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Lab Safety & Industrial Hygiene Services Officer

Apply now Job no: 523778
Work type: Staff Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Environmental Health & Safety
Union: PSU
Categories: Laboratory & Research, PSU A

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.


Job Summary

Under the general supervision of the Assistant Director for Academic Safety, or other individual as designated by the Executive Director, provides comprehensive laboratory safety, biosafety, ionizing and non-ionizing radiation safety and industrial hygiene services to the University campus community including risk assessments, inspections, trainings and management of personal protective equipment (PPE) PPE programs for all laboratories and the UMass community.  Industrial hygiene services including exposure assessment, advising on mitigation strategies, occupational health programs, training, incident investigation, and reporting to the University campus community. 


Essential Functions

  • Performs inspection, identification, evaluation, elimination, and control of chemical, physical, environmental and ergonomic health hazards.
  • Conducts Risk Assessments on the use of particularly hazardous chemicals or processes, including nanomaterials, uses proper air monitoring techniques, and issues reports of findings and recommendations. Review of SOPs for work with particularly hazardous materials including presenting to the Institutional Chemical Safety Committee for approval.
  • Performs, schedules, and oversees laboratory safety assessments and documents follow-up corrective actions in a timely manner. Prepares departmental reports on lab safety assessment deficiencies. Maintains data on assessments and corrective actions.
  • Assists Principle Investigators (PI) and researchers in the implementation of biological safety protocols and performing post-approval site visits to monitor progress and adherence to protocols and procedures.  Assists with implementing programs that relate to all aspects of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation sources, including machine sources. Works closely with the Institutional Chemical Hazards Committee, Laboratory Safety Coordinators, Facilities and Campus Planning staff and Physical Plant staff to recognize, evaluate and control potentially hazardous occupational exposures.
  • Conducts on-site assessments of safety systems, chemical and hazardous handling procedures and storage facilities, etc., and inspection of all science, research and other laboratories.
  • Provides industrial hygiene services for campus employees including hearing conservation, exposure monitoring, respiratory protection, occupational health monitoring, and indoor air quality assessments aimed at prevention of occupational injuries and illness. Specifies and performs or oversees the maintenance and calibration of all EH&S industrial hygiene equipment and manages internal and external contracted industrial hygiene lab services.  Establishes and/or maintains data on illness or injury prevention monitoring. Conducts injury and illness investigations, writes reports and maintains records. Provides emergency response support (including off hours). Advises other health and safety personnel responding to emergencies on occupational health related matters.
  • Develops and updates training materials for training sessions. Stays informed of new legislation, equipment and procedures and promotes safety in laboratory design. Teaches pertinent seminars, training sessions and workshops to students, faculty and staff.
  • Initiates, develops, obtains approval, and implements policies, systems and standards for safety and industrial hygiene, and audit same.
  • Performs administrative tasks: compile monthly and annual reports, assist in review of program goals and objectives.
  • Maintains up to date competency in professional field.
  • Liaises with federal, state and private agencies and universities.
  • Oversees inventory of all chemicals on campus in academic areas. Monitors and adjusts processes, and performs data verification, to maintain an accurate chemical inventory. Maintains schedule of re-inventorying chemicals in laboratories and ensures lab door cards are up-to-date.
  • Understands and contribute to implementation of departmental and institutional goals for achieving non-discrimination and creating a multicultural environment.


Other Functions

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
  • Contributes toward creating a positive and respectful workplace defined by personal and professional competence, integrity, and collaboration.
  • Understands and contributes to implementation of departmental and institutional goals for achieving non-discrimination and creating a respectful, inclusive environment that is supportive of diversity.
  • Uses access to sensitive and/or not yet public university related information only in the performance of the responsibilities of position and exercises care to prevent unnecessary disclosure to others.
  • Understands responsibilities with respect to conflicts of interest and behaves in ways consistent both with law and with University policy.


Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Science, Industrial Hygiene or a related field plus two (2) years relevant experience (practicing laboratory safety, or working in a research laboratory, or combination).
  • Understanding of scientific practices and procedures and knowledge of laboratory/chemical safety principles and practices.
  • Understanding of the current compliance requirements applicable to specialized research activities and facilities.
  • Demonstrated ability to educate others in safe work practices and facilitate laboratory trainings.
  • Ability to promote and assure continuous improvement. Establish and maintain productive relationships with a full range of personnel that reflect a strong commitment to customer service and collegiality.
  • An enthusiastic work ethic and the ability to effectively mitigate potentially stressful situations.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and judgment are critical; demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in word processing, spreadsheets, and various computer data management systems used in professional management organizations.
  • Ability to work in confined hazardous environments wearing protective clothing and self-contained breathing apparatus required.


Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Master's degree in Chemistry, Science, Industrial Hygiene or related field plus 1 year relevant experience (practicing laboratory safety, or working in a research laboratory, or combination).
  • Chemical Hygiene Officer upon hire.
  • Certified Industrial Hygienist upon hire.


Physical Demands/Working Conditions

Typical Office Environment.


Work Schedule

  • M-F Day Shift
  • Night and weekend hours required as business needs dictate.


Salary Information

Level 28

PSU Hiring Ranges


Special Instructions to Applicants

Along with the application, please submit a resume, and cover letter. References will be checked at the finalist stage. Please be prepared to provide contact information for three (3) professional references.


UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, caste, creed, sex, age, marital status, national origin, disability, political belief or affiliation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related condition(s), veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, natural and protective hairstyle and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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