With oversight from the Chemical Hygiene Officer, the Research Safety Specialist is responsible for supporting health and safety programs in campus research facilities, with a focus on risk reduction.
The primary function of the position is to provide effective and efficient delivery of EHS services to multi-disciplinary research areas. S/he will assist in the development, and implementation of procedures and programs that promote a safe, responsible, healthful and compliant work environmental for the research areas. All programs under this position's function must be in a sustainable state of ‘in-control and capable’ functionality. The position will perform functions supporting the Cornell University Research Safety programs for the Ithaca campus and outlying facilities, except for the Weill Medical College & Qatar.
The position will assist in developing and maintaining programs, procedures, and policies that promote safety and compliance in laboratories and research facilities. This position will:
Conduct inspections and surveys of laboratories.
Conduct risk assessments with laboratory stakeholders, and provide technical advice on the safe handling, storage, and use of hazardous materials.
Assist in the development of research safety training and education.
Conduct incident investigations.
Coordinate and participate in stakeholder outreach activities.
Assist research safety section managers as needed.
This is a one year term position.
Bachelor's Degree in chemistry, safety, industrial hygiene, environmental sciences, or closely related field, with up to two years of environmental, health and safety experience or laboratory experience with a knowledge of laboratory safety regulations and practices.
Ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks and projects
Willingness to learn and stay current in various disciplines within the fields of research safety
Demonstrated use of Microsoft Suite products, at a minimum, Word, Excel and Power Point.
Proven track record of completing work on time and within budget.
Ability to work in a diverse culture.
Effective written and oral communication skills, and the ability to successfully interact with university staff, students, and faculty.
Requires use of good judgment in sensitive situations with employees at all levels within the University.
Must have a valid NYS Driver's license, or ability to obtain one within one year, and a good driving record.
Ability to pass a background check as required by Cornell, and as required by the CDC/USDA Select Agent Program.
One to three years of experience with all three fields of chemical, biological and radiation safety issues in a research environment.
Strong knowledge and experience in laboratory and research operations, and employee safety and health programs.
Familiarity with applicable federal and state regulations as they apply to the research environment.
Knowledge and experience in hazardous materials response.
Experience in an academic setting and working in a diverse culture and environment strongly desired.
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No Visa sponsorship is available for this position.
No relocation assistance is available for this position.
Background check will be required.
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Environment Health & Safety Associate
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