Chemical Hygiene Officer and Chemistry Laboratory Coordinator
Harvey Mudd College
Location: Claremont, California
Higher Education Institution
Chemical Hygiene Officer and Chemistry Laboratory Coordinator
The Chemical Hygiene Officer and Chemistry Laboratory Coordinator monitors and coordinates the college-wide Chemical Safety Program, including chemical hygiene, chemical safety inspections, chemical inventory, accident investigations, hazardous materials clean-up and chemical safety training. The Chemical Hygiene Officer and Chemistry Laboratory Coordinator will also assist chemistry faculty with the set-up and preparation of instructional chemistry labs.
About Harvey Mudd College:
Located in the heart of Claremont, California, 35 miles east of Los Angeles, Harvey Mudd College is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts college offering degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. HMC enrolls about 800 students and is a member of The Claremont Colleges, which comprises five undergraduate colleges and two graduate institutions. According to students, professors, and alumni, what makes Harvey Mudd distinctive is its collaborative, cross-disciplinary nature. The working environment is built on collaborative relationships between and among all members of the campus community and a deep commitment to the College’s mission to educate students “so that they may assume leadership in their fields with a clear understanding of the impact of their work on society.”
Duties and Responsibilities
Serves as the Chemical Hygiene Officer, implements the Chemical Hygiene Plan, and chairs the Chemical Hygiene Committee.
Participates in the development and implementation of chemical safety programs such as proper chemical inventory, labeling and storage procedures, chemical material disposal, chemical or hazmat spill preparedness and clean-up, chemical implications for fire protection, and any OSHA chemical safety compliance programs; develops and implements laboratory chemical hygiene plans; assists with the preparation of standard operating procedures; communicates this information to newcomers to campus.
Implements chemical safety training for laboratory students, research students, and all employees. Implements other trainings as appropriate and/or coordinates outside vendors for additional trainings needed for students and employees.
Advises the faculty and administration regarding chemical safety protocols and procedures to ensure regulatory compliance as mandated by local, state, and federal agencies, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the California Department of Public Health.
Advises student research and clinic teams on safety protocols and standard operating procedure (SOP) development.
In collaboration with the chemistry stockroom manager, oversees inventory control procedures to ensure safe storage of chemicals and safe disposal of hazardous waste throughout the academic departments of the college.
Serves on the Emergency Preparedness and Safety Coordinator Committee, the Safety Committee and other committees related to safety.
Coordinates all chemical safety issues with faculty researchers and personnel throughout the College to achieve a balanced approach to chemical hazard reduction.
Conducts routine and follow-up chemical safety and hazard inspections of facilities including the chemistry department, physics department, biology department, engineering department, and MakerSpace; coordinates with Facilities to ensure proper operation of chemical hoods, eyewashes, safety showers and other emergency equipment.
Responds to emergency situations involving hazardous materials, or fire and smoke incidents; prepares reports of findings and submits recommendations.
Analyzes chemical accident and incident reports for trends; makes recommendations for correcting unsafe conditions and actions.
Working from a written protocol, prepares the equipment, reagents, solutions, and student work areas for the general chemistry laboratory course and other chemistry laboratory courses, including physical chemistry laboratory, as needed.
Consults with the faculty teaching laboratory courses regarding the set-up and safe practices in the teaching laboratories.
May lead and/or guide the work of student employees.
Performs other related duties as required as a member of the Chemistry Department support staff.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Individuals must possess knowledge, skills and ability to be able to successfully perform the essential functions of the position, or be able to explain or demonstrate how the essential functions will be performed, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.
Collaborate as part of a team with all Chemistry Department support staff.
Effective written and oral communication skills.
Ability to gather data, compile information, and prepare reports.
Ability to react calmly and effectively in emergency situations.
Ability to develop, implement, and enforce safety programs and protocols.
Skill in developing chemical safety procedures and protocols.
Knowledge of federal, state and local safety regulations, protocols, and/or procedures.
Skill in performing safety inspections and ensuring compliance with OSHA, and EPA standards and regulations.
Supervisory skills which include ability to give clear direction, monitor work of student assistants, assess performance and provide feedback.
Ability to interact effectively with a diverse college community comprised of students, staff, and faculty.
Knowledge of standard laboratory practices including chemical hygiene.
Knowledge of hazardous waste storage and consolidation practices.
Ability to follow a written protocol to prepare common chemistry laboratory solutions and reagents.
Ability to bend, reach, stoop and lift objects with mechanical assistance and stand for prolonged periods of time.
Ability to detect odors.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in chemistry or an allied field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Master’s degree preferred.
Experience: Three to four years of related experience in progressively responsible positions.
Licenses/Certificates: 24-hour Hazwopper certification or ability to achieve certification in the first three months of employment.
Grooming and Appearance: Harvey Mudd College expects employees to maintain a neat and professional image at all times.
Hours: The regular Hours for this position are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday-Friday (including a one-hour unpaid meal period); hours may vary at times due to the needs of the College or department.
Classification and Status: This is a salaried exempt, full-time, 12 month, benefit-eligible position.
Reporting Relationship: This position reports to the Chair of the Chemistry Department.
Starting Date: This position has a preferable start date of November 29, 2021, but no later than January 3, 2022.
Please visit www.hmc.edu/employment to view a complete job description for this position and obtain information about how to submit an application. Information about HMC’s competitive benefits package is available at www.hmc.edu/hrbenefits.
Deadline to apply:
Position will remain open until filled.
All faculty and staff (including contract workers) who are employed at HMC and for whom the COVID-19 vaccine is approved/authorized by the FDA, must be vaccinated against COVID-19, and provide proof of vaccination, unless an exemption from this policy has been granted as an accommodation or otherwise.
Regular employment at the College is for no specified period of time; conditions and status of employment (hours, pay, title, duties, etc.) are subject to change at any time. Employees, and likewise the College, are free to end the employment relationship at any time, for any reason, with or without notice or cause, unless otherwise prohibited by law.
This job description defines the essential or fundamental job duties of the employment position. It is assumed that the employees hired for this position can perform the essential functions of the job without imposing risk of substantial harm to the health or safety of themselves or others.
The Claremont Colleges, a consortium of five undergraduate liberal arts colleges, two graduate institutions, and Claremont University Consortium, which provides shared institutional support services, is reminiscent of the Oxford-Cambridge model. The undergraduate colleges include Pomona College, Scripps College, Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, and Pitzer College. The two graduate institutions include Claremont Graduate University and Keck Graduate Institute.