Lab Safety Program Manager
About the Opportunity
This job description is intended to describe the general nature and
level of work being performed by people assigned to this
classification. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive
list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of
personnel so classified.
The Laboratory Safety Program Manager (LSPM) serves as the
University's Chemical Hygiene Officer reporting to the Associate
Director of Academic and Research Safety in the Office of Academic
and Research Safety (formerly the Office of Environmental Health
and Safety. The LSPM is tasked with developing and executing all
required components of a laboratory safety and chemical security
program to include establishing criteria for using extremely
hazardous chemicals and high-risk research equipment and research
processes. The LSPM will establish and monitor safety and
compliance objectives, directly engage Principal Investigators
(PIs) to collaboratively manage laboratory safety/chemical security
requirements in teaching and research laboratory settings, and
actively investigate and promote continuous process improvement
efforts at all levels of education and research safety. When asked,
assume the day to day responsibilities of the Academic and Research
Safety Program in the prolonged absence of the Associate
The LSPMwill possess excellent communication skills (verbal and
written) and interpersonal skills to effectively promote laboratory
safety concepts at all levels of the academic and research
enterprise including regularly engaging College Deans, Chairs, and
Principal Investigators (PIs).
As the University's Chemical Hygiene Officer, the LSPM will be the
subject matter expert on compliance with applicable regulatory
standards associated with the use and management of chemicals used
on campus. In addition, the CPSM will be the university's subject
matter expert regarding laboratory safety to include process
safety, chemical risk management, and chemical security. The LSPM
must be self-motivated, technically skilled, and able to
effectively influence laboratory safety and security performance,
execute change, and promote collaborative problem solving. The LSPM
is responsible for the development and assessment of leading
indicators and is instrumental in developing and implementing
strategic plans to ensure continued improvement and program growth
with a focus on evaluating process risk and incorporating risk
mitigation into research processes.
LSPM responsibilities include the review of laboratory set-up,
complex research protocols, and risk assessments and include making
recommendations to the PI for improving safety and security
associated with a specific project work; working directly with the
Associate Director to develop comprehensive and compliant safety
training with hands-on training. The LSPM will be responsible for
working with PIs to ensure researchers are certified competent
before performing research processes unsupervised. The LSPM is an
active and voting member of the Institutional Laboratory Safety
Committee . Additional areas of responsibility include the
development of laboratory safety and security resources;
coordination of hazardous waste management; oversight of the
maintenance of records; directing staff to conduct lab audits,
update laboratory safety manuals, policies and procedures. The LSPM
will be responsible for the direct supervision of a team of
laboratory safety specialists.
The LSPM will participate, as needed, with the Northeastern
Emergency Response Team, and regularly be on-call outside of normal
business hours to assist with the response to laboratory
Bachelor of Science degree required in chemistry, chemical
engineering, or other physical science with a minor in chemistry
required. Master of Science in chemistry of chemical engineering
Minimum of 7 years of demonstrated professional experience
incorporating applicable federal, state, and local regulatory
requirements and best management practices into laboratory
Minimum of 3 years of demonstrated experience working in an
Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) office or similar
compliance capacity involving regular engagement with laboratory
Preferred Credential: Certified Industrial Hygienist, Certified
Safety Professional or similar applicable professional
Demonstrated experience supervising technical and support staff.
Proven ability to lead and mentor personnel and manage complex
technical programs and projects.
Demonstrated experience in the design and construction of research
laboratories and applicable engineering controls needed to mitigate
Demonstrated knowledge of chemical nomenclature, chemical risks,
and associated hazard control strategies.
Demonstrated knowledge of environmental and hazardous
material/waste principles as well as ability to understand and
interpret complex written regulations and technical reports.
Working knowledge of organic, inorganic, and organometallic
nomenclature and their incorporation into academic research.
Comprehensive knowledge of federal, state, and local regulations
directly impacting laboratory safety and laboratory
Demonstrated ability to evaluate research protocols using chemicals
and high-risk laboratory equipment and make recommendations to
lower risk. 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 biological materials. Demonstrated knowledge of research
processes, equipment, and chemical properties found in a laboratory
Excellent coordination, communication, and customer service 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. Excellent time
and management skills.
Ability to compile and present instructions as well as ability to
clearly and concisely express ideas orally and in writing.
Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse population and foster a
collaborative work environment.
Proven ability to operate instrumentation required to monitor and
assess chemical environments and exposure with experience in
Proficient at standard computer software packages including
Microsoft Excel, Word, Access, PowerPoint, SharePoint, 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.
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.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES & ACCOUNTABILITIES
Laboratory Safety Management Program
Program leader for laboratory safety programs. Serves as the
Chemical Hygiene Officer to develop, implement, monitor and manage
use, storage, and disposal of hazardous materials by employees in
research, teaching, and medical procedures as required by the U.S.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the National
Institute of Health (NIH), the Environmental Protection Agency,
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, and the
Boston Fire Department. Work also involves developing and updating
written University plans and procedures as necessary to meet
requirements of the regulating authority.
- Oversee audit program of laboratories and other facilities to
insure they meet requirements of the Northeastern University
Chemical Hygiene Plan, OSHA Standards, NIH Guidelines and Boston
Fire Department requirements.
Audits and Consultation
- Reviews new regulatory requirements for applicability and
assess the impact of new or proposed regulations on laboratory
safety resource needs.
- Reviews scientific publications and other academic safety
programs for innovative approaches to safety operations and
develops recommendations for improvements or simplification.
- Work with new and existing principal investigators as part of
commissioning and decommissioning laboratories across campus.
- Ensure PI profiles are appropriately tracked on the EH&S
management software, including laboratory emergency response
- Work with principal investigators and researchers to integrate
safety procedures into laboratory operations and processes based on
- Keep records accurate, complete, and up to date to meet the
strict OSHA, EPA, and DPH regulations, as well as the NU policies
outlined in the Chemical Hygiene Plan.
- Serve as secretary to the Laboratory Safety Committee.
- Prepare progress reports on program status on a regular basis
to inform the Laboratory Safety Committee and departmental managers
about concerns or compliance issues.
- Conducts accident and incident investigations as necessary
including assessment of causal factors.
- Oversee the inspection and maintenance programs for various
laboratory safety equipment.
- Work with faculty to ensure accurate hazardous material
inventories are maintained in all laboratories. Submit inventory
information to the Environmental Program Manager upon request.
- Support campus planners and project managers to insure
consistency with Northeastern University's Environmental Health and
Safety standards for laboratories. This individual must be able to
work collaboratively with all levels of personnel, conduct reviews
of contractor plans and field conditions, as well as provide safety
training, and project safety performance analysis.
- Attend laboratory pre-construction meetings and project
meetings as necessary to communicate performance expectations
established by the Office of Academic and Research Safety
- Reviews laboratory construction project design documents and
specifications. Provides comments and recommendations with respect
to compliance with Office of Academic and Research Safety
guidelines for design.
- Reports regularly to OARS directors regarding laboratory
construction safety program implementation status and agendas
Supervise the audit of laboratories, review the audit findings'
reports, and the effective correction of identified deficiencies.
Compile data and develop reports related to laboratory safety and
security and other environmental health and safety
information/trends and regularly submit reports to the Associate
Director and Director. Ensure the compliant maintenance of records
and documentation including training records, hazard surveillance
reports, lab inspection reports, security inspections, and other
regulatory compliance documents. Recommend and assist with
conducting exposure assessments in laboratories and other work
environments where hazardous materials and equipment are used.
Reinforce the use of appropriate procedures, controls, regulations
and policies regarding safe laboratory practices, activities,
equipment, and environmental conditions that might have an impact
on reducing laboratory accidents and incidents.
Leadership and Supervision
Promotes continuous improvement and best practices in all aspects
of laboratory safety.
Hire, evaluate performance, guide performance improvement, and
contribute to the profession growth of Laboratory Safety
Specialists and the success of the Laboratory Safety Program.
Hazardous Material and Waste Management
Oversee compliant generation and storage of laboratory waste.
Ensure the maintenance of waste records and documentation including
hazardous waste training records, waste manifests, packing, and
shipping are compliant. Work with faculty to ensure accurate
hazardous material inventories are maintained in all
Assist other OARS professional staff with outreach, projects, and
emergency response actions to mitigate spills or releases of
hazardous materials as needed. Support the campus-wide lab coat
program. Assist with the University's safety observation program.
Participates in incident investigations, accident causation
analysis, and the documentation and execution of corrective
actions. Assist program managers with indoor air quality and
industrial hygiene assessments including air and/or surface testing
Provide laboratory safety training as needed to various groups
within and outside of the organization. Assist with efforts of
program managers in the use of platforms and modules associated
with the compliance management system.
Other laboratory safety duties as assigned by the Associate
Director or their delegate.
Legal and Regulatory Administration
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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