Nature and Purpose of Position: Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) assists departments in maintaining a safe and healthy university environment for staff, faculty, students and visitors. EHS provides training, monitoring, consultation, and various safety and health professional services that enhance instructional, research, and service goals of the University, as well as helping to ensure Lamar University abides by the EHS regulatory requirements established at the local, state and federal level.
Reporting to the Director of Environmental Health and Safety and Risk Management for Lamar University (University), the Building and Lab Safety Coordinator (BLSC) will conduct audits of facilities to ensure compliance with applicable regulatory guidelines regarding environmental health and safety to include fire and life safety codes. The BLSC will be responsible for conducting and maintaining a laboratory hazard surveillance program for University facilities working with chemical or biological agents. The program will be designed to meet health and safety requirements of current regulations, funding agencies, and/or accrediting bodies.
Primary Responsibilities: The Building and Lab Safety Coordinator is responsible for such functions as but not necessarily limited to the following:
Conduct site visits of facilities to ensure compliance with institutional policy and risk based guidelines, current federal, state, and local regulations. Generate correspondence concerning the outcome of site visits. Where safety-related deficiencies are found, communicate effective strategies to mitigate risks to the department or Principal Investigator. Follow up visits will be done to determine the extent of remedial measures taken.
Perform monthly inspections of fire extinguishers and AEDs.
Provide safety related services to laboratories; serve as liaison for the laboratory to communicate with other groups within EHS (radiation safety, chemical safety, general life safety and fire building issues). Assist the laboratory staff in developing risk-based health and safety plans.
Assist in maintaining an ongoing site visit database.
Assist in maintaining an ongoing agent registry for tracking use of hazardous materials and coordinate the disposal of hazardous materials.
Assist in procurement, interpretation and distribution of safety information, including safety data sheets for chemical and infectious agents.
Assist in updating and maintaining university Laboratory Safety Manuals.
May serve on EHS response team as needed.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Additional Department Summary: The ideal candidate should have laboratory preferred. Familiarity with basic math used in scientific calculations and a general understanding of laboratory processes.
Minimum Qualifications: Minimum Qualifications:
Skills and Knowledge: Must possess the necessary physical ability to perform the duties (e.g. wear respirator, climb stairs/ladders). The ability to read and interpret technical instructional manuals, the ability to prepare clear, accurate and informative reports including investigative findings, conclusions, and recommendations; superior interpersonal and oral presentation skills are required. Computer skills and some experience in laboratory safety are desired. Must have sufficient mobility, dexterity, and endurance to perform emergency response and field work, have the ability to wear personal protective equipment, SCBA, walk up and down stairs, use ladders or enter confined spaces.
Education and Experience Requirements: Bachelors degree in Chemistry, Biological Science, Industrial Hygiene, Public Health or a related field and one (1) year of related experience required.
Additional Required Specifications: Must have a valid Texas drivers license and motor vehicle driving record acceptable to the universitys insurance carrier.
Working Conditions/Work Schedule: Typical schedule is M-F 8am-5pm; with some after-hours work during inclement weather, emergencies, or other University work curtailments or closures.
This position supports essential functions of campus operations and the incumbent may be expected to report to work during inclement weather, emergency and other University work curtailments or closures. Work environment is varied and includes, but is not limited to work within laboratories, filed, office, hazardous waste storage facilities, and shops.
EEOC Statement: Lamar University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.
Preferred Qualifications: Preferred Qualifications Two to three years implementing a laboratory or chemical safety program within a university setting, including performing assessments, laboratory follow-ups, and program maintenance.
Security Sensitive Statement: This position is security-sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code 51.215, which authorizes the employer to obtain criminal history record information.
Lamar University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of Lamar University not to discriminate on the basis of non-relevant criteria including, but not limited to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status in its educational programs, activities, admissions or employment practices.
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Home to more than 14,000 students, Lamar University is one of the fastest growing universities in Texas and is a member of The Texas State University System. LU offers more than 100 programs of study leading to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The 270-acre campus in Beaumont is about 90 miles east of Houston and about 25 miles west of Louisiana