Associate Director, Research Safety and Industrial Hygiene

May 05, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

General Description of Position: Supports the Environmental Health and Safety mission for university to ensure uninterrupted learning and research. Oversees the KSU research safety, laboratory safety, and industrial hygiene program. Provides assistance to the Director of Environmental Health and Safety in support of departmental and institutional goals. Information about the Department: The mission of the Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) is to achieve compliance with applicable federal, state and local environmental and safety statutes, regulations, enforceable agreements, and permits, and to strive for continual improvement in the environmental health of the campus. EHS is responsible for the development and implementation of environmental, health and safety policies, procedures and programs. This includes, but is not limited to environmental compliance monitoring, tracking and reporting; hazard analysis, safety training, incident investigation and emergency response.  Diversity and Inclusion: Kansas State University embraces diversity, and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university established the Office of Diversity, led by the associate vice provost for diversity and a dedicated staff.  Additionally, each college has a designated Diversity Point Person to provide insight and guidance.  

Kansas State University received the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity, or HEED, award from Insight Into Diversity magazine for the past three years.  Multicultural students account for 15 percent of our student population, a university record and continuing trend.

Job Description:

As a member of the Environmental Health and Safety Department for Kansas State University (KSU), works with researchers, instructors, departments, divisions, the Radiation Safety Committee, Institutional Biosafety Committee, the Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee and the Institutional Environmental Health & Safety Committee to ensure the safety of research and teaching laboratories at KSU.  Serves as a resource for researchers on safety and industrial hygiene issues. Ensures that all research is conducted safely and in accordance with federal, state, and institutional environmental, health and safety guidelines. 

Recommends procedures for the review of research grant proposals/awards to identify potential regulatory factors and logistical or facility related limitations that can affect research success and/or that pose risk. Reviews protocols post award for compliance to EHS regulations, for adherence to recommended standards of care for the occupational safety of researchers, and for related accrediting board expectations for occupational health and environmental compliance. Ad hoc member of BSC and IACUC. Successful candidate will also conduct an assessment to identify if a chemical safety committee is required at KSU, proposes the committee to leadership, establishes and serves on the chemical safety committee as applicable. 

Serves as the institutional Chemical Hygiene Officer. Develops programs, guidance and proposes institutional policy aimed at minimizing risk to individuals working with and around hazardous materials or processes. Establishes policy and procedural guidance defined within the Laboratory Safety Manual and Chemical Hygiene Plan as required by federal funding entities and prescribed within the OSHA laboratory standard. Establishes the “chemical safety level” criteria that is used by KSU to communicate to workers and emergency responders the chemical risks of laboratories on campus. 

Establishes procedures and related guidance documents for conducting risk assessments of research and academic laboratory activities to guide departments in conducting risk assessments and developing protocol-related safety standard operating procedures. Assists departments and researchers in identifying hazards and conducting laboratory activity risk assessments. 

Oversees the laboratory safety and compliance audit program for the KSU Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS). Manages the laboratory registration program. Oversees the accuracy and adequacy of database records for laboratory audits, laboratory registrations/permits, chemical inventories, and medical surveillance and training records that are maintained by EHS personnel. Develops programs in support of institutional goals for research laboratory security and in compliance with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS). Works in cooperation with the KSU Research Compliance Office in support of biosafety and biosecurity programs. Develops teaching laboratory biosafety programs and assists with audits of research laboratories for compliance to institutional biosafety plans. Develops and ensures compliance to the KSU campus Biohazardous Materials Management Plan (e.g., medical waste, autoclave program, lab BBP, laboratory infection control).

Develops protocol and ensures compliance to environmental regulations for the importation of hazardous materials used in research. Establishes training and compliance programs to instruct researchers on requirements for shipping and importation of hazardous materials (does not include export controls compliance except as related to laboratory specific hazardous materials and samples/specimens interstate and international exchanges).  

Reviews - and/or provides guidance to the industrial hygienist reviewing - mechanical plans and specifications of laboratory engineering controls. Provides consultation during construction and renovation projects involving laboratories, industrial shops, or related facilities where hazardous conditions exist. Recommends EHS-related institutional construction standards that ensure occupant, property and environmental safety and supports consistency of institutional guidelines for laboratory design at KSU through application of sound industrial hygiene principals and industrial ventilation standards of practice. 

Works with the EHS Occupational Safety Manager and industrial hygienist to manage the campus safety programs affecting laboratory and research activities including, but not limited to the respiratory protection program, hearing conservation program, blood borne pathogens plan, and hazard communication plan. In conjunction with the EHS Occupational Safety Manager, develops safety and occupational health training.

Required Minimum Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in industrial hygiene, toxicology, chemistry, public health, or related field.
  • Bachelor's degree in industrial hygiene, safety engineering, environmental health, or related science or engineering discipline (e.g., chemistry, toxicology, environmental science, human physiology, microbiology, health physics, physiology or closely related field).
  • Eight years of professional experience in two or more of the the listed job responsibilities.
  • Equivalent related combination of education and experience in research compliance with a focus in laboratory safety, chemical hygiene, and/or industrial hygiene may substitute.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Doctoral degree in related field.
  • Professional experience in a research-intensive academic setting.
  • Experience in a supervisory role.
  • Good standing as a Certified Industrial Hygienist.
  • Previous experience conducting reviews of research protocols such as in the capacity of an institutional committee (e.g., IACUC, IBC). Previous experience in a research setting in a health and safety enforcement capacity.
  • Familiarity with: import controls for hazardous materials; research activities impacted by the Chemical Weapons Convention; DHS CFATS regulations; Select Agent Toxins requirements; OSHA laboratory standard; Controlled Substances Act; HMTA; IATA; and TSCA.
  • Program management experience.
  • Skill in the operation and maintenance of a variety of monitoring and testing instruments.
  • Knowledge of occupational health standards, codes and regulations.
  • Demonstrated excellence in presentation and training delivery.
  • Demonstrates ability to work effectively with ethnic, cultural, and socially diverse populations.
Other Requirements:
  • Certified Industrial Hygiene (CIH) certification or ability to obtain CIH within 5 years of employment.
  • 40-hour HAZWOPER certification (or ability to obtain within 6 months of hire)
  • Kansas driver’s license within 6 months
  • Must be medically approved to wear respiratory protection, including but not limited to PAPR and SCBA. Participate in employer medical surveillance program, including annual medical evaluations and vaccination or titer testing
  • NIMS within one year
  • Knowledge of methods, procedures and techniques used in collecting samples and assessing hazardous environments and applicable regulations. Knowledge of toxicological effects of occupational hazards
Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment. 

Applicants should upload a letter of interest, resume, contact information for at least three professional references.  Copies of transcripts(s) and applicable certifications will be required of final candidates.  Unofficial copies of transcripts are acceptable during interview/screening process.  Official copies of transcripts will be required if selected.

Screening of Applications Begins: Screening begins May 22, 2017; applications will continue to be accepted until position is filled. Salary Range / Pay Rate: $69,438 - $114,572 Benefits Summary: This position is benefits eligible: health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, tuition assistance program, paid time off – vacation, sick and holidays. To learn more visit: Equal Employment Opportunity: Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.  Background Screening Statement: In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University may procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.