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Laboratory Safety Specialist

Employer
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Location
Berkeley, California
Salary
This is a full career appointment, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
Closing date
Mar 3, 2024

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

Laboratory Safety Specialist  - 100815
Division: EH-Environ, Health, & Safety


Berkeley Lab is Bringing Science Solutions to the World, and YOU can be a part of it!

LBNL has an opening for a Laboratory Safety Specialist in the Environment, Health, & Safety Division (EHS). In this role, you will provide customer-service oriented laboratory and chemical safety technical expertise, consultation, and support. Your role will help Berkeley Lab line management provide a safe and healthful workplace for employees and assure the Laboratory meets applicable ES&H-related Department of Energy (DOE) orders, regulatory requirements, and performance measures.

Laboratory Safety Specialist (Level II) – Specific Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for planning and support of the following EHS Division core program(s).
    • Laboratory Safety: Lead the Laboratory Safety Program to strengthen laboratory safety culture and operational standards within the research community. Serve as the overall institutional “Owner” of the Lab Safety Program and as a subject matter expert (SME) on lab safety.
    • Lab & Technical Area Surveys: Manage and coordinate completion of surveys conducted in laboratories and other technical areas. Serve as the overall institutional “Owner” of the Lab & Technical Area Surveys Program at LBNL.
    • Cryogenic Liquids Safety: Serve as the overall institutional “Owner” of the Cryogenic Liquids Safety Program at LBNL and as a SME in cryogenic liquids and equipment.
    • Chemical Hygiene & Safety: Under general guidance from the Chemical Hygiene Officer, support the Chemical Hygiene & Safety Program and related continuous improvement initiatives. Serve as the Deputy Chemical Hygiene Officer, providing technical direction, consultation, and assurance on implementation of program-specific elements (e.g., chemical synthesis, storage, and management, hazard communication, time-sensitive and high-hazard chemicals, controls, etc.).
    • Postdoc & Student Safety Initiative: With support from the EHS Operations and Performance Support Team, lead the Postdoc & Student Safety Initiative.
  • Serve as a Division Health & Safety Representative for assigned scientific division customers.
    • Serve as a designated point of contact regarding consultation and/or resolution of technical issues in the areas of health and safety.
    • Understand the customer division’s work activities, personnel, and associated hazards.
    • Assists with hazard identification, hazard evaluation, and the development of controls appropriate to the work being performed.
  • Support division and EHS stakeholders during investigations of laboratory-specific issues and incidents.
  • Provides essential support services during localized or sitewide emergencies, including those that relate directly to the health, safety, and welfare of the Lab, ensure continuity of key operations, and maintain and protect Lab properties, including issues related to lab shut-downs and restarts.
  • Assure that day-to-day work, operations, and activities in assigned area(s) and activities are conducted safely and within established work authorizations in accordance with the ES&H Manual.

In addition to the above, Laboratory Safety Specialist (Level III) – Specific Responsibilities:

  • May serve as a Division Health & Safety Liaison.
  • Serve as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on complex matters in all technical programs included in this position.
  • Provide an intermediate level of customer service-oriented, technical health and safety consultation.
  • Act as lead person or technical expert on small to medium projects.
  • Perform intermediate health and safety field measurements and hazard evaluations.  

In addition to the above, Laboratory Safety Specialist (Level IV) – Specific Responsibilities:

  • Work under consultative direction toward predetermined goals and objectives.
  • Provide an advanced level of customer service-oriented technical health and safety consultation.
  • Act as lead person or technical expert on medium to large and/or complex projects.
  • Provide leadership to less experienced health and safety professionals.
  • Perform advanced health and safety field measurements and hazard evaluations.

Laboratory Safety Specialist (Level II) – Required Qualifications:

  • B.S./B.A. in Chemistry or related field and 3 to 5 years of diverse, relevant experience in the laboratory environment and/or ES&H field; or M.S. and 1 to 3 years of experience or Ph.D. and up to 1 year of experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Knowledge and ability to apply health and safety principles, theories and concepts to provide creative solutions to intermediate problems and develop mechanisms for measuring results.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, implement, maintain and monitor Health and Safety programs and initiatives, including development and execution of training, writing procedures, and conducting inspections and exposure assessments in laboratory and technical areas.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply basic knowledge of OSHA, DOE, ANSI, and other pertinent federal, state, and local regulatory requirements.
  • Demonstrated ability to work under general direction and exercise sound independent judgment on issues of importance to the success of the Lab.
  • Experience in participating on interdisciplinary ES&H teams and developing and presenting briefings and technical reports.
  • Ability to physically inspect all technical work areas, including shops, construction sites, laboratories, and outside areas. Requires wearing a wide-variety of personal protective equipment consistent with a hands-on safety professional.

In addition to the requirements of the Level II, Laboratory Safety Specialist (Level III) - Required Qualifications:

  • Typically requires a B.S./B.A. and 5 to 7 years of relevant work experience M.S. and 3 to 5 years of experience or Ph.D. and 1 to 3 years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to work under very general direction or consultative direction.

In addition to the requirements of the Level II & III, Laboratory Safety Specialist (Level IV) - Required Qualifications:

  • Typically requires a B.S./B.A. and 7 to 10 years of relevant work experience or M.S. and 5 to 7 years of experience or Ph.D. and 3 to 5 years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise sound independent judgment on issues of importance to the success of the Lab.
  • Broad to expert knowledge and professional background in Health and Safety and ability to provide creative solutions to complex to very complex problems.

Additional Desired Qualifications for the Laboratory Safety Specialist (All Levels):

  • Hands-on research experience with chemical synthesis equipment including the use of Schlenk lines and demonstrated knowledge of safe chemical handling techniques.
  • In-depth understanding of wet laboratory safety principles (incompatible chemicals, reaction planning, etc.).
  • Experience with inert atmosphere glove boxes.
  • Experience with high-hazard chemicals such as strong acids, pyrophoric materials, water-reactives, peroxide formers, etc.
  • Experience developing and reviewing safety of synthetic protocols (i.e., determining risks involved in pressure, temperature, scale, compatibility, etc.).
  • Experience working in a DOE environment.
  • Professional certification, registration, or equivalent.

Notes:

  • This is a full career appointment, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
  • The Laboratory Safety Specialist Level 2 is expected to pay $108,096.00-$120,120.00 annually, which fits within the full salary range of $96,096.00-$162,144.00 for the H50.2- Occupational Safety Spec. 2 position. Salary for this position will be commensurate with the final candidate’s qualifications and experience, including skills, knowledge, relevant education, certifications, while also aligned with the internal peer group.
  • The Laboratory Safety Specialist Level 3 is expected to pay $135,600.00-$150,000.00 annually, which fits within the full salary range of $114,252.00-$192,804.00 for the H50.3- Occupational Safety Spec. 3 position. Salary for this position will be commensurate with the final candidate’s qualifications and experience, including skills, knowledge, relevant education, certifications, while also aligned with the internal peer group.
  • The Laboratory Safety Specialist Level 4 is expected to pay $154,800.00-$171,600.00 annually, which fits within the full salary range of $134,496.00-$226,944.00 for the H50.4- Occupational Safety Spec. 4 position. Salary for this position will be commensurate with the final candidate’s qualifications and experience, including skills, knowledge, relevant education, certifications, while also aligned with the internal peer group.
  • This position requires completion of a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
  • Work will be primarily performed at: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
  • This position will remain open to applications until the position is filled, with a priority deadline for applications requested by February 29th, 2024.

How To Apply
Apply directly online at http://50.73.55.13/counter.php?id=277131 and follow the on-line instructions to complete the application process.

Berkeley Lab addresses the world’s most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab’s scientific expertise has been recognized with 16 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

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