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Industrial Hygiene (IH) Lead at GSK

Job Purpose Statement

  • To establish and maintain a viable occupational hygiene programme to prevent ill health caused by the work environment.
  • To continually improve working conditions and practices to keep all GSK Nairobi staff healthy and safe at work.
  • To recognize and control risks to protect employee health and well-being from exposure to hazards in the workplace.

Essential Job Responsibilities

Fundamentals (Safety, Quality, people and Process)

  • Carry out and/or coordinate comprehensive risk assessments on all facilities, equipment and processes to identify all the site’s EHS risks. Risk assessments will cover all EHS aspects such as chemical risk exposure, ergonomics, noise, etc.
  • Participate in maintaining a register of the site’s EHS risks and put in place effective control measures to minimize these risks in accordance with local legislation and corporate standards.
  • Recommend and ensure the use of the correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) relevant to the task performed as identified from the risk assessments.
  • Participate in assessing the EHS training needs, and developing and conducting an EHS training program.
  • Sensitize and train all staff, visitors and on-site contractors of the risks associated with their various operations using awareness campaigns, inductions, toolbox talks, posters, etc.
  • Encourage the reporting of hazards and risks (near misses) no matter how minor and put in place measures to encourage safe practices.
  • Monitor compliance with safety standards, effectiveness of safety measures and opportunities for improvement, through daily GEMBA walks and EHS inspections.
  • Develop EHS L1 and L2 audit universes and carrying out audits as per allocation.
  • Participate in all EHS audits by external parties such as occupational health and safety, etc.
  • As CAPA champion for the EHS Department, ensure all CAPAs are closed on time.
  • Develop SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) for occupational hygiene related standards.
  • Facilitate, conduct and evaluate occupational risks assessments to check to identify risk and check compliance with GSK EHS Standards as well as regulatory requirements. Determine the nature and extent of potential occupational exposures (e.g. to noise, chemical agents, radiation), considering routes of exposure and absorption.
  • Develop, conduct, evaluate and interpret the results of occupational hygiene surveys for noise, chemical agents, biological agents, radiation, ergonomic and other workplace hazards
  • Monitor the work environment through inspections and walkthroughs to identify risks and determine whether controls are properly implemented
  • Explain health-related information on material safety data sheets to all levels of staff.
  • Develop, conduct and evaluate training on occupational hygiene programmes and processes.
  • Investigate illnesses and any other adverse events related to occupational hygiene hazards as well and track actions for closure to ensure a safe working place at all times.

Innovate the Business

  • Create and manage measurement systems to track adoption/progress, utilization and proficiency of key
    business value drivers (e.g. number of completed risk assessments, etc)
  • Provide stretch targets for self and recalibrate ideas through involved engagement.
  • Encourage use of existing resources to deliver business expectations, and guide team on project
  • Provide input to User Requirement Specifications (URS) for appropriate projects, selection of site equipment and provide the EHS link and guidance to the respective users from design stage through use.

Strategic Alignment & Sustainability

  • Be an active and visible EHS coach on occupational hygiene matters to leaders and site workforce as well.
  • Identify potential people-side risks and anticipated points of resistance and develop specific plans to mitigate or address the concerns.
  • Select and manage partnerships with external providers as necessary to deliver effective and professional
    service provision. External providers include occupational medical services, consultants and services &
    equipment providers.
  • Assess effective use of external service providers, scope the role, negotiate rates, and engage contractors
    upon approval. Review ongoing performance.
  • Ensure that all occupational hygiene activities carried out incorporate sound design and EHS principles in accordance with appropriate statutory authorities and relevant GSK policies and guidelines.
  • Provide regular updates on site performance with respect to occupational hygiene performance and project status to site management and EHS leadership in GMS network.
  • Work with GPS, technical and quality teams to pro-actively optimize manufacturing operations to improve
    product flow.
  • Participate in ensuring all EHS related actions (additional / new materials, process and equipment changes) emanating from product transfers or New product introduction are planned and executed within schedule.

Risk Management

  • Manage the implementation of occupational hygiene initiatives and ensure that GSK is in compliance with local legal and legislative requirements and group requirements.
  • Formulate, support and disseminate Company EHS policies, strategies and procedures relating to
    Occupational health & hygiene, safety and, accident prevention and emergency planning.
  • Provide specialist advice and guidance on the development and progression of occupational hygiene assessments including prevention programs and implications of occupational hygiene health and safety
    hazards from existing or new plant, machinery, chemicals, products, processes or work practices.
  • Advise management, line supervisors and shop floor staff on issues arising out of EHS risk assessments,
    audits and investigations. Assist in selection of suitable control strategies and development of action plans
    and monitor the outcome.
  • Monitor adherence to company EHS policies and procedures and legislative requirements related to occupational hygiene. Investigate deviations from relevant standards and where appropriate provide advice and recommendations detailing suitable control strategies to achieve compliance.
  • Work with Cross-functional teams to deliver the Zero Waste, Zero Accident and Zero Quality ambition.


  • Sound judgement and assessment of people, organizational culture and group dynamics providing a good balance between company and staff needs
  • Making decisions as per the policy to ensure the business does not suffer as well as maintain integrity during process improvement initiatives.
  • Influences and supports team members with respect to process improvement through open and constructive consultation.
  • Ability to influence decision through facts
  • The role of is the competent person in the following areas chemical safety, noise, bio-hazardous agents, ergonomics and human factors, resilience and workplace and facilities.

High Performance Behaviours

Innovative thinking Engaging & developing others Leading people Achieving excellence

Competencies: (Expertise and Knowledge)

Basic Requirements

  • Is aware of the similarities and differences between chemical, biological and physical agent hazards. Can apply the hierarchy of controls.
  • Has a working knowledge of local and international EHS laws and regulations related to industrial hygiene. Is able to implement action plans in compliance with relevant laws and regulations.
  • Can interpret chemical hazards and other relevant information from Material Safety Data Sheets
  • Can use physical properties of substances to carry out Chemical Risk Assessments.
  • Is able to review exposure data to evaluate potential hazard effects and recognize when employees may be exhibiting effects from exposure.
  • Is familiar with international air sampling and analytical methods and able to identify applicable methods for the hazards present.
  • Is able to select appropriate sampling equipment and a sampling strategy, able to conduct actual sampling including instrument calibration, and able to interpret sampling results.
  • Is able to identify appropriate PPE and RPE as per hazard assessment, able to run a PPE and RPE management program and able to conduct PPE and RPE effectiveness testing (e.g. respirator fit testing). Is able to interpret the results of the effectiveness testing.
  • Can understand the health effects of air pollution and can design and implement controls to prevent exposure.
  • Can recognize biological agents associated with potential occupational exposure.
  • Can develop an emergency response for chemical and biological spillages that minimize exposure to emergency responders.
  • Can lead and contribute to investigations on Industrial Hygiene incidents using appropriate problem-solving techniques.
  • Can recognize the Occupational Health and Occupational Hygiene impacts of proposed changes.
  • Is able to conduct ergonomic risk assessment using appropriate tools and is able to recommend, implement and monitor appropriate ergonomic controls.
  • Can recognize excessive noise exposures, can monitor for noise exposures and can recommend appropriate measures to eliminate worker exposure to excessive noise.
  • Can evaluate a workplace to identify risk factors associated with heat and cold related disorders. Can recommend thermal strain related prevention programs.
  • Competent in the use of equipment used to capture occupational hygiene data e.g. lux meters, indoor air quality analysers, etc.

Qualification/ Experience

  • Educated to diploma level or higher in a science-related course (analytical chemistry, nursing, bio-chemistry, etc)

Preferred Requirements

  • Occupational Hygiene Certificate Course recognized by BOHS (British Occupational Hygiene Society)
  • Computer literacy
  • Supervisory skills
  • Self Driven
  • Excellent communication skills (oral, written and presentation)
  • Team player with ability to work across functions
  • Assertiveness
  • Auditing techniques
  • Investigative skills
  • Data interpretation skills
  • Ownership and accountability

Contact Information

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