Safety and Health Specialist

North Carolina, United States
20 Sep 2018
End of advertisement period
20 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Full Time


Job Description

Safety and Health Specialist II, Laboratory Safety Division

Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit:

The Occupational and Environmental Safety Office (OESO) provides the focus for the administration of all safety programs to Duke University, Duke University Medical Center, and Duke University Health System. OESO has the responsibility for developing institutional safety plans and policies; providing information and training to meet all regulatory requirements; providing technical consultation and guidance; conducting exposure and risk assessments; conducting safety audits; monitoring compliance with all safety policies; and investigating accidents, injuries, and reported unsafe conditions.

Specific to the Laboratory Safety Division (LSD):

The LSD coordinates the programs for evaluating, controlling, or eliminating both health and safety hazards in the laboratory environment. The Laboratory Safety and Health Specialist supports these programs and reports directly to the Director of the Laboratory Safety Division of the OESO.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a primary resource regarding health and safety within the laboratory environment
  • Conduct laboratory safety audits in both research, clinical, and teaching laboratories
  • Communicate recommendations (verbal and written) for improvement to the laboratory regarding safety of laboratory staff
  • Develop and provide various laboratory safety training programs; training and application of safety requirements for individualized work environments are communicated to lab employees
  • Communicate federal, state and local regulations accurately and effectively to insure safety compliance
  • Perform accident investigations and work with departments to correct safety hazards and develop preventative procedures. 
  • Perform Job Hazard and/or Procedural Assessments and recommend measures to control exposures, including substitution of less hazardous materials, personal protective equipment (PPE), work practice changes, and engineering controls.  Provide follow-up assessment of recommendations.
  • Make recommendations with respect to equipment purchase, engineering controls, workspace planning and work process planning.
  • Develop reports documenting observations, sampling results, and recommendations for OESO and Duke independently.  Assist lower level employees in developing reports and recommendations.  Compile and present reports to management related to safety and health activities.
  • Provide solutions to a variety of problems where analysis of data requires evaluation of identifiable factors. Exercise judgment within defined policies and/or parameters in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.
  • Review planned expansion, modifications, or closures of facilities which affect occupational safety.  Contribute to the design of new laboratory facilities where hazardous materials will be used or hazardous processes will be located.
  • Serve as a member of the OESO spill response team, which includes response on weekends and after regular business hours on a rotating schedule. 

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Must have a basic knowledge of chemical and biological hazards in the laboratory environment.
  • Must be familiar with applicable laboratory safety regulations and guidelines, including OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogen, Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemical in Laboratories, and Hazard Communication standards;  the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/National Institutes of Health (NIH) Guidelines for Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories; the NIH Recombinant DNA Guidelines; the International Transport Aviation Association and the Department of Transportation’s Guidelines for shipping biological materials; CLIA and CAP standards and other OSHA regulations or CDC/NIH Guidelines as necessary.
  • Must communicate and work cooperatively with personnel in diverse positions, including professors, researchers, lab technicians, engineering and operations/facilities maintenance personnel, administrators, and regulators to apply regulatory requirements or guidelines to the unique environment of the research or clinical laboratory.
  • Creative problem solving to recognize and analyze needs and develop programs to address needs.
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills


  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Engineering or a related field.
  • Master’s degree in Environmental Science, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Engineering or related field is preferred, but not required.


  • 3+ years of experience in lab safety and/or industrial hygiene w/ Bachelor’s degree
  • 2+ year of experience in lab safety and/or industrial hygiene w/ Master’s degree

 Degrees, Licensure, and/or Certification:

  • Must have a valid driver’s license.
  • Must have completed or be able to complete First Responder- Operations Level Training (29 CFR 1910.120) within 90 days of hire.

Requisition Number 401467089
Location Durham
Job Family Level F1
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt
Full Time / Part Time FULL TIME
Regular / Temporary Regular
Shift First/Day

Minimum Qualifications

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employercommitted to providing employment opportunity without regard to anindividual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, genderidentity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex,sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation,creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robustexchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity ofour perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achievethis exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feelsecure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals arerespected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our communityhave a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions:Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System mayinclude essential job functions that require specific physical and/ormental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests forreasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


Bachelor of Science in Occupational Health and Safety, EnvironmentalScience, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Engineering, Fire Protection orrelated field.


No experience for level 1; three years experience for level 2; fiveyears experience for level 3.

Degrees, Licensures, Certifications

Valid driver's license.Must have completed or be able to complete First Responder-OperationsLevel Training (29 CFR 1910.120).Professional certification preferred for level 2 and 3.Fire Safety- ability to obtain CFPS certification within two years ofhire. Ability to obtain Pre-Qualification, NC Code Officials Board, FirePrevention-Level I within one year of hire.

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