Job Requisition Number: 25284. The Office of Environment, Health & Safety’s (EH&S) mission is to provide guidance and services to the campus community that promote health, safety, and environmental stewardship.
EH&S is a highly dynamic, fast paced, committed organization focused on promoting workplace safety and environmental protection for the campus community. We are comprised of many scientific, technical, and administrative professionals, working in an evolving, learning, and sometimes challenging environment with a unified goal of supporting the University’s mission of teaching, research and public service. EH&S strives to be an inclusive, service oriented, and operationally excellent organization and is seeking highly motivated individuals who want to learn, be creative, seek continuous competency development, and contribute to our mission.
The Associate Chemical Hygiene Officer serves as campus expert and EH&S departmental technical lead on laboratory safety issues providing expertise to departments that operate laboratories with predominantly physical hazards and to a lesser extent, chemical hazards. This position will assume the role of Chemical Hygiene Officer (CHO) in the absence of the CHO. The position also works on various projects and teams that forward the mission of laboratory safety and compliance and move towards a more integrated client experience. It also provides safety engineerging solutions in laboratory departments as needed.
Performs complex technical work in: industrial hygiene, safety engineering, controlled substances, laser safety, and hazardous materials.
Technical lead in developing and implementing several highly technical and specialized programs, including: •Laboratory Safety •Local exhaust system design, review and evaluation •Low and High pressure system design, review and evaluation •Electrical system design, review and evaluation •Safety engineering as needed on systems with physical hazards. •Industrial hygiene sampling (including both air and noise monitoring programs) Technical lead on laboratory safety issues, providing expertise to departments that operate laboratories: •Aids assigned departments in developing and implementing written safety programs •Attends departmental committee meetings, providing guidance in reducing workplace injuries and illnesses •Reviews laboratory construction/renovation plans and certain high hazard research projects, providing written guidance on appropriate safety precautions and design modifications
Monitors compliance and prevents and addresses hazards: •Conducts EH&S lab inspections and follow-up inspections in laboratories and labs facilities. Drafts reports and other documentation, including use of relevant scientific data. •Inspects, investigates laboratory and workplace accidents, and recommends corrective action as needed. •Writes and updates procedures. Works closely with advanced engineering and physics research groups to develop, review and document Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Job Hazard Analysis (JHA).
Establishes corrective action as needed. •Ensures timely resolution of high risk issues. •Uses various tracking tools and systems to assure correction of identified deficiencies, reporting concerns or time constraints. When appropriate, assists campus departments in correcting environmental, health and safety non-compliance issues (e.g., chemical storage, hazardous waste, fume hood use, earthquake safety securing, respiratory protection, chemical inventory, hazardous work operations, chemical hygiene plans, electrical / energy safety and ergonomic workstations).
Maintains knowledge/expertise with existing and proposed changes of all regulations in all subject areas. (See **Governing Laws and Regulations below)
Provides expert counsel by evaluating, interpreting and summarizing complex regulations associated with Laboratory Safety, applying laws, regulations, codes and standards across complexity of environmental, health, and safety disciplines. •Provides guidance on Cal/OSHA and UC Policies to laboratories on campus •Provides on-site consultation to Principal Investigators, Laboratory Managers, and other laboratory personnel on laboratory a specific issues of concern relating to EH&S programs.
Creates and adjusts methodologies to meet changing regulatory and scientific environment.
Leads the development of and provides advanced health and safety training.
Supervises students, ensuring that student work practices meet regulatory requirements, fulfill client expectations and needs, and are conducted in an efficient, professional and safe manner.
Performs or directs outreach and communication to campus within relevant field(s).
Staff development: Works on professional committees and assignments, participates in professional training and attends relevant conferences, and/or is mentored or coached on a formal or informal basis
Performs other duties as assigned, including but not limited to, •At the request of campus management (EH&S Director, VC Administration, UCPD Chief, or designated alternate), serve in a designate role within the EH&S Emergency Support Function and be on call to the campus Emergency Operations Center in a campus designated disaster or campus hazardous material release/threatened release. Provide appropriate emergency response role based upon expertise and, where applicable, designated departmental role.
**Governing Laws and Regulations Incumbent's responsibilities are guided by a significant number of federal, State, and local laws and regulations as well as campus policy. There are municipal, regional, county, State, and federal regulators that have jurisdiction, often overlapping, over those campus programs and activities being audited. The following environmental, health and safety subject areas each have multiple laws and regulations which may apply to UC Berkeley: •Worker Health and Safety •Hazardous Materials/Waste Management •Air Quality Management •Water Quality Protection •California Fire Code as it relates to laboratory ventilation, toxic gases, hazardous materials Specific laws and regulations are too numerous to list.•Advanced or expert knowledge/understanding of broad range of EH&S fields and familiarity with all EH&S fields. •Advanced or expert knowledge and skill in applying and interpreting applicable local, state, and federal regulations and related standards, guidelines and, as appropriate, recommend campus policy. •Requires demonstrated ability to respond to emergencies and critical situations appropriately in a research setting. •Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communications skills, including advanced political acumen and skill to effectively communicate with diverse constituencies in a highly political environment. •Advanced skill to effectively represent the campus to state and federal authorities, and community groups. •Advanced analytical and organizational skills to organize, prioritize and manage the successful completion of projects within budget and time constraints. •Skill in mentoring or overseeing the work of other EH&S and Chemistry technical and professional staff. •Skill to appropriate use technology and relevant scientific equipment as required. •Requires a demonstrated ability to work efficiently and effectively in a team structure with other professionals.
Education/Training: •Bachelors degree or higher in engineering and/or physics disciplines, and three or more years of professional experience in a comprehensive environmental health and safety program.
The University of California was chartered in 1868 and its flagship campus - envisioned as a "City of Learning" - was established at Berkeley, on San Francisco Bay. Today the world's premier public university and a wellspring of innovation, UC Berkeley occupies a 1,232 acre campus with a sylvan 178-acre central core. From this home its academic community makes key contributions to the economic and social well-being of the Bay Area, California, and the nation.
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