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Worker Safety & Health Operations Specialist


Job Description

Job ID: 308085
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job Description

-Integrates operational capabilities, requirements, and solutions across Research and Support Organizations to enable and enhance effective and efficient project execution in support of the Lab’s mission.
-Maintains an awareness of existing and planned changes in the operational risk profile of assigned envelope.
-Maintains situational awareness of both operational needs and emerging regulatory requirements pertaining Worker Safety & Health (WS&H), providing analysis of options and recommendations to mitigate exposure to operational risk and reduce the frequency of operational upset conditions, including policies and procedures for hazard evaluation and monitoring to prevent or minimize staff exposures to chemical, physical, ergonomic, and biological exposures that may result in occupationally related illnesses and disease.
-During upset conditions, assists management in the identification and implementation of immediate actions, which may include leading or participating in critiques, accident investigation, participating in causal analyses, and identifying and managing corrective actions and lessons learned.
-Evaluates the need and provides necessary Subject Matter Expert (SME) support to line management, staff, and Project Management Offices to assist with assessment activities and risk identification and mitigation.
-Manages the day-to-day work being conducted in Integrated Operations System (IOPS) spaces including coordinating, scheduling, and logistics of research staff, crafts personnel, and visiting researchers; maintains and manages utilization of equipment, systems, and capabilities within the IOPS space.
-Coordinates operations and performs duties within the U.S. Department of Energy and appropriate regulatory agencies requirements.
-Develops and implements solutions to difficult operational or programmatic problems that require the regular use of ingenuity and creativity.
-Monitors potential hazards and assists in developing and implementing control strategies. Periodically reviews the organization's health and safety standards in accordance with U.S. Department of Energy orders, federal and state regulations, and contractual requirements. Assures implementation of quality control procedures according to applicable regulations. Maintains professional knowledge of existing and proposed changes in applicable health and safety regulations and consensus standards. Provides expert knowledge in the identification and control for diverse chemical, physical, ergonomic, and biological hazards.
-Makes recommendations and presentations based on accepted industrial hygiene scientific methodology.
-Develops and conducts employee training, hazardous materials communications, and quality assurance programs.
-Provides industrial hygiene leadership to the organization.
-Responsible for evaluating and approving material and equipment requisition, new and modified processes, and non-routine work.
-Conducts field assessments including collecting qualitative and quantitative data to confirm workplace exposures are well controlled.
-Conducts assessments to confirm effective and efficient deployment of WS&H programs.
-Supports field-deployed WS&H representatives in the execution of project-specific exposure monitoring.
-Creates and updates technical basis documents and procedures necessary to implement WS&H programs consistent with external source requirements.
-Interacts with senior internal staff and external regulators.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree and 6+ years of relevant experience. Advanced degree and 4+ years of relevant experience. Preferred degree in a scientific discipline (e.g., Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering or Industrial Hygiene) from ABET accredited institution.

Preferred Qualifications

-Understands PNNL organizational structures and Management and Operations (M&O) programs. Provides solutions to a variety of technical problems of limited to moderate scope and complexity. Contributes to PNNL policies, procedures, reports, and/or documents in areas of expertise. Participates in investigations.
-Competent in approaches to Research and Development (R&D) and M&O interfaces related to R&D operations.
-Identifies issues and assists in the development of solutions.
-Demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.
-Works independently with little oversight required. Seeks out collaborative opportunities.
-Eligibility for Certification by American Board of Industrial Hygiene within 5 years.
-Education and/or experience in the principles and practice of Industrial Hygiene including basic skills in the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of hazards in an R&D environment.
-Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to communicate technical and regulatory requirements to a diverse workforce of scientists, engineers, and skilled craft.

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 308085
Directorate: Operational Systems
Division: Worker Safety and Health Division
Group: Worker Safety and Health Programs