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Industrial Hygienist 3
About the Position: The Industrial Hygienist 3 develops and implements the WWU Laboratory Safety Inspection program, inspects WWU laboratory facilities, equipment and operations to ensure compliance.  This position is also responsible for surveillance of laboratory personnel exposure to hazardous chemicals.

This position is part of a Public School Employees of WWU bargaining union.  New employees are required to meet the membership requirements of the current collective bargaining agreement within 30 calendar days of employment.

About the College/Department: The Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Department is an administrative department within the Business and Financial Affairs division whose mission is to provide support for the Western community in efforts to keep ourselves and our environment healthy and safe. 
Position Responsibilities:
  • Develop and coordinate major components of an Industrial Hygiene Program including, but not limited to, lab safety, asbestos, and surveillance of exposures to hazardous materials
  • Conduct laboratory safety inspections and safety assessments
    • Independently conduct complex inspections of University research and academic laboratories to assess existing and potential health hazards, and determine compliance with University policies and numerous applicable regulations
  • Serve as the University's Chemical Hygiene Officer
  • Perform consultation surveys of University laboratory spaces to detect and eliminate any existing and potential health hazards
  • Determine and evaluate high-level hazardous atmospheres and chemical processes in laboratories
  • Conduct and review post-accident and safety violation investigations pursuant to University policies and procedures, and federal and state laws and regulations
  • Present reports of inspections to laboratory personnel, University management and safety personnel, covering the inspection conducted, the findings and the minimum standards which must be met through remedial measures; follow-up to check progress and effectiveness of changes instituted; recommend the extent to which enforcement actions are needed for cases of non-compliance
  • Develop and coordinate implementation of program methods to minimize levels of occupational health hazards and community pollutants
  • Determine survey evaluation plans for surveillance of personnel exposure to hazardous chemicals as needed; surveys may include conducting interviews, opening and closing conferences, preparing final reports, gathering samples of air, dust, liquids, or other materials; as well as using direct reading instruments for measurement of noise, non-ionizing radiation, vibration, temperatures, and chemical contamination
  • Develop procedures for maintenance of laboratory inspection information systems
  • Advise University personnel in lower level industrial hygiene investigations of low complexity situations as needed
  • Develop and implement an asbestos management program, including collecting bulk and air quality monitoring samples, performing laboratory analyses for asbestos, analyzing data, preparing reports and associated documents, performing pre-work hazard assessments, providing asbestos-related training, preparing specifications for management and removal projects, as appropriate, and maintaining applicable documentation
  • Develop procedures for maintenance of industrial hygiene information systems
  • Liaison, counsel and advise faculty/principal investigators, department staff, department safety officers, and relevant students and employees regarding laboratory safety practices, institutional policies and procedures, and relevant laws and regulations
  • Laboratory safety communications and outreach
  • Design, develop and publish educational communication materials for faculty/principle investigators, department safety coordinators, students, staff and other relevant personnel in coordination with appropriate department personnel
  • Provide routine updates and additional information on an as-needed or as-requested basis to the Laboratory and Chemical Safety Committee; attend Laboratory and Chemical Safety Committee meetings
  • Provide general and back-up department support for hazardous waste operations, confined space entry and rescue team, maintenance of administrative systems, and other programmatic needs as appropriate
  • Participate in required and recommended training
  • Respond to emergencies on campus, including non-business hours on occasion; enter personal access holes, tunnels and confined spaces
  • Other duties as assigned
Required Qualifications:
  • BA involving major study in occupational safety and/or health, industrial hygiene, chemistry, chemical engineering or related field
  • Three years of experience as an industrial hygienist OR a master's degree involving major study in industrial hygiene or related field, plus two years of experience as an industrial hygienist
  • Demonstrated knowledge of relevant federal and state laws and regulations regarding environmental health and safety, and laboratory safety
  • Demonstrated professional written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to handle stressful situations in a professional manner
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with the community, University and higher education partners, fostering diversity
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite
  • Experience in team and/or project management
  • Ability and willingness to wear a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) or other respirator in emergency situations
  • Ability to lift up to 40 pounds
  • Valid driver's license
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Certification as a Certified Industrial Hygienist as granted by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene
  • Experience in higher education or private laboratory setting, and knowledge of laboratory safety requirements
  • Master's degree in industrial hygiene, chemistry, or related field
  • Working knowledge of the health and physical hazards of chemical research laboratories
  • Experience in performing safety audits in laboratories
Academic Emphasis: N/A
Job Location: Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
Salary: New hires typically begin at $4418/month including an excellent benefits package
Bargaining Union: PTE
Application Instructions and Requested Documents: Please log in below and submit your application via WWU's Electronic Application System for Employment (EASE).  Note:  You will need to be using Internet Explorer to fully utilize our online application system.
A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.  You may cut and paste or upload your resume and cover letter as noted on the EASE application.

Please complete the education and work experience section of the EASE application and submit the names and contact information of three professional references.
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Job Posted: 10/11/2016
Closing Date Notes: Application review begins November 1, 2016; position is open until filled
Recruitment #: 160417
Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU's Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); eoo@wwu.edu

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

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