Chemical Hygiene Officer

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 493002 - Environmental Hlth & Safety
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Salary Grade:  

15/ Minimum: $49,300

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

• Conduct annual laboratory safety reviews for campus research laboratories, providing oral and written feedback with respect to laboratory condition to laboratory manager, principal investigator, and/or department head, as applicable. Feedback may include recommended corrective actions relative to unsafe practices and/or issues of non-compliance with university policies and/or federal, state, or local requirements.
• Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state and local regulations/standards for use and storage of chemicals, as well as applicable laboratory safety standards.
• Develop and provide chemical hygiene and laboratory safety training to faculty, staff and students.
• Oversee maintenance and implementation of university chemical hygiene plan.
• Oversee maintenance of university chemical inventory system.
• Assist departments and other units with development and implementation of unit-specific safety manuals and/or procedures.
• Assist other EH&S team members where called upon and as directed by supervisor. Assistance may include providing assistance with chemical spills, laboratory clean-up/decontamination, or serving in interim during the absence of an EH&S team member.
• Perform other job-related duties as assigned by supervisor.
• Supervisory responsibility of EH&S technicians shared with EH&S professional staff.
• Initial 40-hour Hazardous Waste and Emergency Operations Response (HAZWOPER) with annual 8-hour HAZWOPER refresher
• Initial U. S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) hazardous materials training for transportation of dangerous goods with refresher training every three years

Minimum Qualifications:

• Education: Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Biology or other science-related field of study.
• Experience: Two years of work experience either in a teaching or research environment, or in a safety-related field.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Education: Master of Science in Chemistry, Biology or other science-related field of study.
• Experience: (1) Five years of work experience in a teaching or research environment; and (2) experience in management of a safety program, preferably laboratory safety, including delivery of employee training
• Professional certification: e.g.; Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM), or Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH)

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

• Demonstrated knowledge of federal, state, and local requirements for chemical use and storage, as well as laboratory safety standards
• Excellent computer skills, including, but not limited to: (1) Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, and (2) Adobe Acrobat
• Excellent written and oral communication skills

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

• This position requires employee to work with hazardous materials and be in areas where radiation producing sources, biological agents, chemicals, and/or other physical hazards may be present. Employee is required to wear protective equipment.
• Frequent - Externally imposed deadlines; set and revised beyond one’s control; interruptions influence priorities; difficult to anticipate nature or volume of work with certainty beyond a few days; irregular hours may be required; meeting of deadlines and coordination of related activities are key to position; involves conflict-resolution or similar interactions involving emotional issues or stress on a regular basis.
• Physical requirements include frequent sitting, talking, hearing, walking, and standing. Occasionally requires reaching climbing or balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, handling objects with hands, and lifting objects weighing as much as 50 lbs.
• Vision requirements: Ability to see information in print and/or electronically.
• Travel, in- and out-of-state, may be required.

Instructions for Applying:

Please attach resume, cover letter, and list of references

Restricted Clause:

Position contingent upon funding availability. 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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