Chemical and Process Safety Program Manager
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The Chemical and Process Safety Program Manager & University
Chemical Hygiene Officer (CPSM) reports to the Associate Director
of Education and Research Safety and 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 CPSM 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 Education and Research Safety Program in
the prolonged absence of the Associate Director.
The CPSM will possess excellent communication skills (verbal and
written) and interpersonal skills to effectively promote laboratory
safety concepts at all levels of the education and research
enterprise including regularly engaging College Deans, Chairs, and
Principal Investigators (PIs).
As the University's Chemical Hygiene Officer, the CPSM 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 and must be
self-motivated, technically skilled, and able to effectively
influence laboratory safety and security performance, execute
change, and promote collaborative problem solving. The CPSM is
responsible for the development and assessment of leading
indicators and is instrumental in developing and implementing
strategic plans to ensure continued laboratory safety and security
improvement and program growth throughout all Northeastern
laboratories with a focus on evaluating process risk and
incorporating risk mitigation into research processes.
CPSM 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
laboratory safety training with a potential for providing hands-on
training. The CPSM will be responsible for working with PIs to
ensure researchers are certified competent before performing
research processes unsupervised. The CPSM is an active and voting
member of the Institutional Laboratory Safety Committee and ensures
that internal and external consultation is available to PIs for
complex research projects using high risk materials, equipment, and
processes. 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, and
assisting PIs with ensuring compliance with
biosafety/biosecurity/biowaste management requirements in
laboratories and storage areas located in research buildings. The
CPSM will be responsible for the direct supervision of a team of
laboratory safety specialists.
The CPSM 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 biological material releases and will provide
written evaluations of biological releases and accidents and be
responsible for restocking supplies used in spill clean-up.
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
EH&S office or similar compliance capacity involving regular
engagement with laboratory personnel as a part of a safety audit
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 BlackBoard, 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.
Certified Hazardous Material Manager, Certified Industrial
Hygienist, or Certified Safety Professional, other applicable
professional certification considered.
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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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