Lab Safety Specialist - 11522BR

Lab Safety Specialist

Environment Health & Safety
Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

This individual will report to the Lab Safety Program Manager of the Environment, Health & Safety Department at the University of Kansas – Lawrence Campus. This position has the primary responsibility of conducting laboratory safety assessments, monitoring, auditing, and compliance assurance inspections.

This position will provide support and assistance to the EHS Lab Safety Program Manager in carrying out the campus-wide laboratory safety program related to general lab safety, chemical hygiene and biosafety. Will be part of a lab safety team. Specific duties are outlined in detail below.

Job Description

60% - Laboratory Safety Duties
  1. Assist laboratories in assuring that best work practices are achieved, that personnel protection is maximized, and that materials of risk are handled and used to achieve exposures as low as reasonably achievable.
  2. Evaluate laboratories safety conditions/risks, practices/procedures for working with hazardous materials, and compliance with applicable federal and state regulations and license/permit requirements, as well as established campus laboratory safety policy and procedures.
  3. Assess laboratories to identify hazards/risks present, determine hazard classification level and prepare appropriate laboratory entrance postings.
  4. Perform inspection of fume hoods, biosafety cabinets, other laboratory exhaust ventilation devices and fixed laboratory safety equipment.
  5. Monitor laboratories for contamination and lab personnel working with hazardous materials for exposure. This includes collection and analysis of air, water, and other samples utilizing appropriate sampling and measurement techniques.
  6. Provide instruction and guidance to laboratory personnel so they may work safely with hazardous materials, and assist with EHS formal lab safety training efforts.
  7. Receive and inspect EHS regulated incoming hazardous materials shipments and deliver to permitted/using laboratories.
  8. Assist and guide laboratories in preparing shipments of hazardous materials for compliance with applicable shipping regulations.
  9. Maintain the required record keeping and documentation associated with these duties.
15% - EHS Lab Safety Computer Information System
  1. Assist with EHS’s efforts to develop/implement/maintain a laboratory safety information system
  2. Perform data entry into laboratory safety information system.
  3. Provide training to personnel on laboratory safety information system
10% - Serve as an EHS liaison for coordination and communication with Campus Operations construction, remodeling and maintenance projects where laboratories are involved.

5% - Responsible for daily coordination and oversight of assigned lab safety student workers.
  1. Insure that student workers use their time efficiently and in a productive manner, complete all assigned work/projects in accordance with applicable Federal and State Regulations, and that their actions adhere to University policies and procedures.
5% - Provide assistance with EHS HazMat Response Efforts
  1. Participate as a member of the EHS HazMat Response Team.
  2. May periodically be required to fulfill the role of “24 hour EHS On-Call Emergency Responder”. This requires being responsible for the EHS emergency pager after hours and over weekends on a periodic basis. Will respond to emergency assistance pages/requests, assess the situation, implement the appropriate corrective action or contact other EHS staff for assistance.
  3. Respond to hazardous materials releases, as called upon, and provide assistance with spill control/cleanup within personal capabilities and limitations of protective equipment available.
5% - Perform other EHS laboratory safety duties as appropriate and assigned.

Required Qualifications

  1. Bachelor's Degree in an appropriate science, engineering, or related field; or specified equivalent work experience.
  2. Valid driver's license.
  3. Experience with Microsoft Operating Systems and Microsoft Office or other standard office software as evidenced by application materials.
  4. Excellent communication skills as evidenced by application materials.
  5. Ability to handle and use appropriate safety equipment as demonstrated by past experience, certifications and/or training.

Chosen applicant must successfully complete the requirements below within the time frames specified as a condition of initial appointment/continued employment. Failure to do so will be cause for termination:
  1. Successfully pass a criminal background check by KU Human Resources prior to employment.
  2. Successfully complete a baseline medical evaluation/examination within 90 days of initial employment.
  3. Successfully complete OSHA/EPA 40 Hour HAZWOPER Training within 180 days of initial employment.
  4. Position re-appointment each fiscal year subject to successful performance evaluation and funding.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Hygiene, Safety, Biology or Chemistry.
  2. Work experience in a University or laboratory environment dealing with hazardous materials and/or safety issues.
  3. Familiarity with various hazardous materials monitoring instrumentation and sampling techniques.
  4. Familiarity with applicable Federal and State regulations.

Additional Candidate Instructions

Complete on-line application at Please include a cover letter and resume addressing how you meet the required and/or preferred qualifications, and the names and contact information to three professional references. First review of applications begins April 16, 2018. Applications will be accepted through April 29, 2018 or until position is filled.

Contact Information to Applicants

Kathy Stiers, 785-864-4089,

Advertised Salary Range

Starting at $47,500

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Environment Health & Safety
Employee Class:
U-Unclassified Professional Staff
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