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The Laboratory Safety Program Manager (LSPM) serves as the University's Chemical Hygiene Officer reporting to the Director of Academic and Research Safety in the Office of Academic and Research Safety (formerly the Office of Environmental Health and Safety. The LSPM is tasked with developing and executing all required components of a laboratory safety and chemical security program to include establishing criteria for using extremely hazardous chemicals and high-risk research equipment and research processes. The LSPM will establish and monitor safety and compliance objectives, directly engage Principal Investigators (PIs) to collaboratively manage laboratory safety/chemical security requirements in teaching and research laboratory settings, and actively investigate and promote continuous process improvement efforts at all levels of education and research safety. When asked, assume the day to day responsibilities of the Academic and Research Safety Program in the prolonged absence of the Director.
The LSPM will possess excellent communication skills (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills to effectively promote laboratory safety concepts at all levels of the academic and research enterprise including regularly engaging College Deans, Chairs, and Principal Investigators (PIs).
As the University's Chemical Hygiene Officer, the LSPM will be the subject matter expert on compliance with applicable regulatory standards associated with the use and management of chemicals used on campus. In addition, the CPSM will be the university's subject matter expert regarding laboratory safety to include process safety, chemical risk management, and chemical security. The LSPM must be self-motivated, technically skilled, and able to effectively influence laboratory safety and security performance, execute change, and promote collaborative problem solving. The LSPM is responsible for the development and assessment of leading indicators and is instrumental in developing and implementing strategic plans to ensure continued improvement and program growth with a focus on evaluating process risk and incorporating risk mitigation into research processes.
LSPM responsibilities include the review of laboratory set-up, complex research protocols, and risk assessments and include making recommendations to the PI for improving safety and security associated with a specific project work; working directly with the Director to develop comprehensive and compliant safety training with hands-on training. The LSPM will be responsible for working with PIs to ensure researchers are certified competent before performing research processes unsupervised. The LSPM is an active and voting member of the Institutional Laboratory Safety Committee . Additional areas of responsibility include the development of laboratory safety and security resources; coordination of hazardous waste management; oversight of the maintenance of records; directing staff to conduct lab audits, update laboratory safety manuals, policies and procedures. The LSPM will be responsible for the direct supervision of a team of laboratory safety specialists.
The LSPM will participate, as needed, with the Northeastern Emergency Response Team, and regularly be on-call outside of normal business hours to assist with the response to laboratory accidents.
Bachelor of Science degree required in chemistry, chemical engineering, or other physical science with a minor in chemistry required. Master of Science in chemistry of chemical engineering preferred.
Minimum of 7 years of demonstrated professional experience incorporating applicable federal, state, and local regulatory requirements and best management practices into laboratory operations.
Minimum of 3 years of demonstrated experience working in an Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) office or similar compliance capacity involving regular engagement with laboratory personnel.
Preferred Credential: Certified Industrial Hygienist, Certified Safety Professional or similar applicable professional certification.
Demonstrated experience supervising technical and support staff. Proven ability to lead and mentor personnel and manage complex technical programs and projects.
Demonstrated experience in the design and construction of research laboratories and applicable engineering controls needed to mitigate risk.
Demonstrated knowledge of chemical nomenclature, chemical risks, and associated hazard control strategies.
Demonstrated knowledge of environmental and hazardous material/waste principles as well as ability to understand and interpret complex written regulations and technical reports. Working knowledge of organic, inorganic, and organometallic nomenclature and their incorporation into academic research. Comprehensive knowledge of federal, state, and local regulations directly impacting laboratory safety and laboratory operations.
Demonstrated ability to evaluate research protocols using chemicals and high-risk laboratory equipment and make recommendations to lower risk. Capable of engaging PIs to ensure additional identified safety measures are included in the protocol before start-up. Preferred additional experience evaluating laboratory protocols using radiation active materials, radiation producing equipment, and biological materials. Demonstrated knowledge of research processes, equipment, and chemical properties found in a laboratory setting.
Excellent coordination, communication, and customer service skills to effectively negotiate and appropriately influence the safety behavior of teaching and research faculty, lab workers and other staff, and students engaged in high-risk activities. Excellent time and management skills.
Ability to compile and present instructions as well as ability to clearly and concisely express ideas orally and in writing. Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse population and foster a collaborative work environment.
Proven ability to operate instrumentation required to monitor and assess chemical environments and exposure with experience in evaluating results.
Proficient at standard computer software packages including Microsoft Excel, Word, Access, PowerPoint, SharePoint, and Outlook in performing work assignments.
Experience with or ability to learn and utilize a Learning Management System (LMS) such as, Canvas or other data management platform such as BioRaft, to implement safety training and other safety program management needs.
Be medically qualified to wear respiratory protection and other personal protective equipment as well as lift to 50 lbs.
Work in a variety of physical environments where hazardous materials or equipment are in storage or use.
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Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.
All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a private research university located in the heart of Boston. Northeastern is a leader in worldwide experiential learning, urban engagement, and interdisciplinary research that meets global and societal needs. Our broad mix of experience-based education programs?our signature cooperative education program, as well as student research, service learning, and global learning?build the connections that enable students to transform their lives. The University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools.