Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
The incumbent, under the supervision of the Research Safety Manager, will work in collaboration with the Chemical Hygiene Officer, the Radiation Protection Officer, the Biosafety Officer, and other DEHS staff to provide training, consultation, and support to university departments in the areas of research safety, hazardous waste management, and environmental health. The incumbent will also work closely with departmental safety resources such as Research Associate Deans, Departmental Safety Officers (DSOs), principal investigators, student groups, and other research safety stakeholders across the University to help the institution achieve its overall goals of worker protection, regulatory compliance, and environmental protection.
Responsibilities: 60% Serve as a primary point of contact and provide consultation and technical support to laboratory and research groups, colleges, and local safety committees in the area of risk assessment, job hazard assessments, and other technical issues related to research safety. Activities will include facilitating risk assessments, inspecting labs and other research spaces, making recommendations to improve lab safety, ensuring hazard analyses of critical activities are conducted, reviewing and making recommendations on safe operating procedures, and recommending labs/research activities that may need to be shut down or curtailed because of imminent danger or non-response to safety recommendations. Make referrals and facilitate client access to technical specialists in the areas of biological and radiation safety, industrial hygiene, occupational medicine, disabilities services, and risk management.
25% Coordinate and lead efforts at the college/department level to review, update, develop, and deliver cutting edge research safety training based on regulations, university policy, and current best practices. Work with collegiate resources and other DEHS staff to promote and monitor compliance with requirements for lab specific training.
10% Perform other duties related to research safety and/or environmental health as assigned including, but not limited to: recommending exposure monitoring of laboratory staff who work with hazardous materials, assisting departments to prepare reports on safety progress on metrics. Also, participation in the emergency response program.
5% Assist collegiate resources with investigation and follow-up of accidents and near miss incidents.
This job may be designated as essential.
The employer retains the right to change or assign other duties to this position.
Working Conditions: Work environment includes office, and research laboratories across the entire University of Minnesota System. Routine exposures to hazardous materials or harsh physical conditions are not expected. This position will be part of a rotating, on-call, emergency response program that may be activated during regular hours or after hours, weekends, and holidays. The incumbent will be officed on the twin cities campus, but occaisaional travel to coordinate campus locations will be required.
BA/BS plus 5 years experience or a combination of related education and work experience equal to nine years.
Regular attendance is an essential qualification for this position.
Masters degree in safety, industrial hygiene or a related scientific discipline
Working knowledge of research safety principles and practices including, but not limited to, knowledge of the OSHA general industry and laboratory safety standards, and general chemical hazards and methods to prevent exposure.
Experience interpreting laws, rules, regulations, and/or university policies, procedures, and standards
Proficiency in use of word processing, presentation, and spreadsheet programs
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge and understanding of safety aspects of research activities at the University of Minnesota ranging from electrical, lasers, machine guarding, material handling and working with chemicals.
Knowledge and understanding of mechanical and industrial safety, risk assessment procedures, hazard analysis, and laboratory accident prevention.
Excellent written and oral communication skills, especially the ability to convey information about laboratory safety risk.
Ability to present information in group settings while considering multiple perspectives and competing interests.
Exceptional interpersonal skills and a record of establishing effective working relationships.
Demonstrated understanding of the nature and purpose of health and safety functions within a higher education institution.
Demonstrated commitment to continuous improvement, accountability, and good customer service.
Ability to work with exposure monitoring equipment.
Ability to negotiate and resolve complex work related problems
Ability to pass a pre-employment criminal background check
Internal Number: 339202
About University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.