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UAB Medicine
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Primary Location University
Job Category:Facilities
Organization:112905000 Environmental Health & Safety
Employee Status:Regular
Shift:Day/1st Shift

The primary accountabilities below are intended to describe the general content of and requirements of this position and are not intended to be an exhaustive statement of duties. 


The Research Health & Safety Specialist (RHSS) will work with the Research Safety Team (RST) to support the research safety program.  The RHSS will be responsible for conducting and maintaining a laboratory hazard surveillance program for UAB Facilities, while working with chemical, physical or biological hazards in a research setting.  The program will be designed to meet health and safety requirements of current regulations, funding agencies, and/or accrediting bodies.

  • Responsible for conducting and maintaining a laboratory hazard surveillance program. Works with PIs to develop guidelines, procedures, and SOPs to ensure safety of the employees and students. Works closely with PIs, lab mangers, and researchers to ensure the facilities are in compliance with federal, state requirement. Stays current on federal state regulations (OSHA, EPA, CDC, NIH, etc.) to provide consultations.
  • Provides safety related services to laboratories. This includes equipment tag-out (needed to move any equipment that housed biological or hazardous materials).  Serves as liaison between EH&S and laboratories and laboratories and other groups within Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) to facilitate effective communication. Assists the laboratory staff in developing risk-based research health and safety plans, chemical hygiene plan and other required safety plans.
  • Reviews the approved research protocols for the lab in IRAP and ensures that lab research is consistent with the approvals and not deviating from the approved plans.
  • Assists in maintaining the database for safety reviews and findings.
  • Supports Green Lab program.
  • Assists in maintaining an accurate chemical inventory database.
  • Assists in procurement, interpretation and distribution of safety information, including safety data sheets for chemical and infectious agents, to research facilities. Develops guidelines and SOPs, and interprets existing policies and regulations for the researchers. Regularly trains researchers on spill response, emergency response, safe chemical & biohazard managements, safety shorts and other type of posters and handouts.
  • Assists in the development and presentation of research safety trainings including hands-on training at the Laboratory Safety workshop, TAs/Grad student training series, and teaches other classes as needed.
  • Prepares and/or presents reports, as necessary, to RSM or EH&S management.
  • Assists in updating and maintaining UAB Laboratory Safety Manuals and EH&S webpage.
  • Serves as EH&S alternate representative for UAB Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) as needed. Prepares lab safety review reports for bio and chemical safety committees.
  • Serves on EH&S emergency response team.
  • Promotes a comprehensive laboratory and research health and safety program.

STARTING HOURLY RATE OF PAY:  $18.37 - $19.00 (Commensurate with experience & qualifications)


WORK SCHEDULE:  Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM 5:00 PM (Subject to change to meet the needs of the University)


Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Microbiology, Industrial Hygiene or a related field and a minimum of one (1) year experience in a laboratory required. Work experience may NOT substitute for education requirement.


Must maintain a valid drivers license issued in the United States. Motor Vehicle Record will be obtained and reviewed at least annually. Driving record should meet University underwriting standards to drive vehicle in performance of University business.

  • Familiarity with basic math used in scientific calculations and a general understanding of laboratory procedures

  • Ability to read and interpret technical instructional manuals

  • Ability to prepare clear, accurate and informative reports, including investigative findings, conclusions, and recommendations

  • Superior interpersonal skills

  • Computer skills

  • Experience in laboratory safety

  • Experience conducting audits

  • Experience identifying and communicating safety training needs


PERSONAL: Required to possess the necessary physical requirements, with or without the aid of mechanical devices, to safely perform the duties and responsibilities that require performing tasks requiring wearing respirator and other personal protective equipment, such as self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), bending, stooping, kneeling, walking significant distances between and within buildings on campus, frequent traveling, prolonged standing, climbing stairs, climbing ladders or entering confined spaces, and meeting entrance requirements for laboratory areas, and sitting at computer for long periods of time


For full consideration, please be certain application and resume showcase all related experience as it relates to the job announcement, and please list all certifications and/or licenses, if applicable. Work experience should showcase successful progression in responsibilities and demonstrated leadership skills.  Incomplete job profiles will not be processed.


For more information about UAB Facilities, please visit: http://www.uab.edu/facilities/.


UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression or sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from veterans and individuals with disabilities.



Posted: 2019-12-03 Expires: 2020-01-02

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