Laboratory Safety and Waste Management Officer

New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Feb 05, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Laboratory Safety and Waste Managementt Officer



The Laboratory Safety and Waste Management Officer ( LSWMO) shall provide both professional and technical services on behalf of the department and University.

REPORTS TO: The Chair of the Department of Chemistry and the Coordinator of Environmental Health and Safety.


Chemical Stockroom Technician:
  1. Serve as the Department of Chemistry chemical stockroom technician and, as such, is responsible for assisting with the receipt, inspection, inventory and delivery of all chemicals in the department.
  2. Assist with "cradle to grave" management of all chemicals used at the university.
  3. Supervise stockroom in the absence of chemistry stockroom manager, including occasional evenings.

Laboratory Safety:
  1. Assist with continuous interactions with laboratory supervisors to evaluate conditions within their work area and, from this, assist with developing laboratory specific Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) adequate to protect laboratory occupants from potential chemical hazards.
  2. Assist with laboratory inspections, providing training, maintaining safety data sheets (SDS) and chemical inventories, inspecting safety devices including eyewash stations and emergency showers, and ensuring compliance with applicable federal, state, and local authorities.

Hazardous Waste Management:
  1. Assist with managing the University hazardous chemical waste program, including receipt, classification, storage, and disposal, in compliance with all applicable regulations.
  2. Maintain knowledge of applicable federal waste regulations (40 CFR Parts 260-281) promulgated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and applicable state regulations promulgated by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) as they pertain to storage, handling, transport, and disposal of hazardous materials and ensure the same.
  3. Assist with ensuring all Resource Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA) standards are continuously met, maintaining all hazardous chemical waste program related documentation and record-keeping including inventories, hazardous waste manifests, inspection reports, etc.
  4. Maintain knowledge of applicable federal hazardous materials transportation regulations (49 CFR Parts 171-179) as promulgated by the Department of Transportation (DOT) and ensure compliance with hazardous material related OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.120 and 29 CFR 1926.65 and 29 CFR 1910.1450.
  5. Assist with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Chemicals of Interest List reporting compliance.
  6. Maintain all Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for chemicals used in the Biology and Chemistry Departments.
  7. Respond to emergencies related to accidental release of chemicals.
  8. Serve as a standing member of the executive safety committee.

  1. Assist with developing, gaining authorization for, managing, and conducting laboratory safety, chemical hygiene, and hazardous waste management training for all University faculty, students, and staff. This shall include assisting with notifying incoming personnel of the training requirements, tracking attendance, and ensuring overall training compliance.
  2. Conduct training for all Teaching Assistants, Research Assistants, and Faculty (full-time and adjunct) on an annual basis.

REQUIREMENTS (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities):
  1. Strong interpersonal, communication and organizational skills.
  2. Strong knowledge of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and email.

  1. Must be able to lift 40 lbs. Must be able to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) required to fulfill the position essential functions (including medical clearance to wear a respirator).

  1. Bachlor's degree in chemistry required.
  2. Demonstrable expertise in laboratory safety measures is required.
  3. Experience as a practicing Laboratory Safety Officer, carrying a full portfolio of the breadth and depth described herein is preferred.
  4. Certified in Chemical Hazardous Material Management (CHMM) or will become certified within six (6) months of initial employment required.
  5. DOT/RCRA trained (U.S. Department of Transportation/Resource Conservation and Recovery Act) or will become trained within six (6) months of initial employment required.


Adelphi University, New York, is a highly awarded, nationally ranked, powerfully connected doctoral research university dedicated to transforming students' lives through small classes with world-class faculty, hands-on learning and innovative ways to support academic and career success. Adelphi offers exceptional liberal arts and sciences programs and professional training, with particular strength in our Core Four—Arts and Humanities, STEM and Social Sciences, the Business and Education Professions, and Health and Wellness. Recognized as a Best College by U.S. News & World Report, Adelphi is Long Island's oldest private coeducational university, serving almost 8,000 students at its beautiful main campus in Garden City, at learning hubs in Manhattan, the Hudson Valley and Suffolk County, and online. The University offers more than 60 undergraduate programs, more than 65 master's degree and doctoral programs, and more than 35 certificate programs in the liberal arts, the sciences and professional training. With powerful partnerships throughout the New York area, more than 116,000 graduates across the country, a growing enrollment of students from 43 states and 64 countries, and rising rankings from top publications and organizations, Adelphi is a dynamic community that plays a leadership role on Long Island and in the region.
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