Chemical Hygiene Officer

San Jose, CA
Nov 01, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job ID: 24818
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job Code: 1038
Department: Environmental Health & Safety


Classification: Admnistrative Analyst/Specialist - Exempt III
Salary Range: $5,908/month - $11,147/month
FLSA status: Exempt

San Jose State University offers employees a comprehensive benefits package. For more information on programs available, please visit

About the Position

The position performs duties in support of the University's Environmental Health and Safety Programs. Under general direction, performs a full range of moderate to complex duties in support of the University's Chemical Hygiene Plan. The purpose of this role is to protect San Jos State University students, faculty and staff engaged in the laboratory use of hazardous materials. The role is responsible for monitoring and assessing hazardous and unsafe situations and developing measures to assure the safety of faculty, staff, and students, with respect to chemical, mechanical, electrical, environmental and biological safety. The incumbent investigates and documents incidents, writes reports, develops solutions, and works with the colleges to update their overall college safety plans and policies to ensure compliance with legislation. Additionally, this position supports the campus Injury and Illness Prevention Program by developing and providing training programs, conducting hazard assessments, industrial hygiene monitoring and performing inspections to ensure worker health and safety. This position will also serve as the campus Laser Safety Officer (LSO) to provide oversight on the safe use of Class IIIb and Class IV lasers.

This position is required to work in laboratory settings, waste processing areas, mechanical spaces, construction sites and office environments. The incumbent is expected to perform critical job functions regardless of weather conditions.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

- Establish, implement and maintain the Chemical Hygiene Plan which is designed to eliminate or minimize employee exposure to hazardous chemicals in laboratories.
- When necessary, perform employee exposure determination and document the findings with the collaboration of each department's management.
- Perform routine inspections of lab and mechanical spaces to ensure the proper storage of hazardous materials.
- Investigate potential exposure incidents.
- Maintain the campus wide chemical inventory.
- Develop and implement training requirements and materials.
- Maintain a record of training given to employees.
- Assist faculty and staff in developing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for hazardous chemicals.
- Act as the campus Laser Safety Officer.
- Identify and determine cause of problems, and develop and present in writing recommendations for improvement of established processes and practices.

Education and Experience

A bachelor's degree and/or equivalent training and six years of administrative work experience involving study, analysis, and/or evaluation leading to the development or improvement of administrative policies, procedures, practices, or programs.

Preferred Qualifications

- Bachelor's degree in chemistry, occupational health, industrial hygiene or related science degree with coursework in chemistry.
- Master's Degree in Science or Engineering
- Five to eight years of experience in Environmental Health Safely and chemical hygiene is preferred.
- Previous experience serving as a Chemical Hygiene Officer and running a Chemical Hygiene Program is highly desirable.
- Previous experience as a Laser Safety Officer and/or a radiation safety officer strongly preferred.
- Demonstrated understanding of fundamental chemistry and Environmental Health Safety.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

- Thorough knowledge of federal, state, and local hazardous waste management regulations.
- Thorough knowledge of best practices in responding to hazardous materials emergency situations, incidents or accidents.
- Thorough knowledge of the appropriate procedures and protocols for handling hazardous waste.
- Working knowledge of computer as a tool, including ability to utilize database, spreadsheet, work-processing, project planning and presentation software.
- Working knowledge of California Environmental Reporting System (CERS) database.
- Ability to operate a motor vehicle. Ability to pass CSU Defensive Driving in order to drive automobile, mid-size truck, and/or electric cart.
- Ability to wear respirator and pass annual physical examination.
- Ability and willingness to be "on call" for hazardous materials emergency response at all times (24 hours per day, 7 days per week).
- Ability to work with minimum supervision.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Thorough knowledge of best practices in responding to emergency situations, incidents or accidents involving drinking water quality.
- Thorough knowledge of federal, state, and local waste water management regulations.

Posting Date

October 31, 2018

Application Screening

Application Screening begins November 15, 2018
Applications received before that date will receive first consideration.

This position is open until filled; however, applications received after screening has begun will be considered at the discretion of the university.

Required Application Material:

Letter of interest
List of References
Complete SJSU Online Employment Application

Please note that failure to completely fill out each section of the online application may result in your application not receiving consideration.

Note To Applicant

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will issue a conditional offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

The standard background check includes: criminal check, employment and education verification. Depending on the position, a motor vehicle and/or credit check may be required. All background checks are conducted through the university's third party vendor, Accurate Background. SJSU will pay all costs associated with this procedure. Evidence of required degree(s) or certification(s) will be required at time of hire.


All San Jos State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Equal Employment Statement

SJSU is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

It is the policy of SJSU to provide reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities who self disclose.

Contact Information

One Washington Square San Jose, CA 95192-0046
Phone: 408-924-2250


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