Health & Safety Professional - Field Support

Date: Feb 2, 2024

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 12447 


The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) seeks multiple Health and Safety (H&S) Professionals for Safety & Operations Services Division (SOSD) field support positions to meet expanding needs for safety support and operational excellence to accomplish the ORNL cutting-edge scientific research mission. 


The positions will work as part of integrated teams that have responsibility for H&S oversight activities and tasks associated with work control and research support operations. Additionally, one or both of the selected positions will provide the role of Laser Safety Officer for the supported directorate/divisions.  Positions will provide H&S and operational support to maintain compliance with all applicable Federal and State laws, DOE Orders, and ORNL policies and procedures regarding safety, environmental protection, space utilization, and perhaps facility management support. The positions are in the Environment, Safety, Health and Quality (ESH&Q) Directorate and will be matrixed to provide safety and health support to research and development (R&D) operations in Isotope Science and Engineering Directorate (ISED) or Physical Sciences Directorate (PSD). Another position will provide health and safety oversight for work control, operations, and maintenance at a scientific user facility, Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) user facility within the Neutron Sciences Directorate (NScD).  


ORNL is the largest U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security.  Our diverse capabilities span a broad spectrum of scientific and engineering disciplines, enabling the Laboratory to explore fundamental science challenges and to carry out the research needed to accelerate the delivery of solutions to the marketplace. As a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science national laboratory, ORNL has an extraordinary 80-year history of solving the nation’s biggest problems. We have a dedicated and creative staff of over 6,000 people! Our vision for diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) is to cultivate an environment and practices that foster diversity in ideas and in the people across the organization, as well as to ensure ORNL is recognized as a workplace of choice. These elements are critical for enabling the execution of ORNL’s broader mission to accelerate scientific discoveries and their translation into energy, environment, and security solutions for the nation.


Major Duties/Responsibilities:  

  • Provide professional safety and industrial hygiene (IH) support to R&D and/or facility operations and maintenance 

  • Support Division Work Control Point-of-Contact (POC) activities for research safety summaries (RSS). In so doing, assists in coordination of RSS reviews to ensure sufficient peer and Subject Matter Expert (SME) review and to ensure all RSSs are approved and authorized within the proper timeframe.

  • Facilitate completion of the operational activities deemed necessary through the work control process or as requested by researchers to enable research objectives in a manner that ensures the safe and compliant execution of the research mission.

  • Build and sustain an environment that supports cooperation and cohesiveness between H&S, operations, and research staff 

  • Evaluate R&D activities, facilities and operations tasks, or internal operating procedures and processes to identify hazards and provide recommendations for controls and verify adequacy of controls as work proceeds.

  • Use comprehensive IH practices and equipment to conduct qualitative and quantitative exposure assessments of chemical and physical hazards.

  • One or both of the selected positions will serve as the Division Laser Safety Officer (DLSO) for the supported R&D organization(s).

  • Abide by and promote the Battelle Safe Conduct of Research principles including being personally responsible for ensuring safe operations, raising safety concerns, using a questioning attitude, considering hazards for every task and where learning never stops.

  • Provide technical support in the application of regulatory requirements, procedures, and standards that are applicable under 10 CFR 851.

  • Continually seek ways to increase operational efficiencies and improve safety culture in support of the research mission and champion initiatives to do so.

  • Participate in assessments to verify compliance and program effectiveness.

  • Perform one or more and/or support the roles listed below, within a research environment to ensure workplace hazards have been identified and properly controlled, as well as to maintain compliance with applicable safety standards and requirements.

    • Qualified Health and Safety Professional (QHSP)

    • Division Laser Safety Officer (DLSO)

    • Pressure System Custodian

  • Facilitate or participate in event critiques, causal analyses, and corrective action plan development.

  • Assist with the implementation of Integrated Safety Management (ISM) into the work planning and execution process with the support of an interdisciplinary operations team.

  • Review procurement and subcontract activities for safety, environmental and operational requirements.

  • Participate in the review and development of division or directorate level procedures and guidelines as needed.

  • Deliver ORNL’s mission by aligning behaviors, priorities, and interactions with our core values of Impact, Integrity, Teamwork, Safety, and Service. Promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility by fostering a respectful workplace – in how we treat one another, work together, and measure success.


Qualifications Required:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in a science, engineering, operational discipline, or relevant technical field (e.g., health and safety, industrial hygiene, chemistry, biology, engineering, operations, etc.) with a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in industrial safety/industrial hygiene or a Master’s degree with 4 years relevant experience.

  • Experience in field oversight/assessment of industrial hygiene/industrial safety performance and compliance with applicable OSHA, local, state, and federal industrial hygiene and safety standards and regulations.

  • Knowledge and background in chemical/material identification and evaluation along with experience in hazard analysis/exposure assessment activities.


Qualifications Preferred:

  • Experience working as a team player in an ever-changing, multi-discipline, multi-task, and integrated/functional organizational environment which requires interfacing with management, researchers, facility users/visitors, and operations staff.

  • Experience working in an R&D environment, including previous health and safety (H&S) experience within the DOE complex or university research environment.

  • Technical knowledge of IH instrumentation including calibration, usage, limitations, and calculations/interpretations of results.

  • Demonstrated excellence in interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.

  • Ability to work independently, under pressure, with strong problem-solving skills.

  • Ability to prioritize work and manage multiple projects simultaneously.

  • Strong organizational and time management skills and ability to meet inflexible deadlines on own initiative.

  • Professional certification such as Certified Chemical Engineer (CCE), Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), Certified Laser Safety Officer (CLSO), Associate Safety Professional (ASP), Certified Hazardous Material Manager (CHMM), or Professional Engineer (PE) is preferred. 

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q Security Clearance. 


Special Requirements: 

  • Physical Requirements: Work involves various physical requirements and working conditions. As such, a pre-hire physical will be required after offer.

  • Visa Sponsorship: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.


This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

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