Lab Safety Specialist (7146U), Environment, Health & Safety - #26005

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Location: Berkeley, CALIFORNIA

Develops, implements, and monitors campus environmental and safety programs, systems, procedures, and training in: industrial hygiene, safety engineering, environmental protection, fire prevention, and hazardous materials through implementation of the Compliance Assistance Program:

Performs technical work related to field of expertise:
• Primary Focus Area: Biology, Biochemistry and Chemistry
• Responsible for identifying hazards, interpreting EH&S programs, providing guidance on corrective actions, and involving other EH&S Specialists as appropriate.
• Organizes, schedules, and conducts inspections—interacting with department, laboratory, and shop personnel. Adapts as required to the needs of each department.
• Attends laboratory department safety committee meetings as assigned.

Writes and updates procedures. Works closely with research groups to develop, review and document Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

Designs new and/or recommends improvements to existing processes and procedures.
• Participates in formulation of annual inspection topics based upon assessment of previous inspections, new or changing compliance requirements, and EH&S management and specialist input.
• Works with EH&S IT staff to maintain and improve, as necessary, management of inspection and program data.

Monitors compliance by conducting initial and follow-up on-site inspections in the lab facilities of approximately 135 Principal Investigators (PIs).
• Establishs necessary corrective actions and procedural changeswith laboratory personnel, including principal investigators, in addressing environment, health and safety deficiencies.
• Independently interprets regulations, provides advice, gives direction and makes commitments.
• Monitors compliance timeline constraints, tracks progress, and reports areas of concern.
• Fully implements the Enforcement of Safety Standards in Academic Environments Policy including informing personnel of the need to stop work if an imminent hazard is observed.
• Uses various tracking tools and systems to assure correction of identified deficiencies, reporting concerns or time constraints to the program lead as appropriate.
• Notifies appropriate faculty and departmental leadership of inspection results.

Establishes corrective action as needed.
• Ensures timely resolution of high risk issues.
• Uses various tracking tools and systems to assure correction of identified deficiencies, reporting concerns or time constraints.
• When appropriate, assists campus departments in correcting environmental, health and safety non-compliance issues (e.g., chemical storage, hazardous waste, fume hood use, earthquake safety securing, respiratory protection, chemical inventory, hazardous work operations, chemical hygiene plans, and ergonomic workstations).
Coordinates follow-up reports on findings and other documentation to campus clients including use of relevant scientific data if appropriate. Collects and reports inspection data and metrics.
Provides on-site consultation to Principal Investigators, Laboratory Managers, and other laboratory personnel on laboratory a specific issues of concern relating to EH&S programs.

Performs outreach and communication to campus within relevant field.

Creates and adjusts methodologies to meet changing regulatory and scientific environment.

Within specific field maintains knowledge/expertise on existing/proposed changes in all regulations; interprets and applies relevant laws, regulations, codes and standards, including making recommendations for work environment changes based on interpretations and principles of professional practices. **See “Governing Laws and Regulations” below

Member of Designated Urgent Response Team (Regular rotation, 24/7, every 4th week or more frequently as needed.)
• Provide technical support to the Dedicated Urgent Response Team (DURT) program by serving as a “Designated Responder”. Must be accessible via telephone or pager and readily available to respond on-scene to emergencies (e.g., a chemical spill) during business hours. Will perform directly or coordinate any necessary field activities to evaluate and mitigate a hazard.
• Provide technical support to the DURT program by serving as the “Lead Off-Hours Responder”. Must be accessible by UCPD via telephone or pager and readily available to respond on-scene to emergencies (e.g., a chemical spill) during non-business hours. Must be within one hour of campus and may not engage in activity that will affect the ability to respond.
• To serve as a designated responder, incumbent must meet the specific requirements of the DURT program as outlined in the EH&S DURT Program Guidelines. These include occupational physical qualifications. Medical baseline is required.
• Medical baseline is required.

Performs other duties as assigned, including but not limited to,
• At the request of campus management (EH&S Director, VC Administration, UCPD Chief, or designated alternate), must be available in a campus disaster or campus hazardous material release/threatened release, to serve in the appropriate emergency response role based upon expertise and, where applicable, designated departmental role.

**Governing Laws and Regulations

Incumbent's responsibilities are guided by a significant number of federal, State, and local laws and regulations as well as campus policy.  There are municipal, regional, county, State, and federal regulators that have jurisdiction, often overlapping, over those campus programs and activities being audited.  The following environmental, health and safety subject areas each have multiple laws and regulations which may apply to UC Berkeley:
• Worker Health and Safety
• Hazardous Materials/Waste Management
• Air Quality Management
• Water Quality Protection

Specific laws and regulations are too numerous to list.

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