LAB SAFETY SPECIALIST Req #:203078Department:ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH & SAFETY (EH&S)Job Location: Seattle Campus Job Location Detail:open to hybrid work schedule (combination in-office + remote) Posting Date:03/25/2022 Closing Info:Open Until Filled Salary:Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Shift:First Shift As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.
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Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) has an outstanding opportunity for a(n) Lab Safety Specialist
Under general direction, the Lab Safety Specialist will help administer and implement the University of Washington’s (UW) Laboratory Safety Survey Program which includes approximately 4,000 laboratory rooms and about 1,000 research groups. This program is a comprehensive health and safety audit program in place for University research laboratories where hazardous materials are used.
The program includes laboratories at UW Seattle, Tacoma, Bothell, Friday Harbor, Satellite Facilities, and some leased facilities. This position will ensure that the program conforms to institutional and department policies and regulations. An effective Laboratory Safety Survey Program is critical to help the University ensure health and safety of personnel, environmental protection, public trust, and compliance with federal, state and location regulations.
This position requires thorough knowledge of federal, state, and university regulations. Successful candidates must have strong analytical skills and independent judgement in working with client groups to provide expertise for the interpretation, application, and implementation of safety regulations.
This program is a comprehensive health and safety audit program in place for University research laboratories where hazardous materials are used. The program includes laboratories at UW Seattle, Tacoma, Bothell, Friday Harbor, Satellite Facilities, and some leased facilities. This position will ensure that the program conforms to institutional and department policies and regulations.Duties & Responsibilities
Laboratory Inspector and Mentor
•Provide evaluation, consultation, and support to ensure health and safety and compliance, in the University’s various complex research and teaching laboratories, in addition to carrying out surveys via established procedures.
•Develop compliance tools and training materials for laboratories, reviewing existing practices, and recommending changes that support minimization of hazards to meet UW expectations as stated in policy documents.
•Conduct routine lab surveys and schedule surveys via the established program.
•Provide support or escalated consultation and technical expertise on best practices in laboratories as determined by survey results, incidents, or by request based on need for hazard mitigation or compliance.
•Perform data analysis and reporting as needed.
•Update policies, procedures, checklists, web references, and materials that support the survey program as needed.
•Support the annual Lab Safety Manual review and revision process.
•Identify measures to monitor the effectiveness and improve the laboratory survey program and related processes.
•Work with organizational units and laboratories to implement consistent practices and procedures; provide oversight and routinely evaluate the effectiveness of survey program.
•Review complex research protocols, identify hazards to personnel, and assist researchers and research support staff in assessing risks and mitigating hazards by providing consultation, assist with laboratory procedures, personal protective equipment, chemical management practices, and lab specific training.
•Provide expertise for the interpretation, application, and implementation of safety regulations, research safety, field investigations, hazard communication, and laboratory safety.
•Assist research departments in implementing requirements and best practices identified in the University’s Laboratory Safety Manual.
•Develop and lead departmental level safety review of chemical handling and other occupational hazards in the laboratory environment.
•In coordination with client groups, develop and implement compliance strategies to address regulatory mandates, which recognize the complex operational and business lines of the University.
•Determine laboratory compliance requirements; identify areas for improvement; communicate requirements; implement guidelines/recommendations to all levels of management, employees, professional and technical staff.
•Provide recommendations for engineering and administrative controls primarily to address chemical and physical hazards in the laboratory, as well as general work practices including personal protective equipment and training.
•Review accident/injury/illness trend analysis; identify intervention strategies and necessary policy and program improvements.
•Participate in long-range strategic planning; identify initiatives and operational activities to ensure University compliance with changing standards of safety regulations.
•Assimilate complex health and safety regulations and knowledge of University operations to develop and present technical training, web guidelines, and other educational outreach materials for delivery to audiences with a broad range of educational and technical backgrounds.
•Conduct training related laboratory/research safety, chemical safety, personal protective equipment, hazard communication, and other lab safety related topics.
•Participate in University and state advisory and/or technical committees and organizational lab safety committees, as assigned.Departmental Activities and Special Projects
•Participate in EH&S departmental and team meetings, work on special projects, other duties/projects as assigned.
•Incorporate strategic planning initiatives from the EH&S Strategic plan into routine work. Support data gathering for metrics and performance monitoring of programs to ensure organizational efficiencies and desired outcomes are met and program goals are reached.
•May serve as the University's EH&S On-Call (Duty Officer) on a rotational basis.Requirements include:
•Bachelor's degree, preferably in chemistry, biochemistry, engineering, natural sciences, environmental and occupational health sciences, or public health.
•Minimum of four years of accumulated professional experience.
•Thorough understanding and knowledge of laboratory safety regulations, funding agency requirements, and University policy
•Ability to interpret, apply, and assess compliance for numerous complex and technical regulations for laboratories
•Strong understanding of hazard and risk assessment, risk and risk communication
•Demonstrated ability to provide judgment, innovation, and advanced technical expertise in applying regulations and best practices to a diverse collection of research and teaching spaces
•The ability to regularly exercise independent decision-making, advanced technical expertise and judgment on program development, direction, and client service delivery for complex laboratory safety issues, with minimal supervision
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
•Advanced degree, especially in chemistry, biochemistry, engineering, natural sciences, environmental and occupational health sciences, or public health.
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