Laboratory Safety Officer

University of Oregon
Safety & Risk Services - Environmental Health & Safety

Job no: 528051
Work type: Classified Staff
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Operations/Infrastructure, Research/Scientific/Grants

Department: Safety & Risk Services - Environmental Health & Safety
Classification: Environ Health Safety Pro 2
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: $21.40 - $32.71 per hour
FTE: 1.0

Review of Applications Begins
Posting closes October 18th, 2021

Special Instructions to Applicants
To be considered for this position, applicants must submit a complete application, including an online application, a cover letter, resume and answers to the following supplemental questions:

1) Explain why you are interested in this position. What unique abilities will you bring to this job?

2) Describe your experience effectively communicating about workplace hazards, regulatory requirements, and best practices, with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures. How have you handled difficult conversations where someone resisted your advice?

3) Describe your experience conducting audits for safety and compliance.

4) Describe your experience developing and implementing job hazard analyses and required safety training.

5) What experience do you have working with research databases or data management software?

Department Summary
Safety and Risk Services’ (SRS) mission is to collaborate with all campus constituents (students, staff, faculty and visitors) and the surrounding community, to safeguard life and health and mitigate threats to the university’s core mission of academic excellence, research, and public service. Safety and Risk Services comprises Emergency Management and Fire Prevention, Environmental Health and Safety, Campus Geographic Information Systems, Risk Management and the University of Oregon Police Department. SRS fulfills its mission by providing a variety of professional services, technical assistance, trainings, and regulatory oversight.

The Environmental Health and Safety department is singularly focused on working with all university partners to promote a safe and healthy campus environment. We recognize that many in under-served communities are at risk from the effects of poor stewardship of the environment, at risk of poor outcomes after injury, and also work in occupations that often present greatest risk of injury. We encourage applications from those who share our commitment to ensure equitable access to a safe and healthy working environment for all, and whose experience brings accountability, empathy, and a readiness to serve a diverse and international university community.

Position Summary
The purpose of the Laboratory Safety Officer position is to provide professional expertise to the University community in the recognition, evaluation, and control of general laboratory hazards, and to support the SRS mission through close partnerships with the Office of the Vice President for Research, the College of Arts and Sciences, and other campus units. The position involves daily operational control over various functions within the assigned duties, and will assist in program implementation, coordination, and evaluation. Within these duties, this position is expected to recommend detailed strategies for the protection of personnel, property, and process within University laboratories, studios, and related work areas. This includes conducting safety inspections and testing of life safety systems, conducting worksite inspections/hazard evaluations, and conducting training classes.

The Laboratory Safety Officer represents the University’s interest by taking or recommending actions implementing University policies and local and state codes, and communicates effectively with faculty, research, and instructional staff, non-technical staff, and the regulatory community. The Laboratory Safety Officer has the authority, under the direction of the University Laboratory Safety Manager, to help formulate and carry out administrative decisions.

Interactions and contacts occur daily with the campus community in the course of performing work and responding to emergencies. Work is reviewed regularly by the supervisor Laboratory Safety Manager/Biosafety Officer to ensure it is performed efficiently, safely, and meets both expectations and applicable requirements. A performance appraisal is conducted annually.

Work Schedule
This position has a “flexible work schedule.” As such, the incumbent must be available to work various shifts and/or hours, including weekends and holidays, with minimal notice.

Essential Personnel
This unit provides essential services during times of emergency and inclement weather. This position may be required to fulfill essential services and functions during these times.

Minimum Requirements
• A Bachelor's degree with primary focus (45 quarter hours or 32 semester hours) in the physical sciences; AND
• Two years of related professional experience in environmental, health, or safety; OR
• A satisfactory equivalent combination of education, experience, and/or professional certifications.

Graduate level courses in the subject areas may be substituted, on a credit-hour basis, for a portion of the required experience.

Preference may be given to applicants who have completed graduate-level courses or have additional experience in Industrial Hygiene, or in occupational, public, or environmental programs.

Transcripts must be submitted for all required and/or related courses.

Professional Competencies
• Ability to make independent decisions encountered in a variety of circumstances.
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from a variety of diverse backgrounds.
• Skill in problem-solving operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
• Ability to develop and present educational programs and/or workshops.
• Maintain the highest ethical standards within the department and university.

Preferred Qualifications
• Experience applying the application of Federal and State regulations or guidelines pertaining to occupational safety in research and teaching laboratories.
• Experience in use and maintenance of database systems, or computer programming.
• Experience working effectively in higher education or other complex organization.

FLSA Exempt: No

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

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