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Lab Safety Specialist (7146U), Environment, Health & Safety 13563
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Dec. 17, 2020
Title Lab Safety Specialist (7146U), Environment, Health & Safety 13563
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Research/Technical/Laboratory

Lab Safety Specialist (7146U), Environment, Health & Safety 13563

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: December 29, 2020

Departmental Overview

The Office of Environment, Health & Safety's (EH&S) mission is to provide guidance and services to the campus community that promote health, safety, and environmental stewardship.

The Lab Safety Specialist conducts semi-annual multi-disciplinary environmental, health, and safety lab inspections for approximately one-quarter of campus research laboratories, including, but not exclusive to, labs in Biological Sciences and Biochemistry. This includes on-site assistance with SOP prioritization, development, and review; Lab Safety Recognition Program on-site evaluation/review; PPE/Hazard Assessment; and inspection follow-up as needed.

EH&S is a highly dynamic, fast paced, committed organization focused on promoting workplace safety and environmental protection for the campus community. We are comprised of many scientific, technical, and administrative professionals, working in an evolving, learning, and sometimes challenging environment with a unified goal of supporting the University's mission of teaching, research and public service. EH&S strives to be an inclusive, service oriented, and operationally excellent organization and is seeking highly motivated individuals who want to learn, be creative, seek continuous competency development, and contribute to our mission.

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  • Develops, implements, and monitors campus environmental and safety programs, systems, procedures, and training in: industrial hygiene, safety engineering, environmental protection, fire prevention, and hazardous materials through implementation of the Compliance Assistance Program, a comprehensive laboratory inspection program:
  • Performs technical work related to field of expertise:
  • Responsible for identifying hazards, interpreting EH&S programs, providing guidance on corrective actions, and involving other EH&S Specialists as appropriate.
  • Organizes, schedules, and conducts inspectionsinteracting with department, laboratory, and shop personnel. Adapts as required to the needs of each department.
  • Attends laboratory department safety committee meetings as assigned.

  • Designs new and/or recommends improvements to existing processes and procedures.
  • Participates in formulation of annual inspection topics based upon assessment of previous inspections, new or changing compliance requirements, and EH&S management and specialist input.
  • Works with EH&S IT staff to maintain and improve, as necessary, management of inspection and program data.

  • Monitors compliance by conducting initial and follow-up on-site inspections in the lab facilities of approximately 135 Principal Investigators (PIs).
  • Establishes necessary corrective actions and procedural changes with laboratory personnel, including principal investigators, in addressing environment, health and safety deficiencies.
  • Independently interprets regulations, provides advice, gives direction and makes commitments.
  • Monitors compliance timeline constraints, tracks progress, and reports areas of concern.
  • Fully implements the Enforcement of Safety Standards in Academic Environments Policy including informing personnel of the need to stop work if an imminent hazard is observed.
  • Uses various tracking tools and systems to assure correction of identified deficiencies, reporting concerns or time constraints to the program lead as appropriate.
  • Notifies appropriate faculty and departmental leadership of inspection results, and planned risk reduction activities.

  • Establishes corrective action as needed.
  • Ensures timely resolution of high risk issues.
  • Uses various tracking tools and systems to assure correction of identified deficiencies, reporting concerns or time constraints.
  • When appropriate, assists campus departments in correcting environmental, health and safety non-compliance issues (e.g., chemical storage, hazardous waste, fume hood use, earthquake safety securing, respiratory protection, chemical inventory, hazardous work operations, chemical hygiene plans, and ergonomic workstations)

  • Coordinates follow-up reports on findings and other documentation to campus clients including use of relevant scientific data if appropriate. Collects and reports inspection data and metrics.
  • Provides on-site consultation to Principal Investigators, Laboratory Managers, and other laboratory personnel on laboratory specific issues of concern relating to EH&S programs. Works closely with research groups to develop, review and document Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  • Performs outreach and communication to campus within relevant field.
  • Creates and adjusts methodologies to meet changing regulatory and scientific environment.
  • Within specific field maintains knowledge/expertise on existing/proposed changes in all regulations; interprets and applies relevant laws, regulations, codes and standards, including making recommendations for work environment changes based on interpretations and principles of professional practices. **See Governing Laws and Regulations below
  • Staff development
  • Works on professional committees and assignments, participates in professional training and attends relevant conferences, and/or is mentored or coached on a formal or informal basis.

  • Member of Designated Urgent Response Team (Regular rotation, 24/7, every 4th week or more frequently as needed.)
  • Provide technical support to the Dedicated Urgent Response Team (DURT) program by serving as a Designated Responder. Must be accessible via telephone or pager and readily available to respond on-scene to emergencies (e.g., a chemical spill) during business hours. Will perform directly or coordinate any necessary field activities to evaluate and mitigate a hazard.
  • Provide technical support to the DURT program by serving as the Lead Off-Hours Responder. Must be accessible by UCPD via telephone or pager and readily available to respond on-scene to emergencies (e.g., a chemical spill) during non-business hours. Must be within one hour of campus and may not engage in activity that will affect the ability to respond.
  • To serve as a designated responder, incumbent must meet the specific requirements of the DURT program as outlined in the EH&S DURT Program Guidelines. These include occupational physical qualifications.
  • Medical baseline is required.

  • Performs other duties as assigned, including but not limited to,
  • At the request of campus management (EH&S Director, VC Administration, UCPD Chief, or designated alternate), must be available in a campus disaster or campus hazardous material release/threatened release, to serve in the appropriate emergency response role based upon expertise and, where applicable, designated departmental role.

Required Qualifications
  • Thorough knowledge of specific EH&S field(s) including related laws and regulations; and general knowledge of all EH&S fields.
  • Thorough knowledge and skill in applying and interpreting applicable local, state, and federal regulations and related standards and guidelines.
  • Thorough written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, including political acumen and skill to communicate effectively in a diverse environment.
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills to organize, prioritize and manage the successful completion of projects within time and budget constraints.
  • Skill to appropriately use technology and relevant scientific equipment as required.
  • Ability to integrate professional approaches and techniques from multiple environmental, health, and safety disciplines to solve difficult problems.
  • Experience with a variety of professional environmental, health and safety fields.

  • Bachelor degree or higher in Chemistry, Biochemistry or Biological Science and three years of professional experience in a comprehensive environmental health and safety program; and/or equivalent experience/training.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Prior research experience in biological science or biochemistry fields.
  • Working knowledge of application of environmental, health and safety regulations germane to UC Berkeley.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with UCB organizational and research environment, including research laboratories.

Licenses or certifications:
  • Professional certification such as Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), Associate Safety Professional (ASP) or Certificate Safety Professional (CSP) preferred.

**Governing Laws and Regulations

Incumbent's responsibilities are guided by a significant number of federal, State, and local laws and regulations as well as campus policy. There are municipal, regional, county, State, and federal regulators that have jurisdiction, often overlapping, over those campus programs and activities being audited. The following environmental, health and safety subject areas each have multiple laws and regulations which may apply to UC Berkeley:
  • Worker Health and Safety
  • Hazardous Materials/Waste Management
  • Air Quality Management
  • Water Quality Protection

Specific laws and regulations are too numerous to list.

Salary & Benefits

This is an exempt, monthly paid position. The annual salary range of the position is $67,500.00- $95,000.00, commensurate with experience.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Physical Exam

Employment is contingent upon passing a physical exam.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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