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Laboratory Safety Specialist - Environment Health & Safety

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

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Laboratory Safety Specialist


The Laboratory Safety Specialist supports the safety, industrial hygiene and environmental management programs in campus laboratories, makerspaces, and academic shops.  Key activities include inspections, technical consultations, evaluating and advising on hazard mitigation strategies (e.g. safety equipment, laboratory safety procedures, personal protective equipment, etc.), conducting laboratory commissioning/decommissioning, assisting with hazardous materials management, and supporting the overall mission of UTK Environmental Health and Safety.



Education:   B.S. degree in one of the following fields of study:  chemistry, biology, environmental science, environmental health, environmental engineering, hazardous materials management, safety management, environmental management, industrial hygiene, toxicology or related field.


Experience:   4 years of laboratory (fields as indicated above) or safety-related experience. Knowledge of laboratory safety and environmental regulations is highly desired. 

The following are preferred and may substituted, individually or in combination, for a maximum of 2 years of experience as indicated above:

Graduate degree in a field of study described above

ASP, CSP, OHST, CHMM, or similar safety-based certification 


Job Skills: Qualified candidates must have familiarity with laboratories and/or shops; be able to work collaboratively/cooperatively with a diverse team and customer base; demonstrate strong verbal/written communication skills; have strong organizational skills; be able to work with computers and customary software (e.g. Microsoft Office, Adobe, etc.), and an ability to work independently with minimal supervision. 

Preference will be given to those individuals who have laboratory or EHS experience at a college/university and/or hold a professional certification related to safety or environmental compliance.


Additional Requirements: U.S. citizen; valid driver’s license; ability to wear personal protective equipment, including respirators. 



Laboratory Safety

Primary Location



Environmental Health and Safety



Job: Other Tech/Para-Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Environmental Health & Safety
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Feb 28, 2024, 9:42:23 AM


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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