EHS Laboratory Safety Specialist - Environmental Health & Safety 15781
The Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) unit of the Division of Facilities and Services is seeking applications for an EHS Laboratory Safety Specialist (Environmental Health & Safety Specialist) position. The incumbent will design, develop policies, implement, and manage programs related to laboratory safety management on the main campus in Morgantown, all regional campus locations, including WVU farms and any other areas being operated by the University. This position includes being responsible for the administration of institutional policies related to laboratory and chemical safety and provide program services, leadership, and options for decision making to institutional groups required to comply with program policies. This position requires the ability to manage a complex program while working collaboratively with stakeholders having diverse interests.
In order to be successful in this position, the ideal candidate will:
Design, develop policies, implement, and manage programs related to laboratory safety management on the main campus in Morgantown, all regional campus locations, including our farms and any other areas being operated by the University.
Assist the administration of institutional policies with minimal supervision related to laboratory and chemical safety.
Provide program services, leadership, and options for decision making to institutional groups required to comply with program policies.
Articulate the roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders. Work with faculty and staff to embed safety communication in laboratories, classes, departments and throughout the wider campus.
Work to create a trusting and safe culture with faculty and staff. Encourage the development of a generative culture based on open dialogue, reporting and learning from near misses, as described by the National Academy of Sciences.
Regularly conduct assessments and the benchmarking of activities and operations to minimize risk, identify deficiencies, and provide written corrective measures to ensure program efficiency, effectiveness and a safer culture.
Implement a process to report incidents and near misses so that the campus community can learn from these incidents.
Set goals to reduce incidents and abate hazards in collaboration with administrators, managers, chemical hygiene officers, faculty, PI's, etc.
Develop a continuous improvement system that provides feedback, reassessment, and on-going training and learning opportunities.
Network with other professionals in local, state, federal, industrial, and academic institutions to benchmark programs to evaluate best practices.
Correspond with regulatory agencies pertaining to laboratory safety and chemical hygiene activities.
Respond to institutional emergencies.
Provide laboratory safety education and training to WVU faculty, staff, students, and visitors.
Remain current with laboratory safety issues to assure WVU maintains awareness of emerging regulatory issues.
Set goals and provide supervision to Graduate Student employees.
Assist in the operation of all other Environmental Health and Safety programs as assigned.
Be responsible for other duties as requested and or assigned.
Bachelor's degree in Safety Management, Environmental Health and Safety, or other laboratory science field required.
Master's degree in Safety Management, Environmental Health and Safety, or other laboratory science field preferred.
Four (4) years of experience in the following:
Directly related professional experience in laboratory safety, chemical hygiene and/or training.
Experience in a research or laboratory setting.
Experience with developing and delivering training.
Pertinent knowledge, skills and abilities will be considered for experience.
Demonstrated ability to understand and interpret federal, state and local health and safety regulations and communicate quantitative and qualitative information. Knowledge of OSHA Lab Standard: 29 CFR 1910.1450 - Occupational Exposures to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with, provide leadership, and coordinate program implementation with professional level employees utilizing skills to negotiate, explain and persuade.
Demonstrate ability to adapt to a wide variety of work environments.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in oral and written format.
Demonstrated ability to utilize a personal computer.
Demonstrated ability to evaluate complex issues, be creative and provide short-term and long solutions.
Demonstrated ability to complete assigned tasks in a very limited time frame.
Demonstrated ability to establish rapport and maintain a good working relationship with various local, state and federal regulatory agency personnel.
Demonstrated ability to coordinate and work effectively within project teams and committees.
Demonstrated ability to manage and administrate assigned health and safety programs as necessary for WVU to maintain a safety and health environment.
Demonstrated ability to lead and reason logically and strategically.
Demonstrated ability to review, interpret, and provide recommendations on architectural, mechanical, plumbing, and electrical drawings.
Valid Driver's license.
Hazmat Awareness, Operations, Technician or Certified Chemical Hygiene Officer preferred.
At West Virginia University, we pride ourselves on a tireless endeavor for achievement. We are home to some of the most passionate, innovative minds in the country who push their limits for the sake of progress, constantly moving the world forward. Our students, faculty and staff make this institution one of the best out there, and we are proud to stand as one voice, one university, one WVU. Find out more about your opportunities as a Mountaineer at https://talentandculture.wvu.edu/ .
West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer, and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.
Job Posting: Oct 26, 2020
Posting Classification: Non-Classified
Exemption Status: Exempt
Benefits Eligible: Yes
Internal Number: 214743
About West Virginia University
West Virginia University, founded in 1867, has a long and rich history as a public, land-grant institution. WVU encourages scholarship and offers high-quality academic programs while serving the state of West Virginia and the nation. WVU statewide includes campuses in Beckley, Charleston, Keyser, Martinsburg and Morgantown – which has been ranked as a #1 Small City in America. WVU is an R1 Doctoral Research University (Highest Research Activity), one of only 115 nationwide. WVU offers 212 degrees throughout the 14 colleges and schools. Areas of specialty include STEM education, healthcare in Appalachia, shale gas utilization, radio astronomy and forensics. WVU researchers have helped confirm the existence of gravitational waves and uncovered diesel vehicle emissions discrepancies. Statewide, there are over 31,000 graduate and undergraduate students along with 190,000 alumni worldwide. WVU is reinventing West Virginia’s future by strengthening education, healthcare and broad-based prosperity.