Chemical Safety Specialist

Posting Details

Job # 036774 Department Code 31036-5124 Department Environmental Health & Safety Services Job Title Chemical Safety Specialist Location Syracuse, NY Pay Range Commensurate with Experience Staff Level S4 FLSA Status Exempt Hours

Standard University business hours

8:30am – 5:00pm (academic year)
8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)

Hours may vary based on operational needs.

Job Type Full-time Campus Syracuse, NY Unionized Position Code Not Applicable Job Description

The Chemical Safety Specialist position supports Environmental Health and Safety Services ( EHSS ) in managing chemical inventory tracking and centralized chemical receiving for the University. The Chemical Safety Specialist will administer the University’s new chemical tracking software system and oversee the collection and maintenance of the University’s chemical inventory.
The position will manage the new centralized chemical receiving area where chemicals will be received, tracked, and distributed out to campus use locations. The position will also provide chemical safety support to chemical users, monitor and generate associated compliance reports, and assist with hazardous materials shipping. The Chemical Safety Specialist position reports directly to the Research Safety Manager and will supervise chemical receiving support staff and interns.


Master’s (preferred) or Bachelor’s degree in chemistry or another science major with a strong knowledge of chemicals. Minimum 2 years’ experience with chemical handling and safety. including familiarity with chemical safety data sheets.

Knowledge of chemical safety data sheets, chemical compatibility and shipping requirements preferred. Strong data management skills and ability to effectively use Microsoft Office application suite and data management software applications.

Must be able to communicate effectively with a diverse campus population.

Successful candidate is expected to establish their principal residence in the Central New York area within approximately 30 minutes driving distance from Syracuse University.

Job Specific Qualifications

Strong knowledge of chemicals and related safety and compliance requirement. Excellent written, verbal and analytical skills and strong attention to detail. Demonstrates outstanding interpersonal skills.

Ability to work autonomously in a highly matrixed, decentralized and complex work environment. Willingness to work collaboratively in support of all areas of the EHSS Department.

Excellent organization and time management skills including demonstrated ability to coordinate schedules and meet time demands. Supervisory experience. Must be medically fit and able to wear respiratory protection.

Able to lift up to 50 lbs, and able to handle and maneuver chemical drums, boxes and container and transport them across campus using carts, dollies and/or University vehicles.

HAZWOPER 40 or 24 Hour certification preferred


Chemical Receiving Area Manages the centralized chemical receiving area including receiving and distributing containers of chemicals to chemical use areas. Develops and communicates policies and procedures related to chemical receiving and distribution. Barcodes and inputs incoming chemicals into the chemical tracking software system. Transports chemical containers safely across campus, including driving a University vehicle, and delivers chemicals safety and securely to chemical use areas.

Coordinates regulatory related approvals when necessary for incoming chemical and provides guidance and support for the shipment of outgoing chemicals and other hazardous materials. Supervises chemical receiving support staff and interns, assigns
responsibilities, duties and goals, and coordinates schedules.

Chemical Inventory Management Manages, collects, and sustains a university wide chemical inventory and administers the University’s chemical tracking software system. Develops chemical inventory maintenance and chemical tracking software use procedures and processes and communicates and provides training to chemical users. Investigates and rectifies software problems, questions, and concerns. Periodically audits/rectifies chemical use area inventories with chemical tracking system information.

Oversees university wide access to online safety data sheets ( SDS ) including verifying SDSs for University chemicals are available in the system and requesting new SDSs be added by the software provider. Monitors chemical inventory compliance with applicable regulations and prepares related reports.

Chemical Safety Reviews chemical inventory and incoming chemicals for safety and compliance and communicates safety and compliance information to chemical users and EHSS leadership. Offers chemical safety assistance, guidance and support to chemical users and assists in the development of technical guidance and other informational materials to promote and enhance chemical laboratory safety and compliance. Develops and provides chemical safety, shipping and receiving training modules. Responds to chemical safety related inquiries, requests and concerns.

General Safety SupportWorks with other EHSS staff to support and foster overall safety in the laboratories including offering collaborative support EHSS’ biosafety, radiation safety and general laboratory safety programs as needed. Participates in chemical, biological or environmental incident investigations and spill response actions including the continued ability to use chemical protective suits, respirators, specialized equipment and air monitoring devices.

Physical Requirements Tools/Equipment Application Instructions

In addition to completing an online application, please attach a resume and cover letter.

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private, international research university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience.

The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: a pioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200 majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools and colleges; nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students; more than a quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For more information, please visit

About the Syracuse area

Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal.


Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

Quick Link Job Posting Date 01/25/2021 Application Deadline Full Consideration By Job Category Staff Message to Applicants

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