Chemical Hygiene Officer

United States, North America
Nov 30, 2017
Dec 30, 2017
Field of specialization
Environmental, Health & Safety
Job Type
Full time

Chemical Hygiene Officer

Exempt, Full-time; posted November 30, 2017

The Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) is seeking an experienced health and safety professional to serve as Chemical Hygiene Officer. This position performs highly technical and complex work in support of research and teaching activities and will work to ensure meaningful and effective implementation of the institutional Chemical Hygiene Plan. This position will serve as the technical lead for chemical safety in research and is expected to take a leadership role in support of efforts to advance a strong laboratory safety culture across disciplines. Will serve as a mentor and provide technical guidance to health and safety staff across the university, as well as supervise a small team.


Under minimal supervision, staff performs the most complex technical work in a wide range of environmental, health, and safety disciplines to ensure a safe work environment and to achieve compliance with the university’s environmental, health, and safety standards and governmental regulatory requirements.


  • Work under consultative or self-initiated direction to develop, implement, and maintain programs, systems, and procedures necessary to ensure the overall safety and health of faculty, staff, and students in laboratory settings.
  • Work closely with the academic community to assess and control chemical and physical hazards, managing projects related to the implementation of controls for higher hazard processes, creating training for laboratory-related topics, and developing laboratory safety programs.
  • Act as a lead or technical expert, providing functional direction and training in the overall application of health and safety programs.
  • Conduct comprehensive, independent compliance assurance reviews of environmental, health, and safety policies and procedures; prepare accompanying management reports, documentation, and evaluations.
  • Monitor and prevent potential hazards and unsafe conditions that could be present in the laboratory environment.
  • Investigate accidents, incidents, injuries, and complaints concerning potential hazards or unsafe conditions in the laboratory environment.
  • Recommend and implement improvements in processes, design, procedures, and operating equipment to minimize the hazard potential.
  • May lead or supervise a team responsible for developing and implementing health and safety programs.
  • All EH&S staff must comply with governmental regulations, and University and departmental policies and procedures regarding health and safety and must observe and support good health and safety practices
  • All EH&S staff must provide support as needed during University emergencies, and/or requested by EH&S management.

* Other duties may also be assigned


Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in a scientific or allied field and seven to ten years of progressively responsible experience as an occupational safety and health practitioner in a research setting.


  • Master’s or terminal degree in engineering sciences, industrial hygiene, environmental sciences, chemistry, biomedical, or related disciplines.
  • Health and safety work experience in a research environment.
  • Strong knowledge of research laboratory techniques/processes commonly used in the physical, engineering, and/or biomedical sciences.
  • Expertise in chemical synthesis and reactive chemistry; laboratory ventilation and laboratory building design; high pressure systems; hazardous gas delivery systems and controls.
  • Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH, American Board of Industrial Hygiene) and/or Certified Safety Professional.
  • Experience serving as institutional Chemical Hygiene Officer.
  • Familiarity with service design concepts and the ability to use various technology tools in the effective and efficient development and delivery of new laboratory safety program initiatives.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to conduct effective quantitative and qualitative exposure/ risk assessments for complex laboratory/research operations.
  • Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing with diverse audiences; ability to explain technical concepts clearly and concisely.
  • Experience participating on interdisciplinary EH&S teams.
  • Ability to maintain current knowledge of and interpret specific government agency requirements (statutes, regulations, licenses, and permits) and university policies.
  • Working knowledge of the scientific and technical aspects of various regulatory requirements and potential impact on assigned work area(s).
  • Demonstrated mentoring/coaching expertise of staff on research safety topics; supervisory experience.
  • Strong self-motivation; proactive, high-energy, enthusiastic, “can do” work ethic; ability to handle potentially stressful situations.

Physical Requirements:

  • Frequently stand, sit, and perform desk based computer tasks.
  • Occasionally use a telephone, write by hand.
  • Rarely kneel, crawl, climb ladders, reach/work above shoulder, twist/bend/stoop/squat, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, grasp forcefully, write by hand, sort and file paperwork or parts, operate foot and/or hand controls, carry, push, and pull objects that weigh 40 pounds or more.
  • Ability to maintain a valid non-commercial California Driver's license.

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Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

No sponsorship or relocation is available for this position

Or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.

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