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Health & Safety Professional - Field Support

Date: May 10, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 8220


Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the largest US Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security.



The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) seeks a high-energy, experienced Health and Safety Professional to join the Neutron Sciences Directorate (NScD) research support team within the Research and Development (R&D), Neutron & Nuclear Safety Services group.

This position provides technical leadership and program implementation guidance to NScD research organization and mission at the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) and the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) to ensure the Instrument and Experiment Operations are planned and executed in a safe manner with due consideration to the principles of Integrated Safety Management (ISM) and ORNL and the Department of Energy requirements as set forth in ORNL”s Safety & Health (S&H) policies and programs. The position is field deployed to support the NScD instrument and experimental operations, maintenance, and construction activities providing S&H experiment reviews and oversight for research and guests users, and will interact with facility users, instrument support staff, and NScD management.

ORNL is the largest US 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.

Major Duties/Responsibilities

Primary roles will include:

  • Provide professional safety and industrial hygiene (IH) support to NScD operations including comprehensive experiment safety reviews of user experiments and sample safety analysis.
  • Support scientific staff and users in identifying safety related issues/hazards, defining controls to be used to mitigate and resolve safety issues, and monitor controls for effectiveness.
  • Build and sustain an environment that supports proactive cooperation and cohesiveness between health and safety, operations, research staff and users, and craft personnel.
  • Influence health and safety in the oversight of activities; set and evaluate performance standards and expectations; anticipate and plan needs for program support to enable research and facility operations.
  • Evaluate R&D activities or internal operating procedures and processes to identify hazards and provide recommendations for controls and verify adequacy of controls as work proceeds.
  • Perform periodic surveillances and assessments to verify compliance and program effectiveness.
  • Evaluate work practices, controls, and corrective actions for effectiveness and compliance.
  • Use comprehensive IH practices and equipment to conduct qualitative and quantitative exposure assessments of chemical and physical hazards.
  • Assist with the implementation of Integrated Safety Management (ISM) into the work planning and execution process with the support of an interdisciplinary operations team.
  • Provide technical support in the application of regulatory requirements, procedures and standards that are applicable under DOE’s Worker Safety and Health Program 10 CFR 851.
  • Participate in incident investigations, incident critiques, inspections, and audits.
  • Advise management on regulatory requirements and recomemndations based both on incident findings and experience overseeing activities.
  • Provide professional health and safety support to all levels of management.
  • Recruit participation from ORNL staff and other resources for the implementation of lab-wide safety initiatives and programs in support of Safety and Operations Services Division.
  • Abide by the Battelle Safe Conduct of Research (SCoR) 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.

Qualifications Required

  • Bachelor of Science degree in industrial hygiene/industrial safety or relevant technical field, with a minimum of five years of industrial hygiene/industrial safety experience (or an equivalent combination of education, experience, and specialized training are required).
  • 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 with sample environment equipment hazard analysis containing, but not limited to:   high pressures, cryogens, trapped volume analysis, reading and understanding piping and instrumentation diagrams, high and low temperatures setups, high voltage, high current, lasers, UV, EMF, etc.
  • Experience working and facilitating in multi-disciplinary R&D environments or supporting research, radiological, or nuclear facilities.
  • Strong background in and successful experience working with scientific staff.
  • Chemistry education or training with chemical laboratory experience/background.
  • CIH and/or CSP certification.
  • Experience in review and oversight of chemical interactions in an R&D setting
  • Experience in review and oversight of Biological Safety hazards in an R&D setting.
  • Previous health and safety experience at a DOE user facility.
  • Demonstrated excellence in leadership, interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.  
  • Experience working in multiple industrial hygiene and industrial safety areas.
  • Knowledge in performing calculations to determine exposure potential.
  • Experience with work control processes in a research and development environment.
  • 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.
  • Experience working with personal computer software including Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, SharePoint, Outlook and PowerPoint as well as industrial hygiene sample data management system.
  • Knowledge of Integrated Safety Management and 10 CFR 851.
  • Technical knowledge of IH instrumentation including calibration, usage, limitations, and calculations/interpretations of results.
  • DOE or other work experience with facilities and processes involving radiological hazards.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q Security Clearance.


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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ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.  UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.

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