Certified Safety Professional) is a plus;

  • Stronger focus on safety than environmental. (60% Safety / 40% Environmental); and

  • Experience with behavior-based safety programs is a plus.


At Abbott, you can have a good job that can grow into a great career. We offer:

  • 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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