Environmental Health and Safety Officer I - Laboratory Safety Officer

Utah State University
North Logan, Utah, US
Jun 04, 2021
Jun 26, 2021
Employment Type
Salary Type
The Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) office at Utah State University (USU) is seeking a Laboratory Safety Officer (LSO). The LSO provides training and consultation to USU researchers in industrial hygiene and chemical, radiological, and occupational safety. EH&S Laboratory Safety personnel work directly with researchers to help develop appropriate laboratory safety plans and navigate regulatory requirements associated with research activities. The LSO will serve on the University's Chemical Hygiene and Radiation Safety Committees. The LSO will also serve as an assistant to the Radiation Safety Officer and act as an ambassador for safety across campus.

Assist the Lab Safety Manager (LSM) with Chemical Hygiene:

1. Assist Principal Investigators (PIs) to generate and update laboratory specific Chemical Hygiene plans (CHP)
2. Collect and catalog annual CHP renewals
3. Consult with PIs and laboratory personnel on industrial hygiene matters and PPE selection
4. Conduct laboratory safety inspections

Assist the LSM in providing training:

1. Coordinate and schedule laboratory safety training
2. Provide training including (but not limited to):
a. Initial and annual laboratory safety
b. Hazard communication
c. Respiratory protection
d. OSHA expanded health standard chemicals
e. Personal protection equipment selection and use
3. Maintain a database of training records for laboratory personnel

Assist the LSM with Radiation Safety:

1. Maintain radiation detection equipment
2. Assist with maintaining the radioactive isotope inventory
3. Conduct inspections of radioactive research work areas within laboratories
a. Surveys and swipe tests
b. Evaluate compliance with regulations
c. Conduct decontamination and decommissioning of equipment and areas
d. Assist with the dosimetry program
4. Coordinate the laser safety program and conduct non-ionizing radiation surveys

Assist the LSM in Industrial Hygiene:

1. Respond campus wide to indoor air quality complaints and emergencies
2. Monitor and evaluate campus-wide hazards associated with chemical exposures
3. Maintain industrial hygiene related equipment
4. Work within the EH&S team on the hazard communication program
5. Coordinate the campus respiratory protection program
6. Respond, as part of a team from EH&S, to Hazardous Materials emergencies
7. Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in a Natural Science discipline OR six (6) years' experience in a research laboratory using hazardous chemicals, holding responsibilities for group safety, and possessing demonstrable knowledge through formal course work in chemistry, biology, and public health.
  • Ability to convey information effectively.
  • Ability to give full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Ability to identify complex problems and review related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Ability to use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Preferred Qualifications
  • A Bachelor's degree in safety, industrial hygiene or a closely related field
  • Experience working in laboratory safety or industrial hygiene
  • Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
  • Knowledge of the hazards and risks associated with chemical exposures
    • Mutagen
    • Teratogens
    • Carcinogens
    • Asphyxiants
    • Irritants
    • Sensitizers
  • Knowledge and understanding of the mathematical models and equations necessary for Industrial Hygiene application
  • Knowledge of biological and public health issues related to chemical and radiological exposures
  • Knowledge of the physical hazards and risks associated with research at a University
    • Fires
    • Overpressures and explosions
    • Thermal hazards (cryogenics and heat)
    • Electrical
    • Falls
    • Strains and Sprains
    • Vibration
    • Etc.
  • Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and the institution.
  • Knowledge of laws and government regulations related to environmental health and safety.

Along with the online application, please attach:

1. Resume/CV

2. In lieu of a cover letter, please provide a detailed response to the following questions:
  • Describe at least one experience working at a job where you were responsible for the safe handling of a hazardous chemical
  • Describe an experience where you were responsible for the safety of your fellow workers
  • Describe in detail an Industrial Hygiene sampling project you were responsible for?
    a. How you determined the sampling strategy
    b. The findings
    c. The corrective measures you were responsible for implementing to remediate the situation

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Commensurate with qualifications plus excellent benefits

This position requires considerable physical activity, including the handling of heavy weight objects up to 50 pounds and/or standing or walking more than five hours per day. Employees are exposed to unusual elements such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises. The work environment involves exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that require following extensive safety precautions and may include the use of protective equipment.

Utah State University is a doctoral, high research activity university dedicated to a culture of excellence and safety in research, scholarship, and creative activities. The EH&S office (research.usu.edu/ehs/), within the Office of Research, has a full-time staff of safety professionals dedicated to supporting campus wide safety for faculty, staff, and students.

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah's land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,700 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,040 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State's statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 114 undergraduate majors, 132 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.

A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.

The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.

Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU's non-discrimination policies:

Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, alison.adams-perlac@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of EducationOffice of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov

USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.

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