Senior Safety Specialist
Irvine, CA 
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Job Description

Updated: Sep 16, 2021
Location: UC Irvine Campus
Job Type:
Department: Environmental Health & Safety

Job Opening ID: 20160

Reports To: EHS Manager II

Working Title: Senior Safety Specialist

Department: Environmental Health & Safety

Bargaining Unit: 99

FLSA: Exempt

Payroll Job Code: 007146

Job Location: UCI Campus- Irvine

Percent of Time: 100%

Work Schedule: 8-5, M-F

Employee Class: Career

Position Summary:

The Division of Finance and Administration (DFA) provides services and support to over 50,000 students, faculty, and staff with the mission of advancing UCI's brilliant future and the vision of becoming world-class campus partners. DFA serves the university as planning partners, problem solvers, and solution providers-striving to make it as easy as possible for people to get the services they need, when they need them. Environmental Health & Safety strives to provide reliable, innovative and proactive services to the campus community. EH&S and the campus community work together. Our goal is to integrate safety into the culture of our community while supporting academic and research excellence. The result is a safe and healthy environment with appropriate compliance, protection of assets and efficient execution of business processes.

Applies professional knowledge or expertise in one or more specialty areas within EH&S and serves as lead person on one or more program(s) within a single discipline. Work is reviewed upon completion to ensure predetermined objectives are adequately met and that application of professional / technical judgment is sound. Demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions. Provides regulatory interpretation and technical advice. Decision-making is based on established procedures; relevant laws; regulations and organizational policy; professional best practices; relevant science methodology; impact on other EH&S programs, and senior management approvals as required. Decisions may impact individual work, other EH&S programs, other departments and / or segments of the organization. The position will work closely with the Research Safety staff and EHS School Coordinators to ensure safety issues, relevant codes, and safety design standards are addressed in existing and new research projects. Additionally, this position will perform high hazard audits and assessments and laboratory safety inspections in order to identify and evaluate potential hazards in the laboratory. The position will also perform a variety of duties in the support of UCI's comprehensive laboratory safety program and chemical safety program. Designs written programs and guidance materials summarizing complex regulations for application in a research environment, which include developing and maintaining the Process Safety, Toxic Gases, and High Hazards programs and related guidance materials, monitoring compliance and preventing hazards, providing chemical safety support in assessing maximum allowable quantities conditions in laboratory spaces, and serving as a campus subject matter expert in these subject areas. Coordinates and ensures effective execution of hazard and risk assessment studies. Assists departments, faculty and staff in applying regulations and guidelines to their specific operations and facilities. Participates in campus work groups to address specific safety-related issues.

Compensation Range: Salary commensurate with work experience

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Six (6) to ten (10) years of experience and expertise in the field of Laboratory Safety, Process Safety, Safety Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Engineering or a related field, preferably in a research environment. Minimum three years safety experience in laboratory safety or process safety.

Bachelor's degree in safety or science-related field such as Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, or related fields related to research or a degree in any other related discipline and / or equivalent experience / training.

Strong skill to appropriately use technology and relevant scientific equipment as required. Thorough written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, including political acumen and skill to communicate effectively in a diverse environment. Advanced skills to effectively represent the campus to state and federal authorities, and community groups. Professional level knowledge with broad-based laboratory experience in a research environment. Thorough knowledge / understanding of specific EH&S field(s) including related laws and regulations; and general knowledge / understanding of all EH&S fields. Strong analytical and organizational skills to organize, prioritize and manage the successful completion of projects within time and budget constraints. Thorough knowledge and skill in applying and interpreting applicable local, state, and federal regulations and related standards and guidelines. Demonstrated strong knowledge and experience in creating practical, and sometimes unique, solutions for health and safety issues in a research environment. Demonstrated ability to work efficiently and effectively in a team structure with other professionals.


Master's degree in a science- related field- preferred.

Certified Safety Professional (CSP) - preferred Fire Prevention/ Fire Protection certifications with an emphasis in Fire Code and NFPA Standards preferred.

Knowledgeable in Fire Code and NFPA Standards. Professional Engineer, or Engineer in Training (EIT) with experience in hazardous materials. Knowledge of related codes and regulations such as the California Building Code, California Mechanical Code, Federal OSHA, Cal/OSHA.

Special Conditions Required:

Must have a valid CA driver's license and participate in the DMV Pull-Notice Program. May be required to work outside of regularly shift May be required to participate in EHS Emergency Support Response Team Must be able to wear PPE.

Final candidate subject to background check. As a federal contractor, UC Irvine is required to use E-Verify to confirm the work status of individuals assigned to perform substantial work under certain federal contracts/subcontracts.

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

UCI provides reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities upon request. For more information, please contact Human Resources at (949) 824-0500.

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Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
6 years
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