Environmental Health and Safety Professional II
Research Laboratory & Safety Services at the University of Arizona is in search of a Research Safety Specialist. The Research Safety Specialist position is located within the Research Laboratory & Safety Services (RLSS), and supports aspects of the chemical, biological, radiation, and industrial hygiene safety programs for the UArizona Research Enterprise. This position supports regulatory compliance and protects, promotes, and advocates for the health and safety of UA research personnel, and serves as a member of the integrated group of technical professionals (IGTP). The prospective employee must have the proper combination of education, certification, training, and work experience to help facilitate a safe and compliant work and learning environment for research and academic communities.
Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!
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As a cost-saving measure related to the impact of COVID-19, Furlough and Furlough-Based Salary Programs have been approved by the Arizona Board of Regents. All new hires subject to the programs will be notified in accordance with adopted Furlough and Furlough-Based Salary Programs guidelines and will be required to comply with all measures. To learn more about the programs and whether this position is affected, please visit hr.arizona.edu/FY-2020-2021-Furlough-Program.Duties & Responsibilities
- Inspect University research laboratories, teaching laboratories and hazardous material facilities for compliance with applicable regulations, codes, hygiene practices, and workplace safety rules. Assess anticipated and existing hazards by reviewing documents, conducting measurements, calculations, and interviews. Communicate suspected and known hazards to Principle Investigators (PIs), faculty, staff, and students to mitigate hazards in the laboratory. Assist PIs with authoring, publishing, and maintaining required safety plans, records and hazardous material inventories. Support response and remediation efforts for spills, abandoned hazardous materials, suspected regulated material exposures, and other regulated hazardous materials. Provide respirator fit testing and training, audiometric services, and assist in the maintenance of record keeping for these programs.
- Strengthen and grow the research enterprise at the University of Arizona by providing best in class service to Principal Investigators, research faculty, staff and students, in chemical, biological, radiation, and general occupational safety and health. Contribute to the development and implementation of a comprehensive industrial hygiene and occupational safety program for research and laboratory environments.
- Assist in maintenance of research safety program operational documents: Hygiene Plans, standard operating procedures (SOPs), work instructions, forms, documents, signs, labels, metrics, and website content. Supports surveillance and coordination efforts relevant to managing unique regulated materials to include: Department of Homeland Security Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards & Export Administration Regulations/International Traffic in Arms Regulations material reporting, chemical assessments, review of anti-neoplastic drug & particularly hazardous compound/drug use in animal research protocols, controlled substance registration, licensed explosive material licensure, high toxicity compressed gas ordering, biological hazardous and/or recombinant materials, safeguarding radioactive materials of increased concern, and providing exposure monitoring/radiation dosimetry.
- Lead special tasks, projects, and trainings assigned by the Environmental Health & Safety Manager, program directors, and Senior Director of RLSS. Support University committees to include document review, trainings, administrative duties, and best practice development. Participate in development of posters and /or presentations to be presented at relevant conferences, symposiums, workshops, etc. Lead support for program managers during federal, state, and local inspections at the University.
- Collaborate with other University departments to institute appropriate control measures for enhancing safety and reducing potential hazards. Support various University safety committees, departmental safety committees, organizational safety delegates, building managers, facility coordinators and hired contractors. Participate in campus safety outreach efforts and educational in-services for staff and students within the University research and support communities. Participate in disaster emergency preparation drills and emergency responses, as required.
- Attend courses, conferences, webinars, and trainings for continuous professional development.
- Additional duties may be assigned.
- Bachelor's degree or equivalent advanced learning attained through professional level experience required.
- Minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience required.
- Bachelor's degree or higher in life sciences, chemistry, occupational safety, industrial hygiene, or related discipline.
- 5 years of related work experience.
- Specific training in industrial hygiene, occupational safety, hazard communication, hazardous material handling, or other foundational disciplines of regulated material safety.
[email protected] Open Date9/8/2020Open Until FilledYesDocuments Needed to ApplyResume and Cover LetterSpecial Instructions to Applicant Diversity StatementAt the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.