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Lab Safety Specialist (Project/Temporary)
University of Washington
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Posted: 17-Jul-21

Location: Seattle, Washington

Type: Full Time

Salary: Open

Internal Number: 193092

The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

At the University of Washington, diversity is integral to excellence. We value and honor diverse experiences and perspectives, strive to create welcoming and respectful learning environments, and promote access, opportunity and justice for all.

UW's Environmental Health & Safety has TWO outstanding opportunities open for a Temporary (9-Month) Lab Safety Specialist.

Under general direction, the successful candidate will help administer and implement the University of Washington’s (UW) Laboratory Safety Survey Program which includes approximately 4,000 laboratory rooms and about 1,000 research groups.

An effective Laboratory Safety Survey Program is critical to help the University ensure health and safety of personnel, environmental protection, public trust, and compliance with federal, state and location regulations.

This program is a comprehensive health and safety audit program in place for University research laboratories where hazardous materials are used. The program includes laboratories at UW Seattle, Tacoma, Bothell, Friday Harbor, Satellite Facilities, and some leased facilities. This position will ensure that the program conforms to institutional and department policies and regulations.

Duties & Responsibilities
80% Laboratory Inspector and Mentor

•Provide evaluation, consultation, and support to ensure health and safety and compliance, in the University’s various complex research and teaching laboratories, in addition to carrying out surveys via established procedures.
•Develop compliance tools and training materials for laboratories, reviewing existing practices, and recommending changes that support minimization of hazards to meet UW expectations as stated in policy documents.
•Conduct routine lab surveys and schedule surveys via the established program.
•Provide support or escalated consultation and technical expertise on best practices in laboratories as determined by survey results, incidents, or by request based on need for hazard mitigation or compliance.
•Perform data analysis and reporting as needed.
•Update policies, procedures, checklists, web references, and materials that support the survey program as needed.
•Support the annual Lab Safety Manual review and revision process.
•Identify measures to monitor the effectiveness and improve the laboratory survey program and related processes.
•Work with organizational units and laboratories to implement consistent practices and procedures; provide oversight and routinely evaluate the effectiveness of survey program.
•Review complex research protocols, identify hazards to personnel, and assist researchers and research support staff in assessing risks and mitigating hazards by providing consultation, assist with laboratory procedures, personal protective equipment, chemical management practices, and lab specific training.
•Provide expertise for the interpretation, application, and implementation of safety regulations, research safety, field investigations, hazard communication, and laboratory safety.
•Assist research departments in implementing requirements and best practices identified in the University’s Laboratory Safety Manual.
•Develop and lead departmental level safety review of chemical handling and other occupational hazards in the laboratory environment.
•In coordination with client groups, develop and implement compliance strategies to address regulatory mandates, which recognize the complex operational and business lines of the University.
•Determine laboratory compliance requirements; identify areas for improvement; communicate requirements; implement guidelines/recommendations to all levels of management, employees, professional and technical staff.
•Provide recommendations for engineering and administrative controls primarily to address chemical and physical hazards in the laboratory, as well as general work practices including personal protective equipment and training.
•Review accident/injury/illness trend analysis; identify intervention strategies and necessary policy and program improvements.
•Participate in long-range strategic planning; identify initiatives and operational activities to ensure University compliance with changing standards of safety regulations.
•Assimilate complex health and safety regulations and knowledge of University operations to develop and present technical training, web guidelines, and other educational outreach materials for delivery to audiences with a broad range of educational and technical backgrounds.
•Conduct training related laboratory/research safety, chemical safety, personal protective equipment, hazard communication, and other lab safety related topics.
•Participate in University and state advisory and/or technical committees and organizational lab safety committees, as assigned.

20% Departmental Activities and Special Projects

•Participate in EH&S departmental and team meetings, work on special projects, other duties/projects as assigned.
•Incorporate strategic planning initiatives from the EH&S Strategic plan into routine work. Support data gathering for metrics and performance monitoring of programs to ensure organizational efficiencies and desired outcomes are met and program goals are reached.
•May serve as the University's EH&S On-Call (Duty Officer) on a rotational basis.

Required Qualifications

•Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biochemistry, engineering, other natural science, environmental and occupational health sciences, public health.
•Minimum of four years’ professional experience.
•Thorough understanding and knowledge of laboratory safety regulations, funding agency requirements, and University policy.
•Ability to interpret, apply, and assess compliance for numerous complex and technical regulations for laboratories
•Strong understanding of hazard and risk assessment, risk and risk communication
•Demonstrated ability to provide judgment, innovation, and advanced technical expertise in applying regulations and best practices to a diverse collection of research and teaching spaces
•The ability to regularly exercise independent decision-making, advanced technical expertise and judgment on program development, direction, and client service delivery for complex laboratory safety issues, with minimal supervision

Desired Qualifications

•Advanced degree in chemistry, biochemistry, other natural science, engineering, environmental and occupational health sciences, public health.

Application Process:

The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter, and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.