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Sr. Lab Safety Specialist

University of Pennsylvania - Environmental Health & Radiation Safety
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Salary: $85,000-$100,000
Closing date
Sep 6, 2022

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Field of specialization
Environmental, Health & Safety
Work Function
Job Type
Full time

Environmental Health and Radiation Safety (EHRS) Sr. Lab Safety Specialist

University Overview
The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America’s Best Employers By State in 2021.
Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.
The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Posted Job Title: Sr. Lab Safety Specialist

Job Profile Title: Industrial Hygienist B

Job Description Summary
The Sr. Laboratory Safety Specialist will be a subject matter expert in chemistry and, as member of the Industrial Hygiene/Laboratory Safety Group, will provide support to the research community by: inspecting research and teaching lab facilities for compliance with Occupational Health and Safety Administration regulations and national consensus guidelines pertaining to the use, handling, and disposal of hazardous materials; providing written recommendations to improve processes, experimental designs, procedures, and equipment to minimize hazard potential; supporting the campus’s chemical inventory program; developing and presenting various safety training programs for faculty, staff, and students; and conducting follow-ups and reporting for lab safety events (incidents and near misses) to identify root causes and corrective actions. The Sr. Laboratory Safety Specialist will also provide support to the EHRS emergency response team and respond (on call) to hazardous materials incidents on a rotating basis and will participate in EHRS and team meetings.

Job Responsibilities:
• Provide evaluation, consultation, and support to ensure health and safety and compliance, in the University’s various research and teaching laboratories, in addition to carrying out surveys via established procedures.
• Support campus chemical inventory and fume hood programs.
• Assist laboratories and departments with hazard identification and control strategies, with an emphasis on chemistry and engineering research.
• Develop and present laboratory safety training programs.
• Support the laboratory management database use. Develop and present compliance metrics.
• Contribute to content updates and review of Penn’s Chemical Hygiene Plan, laboratory policies and procedures.
• Conduct follow-up and complete reports for Lab Safety Events (incidents and near misses).
• Provide support to EHRS emergency response team. Respond (on call) to hazardous materials incidents on a rotating basis.
• Perform additional duties as assigned.

The position requires a B.S. degree in laboratory-science discipline (Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physics, Engineering), or in Occupational Health, and 5-7 years of professional experience, preferably in a research facility. The individual must have excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal skills and be proficient in Microsoft Office. The Sr. Laboratory Safety Specialist should be able to use technical expertise to apply regulations and best practices to teaching and research laboratories. Desired: Advanced degree in Chemistry, Physics, Biochemistry, Engineering or Occupational Health, or professional certification (CIH, CSP).
Must be able to move about freely and carry up to 50 pounds; must be able to wear respiratory protection, including SCBA. Valid driver’s license is required.

Budgeted Salary: $85,000-$100,000

Job Location - City, State: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School: Provost's Center

Affirmative Action Statement Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

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