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(Senior) Hazard Communications Regulatory Specialist (Remote/Virtual)

United States Pharmacopeia
Rockville, MD
Start date
Nov 10, 2022

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Clinical, Clinical Medicine, Marketing
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
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* This role will be remote/virtual with quarterly on-site requirements*

Summary of the Position

The Hazard Communication Regulatory Compliance Specialist is a key position in USPs Hazard Communication Program (HCP) responsible for preparing robust, compliant Safety Data Sheet (SDS), formerly known as Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), for clients/customers representing the research, development, manufacture and distribution of chemicals, or other hazardous materials. This individual will be part of a team of writers reporting to the Manager, Hazard Communication Program as well as interacting with subject matter experts in toxicology, risk assessment, safety, industrial hygiene, environmental science, and analytical chemistry.

The Hazard Communication Regulatory Compliance Specialist supports safety, occupational health, and environmental initiatives across the enterprise and is responsible for creating OSHA-complaint Safety Data Sheets and hazard labels for USP Reference Standards and other chemical products, including the classification of the chemicals under international, federal, and state regulations. This role partners with other staff of the Environmental Health and Safety team and other supporting external organizations.

A top priority is to ensure compliance with established and required health and safety standards, policies, procedures, and compliance requirements that align with local, state, and federal regulations.

Roles and Responsibilities

Serves as the primary writer of new and existing SDSs involving chemicals utilizing 3E Generate software and conducts self and peer quality control for accuracy of data

Researches, evaluates, and populates compositional, physical, chemical, toxicological, environmental, and regulatory information into the SDS authoring database to generate SDS documents.

Collaborate with colleagues in relation to chemical safety topics, participate in trainings to provide quality deliverables and maintain Hazard Communication excellence.

Reads, analyzes, and interprets scientific and technical data and documents

Researches the pharmacological effects of active pharmaceutical ingredient reference standards in the medical literature and determine what target organ, reproductive, carcinogenic, mutagenic, local, or immunological effects are relevant to potential occupational exposure. Investigates related compounds to determine potential for pharmacological activity. Based on scientific judgement, evaluates the physiological effects and human dosage data to determine the potency of APIs and related compounds.

Researches all other toxicological, chemical, and physical properties of all USP chemical products to determine acute and chronic human health hazards, physical hazards relating to fire and accidental release, and hazards to the environment.

Recommends first aid measures, spill mitigation, handling and storage, personal protective equipment and disposal procedures for all USP chemical products appropriate for the hazards identified.

Investigates and resolves any inconsistencies related to the chemical identity of the USP chemical products with the reference standard scientists and liaisons.

Determines the hazard classification for each USP chemical product under the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard 29 C.F.R. 1910.1200 to satisfy USPs legal requirement as an employer and as a chemical manufacturer.

Creates OSHA-complaint Safety Data Sheets and hazard labels for each chemical product for distribution to USP customers as well as for use by USP employees in GLTO and AS in accordance with 29 C.F.R. 1910.1200 and Marylands Right-to-Know law.

Advises GLTO leadership, People Mangers, and other staff in specific areas safety and occupational health.

Determines the classification for transport under 49 CFR 172 (DOTs Hazardous Materials Regulation) and the International Air Transport Association Dangerous Goods Regulations. Maintain active certification for DOT/IATA shipper training.

Determines the classification for hazardous waste under 40 CFR 261 (EPAs Identification and Listing of Hazardous Waste regulation).

Documents all research and conclusions related to potency evaluation and regulatory classifications.

Provides RSP Handling Categories, potency evaluations, and any other requested safety information to USP staff and customers as required by law and as requested.

Assists in creation of safety and hazard communication training materials and in providing initial training to new staff and refresher training as needed.

Continuously monitors the dynamic regulatory landscape as it relates to hazard classification and product formulations. Proactively informs the impacted staff as appropriate and works to ensure that authoring systems are kept current.

Basic Qualifications.

Bachelors degree in Chemistry or sciences-related discipline and two years of hazard communication experience, or advanced degree in industrial hygiene, toxicology, or related field.

Excellent written and oral communication skills, especially the ability to communicate technical knowledge across a wide range of audiences.

Research experience, including electronic database and internet services.

Ability to think critically, analyze conflicting data, and evaluate information sources.

Highly organized with good attention to detail and able to work independently as well as an effective team member.

Proficiency in computer applications (MS Word, Excel) and database experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience with:

o Regulations and standards for Hazard Communication, including U.S. Federal 29 CFR 1910.1200, Maryland COMAR 09.12.33: Maryland Right to Know law, and the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals

o Federal Agencies with roles in workplace and chemical safety, such as the CDC, OSHA, NIOSH, NIH, etc. and their associated publications (e.g. Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substances or the Federal Register)

o Medical and scientific literature

Knowledge of toxicology, industrial hygiene, hazard and risk communication, and chemical regulation.

Supervisory Responsibilities



USP provides you with the benefits you need to protect yourself and your family today and tomorrow. From company-paid time off, comprehensive healthcare options to retirement savings, you can have peace of mind that your personal and financial wellbeing are protected.

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy (will apply to the selected candidate(s) hired:

As a condition of employment with the United States Pharmacopeial Convention's (USP) duty to provide and maintain a workplace free of known hazards, all employees and contingent staff hired after July 1st, 2021, must be fully present vaccinated unless a reasonable accommodation is approved. Your recruiter will advise accordingly.

About USP

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) USP is an independent scientific organization that collaborates with the world's top experts in health and science to develop quality standards for medicines, dietary supplements, and food ingredients. USP brings together more than 1,100 talented professionals across five global locations to deliver its mission to strengthen the supply of safe quality medicines and supplements worldwide. USP is proud to be an equal employment opportunity employer (EEOE) and affirmative action employer. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected class. We are committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. USP does not accept unsolicited resumes from 3rd party recruitment agencies and is not responsible for fees from recruiters or other agencies except under specific written agreement with USP.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractors legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

Job Category Laboratory/Production

Job Type Full-Time


USP is an independent, scientific nonprofit organization focused on building trust in the supply of safe, quality medicines. We are working to strengthen the global supply chain so that the medicines people rely on for health are available when needed and work as expected. We do this through establishing public scientific standards and programs that help ensure billons of people around the world have access to safe and quality products.

USP aspires to be a diverse, inclusive, innovative, and engaging organization that empowers and engages staff and volunteers to contribute to its mission to improve global health. We are committed to creating a culture where every employee feels fully empowered and valued irrespective of, but not limited to, personality, race, ethnicity, physical and mental abilities, education, religion, gender identity and expression, life experience, sexual orientation, country of origin, regional differences, work experience, family status, and where they can contribute their full potential to accomplish our mission.

At USP, you’ll join a talented and diverse team of 1,200 scientific, technical and public health professions, working in state-of-the-art facilities and collaborating with the world’s leading experts from industry, academia, healthcare, and government to address public health challenges and advance cutting-edge innovation.

Whether you’re helping to establish new USP standards, creating key resources to address emerging health issues, or providing critical technical assistance in the developing countries, you’ll be inspired by the positive impact your work has on building public trust and a healthier tomorrow.

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