Environmental Health & Safety Specialist – Charles River Laboratories, Inc. – Leiden

  • Leiden

Charles River Laboratories, Inc.

For 75 years, Charles River employees have worked together to assist in the discovery, development and safe manufacture of new drug therapies. When you join our family, you will have a significant impact on the health and well-being of people across the globe. Whether your background is in life sciences, finance, IT, sales or another area, your skills will play an important role in the work we perform. In return, we’ll help you build a career that you can feel passionate about.

Job Summary


Are you looking for your next role in Health and Safety?


Can you support maintaining and improving a strong safety culture?


Have you got Health and Safety experience in a biotech environment or other highly regulated industry?


If this sounds like you then we have an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist to join our modern laboratory site in Leiden, The Netherlands.

You will be part of a small international team who are responsible for the effective and efficient management of health and safety, emergency management, policy implementation, reporting, investigations, application of controls, risk assessment and delivery of training.

As the EHS Specialist you will be responsible for ensuring the efficient management of health and safety programs and analysing and maintaining occupational health and safety management systems. The EHS Specialist will support and monitor safe working conditions and the effective application of risk controls while working alongside management to maintain a strong safety culture.

What You’ll Be Doing


•    Guiding site safety committees (chemical safety, biosafety, general safety, occupational health) including emergency management training programs and inductions.

•    Responsible for legal compliance by which the company adheres, policies and procedures that regulate business practices, laws, regulations, and jurisdiction.  

•    Appointed as the prevention officer (Preventiemedewerker) with all associated legal requirements while performing and maintaining the Risk Inventory and Evaluation (RI&E)

•    Collaborate with the Works Council, Arbodienst and Human Resources (HR).

•    Participate at global EHS&S meetings and transfer company strategies at site level. 

•    Drafting, reviewing and/or approving and coordinate policy-making activities regarding safe working conditions.

•    The site contact person and representative for the EHS to corporate (US-based), and divisional sites (Netherlands, Belgium, UK, USA) EHS community. 

•    Liaise with CRL colleagues of other business units within The Netherlands.

•    Work with the quality and compliance team to ensure the safe consignment of dangerous goods and aspects of shipping safety.

•    Consulate with management and persons with responsibility to ensure risks are identified and controls implemented. 

•    Work with the chemical and biosafety safety officers to ensure compliance to genetically modified organism (GMO) laws and regulations.

•    Ensure working practices and environments are safe and comply with legislation. 

•    Prepare health and safety strategies and develop internal policies. 

•    Lead in-house training with managers and employees about health and safety issues and risks. 

•    Provide advice, support, and analysis to help establish risk controls and management processes that promote sustainable business practice.

•    Conduct risk assessments, consult with employees, develop risk controls, and provide education and training. 

•    Carry out equipment and workplace inspections and assisting with safety management system audits.

•    Collaborate and consulate with external contractors / sub-contractors / third party operators to ensure work practices are safe and comply with legislation. 

•    Liaise with tenants and property owner of a shared premise to manage risks arising to guarantee the protection of all personnel and visitors who may be affected.

Skills and Experience



  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent 

  • Preferably a Dutch degree of ‘Hogere Veiligheidskunde’ or equivalent 

  • A number of years of EH&S experience

  • Pragmatism and ability to adhere to policy and procedure and regulation

  • A team player with cross-cultural skills (needed to work with our team in Leiden, Beerse (Belgium) and various sites in the UK as well as Corporate (USA))

  • Able to advise, influence and engage site management and colleagues. 

  • This is achieved in a team-oriented, results-driven, international research environment that provides an excellent career opportunity for an enthusiastic and motivated individual.

  • The successful candidate will help form the company’s core values, vision, mission, principles, and guiding philosophy to serve employees, customers, and the broader community.



What We Offer You:


  • A very comprehensive benefits package from day one.

  • Global opportunities and strong career progression.

  • The chance to work on several varied projects and liaise globally and nationally with other business areas.

  • To be able make a difference to health and wellbeing of people.

  • To continue your own career growth.

  • Flexible and hybrid working (minimum of 3 days on site).

  • Well-being support and initiatives.


About Discovery
Discovery from Charles River is industry-proven in the successful development of novel therapies, with over 320 patents and 74 preclinical drug candidates delivered to our sponsors in the past 17 years. Backed by more than 650 scientists, our comprehensive, integrated portfolio employs the latest technology and platforms to provide chemistry, biology, and pharmacology services that support clients from the earliest stages of hit identification all the way through to IND. Our client-focused, collaborative approach creates true partnerships that anticipate challenges, overcome obstacles, and move us forward together on the journey of getting new drugs to market.


About Charles River
Charles River is an early-stage contract research organization (CRO). We have built upon our foundation of laboratory animal medicine and science to develop a diverse portfolio of discovery and safety assessment services, both Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and non-GLP, to support clients from target identification through preclinical development. Charles River also provides a suite of products and services to support our clients’ clinical laboratory testing needs and manufacturing activities. Utilizing this broad portfolio of products and services enables our clients to create a more flexible drug development model, which reduces their costs, enhances their productivity and effectiveness to increase speed to market.


With over 20,000 employees within 110 facilities in over 20 countries around the globe, we are strategically positioned to coordinate worldwide resources and apply multidisciplinary perspectives in resolving our client’s unique challenges. Our client base includes global pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, government agencies and hospitals and academic institutions around the world. 


At Charles River, we are passionate about our role in improving the quality of people’s lives. Our mission, our excellent science and our strong sense of purpose guide us in all that we do, and we approach each day with the knowledge that our work helps to improve the health and well-being of many across the globe. We have proudly supported the development of 86% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2021.


Equal Employment Opportunity
Charles River Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer – all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, veteran or disability status.


If you are interested in applying to Charles River Laboratories and need special assistance or an accommodation due to a disability to complete any forms or to otherwise participate in the resume submission process, please contact a member of our Human Resources team by sending an e-mail message to crrecruitment_US@crl.com. This contact is for accommodation requests for individuals with disabilities only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.


For more information, please visit www.criver.com.

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