About the Position:The Industrial Hygienist 3 develops and implements the WWU Laboratory Safety Inspection program, inspects WWU laboratory facilities, equipment and operations to ensure compliance. This position is also responsible for surveillance of laboratory personnel exposure to hazardous chemicals.
This position is part of a Public School Employees of WWU bargaining union. New employees are required to meet the membership requirements of the current collective bargaining agreement within 30 calendar days of employment.
About the College/Department:The Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Department is an administrative department within the Business and Financial Affairs division whose mission is to provide support for the Western community in efforts to keep ourselves and our environment healthy and safe.
Develop and coordinate major components of an Industrial Hygiene Program including, but not limited to, lab safety, asbestos, and surveillance of exposures to hazardous materials
Conduct laboratory safety inspections and safety assessments
Independently conduct complex inspections of University research and academic laboratories to assess existing and potential health hazards, and determine compliance with University policies and numerous applicable regulations
Serve as the University's Chemical Hygiene Officer
Perform consultation surveys of University laboratory spaces to detect and eliminate any existing and potential health hazards
Determine and evaluate high-level hazardous atmospheres and chemical processes in laboratories
Conduct and review post-accident and safety violation investigations pursuant to University policies and procedures, and federal and state laws and regulations
Present reports of inspections to laboratory personnel, University management and safety personnel, covering the inspection conducted, the findings and the minimum standards which must be met through remedial measures; follow-up to check progress and effectiveness of changes instituted; recommend the extent to which enforcement actions are needed for cases of non-compliance
Develop and coordinate implementation of program methods to minimize levels of occupational health hazards and community pollutants
Determine survey evaluation plans for surveillance of personnel exposure to hazardous chemicals as needed; surveys may include conducting interviews, opening and closing conferences, preparing final reports, gathering samples of air, dust, liquids, or other materials; as well as using direct reading instruments for measurement of noise, non-ionizing radiation, vibration, temperatures, and chemical contamination
Develop procedures for maintenance of laboratory inspection information systems
Advise University personnel in lower level industrial hygiene investigations of low complexity situations as needed
Develop and implement an asbestos management program, including collecting bulk and air quality monitoring samples, performing laboratory analyses for asbestos, analyzing data, preparing reports and associated documents, performing pre-work hazard assessments, providing asbestos-related training, preparing specifications for management and removal projects, as appropriate, and maintaining applicable documentation
Develop procedures for maintenance of industrial hygiene information systems
Liaison, counsel and advise faculty/principal investigators, department staff, department safety officers, and relevant students and employees regarding laboratory safety practices, institutional policies and procedures, and relevant laws and regulations
Laboratory safety communications and outreach
Design, develop and publish educational communication materials for faculty/principle investigators, department safety coordinators, students, staff and other relevant personnel in coordination with appropriate department personnel
Provide routine updates and additional information on an as-needed or as-requested basis to the Laboratory and Chemical Safety Committee; attend Laboratory and Chemical Safety Committee meetings
Provide general and back-up department support for hazardous waste operations, confined space entry and rescue team, maintenance of administrative systems, and other programmatic needs as appropriate
Participate in required and recommended training
Respond to emergencies on campus, including non-business hours on occasion; enter personal access holes, tunnels and confined spaces
Other duties as assigned
BA involving major study in occupational safety and/or health, industrial hygiene, chemistry, chemical engineering or related field
Three years of experience as an industrial hygienist OR a master's degree involving major study in industrial hygiene or related field, plus two years of experience as an industrial hygienist
Demonstrated knowledge of relevant federal and state laws and regulations regarding environmental health and safety, and laboratory safety
Demonstrated professional written and verbal communication skills
Demonstrated ability to handle stressful situations in a professional manner
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with the community, University and higher education partners, fostering diversity
Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite
Experience in team and/or project management
Ability and willingness to wear a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) or other respirator in emergency situations
Ability to lift up to 40 pounds
Valid driver's license
Certification as a Certified Industrial Hygienist as granted by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene
Experience in higher education or private laboratory setting, and knowledge of laboratory safety requirements
Master's degree in industrial hygiene, chemistry, or related field
Working knowledge of the health and physical hazards of chemical research laboratories
Experience in performing safety audits in laboratories
Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU's Policy onEnsuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);firstname.lastname@example.org
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With 15,000 students, 160 academic programs, and an energized campus community, Western offers the focus on students and the faculty access of a smaller college and the academic choice, resources, multicultural diversity, and room to grow of a large university. Western is located in beautiful Bellingham, a scenic coastal city of approximately 80,000 situated between Seattle, Washington and Vancouv...er, British Columbia. With easy access to both the Cascade mountain range and the Pacific coast, the region is rich in cultural events and attractions as well as many recreational activities. Western is known nationally for its successes, including being named the top public master’s granting university in the Pacific Northwest by U. S. News and World Report and one of the best colleges in the nation to work for by the Chronicle of Higher Education.