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#115985 EH&S Chemical Safety/Industrial Hygiene Specialist

Filing Deadline: Wed 7/6/2022

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 position will remain open until filled. Initial application review date: 05/13/2022.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 05/04/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 05/13/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The University of California, San Diego, Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) Chemical Safety/Industrial Hygiene Specialist works under general supervision of the Research Safety Manager. The primary emphasis of the job is the prevention and/or mitigation of occupational injuries or illnesses from chemical risks in the laboratory environment. The incumbent will provide consultation services to Principal Investigators (PI) and researchers on the policies, practices and procedures for the safe use of hazardous materials. The incumbent will frequently consult with faculty and staff as well as support and maintenance personnel to improve practices, procedures and control measures.

The incumbent will evaluate workplaces to identify, analyze, monitor, and control chemical health hazards for elimination or reduction of illness and injuries. The incumbent will facilitate loss prevention initiatives to protect employees from occupational exposures to hazardous materials, chemicals, microbials, noise, and physical agents. The incumbent will develop strategies and systems for compliance with campus, federal and state policies, guidelines and laws relating to the research environment.

The EH&S Chemical Safety Specialist will use applicable EH&S concepts to implement a single-function program or multi-specialty programs applicable to a variety of organization infrastructures and departments. Work is reviewed for soundness of technical judgment and for following the defined policies and procedures. Apply professional level knowledge of subject, including complete knowledge of a specialty area within single academic/occupational discipline. Decision-making takes into account established procedures, relevant laws, regulations and organization policy, communication/outreach, and impact on other EH&S programs.

  • Serve as an EHS Response Team member. May be requested to respond back to campus to support the EHS Duty Officer in the event of an after-hours, weekend, or holiday incident involving hazardous materials and/or for services provided within the employee’s subject area of expertise.


  • Bachelor of Science in science-related field and progressive professional years of experience in an environmental health and safety program or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Solid, comprehensive working knowledge and understanding of a specific EH&S field including related laws and regulations, and general understanding of all EH&S fields.

  • Demonstrated ability to design, develop, and implement research safety programs. Ability to provide unique and innovative content.

  • Extensive familiarity with the implementation of a Chemical Hygiene Program. Hazards including, but are not limited to compressed gases, carcinogens, reproductive hazards, flammables, highly toxic materials, cryogens, corrosives etc.

  • Experience in a research laboratory environment. Experience with the understanding of the building and lab systems: HVAC, fume hoods, gas cabinets, laminar flow hoods, toxic gas monitoring systems, gas piping, chemical safety, as well as a basic level of understanding of building codes.

  • Proven knowledge of Federal, State and local regulations pertaining to health and safety issues in University research areas including laboratory safety and chemical safety occupational hazards.

  • Demonstrated ability to apply the concepts of chemical control banding, including criteria for establishing safety containment levels to various research and laboratory applications.

  • Proven ability to evaluate workplace situations for safe handling, storage, use, or disposal of hazardous materials.

  • Knowledge and experience in evaluating health hazards based on risk and decision logic for exposure assessments of occupational related to chemicals, physical and or biological hazards.

  • Proven knowledge in the selection and use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Ability to wear the required appropriate level of PPE including respiratory.

  • Proven ability and willingness to respond to emergency situations, as well as ability to analyze situations and provide necessary leadership on behalf of the department.

  • Working skills in the appropriate use of technology and relevant scientific equipment as required. Experience in operating air monitoring and analysis equipment, trouble shooting instruments, and applying software programs to evaluate results.

  • Demonstrated ability to write clear and concise technical reports. Demonstrated ability to maintain clear, accurate and up-to-date records.

  • Strong ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. Ability to develop a strong rapport with academic personnel to thoroughly evaluate research projects and develop creative solutions to unique and often complex problems.

  • Good written, verbal, and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively in a diverse environment. Demonstrated ability to design, develop and present technical training programs to a diverse personnel ranging from custodial to research staff.


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

  • Must possess and maintain a valid California Driver License.

  • Must pass pulmonary function test and be able to be fit-tested for and wear an air purifying respirator and a self-contained breathing apparatus within 30 days of employment.

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.

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