Lab Safety Inspector – ASU

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Campus: Tempe

Laboratory Safety Inspector

Job Description

Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, Dean’s Office Infrastructure and Safety Team is seeking a motivated, self-directed Laboratory Safety Inspector.  Reporting to the Assistant Director of Safety, the position will: Coordinate chemical, biological, electrical, and physical safety programs for the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering (FSE).  Participate in safety oversight in instructional and research laboratories and chemical storage areas; act as a department informational resource on chemical safety; complete: chemical inventories, cataloging, sorting, waste disposal, workplace modification, repairs, safety emergency evaluation & initial timely response and do other duties related to safety. This is a specialized classification and not part of a series.

Job Family

Research & Laboratory

Department Name

EDO Infrastructure



VP Code


Scope of Search


Grant Funded Position

This is not a grant funded position and is not contingent on future grant funding.

Salary Range

$38,160 – $55,000 per year; DOE

Close Date




Essential Duties

  • Maintains and identifies opportunities for improvements in the Laboratory Safety Inspections Program including the laboratory registration program.
  • Performs safety inspections to identify potential safety and health hazards and determines priority of hazard correction.
  • Develops and implements health and safety educational programs or activities to improve awareness of health and safety procedures.
  • Interprets and evaluates university compliance with applicable safety codes.
  • Provides input to EH&S laboratory safety policies and procedures in consultation with EH&S management for compliance with all applicable regulations.
  • Assists with implementation and maintenance of laboratory safety training programs.
  • Performs industrial hygiene sampling to identify, quantify, and mitigate employee exposures to occupational hazards under the direction of the Assistant Director of Occupational Health & Safety.
  • Consults as necessary with laboratory management and employees regarding recognized and potential occupational health and safety hazards.
  • Maintains current knowledge of new and existing laboratory safety regulations to ensure compliance.
  • Implements pilot programs related to web-based laboratory safety registration and laboratory safety plans for use by the ASU community.
  • Supports Emergency Response Programs related to laboratory safety.
  • Supports the EH&S Compliance Officer Program.
  • Assists with development of web-based training programs.
  • Updates applicable EH&S procedures.
  • Participates on Safety Committee.
  • Inspects Engineering instructional and research laboratories and chemical storage areas as necessary; helps correct violations of university, local, state, or federal safety regulations; identifies, recommends and takes action to correct violations of proper laboratory or storage practices.
  • Checks chemical equipment and operating conditions, and repairs or reports malfunctions.
  • Schedules and conducts compliance inspections and generates corrective action reports.
  • Drafts report on inspection results and recommendations; submits reports to supervisor and other appropriate staff/faculty.
  • Counsels and informs staff, faculty and students on chemical safety techniques, packaging, and labeling practices (may include written bulletin, newsletter, or presentation).
  • Investigates safety related incidents and recommends necessary corrective action.
  • Cleans up chemical spills using proper chemical safety techniques; reports to supervisor and appropriate staff/faculty or departments.
  • Coordinates hazardous waste management and disposal with hazardous materials management staff.
  • Helps analyze and characterize unknown hazardous waste.  Analyzes and identifies safety policies, systems or procedures; recommends appropriate changes to management.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in industrial hygiene, public health, chemistry, or closely related scientific field AND four years experience in safety, fire prevention, environmental health, industrial hygiene or related field; OR, Eight years experience in safety, fire prevention, environmental health, industrial hygiene or related field, which includes one year in a supervisory capacity; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience in academic research labs.
  • Experience in focusing on the consultative role rather than enforcing compliance.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the needs of students, researchers, and principal investigators, while maintaining the highest safety standards.
  • Experience in producing results while working autonomously, with little oversight
  • Experience with teaching adults.
  • Experience in material science, Nano-Fabrication, and biomaterials.
  • Experience developing process and safety protocols.

Working Environment

  • Possible exposure to hazardous and/or toxic chemicals, in the course of work.
  • Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting.
  • Required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distances to perform work.
  • Frequent bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 25 pounds.
  • Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities which may include and/or are subject to resolution of conflicts.
  • Clearly communicate to perform essential functions
  • Occasional travel, both in state and out of state, involving operation of a motor vehicle.
  • Wear PAPR or N95 respirators, clean room bunny suits, and personal protective equipment for Biological research and spill response.
  • Regular use of standard office equipment including, but not limited to: computer workstation/laptop (keyboard, monitor, mouse), printer, fax, calculator, copier, telephone and associated computer/technology peripherals.
  • Use personal protection equipment, including respirators
  • This position also receives managerial review of objectives.

Department Statement

This position is in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering Dean’s Office Infrastructure Team. This Team supports all engineering schools, departments and centers at the Fulton Schools; provides quality research support services for varied research programs and is committed to recruit, retain and develop a diversified workforce.

ASU Statement

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Employment Verification Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening which may include verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications.

Background Check Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the background check.

Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.IMPORTANT NOTE: What is the meaning of “equivalent combination” in the minimum qualifications? It means one year of higher education or 24 credit hours, is equal to one year of experience. For example, a four year Bachelor’s degree is equal to four years of experience.

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