Laboratory Safety Specialist II
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About the Opportunity:
The Laboratory Safety Specialist II (LSS-II) reports to the
Laboratory Safety Program Manager and is tasked with maintaining
laboratory safety programs associated with hazardous chemicals,
equipment, and processes found in science, health science, and
engineering research settings. The LSS-II will evaluate compliance
activities, assist with collaboratively executing lab safety
programs, and encouraging continuous process improvement efforts at
all levels of education and research safety. Assume the day-to-day
responsibilities of the Laboratory Safety Program in the prolonged
absence of the Laboratory Safety Program Manager.
The LSS-II will possess excellent communication skills (verbal and
written) and interpersonal skills to effectively promote laboratory
safety concepts (with an emphasis on chemical and process safety)
at all levels of the education and research enterprise including
regularly engaging with College Deans, Chairs, and Principal
The LSS-II must be self-motivated, technically skilled, and able to
effectively influence safety performance, execute change, and
promote collaborative problem solving.
The LSS-II work includes the review of complicated research
protocols, and risk assessments; assisting with the development and
delivery of classroom and hands-on laboratory training; and overall
lab safety consultation and outreach. Additional areas are
development of lab safety resources; coordination of
hazardous/chemical waste management generated in laboratories;
maintenance of records; conducting comprehensive laboratory audits,
assisting with the update of manuals, policies and procedures as
directed by safety leadership, and assisting PIs with ensuring
compliance with chemical inventory requirements and hazardous waste
generation requirements in laboratories and storage areas located
in research buildings.
The LSS-II will participate, as needed, with the Northeastern
Emergency Response Team, and regularly be on-call outside of
regular business hours to assist with the response to laboratory
accidents involving chemical releases and will provide written
evaluations of chemical spills and be responsible for restocking of
supplies used in chemical spill clean-ups.
The LSS-II will update manuals, policies and procedures as directed
by safety leadership, audit teaching and research laboratories,
contribute to research protocol review, and assist with ensuring
compliance with hazardous waste requirements in laboratories and
storage areas located in research buildings.
Bachelor's degree required in one of the physical sciences, life
sciences, environmental science, engineering, applied health
science, or other applicable degree required. Master's degree in
one of the above areas preferred.
Minimum of 4 years of demonstrated experience incorporating
applicable federal, state, and local regulatory requirements and
best management practices into laboratory operations.
Minimum of 2 years of demonstrated experience working in an
EH&S office or similar compliance capacity involving regular
engagement with laboratory personnel as a part of a safety audit
Demonstrated knowledge of environmental and hazardous
material/waste principles as well as ability to understand and
interpret complex written regulations and technical reports.
Demonstrated ability to evaluate research protocols using chemicals
and high-risk laboratory equipment with the ability to discern the
need for additional safety measures be built into the protocol.
Capable of engaging PIs to ensure additional identified safety
measures are included in the protocol before start-up. Preferred
additional experience evaluating laboratory protocols using
radiation active materials, radiation producing equipment, and
Demonstrated knowledge of common processes, equipment, and chemical
properties found in a laboratory setting. General awareness of
process safety requirements in a research laboratory setting.
Ability to compile and present instructions as well as ability to
clearly and concisely express ideas orally and in writing.
Excellent coordination and communication skills to effectively
negotiate and appropriately influence the safety behavior of
teaching and research faculty, lab workers and other staff, and
students engaged in high-risk activities.
Proficient at standard computer software packages including
Microsoft Excel, Word, Access, PowerPoint, SharePoint, Teams and
Outlook in performing work assignments.
Experience with or ability to learn and utilize a Learning
Management System (LMS) such as, Canvas, or other data management
platform such as BioRaft, to implement safety training and other
safety program management needs.
Excellent customer service skills. Excellent time and project
management skills, including planning, prioritizing, and scheduling
multiple ongoing projects including the ability to delegate to
Be medically qualified to wear respiratory protection and other
personal protective equipment as well as lift to 50 lbs.
Work in a variety of physical environments where hazardous
materials or equipment are in storage or use.
Certification as a Certified Hazardous Material Manager, Certified
Industrial Hygienist, or Certified Safety Professional
Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking
to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and
staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its
forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect
that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.
All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive
consideration for employment without regard to race, religion,
color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability
status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable
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