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Company Name:
Approximate Salary:
$48,000.00 - $55,000.00 
Storrs, Connecticut
United States
Job Categories:
Safety Engineer/Specialist: Single site
Safety Engineer/Specialist: Multi-site
Industry Segments:
Academic/Educational sector
Experience level:
1-2 years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree

Chemical Health & Safety Specialist

UConn’s people are the driving force behind our success. Whether performing groundbreaking studies or pushing our students to unleash their potential in the classroom, our faculty and staff have helped shape the landscape of our inclusive and diverse community. Our people are a critical piece of the puzzle, linking modern facilities, partnerships with top businesses, and our dedication to education and research. 

We are committed to excellence across a wide swath of disciplines in our faculty and staff at a time of great change and potential for higher education. By maintaining our existing strengths and growing our expertise in strategic areas, we are continuing the transformation that has led the University to stand among the nation’s leading public research institutions.

The Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) at the University of Connecticut (Storrs) is seeking a Chemical Health and Safety Specialist to manage the Laboratory Chemical Inventory Program and provide technical services regarding laboratory and workplace safety. This entry-level position will report to the EHS Chemical Health and Safety Manager.  

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES - Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 

  • Managing and implementing procedures regarding the procurement, reception, distribution, and disposal of chemicals at the Storrs and Depot campuses by means of a computerized, barcode inventory system.
  • Monitoring University compliance with applicable regulations and University policies through surveys of laboratory chemical stocks and other University facilities, including all regional campuses, as needed.
  • Providing consultation and training to the University community regarding regulations, procedures, controls, equipment, and the acquisition and disposal of chemicals that may impact health, safety, or the environment.
  • Participating in the development of safety guidelines and educational information pertaining to laboratory safety, workplace safety, and regulated waste management.
  • Inspecting laboratories and other facilities for hazardous conditions to ensure worker safety and compliance with regulations, standards, and University policies and programs.
  • Compiling data and developing reports on chemical inventories, inspections, and other environmental health and safety information.
  • Investigating and submitting written reports on incidents involving environmental health and safety matters.
  • Responding to emergencies involving hazardous incidents in laboratories, as required.
  • Potentially supervising professional and student staff.
  • Performing other related duties as required


  • Bachelor's degree in Chemistry or a related science field plus one year of experience working in health and safety or in a research, teaching, or diagnostic lab OR Associate's degree in Chemistry or a related science field plus three years’ experience in health and safety or in a research, teaching, or diagnostic lab.
  • Knowledge of applicable federal and state laws and regulations and nationally recognized standards and guidelines relating to environmental health and safety;
  • Detail-oriented with a strong working ability with computer applications and database software;
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office products;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to interact effectively with a diverse community of University faculty, staff, and students;
  • Ability to respond promptly in-person to all campus locations requiring environmental health and safety services, including the regional campuses, which may be outside of normal business hours.


  • Previous DOT, RCRA, or OSHA training (e.g. OSHA HAZWOPER);
  • Experience with chemical inventory management software applications;
  • Experience in an academic research environment;
  • Experience in presenting training before small and large groups.

This is a full-time, permanent position, including a full benefits package. Anticipated salary ranges from $48,000 to $55,000 per year, commensurate with experience. 

To Apply - Please apply online or via email by clicking the "Apply for this job" link on this page.

  • Cover letter/letter of application that describes how you meet or possess the minimum qualifications and any preferred qualifications
  • Resume
  • Three professional references to UConn Careers website. An academic recommendation may substitute for one professional reference. 

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