Safety and Environmental Health (EHS) Specialist

The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, is located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC. APL provides critical contributions to critical challenges with systems engineering and integration, technology research and development, and analysis. Our scientists, engineers, and analysts serve as trusted advisors and technical experts to the government, ensuring the reliability of complex technologies that safeguard our nation's security and advance the frontiers of space. We also maintain independent research and development programs that pioneer and explore emerging technologies and concepts to address future national priorities.

Job Summary: The EHS Specialist has responsibilities across a wide variety of technical programs including training on safety and health topics, conducting safety/environmental audits and inspections; maintaining day-to-day oversight of environmental safety and health (EHS) programs such as Lockout/Tagout, Confined Space Entry, Respiratory Protection, Contractor Safety, Personal Protective Equipment, etc.; and collecting exposure sampling data.


  • Develop and provide EHS training programs including Bloodborne Pathogens, Chemical and Hazardous Waste, Lockout/Tagout, Personal Protective Equipment, Fall Protection, Ladder Safety and Hearing Conversation. Continuously evaluate training program content and effectiveness. (30%)
  • Manage EHS related inspection programs (including specific biological, chemical, and regulated waste collection sites). Plan and conduct inspections to assess existing conditions and to determine compliance with policies, procedures, and applicable regulations. Develop reports with findings and corrective actions identified. Educate staff regarding common findings and appropriate hazard mitigations. Maintain documentation and track trends. (30%)
  • Conduct industrial hygiene surveys using monitoring equipment to quantify potential bio, chemical, radiation, radiofrequency, and noise exposures. (10%)
  • Investigate complaints and reports of unsafe working conditions and provide recommended abatement actions. (10%)
  • Prepare reports, presentations, briefings, corrective actions plan etc., as needed to be delivered to all levels of staff. (10%)
  • Provide back-up support for other EHS programmatic needs and other duties as assigned. (10%)

Note: This job summary and listing of duties is for the purpose of describing the position and its essential functions at time of hire and may change over time.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in occupational safety, industrial hygiene, or other environmental health and safety (EHS) related field.
  • 1-3 years' experience in the EHS field.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills, including experience with group presentations and training.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of relevant federal and state laws and regulations regarding environmental health and safety.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment, communicate effectively, and project a positive attitude.
  • Proficiency/demonstrated capabilities in Microsoft Office
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple assignments with minimal direct supervision.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP) designation
  • Eligible to progress toward obtaining Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) and/or Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certification.

Security: Secret Clearance is required. Applicants selected will be subject to a Government security investigation and must meet the eligibility requirements for access to classified information up to the Secret level. Eligibility requirements include US citizenship.

Benefits: APL offers a comprehensive benefits package including a liberal vacation plan, a matching retirement program, significant educational assistance, a scholarship tuition program for staff with dependents, and competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. For more information about our organization, please visit our web site at

Equal Employment Opportunity: Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, as well as other applicable laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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