The University of Michigan is currently seeking qualified applicants for an entry level EHS Safety Specialist (Research Health & Safety).
This is a professional health and safety position focused on biological safety services with the additional responsibility for research laboratory safety. The primary responsibility of this position will be to identify potential hazards, inspect facilities working with biological and chemical agents for health and safety concerns, and facilitate corrective actions and/or provide recommendations.
- Review biosafety and biosecurity protocols and conduct biosafety risk assessments.
- Investigate safety and health related incidents and complaints, and recommend or coordinate corrective action.
- Develop, coordinate, and conduct occupational health and safety education and training programs.
- Respond to inquiries from staff and faculty regarding occupational health, safety, and biological concerns.
- Prepare special and periodic reports, guidelines, manuals, newsletters, summaries, and bulletins.
- Assist in the review of plans for construction and renovation of University facilities for occupational health and safety
- Participate on the emergency response team as needed to respond to incidents involving hazardous materials, which may include biological, chemical, or radioactive substances.
- Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in biological science, occupational health, safety, industrial hygiene, or a related scientific or engineering field.
- One to three years of health and safety professional experience in biosafety, public health, laboratory safety, occupational health and safety or other appropriate science-related field of study (i.e. chemistry).
- Reasonable knowledge of industrial hygiene practices, modern occupational health, safety, environmental, or engineering principles and practices, and rules/regulations.
- Reasonable knowledge of federal, state and institutional health and safety regulations (e.g., OSHA & MIOSHA, etc).
- Knowledge of and ability to use computer applications, such as word processing, email, and databases.
- Work independently, exercise initiative and judgment, and provide follow through with customers.
- Must have a valid driver’s license and ability to obtain commercial driver’s license may be necessary.
- Must be able to pass physical examination to allow for emergency response and wearing of personal protective equipment (PPE).
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills and interpersonal skills.
- Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects.
- Work experience in microbiology or related scientific field
- Work experience consistent with that required for applicable professional certification such as Registered Biosafety Professional, Certified Biosafety Professional, Certified Industrial Hygienist or Certified Safety Professional.
- Experience investigating accidents and exposures preferred
- Some experience in program development and EHS project management.