Chemical Hygiene and Physical Safety Officer

Jul 20, 2017
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Stanford University

Chemical Hygiene and Physical Safety Officer

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Chemical Hygiene and Physical Safety Officer
Exempt, Full-time; posted July 5, 2017

The Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) supports and advances the teaching, learning, and research activities of Stanford University by providing and coordinating programs and services that foster a safe and healthy campus community. We are currently seeking a Chemical Hygiene and Physical Safety Officer to support the Laboratory Safety group within EH&S.

Under minimal supervision, the Chemical Hygiene and Physical Safety Officer will perform highly technical and complex safety and health work in research and teaching laboratories in support of laboratory health and safety programs, including the institutional Chemical Hygiene Plan. He or she also develops and supports initiatives to advance a strong laboratory safety culture.
  • Work under consultative or self-initiated direction to develop, implement, and maintain laboratory safety programs, systems and procedures, and training programs necessary to ensure the overall safety and health of faculty, staff, and students in laboratory settings.
  • Act as a technical expert, providing technical guidance, functional direction, and training in the overall application of health and safety programs. May lead or supervise a team responsible for developing and implementing health and safety programs.
  • Conduct comprehensive, independent compliance assurance reviews of environmental, health, and safety policies and procedures; prepare accompanying management reports, documentation, and evaluations.
  • Conduct field assessments and technical consultations for physical and chemical stressors related to laboratory work and experimental operations
  • Recommend and implement improvements in processes, design, procedures, and operating equipment to minimize hazard potential. Manage projects related to the implementation of controls for higher hazard laboratory processes
  • Conduct laboratory facility plans reviews
  • Investigate accidents, near misses, incidents, and complaints concerning potential hazards or unsafe conditions in the laboratory environment.
  • All EH&S staff must comply with governmental regulations, and University and departmental policies and procedures regarding health and safety and must observe and support good health and safety practices.
  • All EH&S staff must provide support as needed during University emergencies, and/or as requested by EH&S management.
    * Other duties may also be assigned

    Education and Experience:
    Bachelor's degree in a scientific or allied field and seven to ten years of progressively responsible experience as an occupational safety and health practitioner in a research setting, including supervisory and/or mentoring experience. A combination of education and experience will be considered.
  • Master's or terminal degree in engineering sciences, industrial hygiene, environmental sciences, chemistry, biomedical, or related disciplines.
  • Successful experience serving as institutional Chemical Hygiene Officer.
  • Successful experience participating on interdisciplinary EH&S teams.
    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct effective quantitative and qualitative exposure/ risk assessments for complex laboratory/research operations.
  • Strong knowledge of research laboratory techniques/processes commonly used in the physical, engineering, and/or biomedical sciences.
  • Expertise in laboratory ventilation and laboratory building design; electrical safety; high pressure systems; hazardous gas delivery systems and controls; chemical synthesis and reactive chemistry.
  • Familiarity with service design concepts and the ability to use various technology tools in the effective and efficient development and delivery of new laboratory safety program initiatives.
  • Ability to maintain current knowledge of and interpret specific government agency requirements (statutes, regulations, licenses, and permits) and university policies.
  • Working knowledge of the scientific and technical aspects of various regulatory requirements and potential impact on assigned work area(s).
  • Demonstrated mentoring/coaching expertise of staff on research safety topics; supervisory experience.
    Other Required Skills - The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate the following:
  • Exceptional customer service skills, including strong interpersonal skills, such as empathy for and patience with those who need help with their working conditions. Ability to maintain a positive and helpful attitude with a customer-centered focus with a wide variety of individuals within the Stanford community
  • Ability to take initiative and to think critically and creatively about both individual situations and elements of the ergonomics program. Ability to work successfully both independently with minimal supervision and as a member of a team
  • Excellent communication skills in English and the ability to present information clearly and succinctly verbally, in writing, and in presentations. Ability to explain technical concepts clearly and concisely
  • Strong self-motivation; proactive, high-energy, enthusiastic, “can do” work ethic; ability to handle potentially stressful situations.
  • Excellent organizational skills, as demonstrated by the ability to manage competing priorities efficiently and to work well under pressure in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment. Ability to tolerate ambiguity with patience and good will
  • Excellent attention to detail and thoroughness in accomplishing assigned tasks; pride in performing the job correctly and completely
  • Proficiency in using Microsoft Office software, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook in a Windows-based environment
    Required Certification and License
  • Valid non-commercial California Driver's License or willingness to obtain and maintain one
  • Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH, American Board of Industrial Hygiene) and/or Certified Safety Professional.

  • Frequently stand, sit, and perform desk based computer tasks.
  • Occasionally use a telephone, write by hand.
  • Rarely kneel, crawl, climb ladders, reach/work above shoulder, twist/bend/stoop/squat, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, grasp forcefully, write by hand, sort and file paperwork or parts, operate foot and/or hand controls, carry, push, and pull objects that weigh 40 pounds or more.
    * - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.
  • Must wear personal protective equipment as defined/required by job assignments.
  • May rarely be exposed to high voltage electricity, radiation or electromagnetic fields, lasers, noise > 80dB TWA, allergens/biohazards/chemicals /asbestos, or heavy metals
  • May rarely work in confined spaces or at heights ≥10 feet.
  • When conducting university business, must comply with the California Vehicle Code and Stanford University driving requirements.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide

    Only applications submitted through the Stanford jobs site will be considered.
    Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

    No sponsorship or relocation is available for this position

    Job: Health and Safety

    Location: Dean of Research
    Schedule: Full-time
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    Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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