University of Rochester Chemical Inventory & Laboratory Safety Specialist in Rochester, New York


Full Time 40 hours Grade 051 Environmental Health & Safety


8 AM-5 PM


General Purpose:

Work independently to promote the Laboratory Safety Unit’s overall mission by evaluating and minimizing risk associated with laboratory and specialized equipment use. Applies professional, technical, scientific, and industry-specific knowledge to complete chemical inventories and laboratory inspections. Work with lab personnel to improve laboratory safety, decommission laboratories, and perform laboratory risk assessments. Analyze and respond to hazardous situations (e.g.emergency spill response). Act as the lead chemical inventory specialist.


Chemical Inventories:

  • Department specialist for the use of Chemtix Chemical Inventory System.
  • Responsible for inputting laboratory chemical inventories.

Hazard Assessments of Chemicals:

  • Responsible for researching the hazard ratings of chemicals and entering the assessment into the Chemtix Chemical Inventory System.

Primary Chematix Liaison:

  • Troubleshoot end-user problems, communicate with software designer, instruct University personnel in the use of Chematix, and maintain Chematix webpages.

Laboratory Inspection and Decommissioning Programs:

  • Independently conduct the inspection program by providing inspections, audits, and surveys of varied clinical, instrumental, research, and microbiological laboratories for the purpose of analyzing laboratory setup and procedures, and for assessing compliance with regulations and generally-accepted laboratory safety practices.
  • Verify laboratory spaces have been adequately cleaned for new occupancy or renovation by contractors.

Laboratory Reports:

  • Prepare detailed reports about inspection deficiencies and explains findings and significance to Principal Investigators and lab supervisors.
  • Make recommendations for corrective actions.
  • Ensure accurate reporting and data collection into EH&S; databases.

Fume Hood Verification in Laboratories:

  • Check the face velocity of chemical fume hoods to verify they are operating properly.
  • Act as the back-up individual for checking the biological safety cabinets for Clinical Microbiology.

Standard Operating Procedures:

  • Write and edit Standard Operating Procedures for hazardous instruments and chemical use in a laboratory.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Assist in sampling and monitoring for hazards in laboratories.
  • Assist in commissioning of renovated lab spaces.
  • Contribute to the Laboratory Safety Unit’s newsletter.
  • Comply data for administrative reports.
  • Respond to emergency spills, both during regular hours and after-shift, for any needed clean-up activities. Assist in maintaining spill supplies in the EH&S; Spill Response Rooms.
  • Follow-up on all reported injuries or other accidents involving chemical and physical hazards.
  • Other duties as required/assigned.


Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry preferred, or Safety Technology, Environmental Management Technology, or the Biological Sciences with extensive coursework in Chemistry and 1 year of related work experience involving direct assistance to researchers. Ability to work independently and in a team environment. Ability to use Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint. Strong organizational skills and excellent oral and written communication skills. Ideal candidates will have a minimum of 3-5 years of laboratory bench experience, and have working knowledge of hazardous chemicals. Ability to interact on a professional level with the University community, including faculty, staff, Principal Investigators, and medical professionals. Ability to wear respiratory protection. Ability to perform heavy, physical activity including lifting fifty pounds. Valid driver’s licensure and reliable transportation.

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Job Title: Chemical Inventory & Laboratory Safety Specialist

Location: Central Administration

Job ID: 202157

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Full/Part Time: Full-Time