Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Research Safety Manager (0358U), Environment, Health & Safety 7784
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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 Research Safety Manager (RSM) serves as the campus expert in laboratory safety and oversees a team of EH&S professionals. The primary emphasis of the job is the prevention and/or mitigation of occupational injuries or illnesses from chemical and other risk factors in the laboratory environment. The RSM oversees standard operating procedures (SOPs), compliance with CalOSHA regulations, annual inspections, chemical inventory, compliance and the personal protective equipment (PPE) program. The position also supervises the chemical hygiene officer (CHO) and with the CHO, develops and maintains a campus comprehensive chemical safety program that includes a variety of complex administrative and technical health and safety components. In addition, the RSM oversees the campus' controlled substances program and licenses, as regulated by the DEA.
Provides technical leadership, functional guidance and supervises professional laboratory safety personnel including performance management and taking corrective action as required.
Participates in the selection, development and evaluation of staff to ensure the efficient operation of the function.
Ensures staff are fully and properly trained to meet mandatory training requirements of positions.
Develops new and complex solutions applying advanced level knowledge/expertise of best practices within multiple technical, professional, scientific, and applied disciplines, and makes recommendations and presentations based on accepted scientific methodology.
Oversees the chemical hygiene program via subordinate or directly within research and instructional labs. Provides an approach that protects the institution while minimizing unnecessary impediments to the research goals.
Recognizes the needs, creates safety solutions, and provides consultation to support the research community in a way that keeps pace with the dynamic research activities at this institution.
Provides assistance and guidance to the research community to maintain full compliance with Cal/OSHA requirement for Laboratory Standard' and all applicable health and safety codes.
Conducts routine and complex chemical safety surveys of laboratories and follows up to ensure implementation.
Provides expert counsel by evaluating, interpreting and applying laws, regulations, codes and standards across complexity of environmental, health, and safety disciplines.
Applies appropriate scientific and professional standards to recommend campus/university policies and programs and, as needed, create new methodologies.
Provide consultation services and expertise to campus, other UCs and UC-systemwide entities.
Participate in UC-systemwide technical workgroups, and/or similar workgroups.
Ensures implementation of appropriate procedures according to all Chemical Safety regulations. Recommends engineering controls, personal practice, administrative controls, and/or personal protective equipment to eliminate or mitigate present or potential health or safety problems from chemicals. Performs or directs outreach and communication to campus within relevant field(s).
Performs workplace evaluations for PersonalProtective Equipment (PPE).
Implements PPE/Hazard Assessment Tool.
Assigns personal protective equipment.
Specifies proper engineering controls and PPE.
Participates in work groups with other campus departments to address specific chemical health- or safety-related issues
Manage the Controlled Substances program. Ensure DEA requirements are met on campus directly or through subordinates. Included in this is background checks, training, disposal and inspections.
Develops and maintains written guidance documents to provide information and assists the University and community to work with hazardous chemicals in a healthy and safe manner.
Writes technical reports and procedures relating to laboratory safety.
Writes technical reports detailing causative factors of laboratory accidents and establishing corrective measures.
Reviews safety plans and specifications for contractor activities.
Writes reports summarizing hazards associated with laboratory construction / renovation projects and recommended corrective actions.
Reviews and oversees toxic gas evaluations.
Maintains files and records for the above. Prepares reports or other forms of scientific or technical documentation.
Monitors compliance and prevents hazards, and may serve as campus liaison with regulatory agencies.
Inspects, investigates incidents and complaints, and recommends corrective action as needed.
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
At the request of campus management (EH&S Director, VC Research, 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.
Advanced or expert knowledge/understanding of broad range of EH&S fields and familiarity with all EH&S fields.
Advanced or expert knowledge and skill in applying and interpreting applicable local, state, and federal regulations and related standards, guidelines and, as appropriate, recommend campus policy.
Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communications skills, including advanced political acumen and skill to effectively communicate with diverse constituencies in a highly political environment.
Advanced skill to effectively represent the campus to state and federal authorities, and community groups.
Advanced analytical and organizational skills to organize, prioritize and manage the successful completion of projects within budget and time constraints.
Skill in mentoring or overseeing the work of other EH&S technical and professional staff.
Skill to appropriate use technology and relevant scientific equipment as required.
Advanced degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
Professional certification and PhD in Chemistry and/or equivalent experience/training.
Salary & Benefits
This is an exempt, monthly paid position. The annual salary range of the position is $83,900.00-$124,200, commensurate with experience.
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Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
Equal Employment Opportunity
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