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Compliance Safety Officer

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Work type: Administrative & Professional
Senior management: VP for Admin & Business Services
Department: Environmental Health & Safety
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia, Roanoke, Virginia
Categories: Other

Job Description

Reporting to the University Chemical Hygiene Officer, the Compliance Safety Officer provides professional assistance to the Virginia Tech Environmental Health and Safety Office in monitoring and coordinating a comprehensive health and safety program with the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC operations following federal, state, local, and granting agencies requirements. The position ensures safe laboratory operations through education and the annual inspection process. The position is responsible for administering the lab safety, chemical waste, biohazardous waste program, fume hood, and safety shower programs, including interpretation of regulations and implementation of programs. They will assist in the use of the Safety Management System. Review hazards/waste collection needs of new spaces.

Responsible for ensuring training is accessible and complete, including visiting students, faculty, and volunteers. Assist with information dissemination on various issues after collaborating with subject matter experts at Environmental Health and Safety.

Required Qualifications

An advanced degree with an emphasis in science or engineering or training and experience equivalent to an advanced degree. Working knowledge of the Laboratory Safety Standard, OSHA, EPA, and DOT regulations; Demonstrated effective communication skills; Ability to safely move and handle up to 50 pounds; Good knowledge of computers and software (such as data entry/recording, word processing, etc.); Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills. Considerable experience with a wide variety of multidisciplinary labs.

Preferred Qualifications

Safety experience in an academic environment. Knowledge and experience with Biosafety. Familiarity with the Virginia Tech campus. Chemical Hygiene Officer certification.



Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with experience

Review Date

Open until filled

Additional Information

Must be able to move and handle up to 50 pounds unassisted safely. Must be able to walk/stand for long periods. Must be able to travel to work sites and, during site visits, may stand, lift, reach, push/pull, walk, climb, stoop, and bend. The work environment may involve some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following established safety precautions. Ability to use PPE (including wearing a respirator) as required per safety procedures. Repetitive movement through the use of computer/keyboarding. Must have a criminal background check. Must have a driver's license check. Other (Describe Below): Must participate in the university medical surveillance program. May have to work additional hours or modify the schedule to meet the department's needs. On occasion, may have off-campus travel that may require an overnight stay.

The position location will be 85% Roanoke campus, 10% the main Blacksburg campus, and 5% Children's National Hospital.

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.


About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Dee Perkins at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

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