Lab Safety Assistant/Program Assist., AS. (Environmental Health/Safety)

Glassboro, New Jersey
Jun 30, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Rowan University is a public comprehensive state-designated research institution with approximately 17,300 students. Its main campus is located in Glassboro, N.J., 20 miles southeast of Philadelphia, with additional campuses in Camden and Stratford. The University comprises seven colleges and five schools: the William G. Rohrer College of Business; the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering; the Colleges of Communication and Creative Arts, Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, Performing Arts, and Science and Mathematics; the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University; the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine; the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences; the School of Health Professions; and the School of Earth and Environment. Rowan is one of two public universities in the country to offer M.D. and D.O. medical degree programs. The institution is also home to the South Jersey Technology Park, which fosters the translation of applied research into commercial products and processes. Rowan has been recognized as one of the top 100 public universities in the nation and is ranked third among public institutions in the North by U.S. News & World Report.

Job Summary:

The University is seeking applicants for a full-time Lab Safety Assistant/Program Assistant, Administrative Services position. This position will report directly to the Director of Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) and will be responsible for ensuring the safe operation of the college's labs and studio spaces. This includes developing safety protocols for procedures, materials, and instrumentation; providing periodic safety training for faculty, staff, and students; overseeing disposal of chemical and hazardous waste; and coordinating with the college's technical staff, as well as Facilities. The primary function of this position is to provide leadership and expertise in the development, administration, and maintenance of programs for laboratory safety, with emphasis in chemical safety. This position will develop, implement, and manage policies, procedures, and programs that promote a safe, responsible, healthful, and compliant work environment for all faculty, staff, and students. This position will provide service, technical support and compliance guidance to the University and may serve as the EHS representative to several lab safety committees that include the Institutional Biosafety Committee, Radiation Safety Committee, and Lab Safety Committee.

Job Responsibilities:

Serves as the college's point person for lab safety and as the Chemical Hygiene Officer Keeps the Chemical Hygiene Plan updated and accessible to all Coordinates with research and teaching faculty, along with staff, to develop and administer safety and chemical hygiene protocols for all labs and studio spaces Conducts periodic training for faculty, staff, and students regarding safety practices Conduct periodic routine inspections of laboratories and studios to ensure that they comply with regulationsEnsures that safety materials are available and protocols followed Forms and leads a lab safety committee of faculty, staff and EHS personnel to assess policies and procedures and to develop a good safety culture Ensure that hazardous chemicals are disposed of properlyWorks with Facilities and departmental staff and managers to develop protocols for material handling and waste removal. Works with Facilities to ensure that work areas are in compliance with OSHA regulations Assists in documenting processes, usage, and requirements for accreditation reports and funding agency surveysOversees compliance with Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Training Programs for Research Safety with regard to chemical issues Hazard Assessment Signage Program (HASP) Inspections of Fume Hood, Emergency Showers and Eyewashes Supports technical resolution for facility renovation and projects related to lab working areas, including design review Conducts semi-annual hood certificationsConducts annual chemical inventory updatesOther duties as assigned

Required Education:
  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in Lab Science, Chemistry, Biology, Safety, Industrial Hygiene, or other related field.
Preferred Qualifications: Previous experience in a lab setting dealing with safety, materials handling and compliance issues to include lab safety supervision. Knowledge of chemical and safety protocols. Ability to work in a self-directed manner, involving multiple stakeholders, and develop and implement processes. Excellent communication and management skills. Experience in laboratory safety and hazardous materials response.Certification in occupational safety, industrial hygiene, environmental compliance, or closely related field desired.EHS Audit experience.Ability to effectively interact with a wide variety of customers to include undergraduate students, faculty, and University-level committees.Demonstrated program development experience and ability to anticipate concerns before they become obstacles. Vision of multiple intertwined processes from cradle-to-grave.Demonstrated skill with Microsoft Suite products, at a minimum, Word, Excel and Power Point.Familiarity with School Dude, Banner and Blackboard systems.EHS knowledge in the laboratory and research setting.

Rowan University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.

All positions are contingent upon budget appropriations.