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Research Safety Specialist

University of Maryland-Department of Environmental Safety, Sustainability & Risk
College Park, Maryland
Closing date
Mar 18, 2023

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Field of specialization
Biochemical, Biological, Education, Health & Safety, Materials
Work Function
Job Type
Full time

Under the direction of the Laboratory Safety Manager, the Research Safety Specialist will play a key role in supporting the existing Laboratory Safety programs to increase compliance in key research areas. This role provides technical support and safety expertise for specific hazard areas and supporting associated programs.


Minimum Qualifications:            

Education (include licenses, certification, etc.):
Bachelors degree from an accredited college/university.


One year (1) working in health and safety programs or two (2) years working within or supporting a research environment.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Possess knowledge of current research safety practices and control measures to address health risks associated with research hazards. Have strong written and oral communication skills and be able to work with institutional staff at all levels. Have the ability to learn complex technical processes and procedures. Competence in computing skills needed to work effectively in Google Suite applications and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access and Powerpoint). Demonstrate an ability to work independently, prioritize work flow and goals under general direction of a manager and work on multiple tasks without sacrificing quality. Must be able to obtain a valid Maryland driver’s license.  


Preferred Qualifications:

Bachelors degree or higher in STEM discipline. Possession of professional certification/credentials in environmental health and safety field such as Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM), Certified Chemical Hygiene Officer (CCHO), Certified Safety Professional (CSP), and/or Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH). More than one (1) year working in health and safety programs or more than two (2) years experience working within or supporting a research environment. Experience in working with laboratory hazardous materials or equipment. Experience conducting hazard evaluations or risk assessments. Experience working with web-based safety management systems. Experience in health and safety programs at a university research institution.

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