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Job ID: 217978

Chemical Safety Officer
Tufts University

Date Posted Jul. 19, 2023
Title Chemical Safety Officer
University Tufts University
Medford, MA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Research/Technical/Laboratory
    Public Safety


The Office of the Vice Provost of Research (OVPR) provides the key services necessary to deliver exceptional results in research.

The Laboratory Safety (LS) Group supports research and teaching activities by providing training, advice and other compliance assistance in the areas of biosafety, chemical safety, general lab safety

What You'll Do

The Chemical Safety Officer (CSO) provides advice and technical services in the discipline of chemical safety for the faculty, staff, students, visitors, contractors, and regulatory agents performing work in or impacting teaching, education, and training laboratories. This is accomplished by remaining current on regulatory requirements, performing hazard assessments, conducting audits, and providing training and guidance.

The CSO partners with the Chemical Hygiene Officer (CHO), Laboratory Safety Support, Officers (LSSO), and Institutional Chemical Safety Committee (ICSC) at the University to promote a safe work environment on the storage, use, and disposal of chemicals.

Responsibilities include:

  • Supports the Chemical Safety Program by conducting audits focused on chemical safety and ensures chemical inventories are current, provides recommendations and education, and monitors action items
  • Manages the online chemical inventory program by working with SciSheild
  • Provides training, develops guidance material for users and generates reports on chemical use and storage
  • Review protocols, standard operating procedures, and chemical registrations to ensure the use (including personal protective equipment), labeling, storage, disposal, spill cleanup, and decontamination of chemicals
  • Assists lab staff by providing guidance and responding to questions and requests
  • Participates in ICSC meetings, provides guidance, develops and implements chemical policies, and provides information on accident/incidents, chemical inventory compliance, and chemical audit findings for the committee’s review
  • Investigates reports of chemical hazard incidents, chemical spills, and near-misses to prevent repeat occurrences; presents information to the ICSC

What We're Looking For

Basic Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biochemistry, occupational safety, industrial hygiene, one of the life sciences, or related discipline
  • A minimum of 1-3 years of experience in a laboratory or related industry (chemical manufacturing, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, research laboratory, etc.). Experience in Chemical Hygiene/lab safety strongly preferred
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Must be familiar with standard laboratory procedures and operations in order to converse with researchers and provide relevant guidance
  • Proficiency with computers, Microsoft Office and standard office software
  • Able to travel between campuses
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Relevant certifications (e.g., Hazardous Materials Technician or higher classification, certified safety professional, certified industrial hygienist, safety management certificate, qualification in laboratory safety) strongly recommended
  • Capable of obtaining medical clearances for using respiratory protection
  • 1-3 years bench experience
  • Experience, education and/or training in the areas of nanotechnology or synthetic chemistry preferred
  • Strong presentation and technical training skills
  • Valid driver’s license
Special Work Requirements:
  • Ability to travel between campuses including Boston (Health Sciences), Medford and Grafton

Pay Range

Minimum $70,000.00, Midpoint $87,550.00, Maximum $105,100.00

Salary is based on related experience, expertise, and internal equity; generally, new hires can expect pay between the minimum and midpoint of the range.

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