The Environment, Health and Safety Officer, Industrial Hygiene Program, to provide guidance within the specific area of expertise to support MIT’s academic and business objectives with due consideration of Federal and State occupational and environmental regulations, and good practices. This full time position will provide 75% of their time in support to MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory a center for research and development of advanced technologies in Lexington MA. The Officer will function as an integral member of a multi-disciplinary Environment, Health and Safety Office providing technical support to all EHS program areas. This position requires experience and general knowledge in multiple areas of EHS practices and regulatory compliance. As skills develop, the Officer may work in various EHS program areas other than main area of expertise.
EHS Officer Responsibilities
Provide professional oversight to EHS industrial hygiene staff as a Certified Industrial Hygienist, including review of work product and mentoring
Meet with research staff to review exposure potentials; determine risks; and recommend appropriate engineering and PPE controls
Review and approve engineering controls for laboratory construction and renovation projects
Conduct air sampling and surface/material sampling as needed to investigate concerns or validate control efficiency
Provide chemical safety training to new research staff and summer interns
Provide industrial hygiene training such as hearing conservation, ergonomics, asbestos/lead paint awareness, and respirators
Conduct noise surveys, interpret results, and monitor hearing conservation program
Respond as a subject matter expert to chemical releases
Manage program to review special local exhaust ventilation units; about 270 annually and 220 every three years (equipment ventilation trunks, snorkels, downdraft tables, etc.)
Manage program to review and certify about 120 laboratory fume hoods annually
Conduct indoor air quality (IAQ) assessments as needed
Employing a team oriented approach, collaborate with faculty, staff, students and other professionals on areas of concern and propose solutions that best serve the Institute’s obectives
Participate in the EHS emergency response on-call rotational system providing routine and off-hours support to resolve EHS issues and serve as subject matter expert to MIT’s Emergency Response System.
Assist in the development and training of other EHS Office staff to improve their professional qualifications as EHS professionals and their knowledge of EHS regulations and good practices. May serve as a mentor to less experienced EHS Office staff.
Participate in a range of EHS programs both within and outside area(s) of expertise; develop the necessary expertise and good judgment to integrate overall EHS programs into sustainable practices, policies and guidelines.
Develop and conduct EHS training programs for the Institute.
Leads or participates in injury or incident investigations including after action reviews and subsequent root cause analyses. May organize an interdisciplinary EHS team to address results of such investigations.
Keep abreast of pertinent regulations and developments in EHS; anticipates and evaluates their impact on the Institute and communicates requirements to DLC's.
May interact with representatives of regulatory agencies during site visits and inspections and communicates requirements to DLC's.
Serve as member on at least one of the internal EHS Service Teams.
Pursue professional development by taking classes, attending conferences, serving on association committees etc.
Other duties as directed by the Managing Director, Director or Associate Director of EHS and Industrial Hygiene Senior Officer to meet EHS missions.
A Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) is required. This position requires expertise in Industrial Hygiene and general knowledge in all aspects of environment, health and safety. The candidate will have a working knowledge of regulations specific to federal, state, local and consensus standards including specific expertise in at least some and a general knowledge of most of the following: NRC, OSHA, EPA, DOT, Massachusetts DPH and DEP, Massachusetts Fire Prevention Regulations, Massachusetts Building Code, NFPA Codes, OSHA Regulations, NIH and CDC Guidelines, Federal Select Agent and Toxin regulations, and Cambridge Municipal Code. A minimum of 3 years of relevant experience in environment, health and safety programs and recognition, evaluation and control of hazardous materials and conditions, and physical agents. Evidence of leadership, ability to develop and implement well integrated EHS programs within the work place.
A bachelor’s degree in environment, health and safety related discipline, engineering, physical science, chemical, or equivalent experience with emphasis in environment, health and safety is required, additional experience or a master’s degree is desirable. Effective written and oral communication skills are essential as are basic computer and database skills.
Ability to collaborate with people and manage multiple projects and to appropriately prioritize heavy workload and client needs. Ability to influence and inspire staff, colleagues, and superiors. Service and team orientation. Active listening skills, bias for action, and ability to communicate for results, think conceptually and build teams. Tactical and strategic thinking and problem-solving ability. Organizational and cultural awareness, diplomacy and judgment skills. Ability to appreciate and work to achieve the “big picture” while also being detail-oriented. Organizational skills and ability to follow through and achieve objectives and tasks in a timely manner are essential.
Industrial Hygiene Program Responsibilities
Industrial Hygiene Officer, EHS
Lead and participate in emergency response activities
Communicate Nanoparticle program safe practices to MIT community
Review updated chemical hygiene plans
Manage beryllium program conducting exposure assessments and ensuring safe work practices.
Review formaldehyde use program, exposure assessment and controls.
Conduct laboratory fume hood local exhaust measurements
Conduct laboratory hazard assessments
Assist Safety, Radiation Protection, Biosafety and Environmental management program elements
Develop and implement EHS programs/documents/standard operating procedures and guides
Review exposure assessment monitoring for trends
Conduct lab safety inspections
Conduct code compliance reviews regarding EHS issues for new construction and renovations
Coordinate EHS issues at MIT Special Events
Review of Animal Research Protocols
Develop and Conduct specific EHS training programs
Assess laboratory design and renovation plans
Hazardous material analysis
Conduct EHS inspections/audits
Conduct indoor air quality investigations
Response to and resolve EHS requests
Escort as needed inspectors/officials (insurance, fire, building, others) on routine inspections
Conduct noise exposure
Perform quantitative respirator fit testing
Assist researchers, staff and employees in the selection of the proper personal protection equipment
Calibrate direct reading equipment
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