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University of Wisconsin–Madison

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University of Wisconsin–Madison



Apply now(opens in a new window) Job no: 274031-AS
Work type: Onsite, Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Health and Safety

Job Summary:

About the Chemical Safety Specialist Role:
The Chemical Safety Special plays a key role in efforts to promote a comprehensive chemical safety program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is one of the largest public education institutions in the country in terms of research expenditures. This position contributes to the UW-Madison Chemical Safety Office's goal of ensuring that all work involving hazardous chemicals, both within the laboratories and throughout the university, is performed safely and in compliance will all applicable federal, state, and local regulations and standards (including OSHA, ANSI, EPA, DNR, IFC, NFPA, and the Wisconsin Administrative Codes).

This position targets high-priority projects identified by the UW-Madison Chemical Hygiene Officer (CHO) and will allow the Chemical Safety Office to fill specific gaps while enhancing current operations. This position requires a high level of knowledge on chemical interactions, chemical operations, laboratory processes as well as the methods used to mitigate the risks associated with chemical use. Excellent verbal, writing, and interpersonal skills are essential. This position reports directly to the Associate Chemical Hygiene Officer in the Department of Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) within the Division of Facilities Planning and Management (FP&M).

About the Department of Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS):
Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) provides guidance, technical consultations, and expertise to the campus community in the areas of biological, chemical, environmental, engineering, radiation, and fire safety. EHS is committed to the highest standards of customer relations principles for its customers, fellow staff members, students, and visitors. Staff will serve as role models by practicing exemplary behaviors when working with customers and fellow staff members.

About the Division of Facilities, Planning, and Management:
The Division of Facilities Planning & Management (FP&M) is a full-spectrum service organization that builds, maintains, and operates the physical environment of the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus in support of the university's education, research, and outreach activities. FP&M works behind the scenes to coordinate campus planning, manage design and construction, maintain and operate buildings and grounds, supply utility services, ensure health and safety, and provide parking and transportation services.

Responsibilities: Identifies and develops plans to address safety issues, provides consultation, and tracks and manages cases in a specific area of specialty so all work, recreation, and research can be performed safely and in compliance will all applicable federal, state, and local regulations and standards. Makes recommendations for the control of identified hazards and assesses hazards using relevant regulatory methodologies.
  • 10% Secures resources and schedules logistics for a safety program
  • 20% Identifies operational and safety issues and develops improvement plans and standard operating procedures
  • 10% Provides knowledge and guidance to internal and external stakeholders including leadership, in a specialized area of safety such biosafety, chemical, hazardous materials, agriculture, lake, radiation, and Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)
  • 20% Directs logistical activities, allocates resources and investigates components of specific health and safety cases
  • 10% Communicates findings to necessary stakeholders
  • 10% Reviews industry updates and may assist in developing safety communication materials based on industry changes
  • 10% Promote and implement a comprehensive laboratory chemical safety program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • 10% Ensuring that research involving hazardous chemical is performed in compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local regulations and standards (including OSHA, ANSI, NEC, EPA, DNR, and NFPA).
Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion


Bachelor's Degree
With major studies in Chemistry, Occupational Safety, or related scientific or safety field.


- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with faculty and staff through strong interpersonal skills and effective oral and written communication.
- Ability to work effectively with a diverse group of individuals and committees.
- Ability to work independently as well as the ability to work collaboratively with a team.
- Ability to manage multiple tasks.
- Knowledge and ability to use computers and computer databases.

- 2 years of professional work experience of occupational safety or laboratory related field.
- Knowledge of chemical properties and hazards.
- Knowledge of occupational safety principles, including use of personal protective equipment, administrative controls, and engineering controls.
- Knowledge of OSHA regulations, including the OSHA Laboratory Standard, OSHA Standards for specific chemicals and other applicable regulations (EPA, DNR, NFPA, etc.)
- Knowledge of prudent safety practices for laboratory operations, procedures, and techniques.
- Knowledge of chemical waste management techniques.
- Ability to conduct technical, science-based training programs.

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

A typical work schedule is Monday-Friday from 7:45 am - 4:30 pm.

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $52,500 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

The minimum salary for this position is $52,500, but is negotiable based on experience and qualifications.

This position offers a comprehensive benefits package, including generous paid time off, competitively priced health/dental/vision/life insurance, tax-advantaged savings accounts, and participation in the nationally recognized Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) pension fund. For a summary of benefits, please see

Additional Information:

Please note that successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e. a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without need of employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of your appointment, and maintain eligibility without sponsorship throughout your appointment.

In the event you are required to work in or around animal facilities, you will be enrolled in the appropriate medical surveillance program.

How to Apply:

To begin the application process, click the "apply now" button.
Please submit a resume and cover letter. In your application materials, detail your experience as it pertains to Chemical Safety Specialist position.

We also require contact information for three professional references, one of which must be your current supervisor. We will not contact your current supervisor without advance notice.


Emma DeGan
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1. See RELAY_SERVICE for further information.

Official Title:

Env Health & Safe Spec II(CP005)



Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


  The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, including but not limited to, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, pregnancy, disability, or status as a protected veteran and other bases as defined by federal regulations and UW System policies. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains current campus safety and disciplinary policies, crime statistics for the previous 3 calendar years, and on-campus student housing fire safety policies and fire statistics for the previous 3 calendar years. UW-Madison will provide a paper copy upon request; please contact the University of Wisconsin Police Department.

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