Virgin Galactic

  • Safety Specialist – Industrial Hygiene

    Company The Spaceship Company
    Category Safety
    Req No.
    Regular Full-Time
    Location : Location
  • Who we are

    The Spaceship Company (TSC) is an affiliate of Virgin Galactic as a space-system manufacturing organization. Headquartered at Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, California, it is building and testing a fleet of WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft and SpaceShipTwo reusable spaceships that, together, form Virgin Galactic’s human spaceflight system. Like many Virgin companies across the world, its team of over 500 talented and dedicated engineers, technicians and professionals are drawn together by a willingness to disrupt and challenge the status quo and deliver innovative aerospace solutions to our customers’ needs. TSC’s extensive capabilities encompass preliminary vehicle design and analysis, manufacturing, ground testing, flight testing and post-delivery support.


    Our Values
    TSC and the greater Virgin Organization have a relaxed and informal culture that encourages individuality and innovation.  You will be motivated, enterprising and enthusiastic.  Company culture is such that you need to be able to “check your ego at the door”, be a self-starter and possess a sense of humility.  You will work well under pressure and thrive on being given challenges and responsibility.  You will communicate clearly and be confident and persuasive. You will have a high level of integrity and understand the need of complete confidentiality.


    Who You Are

    Working with the TSC Safety Director, and the Virgin Galactic VP of Safety, a TSC Safety Specialist's mission is to successfully integrate safety into the functional operation of TSC’s facilities. The Safety Specialist will assist the TSC Safety Director, to help prevent injuries and illness to our staff and to facilitate regulatory compliance of the facilities. The ultimate goal is to achieve “Continual Safety Improvement” for our employees, and all those affected by our business operations.



    Your Mission

    • Assist the TSC Safety Director to implement effective safety program to ensure that facility operations are fully compliant with Local, State, and Federal laws/regulations.
    • Provide local safety oversight through safety inspections across multiple buildings.
    • Maintain facility required environmental, safety and health documentation for Hazardous Waste, Air Quality, Fire Life & Safety, Water Quality programs and medical surveillance programs.
    • Execute comprehensive facility safety inspections to ensure continuous improvement while maintaining regulatory compliance.
    • Evaluate and maintain SDS system to ensure correct hazards are identified for hazardous material labeling.
    • Provide required regulatory training and maintain all safety related recordkeeping.
    • Ability to identify and evaluate occupational exposures to harmful substances and make recommendations for control or elimination of hazards in accordance with Cal/OSHA, NIOSH and ANSI requirements.
    • Assist in medical monitoring programs for employees.
    • Support shop personnel in the appropriate selection of personal protective equipment and insure proper use as directed.
    • Perform ergonomic evaluations.
    • Perform air monitoring and IH studies to ensure employee safety. 
    • Assist in TSC’s Safety Committee meetings to achieve “Continual Safety Improvement” and communication for our employees.
    • Maintain and update emergency response plans, procedures and facilities safety maps.
    • EHS Training & Procedure Development (including): HazCom, GHS, LockoutTagout, Forklift, Respirator Fit Testing & Training, First Aid Training/CPR, Ergonomic Training, New Hire Orientation and other training or procedures as needed.
    • Assist in EH&S training to include Hazardous Communications, Hazwaste Disposal, and other safety-related training as applicable.
    • Assist in hazardous waste disposal operations including: hazardous waste manifests, inventories, proper waste handling, and facilitate waste shipments.
    • Ensure waste areas and collections points stay clean and organized to ensure compliance and reduce risk.
    • Execute chemical & hazardous waste emergency response actions as needed.
    • Assist in general safety oversight as part of the TSC Safety team.

    What you bring


    • Minimum of 3-5 years relevant professional safety experience in a fast paced, dynamic environment.
    • Bachelors Degree in a safety or environmental related discipline preferred.
    • Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) or Professional Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health is desirable
    • Will also consider a combination of education, certifications, and relevant work experience. Current DOT and EPA certifications a plus.
    • Experience with aerospace and/or composite manufacturing processes is desirable.
    • Proficiency in PowerPoint, Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel software applications.
    • Excellent written and verbal skills with the ability to develop and deliver articulate presentations to groups of all sizes and levels.
    • Ability to establish and maintain partnerships across functional areas.
    • Ability to serve as an environmental/safety mentor and coach to others.
    • Ability to work a flexible schedule that may occasionally include nights, weekends & early start times.
    • Ability to stand for prolonged periods of time or work in adverse weather conditions.
    • Ability to kneel, squat, reach, climb, and use basic hand tools.
    • Ability to periodically lift 50-75lbs.
    • Ability to maintain DOT and EPA certifications.
    • Ability to meet medical and Cal/OSHA requirements for respirator use.  
    • Ability to respond to serious emergency situations, but 24/7 on-call is not required. 




    ITAR Requirements

    To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by ITAR (22 CFR §120.15) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.


    The Spaceship Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with The Spaceship Company is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.



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