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Associate Director of Research Safety and Industrial Hygiene

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Job no: 509879
Work type: Staff Full Time (Unclassified - Term)
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Categories: Administrative / Professional, Research / Scientific / Grants, Health & Safety
Pay Grade: 13A

Why Join Us:

K-State's Department of Environmental Health & Safety is hiring for an Associate Director of Research Safety and Industrial Hygiene. As a member of the Environmental Health and Safety Department (EHS) for Kansas State University (KSU), the associate director collaborates with researchers, instructors, representatives of departments, and institutional committees to ensure the safety of research activities and teaching laboratories at KSU. 

  • Serves as the safety and industrial hygiene resource for researchers and laboratory operations.  Ensures research and laboratory instruction are conducted safely and in accordance with applicable EHS requirements and regulations. 
  • Manages the EHS laboratory safety, registration, and inspection programs for KSU. Manages or supports the chemical inventory program.  Oversees the accuracy and adequacy of database records for related programs including laboratory audits, registrations/permits, chemical inventories, and medical surveillance and training records that are maintained by EHS personnel. 
  • Conducts a review of research grant proposals/awards to identify potential regulatory factors and logistical or facility-related limitations that may pose risk. Review research protocols for compliance with occupational safety standards and funding or accrediting board expectations for occupational safety and health.  Ad hoc or regular member of BSC or IACUC. 
  • Serves as, or supports, the institutional Chemical Hygiene Officer.  Develops programs, guidance, and proposes institutional policy aimed at minimizing risk to individuals working with hazardous materials or processes.  Establishes or reviews procedures and guidance within the Laboratory Safety Manual and Chemical Hygiene Plans. 
  • Reviews and assesses exposure risks posed by chemical hazards.  Conducts or oversees personnel exposure monitoring and area sampling. 
  • Conducts or establishes procedures and guidance documents for conducting risk assessments aimed at developing safety-related operating procedures in laboratory settings and research field applications. 
  • Supports institutional goals for research laboratory security and in compliance with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS). 
  • Assists audits for compliance with institutional biosafety plans.  Ensures compliance to the KSU campus Biohazardous Materials Management Plan (e.g., medical waste, autoclave program, lab BBP, laboratory infection control).
  • Reviews mechanical plans and specifications of laboratory engineering controls.  Provides consultation during construction and renovation projects involving laboratories, industrial shops, or related facilities where hazardous conditions exist. Reviews plans to assess exposure concerns of existing facilities.
  • Works with EHS Occupational Safety Managers to maintain campus safety programs affecting laboratory and research activities including, but not limited to the occupational medical surveillance program, respiratory protection program, hearing conservation program, blood-borne pathogens plan, chemical hygiene plan, and hazard communication plan.  
  • Conducts or oversees indoor environment quality (IEQ) assessments.
  • Assists with compliance with environmental regulations for the importation of hazardous materials used in research.
  • Develops multi-media training and outreach programs. Conducts training and presentations on topics affecting laboratory and research safety. 
  • Develops and edits professional and/or technical procedures, training and guidance materials, budgetary and annual reports, and assessment findings. 
  • Serves as a safety officer or alternate during hazardous materials responses. 

Why Join Us:


K-State's Department of Environmental Health & Safety is hiring for an Associate Director of Research Safety and Industrial Hygiene. As a member of the Environmental Health and Safety Department (EHS) for Kansas State University (KSU), the associate director will collaborate with researchers, instructors, representatives of departments, and institutional committees to ensure the safety of research activities and teaching laboratories at KSU.  This position is relatively new to K-State so it is an exciting opportunity for someone interested in building a program that supports uninterrupted learning and research within the diverse laboratories throughout K-State campuses.

To learn more about EH&S please visit: https://www.k-state.edu/safety/

This position is benefits eligible: health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off-vacation, sick, and holidays.

To learn more visit: http://www.k-state.edu/hcs/benefits/

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion.  The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others.  The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in industrial hygiene, safety engineering, or related science or engineering discipline (e.g. chemistry, toxicology, environmental science, human physiology, microbiology, health physics, physiology, or closely related field.)
  • Five or more years of relevant professional work experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's or doctoral degree in industrial hygiene, toxicology, chemistry, public health, or related field
  • Equivalent related combination of education and experience in research compliance with a focus on laboratory safety, chemical hygiene, and/or industrial hygiene may substitute
  • Good standing as a Certified Industrial Hygienist
  • Strong chemistry background or education.
  • Professional experience in a research-intensive academic setting  
  • Previous experience conducting reviews of research protocols such as in the capacity of an institutional committee (e.g., IACUC, IBC). 
  • Previous experience in a research setting in a health and safety enforcement capacity
  • Familiarity with: import controls for hazardous materials; research activities impacted by the Chemical Weapons Convention; DHS CFATS regulations; Select Agent Toxins requirements; OSHA laboratory standard; Controlled Substances Act; HMTA; IATA; and TSCA
  • Program management experience
  • Skill in the operation and maintenance of a variety of monitoring and testing instruments
  • Knowledge of occupational health standards, codes, and regulations
  • Demonstrated excellence in presentation and training delivery
  • Demonstrated excellence in written and verbal communications and the ability to communicate risk effectively to people of various backgrounds, experiences, and educational levels.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment
  • Certified Industrial Hygiene (CIH) certification or ability to obtain CIH within 5 years of employment
  • 40-hour HAZWOPER certification (or ability to obtain within 6 months of hire)
  • Valid driver’s license within 6 months of employment
  • Must be medically approved to wear respiratory protection, including but not limited to PAPR and SCBA.  Participate in employer medical surveillance program, including annual medical evaluations and vaccination or titer testing
  • NIMS within one year
  • Knowledge of methods, procedures, and techniques used in collecting samples and assessing hazardous environments and applicable regulations. Knowledge of toxicological effects of occupational hazards.
  • Skill in analyzing and evaluating a wide variety of technical data tests results, reports, and plans
  • Demonstrates strong quantitative and analytical skills and scientific curiosity
  • Strong computer skills

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume
  3. Three professional references with contact information

Screening of Applications Begins:

Immediately and continues until position is filled. For best consideration, apply by December 1, 2020.

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range:

$73,840 - $110,000 annually

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.



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