Under departmental direction, the Laboratory Safety Specialist administers comprehensive environmental health and safety programs to Northwestern University's academic and research communities. The primary function of this position is to oversee safety compliance of research laboratories, including inspecting assigned research spaces, providing follow up assistance as needed, documenting findings in safety management systems, and preparing summary reports of identified safety hazards. This position focuses specifically on program support for laser safety, electrical safety and radiation safety.
Please note: Must carry a cell phone, pager at all times while at work. May be required to wear a pager during off-hours. Incumbent must be physically capable of hazardous materials response: wearing chemical protective clothing and a self-contained breathing apparatus (including respirators) during emergency response. Must pass pre-employment physical screening. Fit to carry 50lbs, walk extensively. Must have no medical condition that would interfere with performing essential job functions.
This position performs risk assessments, hazard analysis, safety audits and promotes safe work practices for Northwestern University research laboratories. The incumbent will work with the principal investigators, researchers and administrators in assigned departments to develop policies, procedures and strategies to mitigate safety hazards on campus. This role will serve as a specialist for the laboratory safety group in Evanston. Safety support services include laser safety inspections, radiation safety inspections, response to laboratory emergencies, incident investigations and other responsibilities as needed.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
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