Chemical Hygiene Officer/Safety Specialist

The Pennsylvania State University Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) is seeking an individual with broad knowledge and experience in all aspects of chemical safety. Example duties of the Chemical Hygiene Officer / Safety Specialist include serving as the technical expert and scientific safety officer for the laboratory chemical hygiene, chemical hazard communications and laboratory chemical exposure assessment programs. Oversees the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) CFATS program. Conducts compliance and risk assessments, and develops and implements policies and procedures. Assesses current programs to identify new performance goals, strategies, and metrics.

This position is located at the University Park campus and oversees chemical safety programs at all University locations (including all Commonwealth campuses and research locations), except the Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine.

Responsibilities include:

  • Manages the OSHA Laboratory Chemical Hygiene Program
  • Manages the OSHA Chemical Hazard Communications Program
  • Manages the laboratory chemical exposure assessment programs in conjuntion with the Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) industrial hygiene team
  • Oversees the DHS Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standard (CFATS) program for the University and maintains required security clearances
  • Conducts accident and incident investigations to chemical-related exposures and recommends follow-up and work-practice changes as needed
  • Develop and provide train-the-trainer and general training programs for EHS staff, safety officers and general community on chemical safety programs
  • Responds as part of an emergency team to incidents involving fire, hazardous materials, environmental and chemical spills, gas leaks, indoor air quality issues, floods, and other emergencies
  • Participates on EHS team and provides support to further departmental mission

Typically, requires a Bachelor’s degree or higher in Occupational Safety/Environmental Health or related discipline plus five years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Advanced degree in chemistry, toxicology or related field preferred including additional years of associated experience. Possession of professional certification as a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) and/or Certified Chemical Hygiene Officer (CCHO). Perspective candidates must submit to and pass the CFATS Personnel Surety Program background check pursuant to 6 CFR 27.230(a)(13)(iv). This includes obtaining clearances after the start of employment. An incumbent who does not meet requirements cannot fill this position and will be terminated.

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