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Chemical Health and Safety Manager

 

(Environmental Health and Safety Manager, UCP 10)

The Office of the Vice President for Research is seeking an experienced Chemical Health and Safety Manager to provide leadership for the Chemical Health and Safety group within the Division of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS).
 
Reporting to the Director of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS), the Chemical Health and Safety Manager leads the Chemical Health and Safety group within EHS to advance the health and safety of the University of Connecticut’s faculty, staff, students and visitors and promote compliance with local, State, and Federal regulations and nationally recognized standards. The Chemical Health and Safety Manager develops and administers the University’s Chemical Health and Safety Programs, including the Chemical Hygiene, Chemical Inventory, Laboratory Inspection, Laboratory Ventilation and Regulated Waste Management programs, and serves as the University’s Chemical Hygiene Officer under the OSHA Laboratory Standard.
 
The Chemical Health and Safety group supports, services and partners with a broad range of units across the University’s Storrs and regional campuses, including the research and academic communities; Facilities Operations & Building Services; Planning, Design & Construction; Farm Operations; Public Safety; Office of Environmental Policy; and Purchasing. The Chemical Health and Safety Manager leads the group to provide technical assistance to the University community with hazard recognition, risk assessment, and the development of prevention, control and mitigation strategies. As the University’s Chemical Hygiene Officer, the successful candidate will promote an authentic culture of safety among faculty, staff, students and visitors in research and teaching laboratories, fostering collaboration and advocating risk awareness and best practices. This is a full-time 12-month per year position.
 
CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
 

  1. Develops and implements policies, programs and procedures that combine elements of training, consultation, risk assessment, hazard control and inspection to ensure compliance with environmental health and safety standards and best management practices at the University, including the regional campuses.
  2. Reviews and modifies existing Chemical Health and Safety Programs and their application, as needed; develops and implements new safety programs for novel and emerging chemicals, processes or technologies, as needed.
  3. Serves as the University’s Chemical Hygiene Officer under the OSHA Laboratory Standard and provides expert technical consultation to University faculty, staff, and students regarding chemical health and safety matters.
  4. Reviews scientific protocols and assesses research work practices, working directly with administrators, faculty, and research staff to recommend changes to experimental protocols and work practices necessary to reduce risks.
  5. Inspects University work facilities and equipment, consults with principal investigators, faculty, and supervisors to determine if planned experiments, research activities, maintenance and repair, construction and renovation activities, equipment installations, or any other University-sanctioned work, meet environmental health and safety standards; determines if equipment and work facilities conform to environmental health and safety standards; consults with engineering and construction personnel on renovations or new proposed projects.
  6. Develops, implements, and administers technical training programs for University faculty, staff, students and visitors to ensure a safe working and teaching environment and compliance with applicable regulations.
  7. Directs and administers the preparation and maintenance of mandated regulatory licenses and records on behalf of the University.
  8. Selects, trains, supervises, and evaluates professional staff; recommends staffing needs; determines work assignments and work schedules to most effectively ensure regulatory compliance and meet program needs.
  9. Develops safety guidelines, official announcements, educational resources and related materials to effectively communicate chemical health and safety information and activities.
  10. Supervises and administers procurement, reception, and distribution or shipping of regulated hazardous materials arriving at or departing from the University, as needed.
  11. Contracts with outside EHS consultants and licensed regulated waste management firms for disposal of university generated regulated waste (chemical and biological), as needed.
  12. Prepares health and safety status reports on current programs and activities.
  13. Develops and maintains program budget for administration and management of Chemical Health and Safety programs; authorizes expenditures of funds within the Chemical Health and Safety Program budget.
  14. Responds to inquiries from the University Community, regulatory agencies, or other groups regarding chemical health and safety matters at the University, and resulting effects on environmental health and safety.
  15. Serves as the technical expert and liaison on behalf of the University in interactions with local, State, and Federal regulatory agencies, such as ConnOSHA, the Environmental Protection Agency, CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, and CT Department of Public Health, in areas of chemical health and safety.
  16. Participates as a member of the EHS team, providing other departmental staff members with cooperation and support to further the departmental mission.
  17. May be required to respond outside of normal business hours to chemical-related incidents, either on-scene or by telephone, as needed.
  18. Performs related duties as required/requested by Director of EHS.

 
MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE QUALIFICATIONS/SKILLS
 

  1. Master’s degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Industrial Hygiene, Public Health, Toxicology, or Environmental Health and Safety related discipline and five years’ experience in health and safety program management.

 OR

Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Industrial Hygiene, Public Health, Toxicology, or Environmental Health and Safety related discipline and seven years’ experience in health and safety program management.

  1. In depth knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, nationally recognized standards and guidelines, as related to environmental health and safety functions of the position.
  2. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Proficiency in delivering presentations and conducting training on technical topics for diverse audiences.
  3. Established interpersonal skills that promote building strong working relationships and demonstrated ability to interact with colleagues in a positive and constructive manner.
  4. Substantive laboratory hazard recognition and risk assessment skills.
  5. Experience in the identification, evaluation and control of hazardous conditions associated with chemical handling, storage, processing, transportation, use and disposal commonly found in a large academic or multi-facility research environment.
  6. Excellent administrative and supervisory skills.
  7. Competent in the use of computers and database software, including Microsoft Office products.
  8. Ability to respond promptly in-person to all campus locations, including the regional campuses, requiring environmental health and safety services.

 
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
 

  1. Master’s degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Industrial Hygiene, Public Health, Toxicology, or Environmental Health and Safety related discipline and five years’ experience in health and safety program management preferred.
  2. Professional Certification in one or more of the Environmental Health and Safety disciplines, e.g., Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), Certified Safety Professional (CSP) or Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) or Certified Chemical Hygiene Officer (NRCC-CHO).
  3. Experience reviewing and providing risk assessment and safety guidance on research protocols involving hazardous chemicals.
  4. Proficiency in risk communication and media relations.
  5. Experience developing environmental health and safety programs.

 
Applications must be submitted through the UConn Jobs website at:  http://hr.uconn.edu/jobs/, and should include a cover letter and resume demonstrating how the qualifications and requirements of the position are met, and contact information for three professional references.
 
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.  All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.
 
For confidential inquiries or additional information please contact:
 
Laurie Pudlo, MPS HRM

Administrative Manager

Office of the Vice President for Research

University of Connecticut

laurie.pudlo@uconn.edu

860-486-4247
 
This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on January 31, 2017.
 
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