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#121373 Chemical Hygiene Officer

Filing Deadline: Wed 3/22/2023

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

This recruitment will remain open until filled. Initial application deadline: 3/2/2023.


Under the direction of the Research Safety Division under the Laboratory Safety Programs Manager, the incumbent serves as the campus Chemical Hygiene Officer (CHO). The primary emphasis of the job is the prevention and/or mitigation of occupational injuries or illnesses from chemical and other risk factors in the laboratory environment. The position is the campus subject matter and technical expert on Chemical Safety and develops and maintains a comprehensive chemical safety program that includes a variety of complex administrative and technical health and safety components. Serves as the campus Chemical Hygiene Officer and must be qualified by training and experience, to provide technical guidance in the development and implementation of the provisions of the Chemical Hygiene Plan. Policies, practices and procedures are developed and promulgated in coordination with the Laboratory and Chemical Safety Committee.

The CHO will frequently consult with faculty and staff laboratories as well as support personnel to improve practices, procedures and control measures. The CHO will develop, coordinate and review inspections (or audits) of laboratory facilities, and monitor required documentation and behaviors. Follows up on high score laboratory inspections and health and safety program audits; coordinates and conducts work area health and safety assessments and surveys to determine the presence of hazardous conditions; promptly communicates concerns and recommendations to all involved individuals; and ensures corrective actions are taken in a timely manner according to defined standards. The CHO will develop strategies and systems for compliance with federal and state laws relating to laboratory safety and health. The CHO will coordinate campus chemical inventory management for research laboratories and coordinate maximum allowable quantity reviews to ensure compliance. Decision-making is based on established procedures and integration and interpretation of relevant laws, regulations and organizational policy; professional best practices; relevant science methodology, impact on other EH&S programs; and senior management approvals. Decisions may impact other EH&S programs, departments, segments of the organization and/or organization-wide.

  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required. Ability to be available on-call and return to campus on short notice as necessary during non-work hours for EH&S related concerns/incidents.

  • Serves as EHS Duty Officer. Must be available on-call 2-4 times per year for one-week shifts to respond to UCSD in the event of an after-hours, weekend or holiday incident involving hazardous materials or requests for services that are regularly provided by the EHS department. May be requested to respond back to campus throughout the year to respond to EHS-related incidents and/or for services provided within the employee’s subject area of expertise.


  • Bachelor's degree in related area and/or an equivalent combination of experience/training. Advanced or expert knowledge and understanding of a broad range of EH&S fields and familiarity with all EH&S fields. Knowledge and expertise in all subject areas across the EH&S discipline.

  • Strong chemistry background with extensive and recent experience in higher education research safety. Excellent technical skills in broad-based laboratory safety programs and chemical safety management experience in a research environment.

  • Substantial knowledge of toxicology and the modes of action of chemical agents. Ability to apply that knowledge to reduce risk of illness or injury in research and student laboratory situations.

  • Advanced or expert knowledge and skill in applying and interpreting applicable local, state, and federal regulations and related standards, guidelines and, as appropriate, recommending organization policy. Experience in developing a comprehensive Environmental Health and Safety programs.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of local, state, and federal regulations specific to general safety, occupational health and safety, chemical safety, biosafety, radiation safety, fire/life safety, emergency management, and environmental protection.

  • Advanced Knowledge of county, state, and federal regulations concerning chemical and laboratory safety equipment. Advanced skill to appropriately use technology and relevant scientific equipment as required. Demonstrated experience in the use of personal protective equipment including, but not limited to supplied air respirators and protective clothing.

  • Demonstrated ability to provide leadership during incident management until a transfer of responsibility takes place or the incident has been resolved. Proven knowledge, skill, and ability necessary to execute incident management activities safely and effectively. Ability to analyze situations, evaluate the need for additional EH&S resources and/or activation of the EH&S response team, and assume responsibility for incident management.

  • Advanced skill in mentoring or overseeing the work of other EH&S technical and professional staff. Works closely with the Research assistance program to monitor the research lab chemical safety program.

  • Basic computer skills including database design and management. Demonstrated experience to use various equipment to monitor the effectiveness of local and general ventilation systems.

  • Advanced analytical and organizational skills to organize, prioritize and manage the successful completion of projects within budget and time constraints. Proven skill in working independently and following through on duties with minimal direction.

  • Proven ability to organize, work independently, exercise good judgment, take initiative, set priorities, meet deadlines, and schedule tasks to complete projects effectively and efficiently with high attention to detail and accuracy.

  • Skill in setting priorities in order to complete work in a timely manner when there are changes in type of workload, pressures of deadlines, and a heavy workload during certain days of the week or certain months of the year.

  • Demonstrated strong communication skills necessary to impart health and safety information to a variety of workers of differing backgrounds. Strong ability and experience to effectively communicate health and safety principles and practices in writing. Skilled in training development, instruction, and good public speaking skills.

  • Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communications skills, including advanced political acumen and skill to effectively communicate with diverse constituencies in a highly political environment. Advanced skill to effectively represent the organization to state and federal authorities, and community groups.


  • DOJ/FBI and DMV background checks and clearances required prior to employment.

  • Must possess and maintain a current and valid California Driver License. May be required to participate in the California DMV Pull Notice Program.

  • Must be able and willing to wear personal protective equipment, including respirators, and respond to health and safety emergencies.

  • Must be willing to work with hazardous materials.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $71,000 - $160,000 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $34.00 - $76.63

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UC San Diego strives to cultivate a rich and diverse environment, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. For more information, please visit UC San Diego Principles of Community.

The University of California 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, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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