The Laboratory Safety Program Manager provides support to faculty and staff to help facilitate, assess, and promote an enhanced safety culture and healthy working environment in academic research and teaching laboratories. This manager provides guidance in the development and implementation of the University's Chemical Hygiene Plan.
This position performs risk assessments, hazard analysis, safety audits and promotes safe work practices for teaching and research laboratories. The incumbent will work with the principal investigators, researchers and administrators in assigned departments to develop policies, procedures and strategies to mitigate laboratory safety hazards on campus. Safety support services include process safety improvements, laboratory design recommendations, use of personal protective equipment, response to laboratory emergencies, incident investigations and other responsibilities as needed.
Laboratory safety management presents challenges where problems encountered are often non-routine, requiring review of practices and precedents to recommend effective remedy. Often, precedents generally do not exist for most problems, thus this position requires conducting independent research/analysis to identify appropriate approach.
Excellent coordination and communication skills are needed to effectively negotiate and appropriately influence the safety behavior of individual lab workers, principal investigators, and research lab groups towards best procedures for best management practices
The position will supervise support staff, contract vendors, co-op students, or other help when made available for assigned projects.
Education & Experience:
Education: Bachelor's degree required in one of the physical sciences, life sciences, environmental science, engineering, occupational safety or other applicable degree. Preferred qualifications include an MS degree in one of the above and a background in laboratory research or environmental health and safety. Qualification or interest in a professional certification such as a Certified Safety Professional or Certified Industrial Hygienist is highly desirable.
Experience: Minimum of 5 years work experience in environmental health and safety in higher education is preferred. Knowledge of laboratory safety and environmental regulations is highly desired. May substitute required experience with equivalent years of education beyond the minimum education requirement.
Theoretical and working knowledge of organic, inorganic, and organometallic chemical nomenclature
Chemical hazards and chemical risk assessment, safe chemical use and handling, and how academic laboratories operate
Regulatory requirements associated with chemical use and regulatory reporting
The needs of chemical laboratories and other EH&S programs to confirm that the laboratory safety management services function provides maximum benefit to the University
Emerging research technologies such as nanomaterials, biological research, robotics, 3D printing, etc. Skills:
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Excellent problem solving and organizational skills
Proficiency in use of a personal computer and current software applications including but not limited to Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, and e-mail).
Strong interpersonal skills
Excellent time and project management skills, including planning, prioritizing, and scheduling multiple ongoing projects to work independently and organize and prioritize assignments
Ability to assist with chemical emergencies and spill remediation.
Ability to understand and interpret complex written regulations and technical reports,
Excellent coordination and communication skills are needed to effectively negotiate and appropriately influence the safety behavior of individual lab workers, principal investigators, and research lab groups towards best procedures for best management practices.
Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse population and foster a collaborative work environment
Experience conducting inspections and interpreting and applying technical regulations and standards
Experience assessing risk and recommending corrective actions
Experience in developing and presenting educational/training programs for diverse populations
Lead and mentor personnel, and manage complex technical programs and projects
Work well as a team player in group-based projects
Garner cooperation of faculty, and other workplace supervisors, who may feel that regulatory compliance represents an intrusion into their domain, and communicate the importance of the chemical inventory program
Work effectively and productively with other EH&S staff, laboratory personnel, Facilities personnel, and regulators
Evaluate laboratories for unsafe conditions and practices, and identify opportunities to reduce risks
Identify effective and feasible laboratory risk reduction methods
Operate instrumentation required to monitor personnel chemical exposures and evaluate monitoring results
Be medically qualified to wear respiratory protection and other personal protective equipment
Lift up to 50 lbs and move up to 500 lbs of materials using rolling carts or drum carts.
Work in a variety of physical environments including weather extremes, potential confined spaces, elevated locations, and where the use of hazardous chemicals or equipment is in storage or use.
Requisition Number: STFR005116
Internal Number: 58736
About Northeastern University
Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a private research university located in the heart of Boston. Northeastern is a leader in worldwide experiential learning, urban engagement, and interdisciplinary research that meets global and societal needs. Our broad mix of experience-based education programs?our signature cooperative education program, as well as student research, service learning, and global learning?build the connections that enable students to transform their lives. The University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools.