Job Posting for MDPH: Environmental Health and Safety Officer

Title: Environmental Health and Safety Officer 

Organization: MDPH 

Brief Summary of Position: 

The Environmental Health and Safety Officer (EH&S Officer) assures that the Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences meets the requirements to maintain a safe and healthy work environment for the laboratory divisions of the Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory (MASPHL). These laboratories include Chemistry, Microbiology, and Molecular Diagnostics and Virology. In coordination with the MASPHL Director, the EH&S Officer oversees all aspects of laboratory safety (biological and chemical) training and competency, occupational health and assists in ergonomically related issues. This position oversees the Hazardous Waste Management program, coordinates the Emergency Response and Management program, administers the facility environmental permits and inspections program, and regularly audits the laboratory facilities. Maintains professional certification in the area of environmental health and safety.

Responsibilities:

  • Direct, manage, train and provide expertise for health and safety issues for all laboratory sections. Administrates and coordinates the emergency response plans for spills, decontamination and cleanup; coordinates the certification of biological safety equipment; and manages the waste management plan.
  • Provides technical expertise, training and oversight for the facility for hazardous waste identification, regulatory compliance and waste management. Coordinates chemical waste pickup and disposal. Writes SOP’s and assures compliance with storage, labeling and handling of waste. Maintain and assure compliance of Hazardous Waste Manifests, Small Quantity Generator status, profiles, land ban form and training records, and other relevant paperwork.
  • Acts in the role of the Chemical Hygiene Officer according to OSHA regulations to ensure compliance with the OSHA Laboratory Standard for working with hazardous chemicals. Administers the Respiratory Protection Program, including, fit testing, written program and training for all FTEs, contractors, vendors and temporary employees who need access to the Tower. Maintains the database of industrial accidents; investigates accidents and unsafe conditions; track and trend data; recommends corrective actions.
  • Provides training and assures compliance with storage, labeling and handling of radioactive samples and/or waste including maintaining SOPs.
  • Provides training and maintains a written integrated facility-wide emergency response contingency plan that includes: fire, spills, medical emergencies, facility emergencies, Automated External Defibrillator (AED) program, and coordinates drills.
  • Administers permits, including required sampling, submissions, and coordination of regulatory agency onsite and written response to questions, concerns, and audit findings. Coordinate regulatory agency on-site inspections: DEP, EPA, and MWRA covering record reviews, and written responses to audit findings.
  •  Actively participates and/or chairs committees including the Safety Committee, EO511 Safety Facility Committee, and other related committees; serves as an expert resource in all issues regarding biological and chemical safety.

Qualifications:

MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have at least (A) six years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, technical or professional experience in the field of environmental engineering. civil engineering, sanitary engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering or public health engineering and (B) of which at least five years must have been in a professional capacity and (C) of which at least three years must have been in a supervisory, managerial or administrative capacity, or (D) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.

Substitutions:

I. An Associate’s degree with a major In civil engineering or civil engineering technology may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required (A) experience.*

II. A Bachelor’s degree with a major in environmental engineering, civil engineering, civil engineering technology, sanitary engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering or public health engineering may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the required (A) experience.*

III. A Graduate degree with a major in environmental engineering, civil engineering, sanitary engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering or public health engineering may be substituted for a maximum of three years of the required (A) experience and one year of the required (B) experience.*

*Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.

NOTE: Educational substitutions will only be permitted for a maximum of one year of the required (B) experience.  No substitutions will be permitted for the required (C) experience.

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