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Manager, Laboratory Safety/Chemical Hygiene Officer

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Number: 101312
Title: Manager
Functional Title: Manager, Laboratory Safety/Chemical Hygiene Officer
Category Status: 33-Exempt Regular
Applicant Search Category: Staff
University Authorized FTE: 1.000
Unit: VPAF-Environmental Safety
Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

This position reports to the Assistant Director Research Safety and is the lead technical expert responsible for managing and directing the Laboratory Safety Program for the University of Maryland College Park campus and locations under its control. This position serves as the institutional Chemical Hygiene Officer.

Within the Department of Environmental Safety, Sustainability & Risk’s Office of Research Safety, the Manager, Laboratory Safety plans, directs and manages the laboratory safety staffing, services, equipment, training and budget of the Laboratory Safety Program. The position responsibilities include developing, implementing and overseeing a comprehensive laboratory safety program for chemical use and physical hazards in the laboratories, conducting risk assessments, recommending controls, and promoting a generative safety culture within the campus research community. Working with faculty, students and staff at all levels, this position supports the overarching university research safety commitments and campus safety committees.

This position works in conjunction with other Environmental Safety, Sustainability & Risk and Office of Research Safety staff to integrate all technical program services within a consistent “research safety” framework.

Minimum Qualifications:

Candidates must have a bachelors degree and 10 years progressive experience in health and safety, including 5 of those years implementing safety programs within a research environment and 3 years managing a staff.

This position requires diverse knowledge and practical experience in implementing health and safety programs within the research laboratory environment, applying OSHA and other relevant regulations, standards and guidance, and conducting hazard evaluations and industrial hygiene monitoring to identify controls necessary to protect worker health.

Candidates must:
• Possess a strong technical background in hazard assessments related to research operations and procedures
• Have knowledge of current laboratory safety practices and the health risks associated with hazardous chemical substances as well as physical hazards
• Have knowledge and practical experience in industrial hygiene sampling and methods, and to have analyzed safety-related data to identify risks and to implement appropriate controls for worker safety and compliance with applicable regulations and standards of practice
• Effectively work with regulatory agencies and institutional staff at all levels
• Communicate clearly and concisely, particularly when detailing observations, interpreting regulations/policies, providing recommendations, and presenting complex technical information
• Possess knowledge of incident response procedures and have experience in the investigation of research related incidents and emergencies
• Have computer experience including at a minimum, the use of internet browsers and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)


Bachelors degree in Environmental Health and Safety, Industrial Hygiene, Chemistry, or other related discipline.

Experience implementing a Chemical Hygiene Program within a university research environment.

Certification as a CIH, CSP or other safety/environmental accreditation organizations.

Additional Certifications:
Additional Information:
Posting Date: 03/22/2018
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 04/12/2018
Physical Demands

Must pass an annual physical examination to utilize protective equipment, including respiratory protection.

Must be capable of lifting equipment and materials up to fifty pounds.

Will be required to occasionally work off-hours and be subject to on call capacity to respond to and investigate incidents occurring at the University or affecting University personnel.

Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References (no emails sent from system)
Optional Documents

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