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Job ID: 143542

Safety Specialist
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Posted Jul. 1, 2020
Title Safety Specialist
University Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester, MA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Classified Staff
  • Facilities/Maintenance/Transportation
    Public Safety

Safety Specialist


Environmental Health & Safety

Worcester Polytechnic Institute - WPI

The Safety Specialist will provide overall Health & Safety support to various stakeholders managing isolation and quarantine space, will support campus wide safety initiatives, will respond to emergencies, and perform other safety and compliance related projects, as assigned.

This is a full-time one-year temporary benefited position.


Job Responsibilities:

Major Responsibility: Health & Safety Support for Isolation and Quarantine Space

Supporting Actions: Provide day-to-day safety support for Health Services and work alongside health care and other support staff managing isolation and quarantine space. Transport students utilizing a university shuttle from various locations to isolation. Conduct routine enhanced cleaning and disinfection in potentially contaminated COVID-19 areas, as directed. Must be able to don and doff a wide range of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR), N95's, protective suit, and gloves. Will require HAZMAT entry into potentially COVID-19 contaminated areas to retrieve personal belongings and other needed supplies for students in isolation. Percentage: 70%

Major Responsibility: Emergency Response Team Member

Supporting Actions: Under the direction of an EHS Supervisor, respond to emergency situations and HAZMAT response in areas potentially contaminated with COVID-19 and other chemical and biological hazards. Participate in on-call rotation, ability to don respirator and other personal protection equipment, provide technical support to outside responders, assess dangerous situations, and respond appropriately. Assist in maintaining electronic database to record incidents and corrective actions. Maintain respiratory certification annually. Must be able to don and doff a wide range of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR), protective suit, and gloves. Percentage: 10 %

Major Responsibility: Hazardous Waste Management/Equipment Inspection

Supporting Actions: Perform pick-ups and packaging activities related to hazardous waste and biological waste management. Deliver supplies to various campus locations to support increased biological waste activities. Conduct weekly inspections of hazardous waste and biological waste accumulation areas. Report findings to the EHS Director and take corrective action to ensure the university meets regulatory requirements. Percentage: 10%

Major Responsibility: General Safety Support/OSHA Compliance

Supporting Actions: Assist in a variety of tasks supporting other EHS departmental services and initiatives including, but not limited to development of Occupational Health & Safety Programs (OSHA), biological waste management, incident response, etc. Respond to safety issues as they arise and provide information to employees, students, staff, and contractors regarding safety, particularly in Facilities and on the main campus. Percentage: 5 %

Major Responsibility: Hazardous Materials Shipper

Supporting Actions: Maintain certifications in International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) guidelines and regulations for shipment of biological substances. Ensure biological shipments are documented, packaged, marked, and labeled appropriately. Ensure import/export permitting procedures are followed, when applicable. Electronically, track shipments to ensure viable arrival at destinations and determine cause of delays. Coordinate with appropriate personnel for shipments that are mixed substances (chemical, biological, or radioactive). Percentage: 5%

Job Requirements:
  • B.S. in Biology, Chemistry, or related science or A.S. and equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience working in research laboratory, safety department, or environmental compliance.
  • Capable of obtaining medical clearances for using respiratory protection necessary for HAZMAT response.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Good presentation and public speaking skills.
  • Must be able to obtain IATA and DOT hazardous materials shipping certifications.
  • Must be able to lift up to 55 pounds to shoulder height.

Please include a cover letter to be considered for this position.

United States of America (Exempt)

WPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability. We are seeking individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to a culture of creativity and collaboration, inclusion, problem solving and change making.

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About WPI

WPI is a vibrant, active, and diverse community of extraordinary students, world-renowned faculty, and state of the art research facilities. At WPI, we have competitive and comprehensive benefits, including health insurance, long-term care, retirement, tuition assistance, flexible spending accounts, work-life balance and much more.

Diversity & Inclusion at WPI

WPI is committed to creating an inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued and respected; a place where every student, faculty and staff member can be themselves, so that they can study, live, and work comfortably, to reach their full potential, and make meaningful contributions in order to meet departmental and institutional goals. WPI thrives on innovative practice and welcomes diverse perspectives, insight, and people from diverse lived experiences, to enhance the community environment and propel the institution to the next level in a competitive, global marketplace.


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