The Associate Industrial Hygienist (IH) is responsible for providing Industrial Hygiene support to the Lab Safety Services team within the Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) office. Primary responsibilities include providing technical and field support to the EH&S Laboratory Ventilation Management Program (LVMP) and for supporting the implementation of Lab Safety Programs and Services within Harvard schools, as assigned. Position will participate in a variety of support tasks and will report to the Lab Ventilation Program Manager. Duties may include acting as a customer liaison between Department Laboratory Safety Officers, Facilities Management & EH&S. This position provides emergency response support on a team rotation basis.
Duties and Responsibilities
As part of the EH&S Lab Safety Team, this position will help integrate safety into laboratory operations and promote safe work practices based on regulatory requirements, best management practice guidance and University Policy.
Conducts and assists with inspections, compliance reviews and hazard assessments of research laboratories, research animal facilities and other support facilities. Prepares and provides timely peer-reviewed reports, assists with and monitors corrective actions, as necessary. Prepares and assists with Lab Safety training including chemical, biological, general, and physical hazard protection in laboratories, effective safety and exposure control device use, hazardous materials shipping, and other customized trainings.
Assist Lab Ventilation Program Manager in gathering information about chemical inventories, benchtop processes and/or equipment setups for conducting Laboratory Inhalation Risk Assessment (LIRA).
Collect and assess lab experimental protocols for Laboratory Inhalation Risk Assessment (LIRA) baseline field assessments.
Collect air samples (direct reading instruments, sampling pumps, passive vapor badges, etc.) to assess ambient lab air quality.
Assist Lab Ventilation Program Manager in analyzing and managing sampling data.
Generate air sampling reports.
Test chemical fume hoods and other exposure capture devices (ECDs) such as snorkels and ventilated enclosures.
Manage and maintain IH equipment as well as assist in updating IH equipment inventory control, set-up, calibration, use, and analysis guides.
Support general lab ventilation assessments.
Support respirator fit testing.
Support the management of chemical and product safety data sheet database.
Assists in the response and investigation of laboratory-related accidents or exposures.
Assist with EH&S project and program work, as needed.
Bachelor’s degree in a scientific or engineering discipline and at least one year of relevant work experience; OR A minimum of five years of relevant work experience or equivalent combination of education and experience
Experience with IH monitoring equipment, local exhaust and general room ventilation systems, chemical properties data, chemical inventory systems, or related fields.
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, handling multiple assignments with diverse clients in different academic lab research areas (e.g., biology, chemistry).
Strong interpersonal and excellent verbal and written communication skills with attention to detail and the ability to work independently, are required.
Must be able to use database applications, Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Word, SharePoint and Teams.
Additional Qualifications and Skills
Technology Skills: Experience in chemical data review/entry and statistical data management is preferred. Experience with the Gasmet DX4040 or Miran SapphIRe infrared spectrometers as well as other Industrial Hygiene equipment such as the TSI Velocicalc and TSI Portacount is a plus.
Participates in the EHS Emergency Response Program on a rotating basis as a cross-trained EHS Responder. Will be required to carry a cell phone and occasionally respond to emergencies during non-business hours.
Ability to carry up to 40 lbs of equipment in a backpack or by its handle. Must have sufficient mobility, dexterity, and endurance to perform field visits. Must be capable of using personal protective equipment and monitoring equipment be able to access any area of the University to perform designated work functions including but not limited to inspections, job safety assessments, and emergency response.
Emergency Status Designation: Critical Operations Personnel
Pre-Employment Screening: DMV, Drug Testing, Education, Identity, Employment
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Location: USA - MA - Cambridge
Time Status: Full-time
Pre-Employment Screening: CORI, Criminal, Drug Testing, Education, Employment, Identity
Schedule: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm
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