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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
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Academic/Educational sector
Experience level:
3-5 years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree

Chemistry Resource & Chemical Hygiene Specialist (EHS)

Position Summary:
The Chemistry Resource and Chemical Hygiene Specialist serves as both the purchasing agent and budget administrator for the Chemistry Department, and as the Chemical Hygiene Officer (CHO) for the University's chemical usage areas. As the Chemistry Resource Specialist, the incumbent will manage the operations of the Chemistry department stockroom including ordering, receiving, shipping and inventory management. As the Chemical Hygiene Specialist, the incumbent will act as a liaison between the Science Departments and the Director of Environmental, Health and Safety (EH&S) for laboratory safety issues.

With oversight from the Director of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S), the Specialist administers University policies and procedures that ensure a safe and healthful environment surrounding lab safety, chemical hygiene, and hazardous waste management. This position will advise and assist faculty and staff with lab safety and hazardous materials training and procedures, and overall hazardous materials compliance. This position will report to the Chair of the Chemistry Department (80%) with secondary oversight by the Director of Environmental Health & Safety (20%) for the CHO responsibilities.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Maintain complete computerized chemical inventory on the Vertere system for the Chemistry and Physics departments.
  • Maintain a complete record of Safety Data Sheets (SDS) that must be available to all students and faculty using chemicals in the Science Center.
  • Manage the purchasing, receiving, distribution, and record keeping of chemicals and laboratory equipment for all teaching and research activities in Chemistry.
  • Manage the storage of gas cylinders in the Science Center.
  • Oversee the maintenance of instrumentation in Chemistry labs.
  • Maintain records for proper accounting for grant and department funds.
  • In collaboration with the Director of Environmental Health & Safety, implement the University's Chemical Hygiene plan.
  • For the campus, coordinate the collection, storage, and transportation of hazardous waste.
  • In collaboration with the Director of Environmental Health & Safety, coordinate and conduct laboratory inspections of equipment, materials and operations to ensure compliance with regulations, laboratory standards and best practices.
  • Maintain and update Chemical Hygiene Plan annually.
  • Provide training concerning hazardous materials and chemicals to campus faculty, staff, and students.
  • Maintain documentation and records, such as lab safety procedures, training, safety equipment, inspections and corrections, incident reports, waste disposal. Coordinate with the Director of EH&S on records maintenance and retention.

Secondary Responsibilities:

  • Chair the Science Center Laboratory Safety Committee and serve as a member of the University Work Place Safety Committee.
  • Maintain the reverse osmosis water system for the Science Center.
  • Ensure that proper safety procedures are followed in the Chemistry stockroom.
  • Supervise and train work-study students in Chemistry.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to lift at least 30 lbs. and move heavy gas cylinders and other equipment.
  • Experience handling hazardous chemicals and hazardous wastes.
  • Ability to handle and use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) demonstrated by past experience, certifications and/or training.
  • Position requires being available for 24/7 for calls pertaining to chemical safety.

REQUIRED Minimum Requirements::

  • Bachelor's degree in Chemistry/Biology or a related discipline.
  • Knowledge of scientific materials, chemicals and equipment.
  • Knowledge of EPA and OSHA compliance.
  • Intermediate computer skills including previous experience using job related software.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Chemistry or Environmental Health and Safety.
  • 1-3 years experience in discipline and working in a university setting.
  • Previous experience with spreadsheets and budget management.
  • Certified Chemical Hygiene Officer.
  • Vertere and SDS Software knowledge.

On-line applications only. Please provide a letter of application/interest and resume by clicking the "Apply for this job" link above. Review of applications will begin on January 16, 2017. 

Saint Joseph's University is a private, Catholic, and Jesuit institution and expects members of its community to be knowledgeable about its mission and make positive contributions to that mission. Saint Joseph's is an equal opportunity employer that seeks to recruit, develop and retain a talented and diverse workforce.


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