Advertised Summary Job Description: Reporting to the Senior Hazardous Materials Specialist, the Hazardous Materials Specialist will work with Hazardous Materials and Radiation Safety Program staff in designing, scheduling, implementing and monitoring strategies for the operations of the Environmental Safety Programs at Columbia University, and affiliate locations: Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: * Help establish and maintain sustainable, safety and compliance-focused programs for hazardous, radioactive, universal and regulated medical wastes, as well as used electronics for recycling. * Collaborate with Radiation Safety, Research Safety, Biological Safety and Occupational Safety teams to ensure comprehensive and consistent services are provided to the Columbia University community. * Perform routine and non-routine collection of hazardous chemical, radioactive, regulated medical and universal wastes from laboratory Satellite Accumulation Areas (SAA) and safety transport waste materials to Central Accumulation Areas (CAAs) and segregate and store wastes appropriately. * Prepare chemical and universal, radioactive, and regulated medical wastes for off-site shipment and disposal/recycling. * Liaison with disposal/recycling contractors during on-site services, review and sign shipment documents, and verify successful completion of on-site services. * Contribute to continued compliance with management of regulatory documents and EH&S's "inspection ready" program. * Schedule and conduct SAA and CAA compliance surveys and prepare reports of findings and compliance trends. * Oversee decay in storage radioactive waste program including inventory for research waste, and assist with clinical waste collection and storage. * Liaison with environmental contractors/vendors providing services to EH&S and prepare/complete record keeping documents/manifests. * Assist in the design and implementation of new laboratory chemical reuse/recycling programs, in collaboration with and the University research community and Facilities Management, and contribute to continued effectiveness of existing laboratory sustainability program performance. * Establish working relationships with laboratories, Facilities Management and other departments and provide necessary support and assistance to ensure on-going compliance regarding safety and waste management programs and regulations. * Represent EH&S at various meetings and ensure EH&S concerns are considered in decision-making processes. * Deliver Hazardous Waste, Radioactive Waste and Universal Waste Management Training to University staff. * Act as a resource for faculty regarding the proper use of various hazardous materials and suggests alternatives/safer materials as appropriate. * Respond to chemical and radioactive spills, gas leaks and odors and emergency situations. * Maintain inventory of spill response supplies. * Perform other duties as may be assigned.
General Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree or equivalent preferably in industrial hygiene, safety, environmental science, chemistry or related field. One to two years related experience preferred. Prior experience in Hazardous Waste Management, Radioactive Waste Management or Laboratory Safety preferred, experience in an academic or research environment a plus. Broad knowledge of applicable city, state and federal regulations and industry standards. Must have the ability to work both independently and collaboratively, as a member of a team; Ability to facilitate effective operational integration, collaboration and teamwork within EH&S and Columbia University; Ability to prioritize and effectively manage multiple tasks simultaneously and exercise good judgment in managing time; Ability to establish and maintain professional, collaborative, service-oriented, cooperative and effective working relationships with students, faculty, staff, unions, customers, the public, and co-workers through effective and positive communication; Ability to use industrial hygiene/environmental equipment and information technologies, including advanced database, spreadsheet, presentation design software and word processing editing features; Ability to understand, interpret and convey measurements, data, standards and hazardous materials information; Ability to stand, walk, and negotiate occasional awkward work locations and paths of travel; Ability to work in a variety of physical environments, including weather/temperature extremes, potential confined spaces, elevated locations, etc.; Ability to periodically perform short duration physical exertions, including light-medium weight lifting, pushing/pulling, stair or ladder climbing, etc. in support of a safety investigation, area or operations survey, decommissioning or emergency response. Ability to wear a full-face pressure demand respirator and respond to emergencies requiring the use of this equipment. Ability to lift 50 pounds and manipulate a full 55-gallon/400 pound drum using a drum cart. Computer literacy required in MS Access and Excel. OSHA 40-hour HAZWOPER, RCRA and DOT certification preferred.
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As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Council of Ivy Group Presidents (Ivy League), it is imperative that members of the Columbia University community, in all matters related to the intercollegiate athletics program, exhibit the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to adherence to NCAA, Conference, University, and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education rules and regulations.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Columbia University is one of the world's most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It... seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world.