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Research and Academic Laboratory Safety Specialist

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Work type: Staff Full Time
Categories: Other Staff Positions

OFFICIAL JOB TITLE: Research and Academic Laboratory Safety Specialist

REPORTS TO: Director of Environmental Health and Safety.


DIVISION: Academic Affairs

DEPARTMENT: Environmental Health & Safety

Salary for ESUSalary ESU





The Research and Academic Safety Specialist specifically focuses on overseeing the safe handling and storage of hazardous substances on campus.  This position understands and supports the Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) mission and vision. Incumbent contributes to a successful team-oriented work environment collaboration and cooperation to ensure divisional and departmental high standard for excellent client service, stewardship of state resources, workplace safety, professional development, accountability, training, and compliance. 

The specialist will implement and uphold best practices, identify compliance deficiencies, and recommend the implementation of appropriate corrective actions. The specialist will assist the University in effecting compliance with various Federal, State and Local regulatory and non-regulatory requirements pertaining to public safety, education, and the environment not limited to; OSHA, NIOSH, NIH, NFPA, CMRs, DEP, EPA, RCRA, FDA, CDC, NRC and DOT.  The specialist is responsible for management and oversight including but not limited to; hazardous materials (i.e. biological, radiation, chemicals, x-ray), biological and chemical fume hoods, emergency eyewash/safety showers, as well as equipment maintenance, and state reporting.  May advise with other contractors, professionals, technicians, students, faculty and staff within the departments. 


  • Oversees & manages waste disposal (biological, hazardous, chemical, and general).
  • Monitors and coordinates campus environmental health and safety programs.
  • Coordinates annual certification of chemical fume hoods and biosafety cabinets and testing of emergency eye wash and safety showers.
  • Assists with the CEMS inventory database management.
  • Assists with a wide range of safety inspections and laboratory/studio audits.
  •  Monitors all teaching and research activities involving the use of hazardous biological materials and recombinant DNA molecules for compliance with appropriate regulations, policies, procedures, and best practices.
  • Guides the development of policies and procedures that help to ensure the safety of laboratory staff and the provision of a safe physical environment to meet agency biosafety safety requirements. 
  • Develops and oversees site-specific biosafety safety policies and procedures.
  • Hazard evaluation and establishment of hazard zones, control measures and compliance issues, approval of Standard Operating Procedures and maintenance/service procedures, approval of equipment and installations, safety training for laser personnel, recommendation and approval of personal protective equipment, and other administrative responsibilities for energy emitting devices.
  • Ensures the laboratory’s risk mitigation plan meets organizational goals and regulatory requirements.
  • Oversees day to day operations of all research activities for research and academic laboratories
  • Ensures the laboratory’s security plan meets organizational goals, regulatory requirements. Collaborates with subject matter experts.
  • Provides faculty and students with various safety related training and guidance.
  • Assists in the development of safety procedures for the campus for a wide variety of campus health and safety services.  Identifies issues and implements corrective actions.
  • Responsible for approval and tracking of chemical and gas requisitions and other procurement and purchasing related requests as needed
  • Ensures compliance with federal, state, local and University safety and hazardous material regulations
  • Assists with implementation of safety policies and procedures, including training of campus personnel.
  • Responds to campus hazardous materials emergencies and other reports of unsafe conditions.
  • Serves as a member of the University Chemical and Rad/Laser Safety Committee (new name)
  • Assists principal investigators in the development of standard operating procedures and/or best practices to be used with routine processes and experiments in the laboratory/studio, including but not limited to: hazards associated with chemicals used in labs based on SDS’s and other references sources, proper laboratory engineering controls, administrative procedures and personal protective equipment.
  • Manages compliance requirements related to hazardous waste management, OSHA Hazard Communication, Chemical Hygiene Plan and other safety equipment such as but not limited to fire extinguishers, emergency eye wash and safety showers and fume hoods.
  • Provides safety and regulatory information and assistance to management, faculty, staff and students on laboratory safety procedures related to hazardous materials, safe use and practices.
  • Required to travel to satellite campuses as necessary.
  • Other duties as assigned.


EDUCATION:  Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biology, environmental health and safety, industrial hygiene or related field

EXPERIENCE:  Minimum of 5 years of experience or qualifying work experience

OTHER:  Must have a valid Driver’s License and be willing to drive between campuses locations and to off campus assignments.  Must be able to able to report to campus when required.


  • An understanding of regulation standards and best practices from, but not limited to; NFPA, NIOSH, OSHA, MassDEP, EPA, FEMA, CDC, NIH
  • 40-hour HAZWOPER Training certified 
  • Understanding of ANSI Standard Z136.3 – 2005
  • Must have RCRA/DOT training
  • Understanding of Code of Mass Regulation (CMR) 310 (Haz-Waste Rules), OSHA 29 CFR1910.1200 and 1910.1450
  • Must be willing to provide a high standard of customer service to all faculty, staff and students at the University
  • Must have a valid Driver’s License and a willingness to drive between campuses and to off campus assignments
  • Must have good oral and written communication skills
  • Must be a motivated self-starter requiring minimum supervision
  • Able to work in all areas of the University including laboratory environments
  • Work environment involves exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that require following detailed safety precautions and may include the use of protective gear
  • Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of management
  • Ability to lift up to fifty pounds
  • Ability to handle working with hazardous chemicals and biological agents
  • Frequent contact with PI’s, staff, facility, students, and outside agencies


  • Master’s degree in chemistry, biology, environmental health and safety, industrial hygiene or related field
  • Experience in higher education and research laboratory use
  • CSP: Certified Safety Specialist
  • Knowledge in lab safety audits
  • Working knowledge in OSHA

UMass Dartmouth offers exciting benefits such as:

75% Employer-Paid Health Insurance
Flexible Spending Accounts
Life Insurance
Long Term Disability
State Pension Retirement Plan
Optional Retirement Savings Plans
Tuition Credit (Employee, Spouse, & Dependents)
Twelve (12) paid holidays
Paid personal, vacation, and sick time
And More!

Benefits for ESU Union: ESU

Applicants must be authorized for employment in the U.S. on a full-time basis. Employment-based visa sponsorship not available.

Important Notice!

UMass Dartmouth requires COVID-19 vaccinations for all faculty, staff, and students who wish to work, live, learn or physically come to campus.  Read More.


To apply please submit a letter of interest, current resume and the contact information for three professional references.

The deadline for internal applicants is December 30, 2022

The review of applications will begin January 2, 2023 and will be ongoing.


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