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The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.
Develops, plans, coordinates, and manages institutional chemical safety programs, including the management and implementation of the chemical inventory program, chemical waste disposal, chemical recycling program and related programs necessary to ensure the safety of the University environment for employees, students and visitors. Ensures compliance with all applicable University policies and local, state, and federal regulations relating to chemical safety.
Duties and Responsibilities
Develops, manages and implements a variety of chemical safety programs relating to regulatory compliance as required by local, state, and federal agencies including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED).
Manages the implementation and coordination of the campus institutional chemical hygiene program in accordance with 29 CFR 1910.1450 Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories.
Manages the implementation and coordination of the University chemical inventory program.
Manages the implementation of the University chemical waste disposal and chemical recycling program.
Manages the response to and the investigation of reports of hazardous or potentially hazardous conditions; reviews recommendations and/or takes appropriate action in order to mitigate potential safety, health, and environmental risks.
Provides the leadership and management of assigned personnel, which may include hiring, work allocation, training, and problem resolution; evaluates performance and makes recommendations for personnel actions; motivates employees to achieve peak productivity and performance.
Coordinates related annual budget and assists in the development of capital expenditure budgets related to chemical safety programs; develops and justifies budget requests.
Develops or assists with the development and implementation of policies and procedures consistent with those of Safety and Risk Services to ensure efficient and safe operation of the unit.
Establishes and implements long- and short-range goals, objectives, policies, and operating procedures for the programs; monitors and evaluates program effectiveness, and effects changes required for improvements.
Represents Safety and Risk Services to various institutional divisions/departments as well as the University, and externally to governmental agencies, the media and the community.
Manages the development and presentation of chemical safety training programs.
Supervises the development and implementation of systems to maintain records on employees, equipment inventories, and compliance activities.
Serves as a member of the Safety and Risk Services Duty Officer Team.
Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
Minimum Job Requirements
Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or a closely related field; at least 7 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required
Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
Ability to develop, plan, and implement short- and long-range goals.
Ability to formulate policy and develop and implement new strategies and procedures consistent with the goals and objectives of chemical safety.
Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
Excellent chemical safety technical credentials.
Knowledge of faculty and/or staff hiring procedures.
Skill in budget preparation and fiscal management.
Ability to communicate and interact with officials at all levels of government.
Knowledge of federal, state, and local chemical safety regulations, protocols, and/or procedures.
Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
Knowledge of budget preparation, cost estimating, monitoring, and fiscal management principles and procedures.
Ability to develop and implement chemical safety programs and protocols.
Ability to examine and design effective and efficient operations and procedures.
Knowledge of chemical, hazardous waste, industrial hygiene, and/or environmental health standards.
Ability to develop and present educational programs and/or workshops.
Skill in the use of computers, preferably in a PC, Windows-based operating environment.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
Employee development and performance management skills.
Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
Ability to develop and maintain record-keeping systems and procedures.
Conditions of Employment
Possession of a valid New Mexico driver's license is a requirement for this job.
Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.
Working Conditions and Physical Effort
Work involves moderate exposure to extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes and chemical vapors, biohazards, radioactive materials, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.
Work environment involves exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that require following extensive safety precautions and may include the use of protective equipment.
Light to moderate physical effort. Requires handling of above average-weight objects up to 40 pounds and some standing, walking and use of ladders.
The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.