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Laboratory Safety Specialist


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Laboratory Safety Specialist

  • 499542
  • Professional Staff
  • Full-time
  • Opening at: May 2 2024 at 15:00 CDT
  • Facilities

Job Summary:

The Laboratory Safety Specialist will provide technical expertise to resolve safety issues involving institutional staff, students, and university wide community. The Specialist performs and completes special projects as needed to address institutional safety issues. Duties may include functions in any or all of the following areas: Fire and Life Safety, Occupational Health and Safety, Radiation Safety, Emergency Preparedness and, Environmental Protection, Biological, Chemical, and Laboratory Compliance.

Duties & Essential Job Functions:

Recognize, Evaluate, and Mitigate Hazardous
1. Participates in the management and process flow of various Laboratory Safety programs (laboratory audits, lab moves, safety seal, etc.). Assists in the review and monitoring of safety programs for effectiveness and efficiency.
2. Responds to internal institutional incidents including, but not limited to hazardous chemical/biological spills.
3. Assists in the hazardous materials collection, storage, and disposal process.

4. Assists in maintaining compliance with all local, state, and federal environmental guidelines and regulations. Provides regulatory interpretations, technical assistance, and recommendations related to laboratory safety programs and other departmental programs.
5. Provides training to the TCU community and on laboratory safety program management operations, regulations, and requirements to maintain compliance.

Program Support and Implementation
6. Develops, reviews and disseminates documentation relating to Laboratory Safety programs and processes.
7. Develops and maintains Laboratory Safety communication programs institutional wide including the Burnett School of Medicine.
8. Creates metrics and data analysis for performance measurement, budget forecasts, and program recommendations. Documents data and generates reports for departmental evaluation.
9. Provides support to the Hazardous Material Safety Manager in maintaining compliance with university safety programs.
10. Oversees lab safety portions of lab moves to include risk assessment, communications, assignment of resources and lab clearance.
11. Performs and completes special projects as assigned or as needed to address institutional compliance with university programs.
12. Assists in drafting comments on proposed state and federal regulations as needed
13. Other duties as assigned.

Required Education & Experience:

• Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Applied or Basic Sciences.
• 3 years’ experience handling chemical substances, including implementing safety compliance.
• Experience in performing audits of Biological Safety laboratories (BSL) and Animal Biological Safety laboratories (ABSL).

Preferred Education & Experience:

• Master's Degree.
• Certified Industrial Hygienist {CIH).
• Certified Safety Professional {CSP).
• 4 years(+) relevant experience conducting inspections, following hazardous communication, using laboratory PPE, and/or participating in laboratory incident responses.

Required Licensure/Certification/Specialized Training:

• Course certificate or other related proof of knowledge of laboratory safety measures (e.g., HAZWOPER, HAZCOM course certificate, etc).
• Valid driver's license.
• Ability to pass driver background check.

Preferred Licensure, Certification, and/or Specialized Training:

• Certified Industrial Hygienist {CIH).
• Certified Safety Professional {CSP).
• Associate Safety Professional {ASP)

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

• Knowledge of laboratory related OSHA regulations, industrial standards, and best work practices
• Knowledge of laboratory safety regulations and compliance requirements.
• Knowledge of chemicals and laboratory supplies.
• Knowledge of record keeping techniques.
• Knowledge of customer service techniques.
• Skill in navigation of Microsoft Windows.
• Skill in some or all components of Microsoft Office.
• Ability to communicate quantitative and qualitative information.
• Ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines.

TCU Core Competencies:

University Core Competencies definitions may be found on the Human Resources website and in the staff performance management system.

Physical Requirements (With or Without Accommodations):

• Visual acuity to read information from computer screens, forms and other printed materials and information.
• Able to speak (enunciate) clearly in conversation and general communication.
• Hearing ability for verbal communication/conversation/responses via telephone, telephone systems, and face-to-face interactions.
• Manual dexterity for typing, writing, standing and reaching, flexibility, body movement for bending, crouching, walking, kneeling and prolonged sitting.
• Lifting and moving objects and equipment up to 35 lbs.

Work Environment:

• Work is indoors, outdoors, requires movement across the entire campus and is subject to schedule changes and/or variable work hours.
• There are no harmful environmental conditions present for this job outside the normal risks associated with the identification, handling and disposal of lab materials.
• The noise level in this work environment is usually moderate.
• This is an on campus, in person position.

AA/EEO Statement:

As an AA/EEO employer, TCU recruits, hires, and promotes qualified persons in all job classifications without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ethnic origin, disability, genetic information, covered veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. 

TCU Annual Security Report & Fire Safety Report Notice of Availability

Texas Christian University is committed to assisting all members of the campus community in providing for their own safety and security. TCU’s Annual Security Report and Fire Safety Report is published in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy & Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) and the Higher Education Opportunity Act. This report includes statistics for the previous three calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by the University, and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The statements of policy contained within this report address institutional policies, procedures, and programs concerning campus security, alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, emergency notifications and timely warning of crimes, sexual and interpersonal violence, and personal safety at TCU. Additionally, this report outlines fire safety systems, policies and procedures for on-campus housing facilities, as well as residence hall fire statistics. 

The Annual Security Report and Fire Safety Report can be found on the TCU Police Department website at, or a paper copy of the report may be obtained by contacting the TCU Police Department at 817-257-7930, or via email at

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