Advertised Summary Job Description: Reporting to EH&S's Hazardous Materials Management Program Leader, the Hazardous Materials Specialist will collaborate with colleagues in Biological Safety, Hazardous Materials, Radiation Safety and Research Safety Programs in designing, scheduling, implementing and monitoring strategies for the successful operations of the Safety Programs at all Columbia University campuses, and affiliate locations.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: - Establish and maintain sustainable, safety and compliance-focused programs for hazardous, radioactive, universal and regulated medical wastes, as well as used electronics for recycling. - Oversee the field service program for hazardous chemical, radioactive, regulated medical and universal wastes collection from laboratory Satellite Accumulation Areas (SAA), ensuring the safe transport of waste materials to Central Accumulation Areas (CAAs) or other staging areas prior to off-site disposal. - Establish and implement processes to monitor the performance of waste management programs and develop intervention strategies to improve and expand programs. - Serve as primary safety liaison to a designated group of laboratories for a full complement of research safety-related programs. - Assist in advancing the University's Laboratory Sustainability Initiatives through collaboration with and the University research community, Environmental Stewardship and Facilities Management, and contribute to continued effectiveness of existing laboratory sustainability program performance, including leading the solvent recycling program. - Review, research and respond to inquiries from research personnel and Facilities Management related to the proper collection of regulated wastes. - Liaison with environmental contractors/vendors providing services to EH&S and prepare/review/sign/manage regulatory documents/manifests. - Help prepare chemical and universal, radioactive, and regulated medical wastes for off-site shipment and disposal/recycling. - Schedule and conduct SAA and CAA compliance surveys and prepare reports of findings and compliance trends. - Oversee research radioactive waste decay-in-storage program and assist with radioactive waste collection and database reconciliation of radioactive waste. - Deliver Hazardous Waste, Radioactive Waste and Universal Waste Management Training to University and affiliate personnel. - Represent EH&S at various meetings and ensure EH&S concerns are considered in decision-making processes. - Respond to chemical and radioactive spills, gas leaks and odors and emergency situations. - Maintain inventory of spill response supplies and prepare and receive supply orders, as needed. - Perform other duties as may be assigned.
General Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree required (scientific discipline such as Chemistry, Biology, or Environmental Sciences preferred). 2 or more years of relevant experience in the environmental health and safety field is required, preferably in a laboratory environment. An appropriate combination of education and experience, meeting Columbia University criteria, may be considered in lieu of 2 or more years of experience.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: Ability to work both independently and collaboratively, as a member of a team; ability to facilitate effective operational integration, collaboration and teamwork within EH&S and Columbia University; ability to prioritize and effectively manage multiple tasks and exercise good judgment in managing time; ability to establish and maintain professional, collaborative, service-oriented, cooperative and effective working relationships with students, faculty, staff, unions, customers, the public, regulatory agencies and co-workers through practical and positive communication; ability to operate industrial hygiene/environmental equipment and information technologies, including advanced database, spreadsheet, presentation design software and word processing editing features; ability to understand, interpret and convey measurements, data, standards and hazardous materials information; strong written communication skills, including the ability to write clearly and actively on complex topics and to convey risks effectively; ability to simplify guidance for students and staff, and to prepare thoroughly documented technical reports, excellent oral communication and presentation skills, including the ability to prepare professional-quality presentations, speak clearly and engagingly about complex issues before small and large groups of diverse audiences; ability to stand, walk, and negotiate occasional awkward work locations and paths of travel; ability to work in a variety of physical environments, including outdoors and inclement weather/temperature; ability to periodically perform short duration physical exertions, including light-medium weight lifting, pushing/pulling, stair or ladder climbing, etc. in support of a safety investigation, area or operations surveys, decommissioning or emergency response; ability to wear a respirator and other personal protective equipment; ability to lift 50 pounds and manipulate a full 55-gallon/400 pound drum using a drum cart.
Preferred Qualifications: Knowledge of the structure of occupational and environmental health and safety activities related to biomedical or academic research is desired. Safety training experience preferred. OSHA 24 or 40 hour HAZWOPER certification preferred; RCRA and DOT certifications a plus.
As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Council of Ivy Group Presidents (Ivy League), it is imperative that members of the Columbia University community, in all matters related to the intercollegiate athletics program, exhibit the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to adherence to NCAA, Conference, University, and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education rules and regulations.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
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