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Advisor, Research Safety

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, Arizona
Occupational and Environmental Safety

Posting Number: req7823

Department: Rsrch Laboratory & Safety Svcs

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

Research, Laboratory & Safety Services at the University of Arizona is in search of Research Safety Advisors (Environmental Health and Safety Professional I).  The Research Safety Advisor position supports aspects of the chemical, biological, radiation, industrial hygiene and general safety programs for the UArizona Research Enterprise. 

This position supports regulatory compliance and protects, promotes, and advocates for the health and safety of UA research personnel, and serves as a member of the integrated group of technical professionals (IGTP). The prospective employee must have the proper combination of education, certification, training, and work experience to help facilitate a safe and compliant work and learning environment for research and academic communities.

Research Laboratory & Safety Services serves the University of Arizona, and various regulatory, research, clinical, and educational units around the State of Arizona.

Research Laboratory & Safety Services assists, monitors, and provides oversight to ensure that federal, state, local, and University of Arizona regulations and policies are implemented in a safe and secure manner.  We are a service-oriented department committed to professionalism through friendly and helpful interactions.

UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life
insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays;
UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members;
state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural
activities; and more!

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Employee COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement
All University employees, including student workers and graduate assistants/associates, must verify that they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless they have been granted a religious or  disability/medical accommodation.

Duties & Responsibilities

Duties & responsibilities:

  • Inspect University research laboratories, teaching laboratories and hazardous material facilities for compliance with applicable regulations, codes, hygiene practices, and workplace safety rules. Assess anticipated and existing hazards by reviewing documents, conducting measurements, calculations, and interviews. Communicate suspected and known hazards to Principle Investigators (PIs), faculty, staff, and students to mitigate hazards in the laboratory. Assist PIs with authoring, publishing, and maintaining required safety plans, records and hazardous material inventories. Support response and remediation efforts for spills, abandoned hazardous materials, suspected regulated material exposures, and other regulated hazardous materials. Provide respirator fit testing and training, audiometric services, and assist in the maintenance of record keeping for these programs.  Assist in the continued development of the industrial hygiene and general safety programs.
  • Strengthen and grow the research enterprise at the University of Arizona by providing best in class service to Principal Investigators, research faculty, staff and students, in chemical, biological, radiation, and general occupational safety and health. Contribute to the development and implementation of a comprehensive industrial hygiene and occupational safety program for research and laboratory environments.
  • Assist in maintenance of research safety program operational documents: Hygiene Plans, standard operating procedures (SOPs), work instructions, forms, documents, signs, labels, metrics, and website content. Supports surveillance and coordination efforts relevant to managing unique regulated materials to include: Department of Homeland Security Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards & Export Administration Regulations/International Traffic in Arms Regulations material reporting, chemical assessments, review of anti-neoplastic drug & particularly hazardous compound/drug use in animal research protocols, controlled substance registration, licensed explosive material licensure, high toxicity compressed gas ordering, biological hazardous and/or recombinant materials, safeguarding radioactive materials of increased concern, and providing exposure monitoring/radiation dosimetry.
  • Collaborate with other University departments to institute appropriate control measures for enhancing safety and reducing potential hazards. Support various University safety committees, departmental safety committees, organizational safety delegates, building managers, facility coordinators and hired contractors. Participate in campus safety outreach efforts and educational in-services for staff and students within the University research and support communities. Participate in disaster emergency preparation drills and emergency responses, as required.
  • Attend courses, conferences, webinars, and trainings for continuous professional development.
  • Additional duties may be assigned.

Knowledge, skills & abilities:

  • Broad-based knowledge of laboratory procedures and equipment, chemical hazards and compatibilities, public health policy, regulated material safety regulations, and standard laboratory safety practices.
  • Must be able to work in a respirator, protective clothing, and in hot, cold, humid, noisy, or dusty environments.
  • Ability to effectively communicate safety regulations, University requirements, and industry best/standard practices.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in occupational safety, industrial hygiene, public health or related discipline and 1 year experience or equivalent advanced learning attained through professional level experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or higher in occupational safety, industrial hygiene, public health or related discipline.
  • 2 years of related work experience.
  • Specific training in industrial hygiene, occupational safety, hazard communication, hazardous material handling, or other foundational disciplines of regulated material safety.
  • Current Occupational Hearing Conservationalist (OHC) certification.
  • Coursework in chemistry, environmental sciences, public health, toxicology, physics, biology, or related discipline.

FLSA: Non-Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Protection and Safety

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: DOE

Compensation Type: hourly rate



Career Stream and Level


Job Family

Environmental Health & Safety

Job Function

Protection & Safety

Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)

Number of Vacancies: 2

Contact Information for Candidates

Jimmy Spencer

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume and Cover Letter

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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