University of Rochester Technical Assoc I in Rochester, New York


Full Time 40 hours Grade 051 Environmental Health & Safety


8 AM-5 PM


Position Description:

Works 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 laboratory inspections (regular and Department of Defense) for multiple departments, works with lab personnel to improve laboratory safety, analyzing and responding to hazardous situations including emergency spill response, works on Laboratory Decommissioning Program issues, and determines appropriate door signage/labeling system for the changeover to GHS (Globally Harmonized System).


Laboratory Inspection Program

Independently conducts 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.

Chemical Inventories and Chemical Management

Assists laboratory staff members in keeping chemical inventories and the corresponding Safety Data Sheets up to date using the Chematix System.

Laboratory Reports

Prepares detailed reports about inspection deficiencies and explains findings and significance to Principal Investigators and lab supervisors. Provides recommendations for corrective actions. Ensures accurate reporting and data collection into EH&S; database.

Risk Assessment / Chemical Monitoring

Identifies hazards present in the laboratory and determines the appropriate actions to minimize those hazards. Reviews a portion of UCAR protocols and completes written reports on safety measures for the experimental chemicals/drugs. When necessary, initiate chemical monitoring and repo11 the findings of the risk assessment and chemical monitoring and provide recommendations to lower future exposures.

Reviews corrective actions taken after employee injuries/incidents

Follow-up with University Managers and Supervisors to review employee injuries and incidents to ensure the adequate corrective actions have taken place to mitigate future risk. Assists the Managers and Supervisors in documenting the corrective actions through a web-based application.

Risk Assessments

Based on the hazards present in a laboratory, assists lab personnel to post the appropriate signage for biohazards, lasers and chemicals, the later to reflect the hazards identified through OSHA's Global Harmonized System.

Updating EH&S; Programs and Practices

Updates laboratory safety policies, program, guidance documents, and laboratory safety training program.

Biological Safety Cabinet Ventilation Checks for Clinical Microbiology laboratories

Coordinates and evaluates proper ventilation for Biological Safety Cabinets in Microbiology using an anemometer every 6 months. Notifies the laboratory personnel and approved University outside vendor if any problem is detected.

Emergency Response

Responds to emergency spill responses, both during regular and after hour, for any needed clean-up activities. Maintain spill supplies in the 4 Spill Response Rooms.

Reports for the Institutional Biological Safety Committee

Updates the L-Form (lab registration, personnel list) and completes general inspections for the Institutional Biological Safety Committee to keep Principal Investigators in compliance with University standards and federal requirements.

Laboratory Decommissioning

Verifies laboratory spaces have been adequately cleaned for new occupancy or renovation by contractors. Reports findings to University Space Management and the laboratory's department.


Packages and ships industrial hygiene equipment for annual calibration.

Assists in the commissioning of renovated lab spaces.

Contributes to the Laboratory Safety Unit's newsletter.

Compiles data for annual report.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Safety Technology, Environmental Management Technology, Chemistry, Biological Sciences, and 1 year of related work experience involving direct assistance to researchers, or equivalent combination of experience, training, and education.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of laws, regulations, standards and procedures that pertain to chemicals is required, including EPA, OSHA and DOT guidelines.
  • Ability to work independently or in team environment.
  • Strong computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.
  • Strong organizational skills and excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Preferred candidate will have minimum 3-5 years of related experience in an industrial or academic environment performing industrial hygiene work including monitoring, sampling and analysis.
  • Able to interact on a professional level with the University community, including faculty, staff, Principal Investigators and medical professionals.
  • Own transportation with current registration and valid driver's license.
  • Have the ability to wear respiratory protection.
  • Must be able to perform heavy physical activity including lifting 50 pounds.

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Job Title: Technical Assoc I

Location: Central Administration

Job ID: 209592

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Full/Part Time: Full-Time