Job Requisition Number: 26341. 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 Lab Safety Specialist conducts semi-annual multi-disciplinary environmental, health, and safety lab inspections for approximately one-quarter of campus research laboratories, specifically labs in the Engineering and Physics departments. This includes on-site assistance with SOP prioritization, development, and review; Lab Safety Recognition Program on-site evaluation/review; PPE/Hazard Assessment; hazard control plans and inspection follow-up as needed.
The Lab Safety Specialist is an experienced professional who knows how to apply theory and put it into practice with in-depth understanding of the professional field; independently performs the full range of responsibilities within the function; possesses broad job knowledge; analyzes problems/issues of diverse scope and determines solutions.
The Lab Safety Specialist understands and supports the EH&S mission and vision. Contributes to a successful team oriented work environment ensuring interdependence and cooperation; constructive and positive communications; and mutual support. Promotes and exemplifies campus, divisional, and departmental high standards for excellent client service, effective use of resources, workplace safety, professional development, personal accountability, and continuous improvement.
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Develops, implements, and monitors campus environmental and safety programs, systems, procedures, and training in: industrial hygiene, safety engineering, environmental protection, fire prevention, and hazardous materials through implementation of the Compliance Assistance Program: an semi-annual comprehensive laboratory inspection program.
Performs technical work related to field of expertise: •Primary Focus Area: Physics and Engineering •Responsible for identifying hazards, interpreting EH&S programs, providing guidance on corrective actions, and involving other EH&S Specialists as appropriate. •Organizes, schedules, and conducts inspections—interacting with department, laboratory, and shop personnel. Adapts as required to the needs of each department. •Attends laboratory department safety committee meetings as assigned.
Designs new and/or recommends improvements to existing processes and procedures. •Participates in formulation of annual inspection topics based upon assessment of previous inspections, new or changing compliance requirements, and EH&S management and specialist input. •Works with EH&S IT staff to maintain and improve, as necessary, management of inspection and program data.
Monitors compliance by conducting initial and follow-up on-site inspections in the lab facilities of approximately 135 Principal Investigators (PIs). •Establishes necessary corrective actions, procedural changes, and hazard control plans with laboratory personnel, including principal investigators, in addressing environment, health and safety deficiencies. •Independently interprets regulations, provides advice, gives direction and makes commitments. •Monitors compliance timeline constraints, tracks progress, and reports areas of concern. •Fully implements the Enforcement of Safety Standards in Academic Environments Policy including informing personnel of the need to stop work if an imminent hazard is observed. •Uses various tracking tools and systems to assure correction of identified deficiencies, reporting concerns or time constraints to the program lead as appropriate. •Notifies appropriate faculty and departmental leadership of inspection results, and planned risk reduction activities. •Consults with engineering researchers in their labs, and involves EH&S SMEs as needed to reduce hazards and support safer research operations.
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).
Coordinates follow-up reports on findings and other documentation to campus clients including use of relevant scientific data if appropriate. Collects and reports inspection data and metrics.
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.
Performs outreach and communication to campus within relevant field.
Creates and adjusts methodologies to meet changing regulatory and scientific environment.
Within specific field maintains knowledge/expertise on existing/proposed changes in all regulations; interprets and applies relevant laws, regulations, codes and standards, including making recommendations for work environment changes based on interpretations and principles of professional practices. **See “Governing Laws and Regulations” below
Member of Designated Urgent Response Team (Regular rotation, 24/7, every 4th week or more frequently as needed.) •Provide technical support to the Dedicated Urgent Response Team (DURT) program by serving as a “Designated Responder”. Must be accessible via telephone or pager and readily available to respond on-scene to emergencies (e.g., a chemical spill) during business hours. Will perform directly or coordinate any necessary field activities to evaluate and mitigate a hazard. •Provide technical support to the DURT program by serving as the “Lead Off-Hours Responder”. Must be accessible by UCPD via telephone or pager and readily available to respond on-scene to emergencies (e.g., a chemical spill) during non-business hours. Must be within one hour of campus and may not engage in activity that will affect the ability to respond. •To serve as a designated responder, incumbent must meet the specific requirements of the DURT program as outlined in the EH&S DURT Program Guidelines. These include occupational physical qualifications. •Medical baseline is required.
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.
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.
**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
Specific laws and regulations are too numerous to list.•Prior experience with electrical, mechanical, and some chemical safety as well as experience with cryogens and various energized equipment found in Engineering and Physics department labs. •Thorough knowledge/understanding of specific EH&S field(s) including related laws and regulations; and general knowledge/understanding of all EH&S fields. •Thorough knowledge and skill in applying and interpreting applicable local, state, and federal regulations and related standards and guidelines. •Thorough written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, including political acumen and skill to communicate effectively in a diverse environment. •Strong analytical and organizational skills to organize, prioritize and manage the successful completion of projects within time and budget constraints. •Skill to appropriately use technology and relevant scientific equipment as required. •Ability to apply standard or existing professional approaches and techniques from more than one environmental, health, and safety disciplines to solve difficult problems. •Experience with a variety of professional environmental, health and safety field work.
Education and Training •Bachelors degree in related area, and/or equivalent experience and training, preferably engineering and/or physics disciplines.
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