The primary purpose of this position is to serve as a chemical laboratory safety specialist and maintain the university's laboratory chemical inventory program. The individual in this position must have knowledge of research safety with an emphasis on chemical safety in the laboratory work environment. The individual in this position must be able to deliver routine training with campus staff, faculty, researchers and students on corrective actions, regulations and requirements of regulatory agencies. In addition, the individual will perform laboratory safety inspections in order to maintain compliance at all UNC laboratories on campus and off-campus with regard to federal (OSHA, ANSI, EPA and NFPA), state (NCOSHA, NCDENR) and university regulations and standards. The primary goal of the position is to ensure a healthy and safe environment for the faculty, staff, students and visitors at all UNC facilities.
The employee in this position is a member of the EHS Emergency Response/HazMat Team. This responsibility involves assessment of incidents involving physical agents, radiation sources, hazardous chemicals, biological and infectious agents. This requires on-call responsibilities throughout the standard 8-hour workday (8am – 5pm). Formal First Responder Training and medical surveillance is required by the OSHA Hazwoper standard. Industrial hygiene and radiological instruments are used for detection and cleanup of spills depending on the nature of the incident. Investigation, interaction and consultation with university staff, faculty and students is required to appropriately assess an incident, proceed with facility recovery and further preventive action.
Education and Experience:
Four year degree with a preference for a related major in a physical science, biological science, environmental science/engineering, occupational safety, industrial technology or closely related science; or an equivalent combination of training and experience. Some positions may require specific certifications or licenses. Specific jobs will require additional minimum training and/or licensing upon selection.
Accuracy required in work: A high degree of accuracy and attention to detail is necessary since inspection results are reported to and used by various groups in the university community. Health and safety practices are impacted by the inspection findings. University compliance with the various regulatory agencies is dependent on the results of the inspections, reports and surveys, along with the quality of the training provided to faculty, staff and students on health and safety principles, practices, policies and procedures. Multiple regulatory agencies thoroughly scrutinize academic institutions and the performance of their safety programs. Accurate measurements and observations are an essential and integral part of every survey and emergency response.
Consequence of Error: Inaccurate inspections or surveys can result in unsafe working conditions for faculty, staff, students and compliance problems for the university. Inaccurate measurements or observations can allow unsafe, potentially dangerous or injurious situation to persist. Failures in conforming to regulatory safety requirement may occur. Consequently, errors can lead to expensive, unnecessary, corrective actions.
Instructions Provided to Employee: Two-week orientation period at the beginning of employment where various manuals, regulations, policy and procedures are read. A two-month training period where the employee rotates through the campus environment. The Chemical Hygiene Officer and Associate Chemical Hygiene Officer provides training. This instructional phase could not be met with employees having less than a Bachelor's degree and is essential for anyone who has not had direct experience in a university setting. Additional training is provided in research safety, environmental affairs, OSHA regulations and the Collaborative Laboratory Inspection Program (CLIP).
Guides, Regulations, policies and References Used by Employees: OSHA regulations, DOT regulations, EPA regulations, NFPA regulations, NIH/CDC Regulations, Lab Safety Manual, Biological Safety Manual, Environment, Health and Safety Manual, In-house policy and procedures, NCRP Guides, ICRP reports, JCAHO standards, NC and Federal regulatory guides, UNC safety policies and procedures.
Variety and Purpose of Personal Contacts: Consultation and communication with a wide range of people (students, staff, faculty, department heads, managers, visitors) at the university is required. The ability to communicate effectively is essential for the safety of the university staff, faculty and students.
Physical Effort: Must be able to frequently walk, bend, stand and climb ladders. Ability to enter laboratory animal research areas required. Ability to wear respirator (N95, PAPR, full-face and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA)) is required. An annual physical exam is required as participation in the HAZMAT team.
Work Environment and Conditions: The employee is exposed to animal, biological, radiation, physical and chemical hazards daily in the support areas. Work may require entering tight spaces and personal protective equipment (gloves, eye protection, SCBA, respirators, shoe covers, coveralls, etc) and training on proper use is required. Knowledge and understanding of the principle characteristics of these hazardous agents and the accurate measurements and observation of the hazards is essential. Work environments can be affected by extreme weather conditions. The employee may be called to emergency response duty during severe weather episodes.
Visual Attention, Mental Concentration and Manipulative Skills: The employee needs to have acute observation skills and a high level of concentration to accurately inspect and document the laboratory work environment pertaining to research safety issues. Simultaneous assimilation of observations, instrument readings, interviews with workers and faculty and judgment interpretations of a wide range of safety regulations and policies is required with high accuracy. Instruments must be manipulated, adjusted and operated while wearing protective equipment. Sample collection for contamination surveys is tedious and requires skill in collecting and handling the samples.
Safety for Others: Employee must be completely aware of and responsible for the safety of others. The position's purpose is to establish and maintain health and safety at this academic institution. The employee is expected to set an exemplary standard for everyone on safety philosophy, correct use of safety principles and adherence to all rules, regulations and standards of good practice.
Machines, Tools, Instruments, Equipment and Materials used in this position are: Computers and the various software applications such as MS Word, Excel and the institutionally-developed database (HASMIS), decontamination solutions, personal protective equipment, SCBA, respirators.
Bachelor's degree in a physical science, biological science, environmental science/engineering, occupational safety, industrial technology or related discipline; or equivalent combination of training and experience. Some positions may require additional training, certifications, or licensure. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.
Must possess a valid North Carolina driver's license and an acceptable driving record. 1-2 years' experience in the Environment, Health & Safety profession preferred. Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate using written, oral and multimedia modalities. Demonstrated strong organization skills.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.
Internal Number: 155082
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