Department: Office for Research Safety Salary/Grade: EXS/7
Under departmental direction, the Safety Engineer administers comprehensive environmental health and safety programs to Northwestern University's campus and research departments. The primary function of this position is to oversee safety compliance of research laboratories, including inspecting assigned research spaces, providing documentation and follow up of findings, and preparing summary reports of identified safety hazards. This position focuses specifically on program support for the McCormick School of Engineering.
Works with principal investigators and researchers to integrate safety procedures into laboratory operations. Promotes safe work practices based on regulatory requirements, incident experience, best management practice, and University policy. Performs hazard analysis, industrial hygiene assessments, safety audits, and drafts performance reports. Works with lab safety team to make recommendations on appropriate laboratory safety practices and hazard mitigation. Use safety management systems for documentation and metrics.
Collaborates and leads the development of guidelines, training content and standard operating procedures for the more complex or novel safety operations. Advise NU personnel on safety engineering controls, process safety improvements and laboratory design recommendations. Partners with other NU departments or contractors to complete safety projects as needed.
Reviews new regulatory requirements for applicability and assess the impact of new or proposed regulations on laboratory safety resource needs. Researches scientific publications and other academic safety programs for innovative approaches to safety operations and develops recommendations for improvements or simplification. Organizes and presents content at departmental safety meetings.
Serves as a “First Responder” for HAZMAT and laboratory emergencies on campus. Individual must willing to carry a cell phone, pager at while at work and occasionally provide after hours and weekend support for emergencies when needed. Capable of wearing up to Level B PPE and SCBA. Assist with training and outreach with emergency response authorities.
Performs other technical and administrative responsibilities as directed. Improves own professional skills through conferences, professional development, training and acquiring certifications.
Bachelor's degree in the engineering sciences, physical sciences or safety program.
2-3 years of work experience in engineering, laboratory science or safety related field.
Must pass pre-employment physical screening. Fit to carry 50lbs, walk extensively, and be medically approved to wear chemical protective clothing including respirators. Must have no medical condition that would interfere with performing essential job functions.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Adept learner capable of receiving training and coaching in advanced subject matter such as science or technology and mastering material over time.
Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills. Ability to work with individuals from many cultural backgrounds and varying language skills.
Demonstrated written and oral presentation skills, ability to keep careful records, complete assigned forms, follow up as necessary to meet identified needs.
Self-motivated to work independently following established policies and procedures.
Excellent skills in computer programs and applications.
Excellent skills in problem solving, time management, teamwork and project management.
Outstanding ability to set priorities, to meet deadlines, and to work independently.
Outstanding ability to take initiative and manage projects with minimum supervision.
Master's degree in the engineering sciences, physical sciences or safety program.
3-5 years of work experience in engineering, laboratory science or safety related field.
Advanced certifications such as Professional Engineer (PE), Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) or Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM).
Knowledge of EHS safety systems, equipment and reporting metrics.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Professional level certifications in areas such as OSHA, HAZWOPER, Safety, First Aid, Emergency Response.
Experience working within an academic research institution.
Experience developing and conducting training in various EHS topics.
Experience recognizing hazards and conducting inspections.
Participation and response in HAZMAT emergencies.
Experience addressing employee environmental health and safety concerns.
Implementing environmental health and safety programs.
Performing environmental or occupational sampling and preparing technical reports.
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