• Chemical Hygiene Compliance Manager

    Location US-MA-Boston
    Job Posted Date 2 weeks ago(5/11/2018 3:12 PM)
    Job ID
    Env Health and Safety
    full time
  • Overview

    Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.


    This important position will provide leadership in making Dana-Farber a highly reliable and resilient research safety culture institute by working with faculty and staff to emphasize the message that good science is safe science and that safety is a critical component of scholarly excellence and responsible conduct of research. The incumbent will work to strengthen collegial and collaborative relationships between faculty and EH&S and engage Dana-Farber faculty in embedding chemical safety practices and communication as a high priority.  The Chemical Hygiene Officer will also ensure research administration support through review of safety metrics, including safety goals in performance plans and reviews, and funding essential chemical safety related costs.



    1. Ensure DFCI compliance with all federal, state and local chemical permits, licenses and ordinances.
    2. Lead Department of Homeland Security Chemicals of Interest and Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards program by serving as DFCI’s Chemical Safety and Security Officer, with responsibilities to ensure protection of DFCI’s hazardous chemicals from release, theft or diversion and sabotage.
    3. Serve as steward for DFCI’s responsibility to manage chemicals from “cradle to grave”, be responsible for Dana-Farber’s Chemical Hygiene Plan, as required by the OSHA Laboratory Standard 29 CFR1910.1450 and serve as DFCI Chemical Hygiene Officer.
    4. Manage communication and documentation of EPA required regulations for hazardous chemical waste. This includes, but is not limited to, the proper documentation of chemical waste disposal manifests, reporting Land Disposal Restrictions and exceptions, filing and maintaining all necessary paperwork as required by the EPA and Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.  
    5. Lead the Laboratory Safety Committee with the faculty chair to develop and implement chemical hygiene policies and practices, risk communication and mitigation policies and practices, and monitor procurement, use, and disposal of chemicals as well as incidents and accidents involving chemicals.
    6. Direct DFCI’s hazardous waste process for clinics, labs and facilities through supervision of hazardous waste and chemical management contractor and hazardous waste and chemical management contractor budget.
    7. Manage DFCI Particularly Hazardous and Particularly Dangerous Chemicals Program, including review of new chemicals, creation and maintenance of Standard Operating Procedures, ensure Principal Investigator sign-off of training of high risk lab staff and supervise the high hazard lab program and chemical procurement program.
    8. Manage clinical hazardous drug occupational safety in accordance with USP 800 regulations.
    9. Review/implement hazardous waste minimization practices and maintain records for hazardous waste minimization efforts.
    10. Serve as EH&S Chemical Safety Member for Institutional Care and Use Committee. Direct Hazardous Drugs/ Chemicals in Animals program.
    11. Ensure compliance with DOT chemical hazardous materials regulations 49 CFR Part 107, Subpart G (107.601 - 107.620) and Hazardous Materials registration.
    12. Oversee management of Chemical Inventory System
    13. Ensure any chemical storage (including stock rooms) are maintained in compliance with all state and federal regulations as well as prudent practices.
    14. Review, understand and disseminate relative legislation, guidance and regulations for hazardous chemicals.
    15. Direct Chemical Safety On-Call Team, participation in the Chemical Safety On-Call and , lead semi-annual meetings and training in on-call response. Managing written evaluations of chemical spills, ensuring restocking of supplies used in spill clean-up and ensure annual refresher training records are maintained for all members.  
    16. Conduct training sessions as needed on various aspects of health and safety.
    17. Maintain membership in Institutional Safety Committee and report as required, provide Quality assessment and performance improvement indicators and projects for chemical hygiene.
    18. Use independent judgment to evaluate potential exposure to hazardous materials and physical hazards and/or conditions.  Provides practical and feasible solutions to control exposures and ensures compliance with all regulatory guidelines.


    • M.S. or Ph.D. in a physical science preferred.
    • At least 7 years of experience in or around life science laboratories, some bench work experience a plus, experience in hazardous drug safety a plus.
    • Understanding of chemical research processes to enable collaborative work with research faculty and staff.
    • Ability to influence and coordinate with Principle Investigators, resolve problems in a timely manner, and develop alternate solutions when necessary.
    • Training Required: Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER, initial 40-hour and annual 8-hour Refresher), RCRA Training (at least 2 hours by third party trainer) and DOT Training (every 3 years)


    Knowledge, Skills and Required Abilities

    • Detailed knowledge of chemical safety. 
    • Ability to evaluate worksites for potential hazards, conduct necessary monitoring, write reports and relate information to all levels of DFCI staff. 
    • Ability to determine chemical characteristics of the waste handled and inspected. 
    • Understand and comply with regulations and agencies such as RCRA, OSHA, EPA, DOT, MADEP, DEP and BFD Standards. 
    • Proven record of communication skills, must be able to interact with faculty, staff, students and post-doctoral fellows. 



    Supervisory Responsibilities

    1 FTE, Supervise Laboratory Safety Coordinator


    Patient Contact



    Work Environment

    Ability to wear a respirator.  Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.


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