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Posting NumberS03413PWorking TitleSAFETY AND COMPLIANCE ASSOC IDepartmentResearch SafetyAbout the University of Georgia

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department

The Office of Research encourages and supports innovative interdisciplinary research, scholarship and creative activities that contribute to the physical, emotional and economic well-being of the people of Georgia, the nation and the world. Through partnerships and collaborations, we seek to share knowledge, increase innovation, and deliver the products of our research to the marketplace

College/Unit/Department website TypeExternalRetirement PlanTRSEmployment TypeEmployeeBenefits EligibilityBenefits EligibleFull/Part timeFull TimeWork ScheduleAdditional Schedule Information

Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Advertised Salary$ 31,000 - $ 33,500Posting Date06/24/2019Open until filledYesClosing DateProposed Starting Date08/26/2019Special Instructions to ApplicantsLocation of VacancyAthens Area EEO Policy Statement

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.

Position Information

Classification TitleSafety/Risk Mgmt Technical/Paraprofessional/ProfessionalPay GradeFLSAJob FamilyEnvironmental SafetyFTE1.0Minimum Qualifications

Requires technical knowledge in the field acquired through an apprenticeship, a 2-year degree, or professional certificate. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Environmental Health, Industrial Hygiene, or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Position Summary

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) seeks a dynamic individual for the entry level position of Safety and Compliance Associate I. The ideal candidate will learn and later perform chemical laboratory safety and compliance audits and lab closing and lab opening consultations in order to discover and remedy lapses in safety and compliance issues. This position reports directly to the Senior Safety and Compliance Officer who is the mentor and resource for laboratory risk assessments. General Job duties include: offering personal protective equipment, engineering controls and administrative controls to mediate laboratory hazards and form positive rapport with lab personnel, principal investigators and department heads; presenting safety and compliance training for lab personnel. Assure compliance with University guidelines, best management practices and occupational and environmental regulations. Evaluates the impact of safety standards and regulations on clients; and communicates effectively these requirements to lab stakeholders. The specialist will serve as a member of the hazardous materials response team. This position is responsible for maintaining continuous excellence in customer service for all Chemical Laboratory Safety services and interactions. Duties expand beyond the expertise of chemical safety and involve a multidisciplinary approach to support overall laboratory and research safety.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

-Excellent computer and organizational skills and be able to communicate honestly, positively, and effectively with all levels of employees and faculty in higher education research settings.
-Good working knowledge of chemistry, chemical reactions, chemical nomenclature and safe chemical storage methods.
-Working one on one or within large groups to accomplish tasks is part of the job responsibility.
-Ability to interpret and maintain proficiency in regulations,
standards, guidelines and trends in environmental health and safety.
-Job description involves the ability and willingness to directly assist and offer expertise during workday, after hours, weekend and holiday incidents involving hazardous materials spills at UGA.
-There is an expectation for participation in an after-hours, on-call hazardous material response team rotation.

Physical Demands

- Participate in an occupational health and safety program and be able to wear a
respirator, pass physical fitness medical evaluation and lift at least 50 lbs. above the
-Stand, walk, and negotiate occasional awkward work locations and paths of travel.
-Periodically perform short duration physical exertions, including light-medium weight lifting, pushing, pulling, stair or ladder climbing, etc. in support of a safety investigation, area or operations survey, or incident response
-Work in a variety of physical environments, including weather extremes, chemical/biological/radiological laboratories, animal care and use facilities, etc.
-Use standard business office computer equipment and software.

Is driving a responsibility of this position?Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources?NoDoes this position require a P-Card? NoIs having a P-Card an essential function of this position? NoDoes this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?NoDoes this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, or patient records)?NoCredit and P-Card policy

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.



Demonstrate competency to perform laboratory inspections, audits, consultations, lab openings and closings and compliance reviews of research laboratories, general science labs, teaching laboratories, support facilities, general work areas and other facilities that utilize hazardous chemicals for large geographic areas of campus.

Percentage of time60 Duties/Responsibilities


Consult with ORS supervisor, Principal Investigators and laboratory personnel on inspection findings and provide appropriate recommendations based on regulatory compliance and best practice guidance, appropriate selection of personal protective equipment, engineering practices and administrative controls.
Collect, file and submit lab findings into the Chematix system as part of the integrated environmental management system. Generate report findings for trend analysis and stakeholder discussion.

Percentage of time15 Duties/Responsibilities


Demonstrate competency with HAZWOPER and special hazards training on how to analyze chemical classes, perform risk assessments, select and wear personal protective equipment and drill on procedure guidelines

Percentage of time5 Duties/Responsibilities


Participate, assist, prepare and conduct training on a wide range of topics covering chemical safety, laboratory safety, and other customized training topics

Percentage of time5 Duties/Responsibilities


Help develop written summaries, plans, training modules, fact sheets and other communications as requested by ORS supervisor

Percentage of time5 Duties/Responsibilities


Participates in special projects based on individual talents and interest of staff in support of ORS mission to inform, support and audit for compliance and safe work practices of research activities at UGA

Percentage of time5 Duties/Responsibilities


Other duties as assigned

Percentage of time5Posting Specific Questions

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    Applicant DocumentsRequired Documents
    1. Resume/CV
    2. Cover Letter
    Optional Documents




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      Posted: 6/26/2019
      Application Due: 8/25/2019
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