Advertised Employing Department: Environmental Health and Safety
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:
Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) is currently seeking qualified applicants for a Laboratory Safety Specialist I/II (Industrial Hygienist) position. This position will be filled as either a Laboratory Safety Specialist I or II level. EH&S is an employing unit which reports to the Senior Vice President for University Services at Iowa State University (ISU). EH&S aids the campus community in preventing illness and injury, protects the environment and connects the university to the message of safety and preparedness. EH&S delivers effective education, fosters beneficial partnerships, maintains technical expertise and provides exemplary service.
Responsibilities of this position include assisting with the coordination and planning of a comprehensive laboratory safety program to recognize, eliminate and control occupational health hazards and diseases in the workplace setting; investigating adequacy of ventilation, exhaust equipment, lighting and other conditions that may affect employee safety, health, comfort, or efficiency. These responsibilities will include direct interaction with campus biological, chemical and radiological laboratories. Further, this position will perform duties in accordance with established guidelines and associated regulations, such as OSHA compliance, CDC/NIH accident investigation and reporting, workplace safety inspections, regulatory compliance audits, fire safety inspections, shop safety inspections, and development and administration of safety training.
In addition to the above duties, the Laboratory Safety Specialist II will be expected to implement workplace safety and health programs through promotions and interaction with ISU research staff. The specialist at this level will also implement evidence-based and engaging training programs while assisting with database management, to include basic programming.
The successful candidate will have the ability to form positive working relationships with faculty, staff, students, and external customers and establish professional campus and community relationships through effective written and oral communication; strong problem solving capabilities along with the ability to work independently as well as with a team; and excellent organizational and multitasking skills to handle a variety of simultaneous duties. The candidate will also possess the ability to routinely use personal computers along with a variety of software expertise.
Required Education and Experience:
Bachelor's degree and related experience.
Preferred Education and Experience:
Bachelor's or advanced degree in Chemistry, Industrial Hygiene, Biology/Molecular/Microbiology, Plant Pathology, Occupational Safety/Health, Health Physics, Engineering, or related field.
Technical training covering OSHA, EPA, NFPA or related workplace regulations, guidelines and standards.
Experience developing and administering safety training.
Demonstrated experience working within a laboratory environment.
Experience with spreadsheets and relational databases.
Experience working at a college, university or research institution.
This position acts as departmental duty officer for at least two weeks per year. Duty officer designation requires an individual to carry emergency communication devices 24 hours a day and coordinate departmental emergency response outside of normal business hours.
Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. Over 36,000 students are enrolled and served by over 6,200 faculty and staff (see www.iastate.edu). Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted the best college town in the nation (see www.visitames.com).
Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented minorities, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.
Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status and will not be discriminated against.
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