Environmental Health and Safety Specialist

University of Maryland Baltimore
Baltimore, MD

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job Description
The University of Maryland, Baltimore has an opportunity for an EHS Specialist to work as a part of the Office of Environmental Health and Safety. The Specialist is responsible for implementing programs that will promote the health and safety of faculty, staff, students and visitors as listed below. They will provide hands-on training and consultation regarding environmental, occupational, biological, radiological and fire safety, and will present briefings and training on selected topics of Environmental Health and Safety subject matter. The ideal candidate will personally connect with the Administration and Finance Guiding Principles which closely mirror UMB’s core values: Accountability, Civility, Collaboration, Diversity, Excellence, Knowledge, Leadership, Communication, & Work/Life Balance. The Office of Environmental Health and Safety is responsible for the design and implementation of programs to enhance safety at the University of Maryland Baltimore. The department provides consultation and services to research laboratories, clinical areas, facilities, and offices in the areas of chemical, biological, and radioactive materials safety; occupational safety and industrial hygiene; fire safety; environmental and hazardous waste management; and workers compensation and insurance. The department’s offices are located in downtown Baltimore near the Inner Harbor area. UMB offers a generous benefits package that includes 22 vacation days, 14 floating and holidays, 15 sick days; comprehensive health insurance and retirement options; and tuition remission for employees and their dependents at any of the University System of Maryland schools. UMB requires all faculty, staff, and students to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Exemptions for medical or religious reasons will be processed through Human Resources.  Environmental Health and Safety Programs:
Environmental Compliance: Ensures compliance with environmental regulations through inspections of buildings, laboratories and other facilities. Keeps abreast of changes to laws and regulations that impact the organization.
Fire Protection: Promotes fire and life safety on campus by fire and life safety inspections, fire safety education, and coordination of fire drills and fire alarm response.
Occupational Safety and Health: Reduces the risk of injury or illness for faculty, staff, and students. Programs include safety inspections, health hazard assessments, chemical hygiene, safety and health training, and indoor air quality assessments.
Hazardous Materials Management: The collection, classification, consolidation, segregation, storage, and treatment or disposal of hazardous materials in accordance with scientific protocol and federal, state and local regulations. Ensures that the hazardous materials response team is properly equipped and trained to respond to hazardous materials incidents.
Biosafety: Programs to reduce the risk of exposure to infectious materials. Provides risk assessments for research investigators. Provides guidance to laboratory personnel on the microbiological practices, safety equipment and facilities under which infectious materials can be safely manipulated.
Radiation Safety: Ensures compliance with the university’s radioactive materials licenses. Oversees radiation safety for users of x-ray machines. Administers the dosimetry program for persons exposed to ionizing radiation. Promotes laser safety in research laboratories.  
Essential Functions
  • Support EHS staff in the preparation or coordination of audits, reports. Assist in the development of procedures in technical areas such as occupational safety and health, radiation safety, biosafety, environmental compliance and fire safety. Provide consultation and prepare reports and recommendations on areas of non-compliance with federal and state laws or regulations or university policies.
  • Responsible for the inspection of buildings, laboratories and other facilities to promote compliance with applicable environmental, occupational, radiological, biological, and fire safety regulations.
  • Coordinate and/or conduct the collection, classification, consolidation, segregation, storage, and treatment or disposal of hazardous materials in accordance with scientific protocol and federal, state and local regulations.
  • Participates in the response to campus emergencies involving environmental, occupational, life, fire and laboratory safety.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (i.e., environmental engineering, occupational health, health physics, chemistry, biology).
Experience: One (1) year progressive experience in hazardous materials management, occupational and life safety, environmental compliance, Biosafety or radiation safety.
Other: Offers of employment may be contingent on applicant obtaining medical clearance by university approved medical staff. Employee is personally responsible for following health and safety guidelines/instructions. Position will require employee to work with hazardous materials or be in areas where radiation producing equipment, radioactive materials, chemicals or infectious agents are present. Employee is required to wear personal protective equipment and a respirator in certain circumstances. 
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of position requirements. Knowledge of all applicable requirements, regulations, and laws. Skill in effective use of applicable technology/systems. Ability to effectively communicate both verbal and written thoughts, ideas, and facts. Ability to work cooperatively with others and independently. Ability to demonstrate, understand, apply, and adhere to the UMB Core Values of Respect and Integrity, Well-being and Sustainability, Equity and Justice, and Innovation and Discovery. 
The Hiring Range for this position is in the mid $50,000s to low $60,000s, commensurate with education and experience.  UMB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law or policy. For assistance related to employment, please contact the Staffing department at [email protected] If you anticipate needing a reasonable accommodation for a disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), during any part of the employment process, please submit a UMB Job Applicant Accommodation Request. You may also contact [email protected] Please note that only inquiries concerning an ADA request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this email address.

Job: Reg or CII Exempt Staff
Shift: Day Job
Organization: Environmental Health & Safety
Job Posting: May 4, 2022
Unposting Date: Jun 3, 2022, 10:59:00 PM


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