Position Description

LIGO Lab Senior Safety Engineer
Job Category Fulltime Regular
ExemptOvertimeEligible Exempt
Benefits Eligible Benefit Based
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Job Summary

LIGO Laboratory (the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory) seeks a highly motivated and skilled LIGO Lab Senior Safety Engineer to join its team. The Senior Safety Engineer oversees all machine and personnel safety aspects of the LIGO sites. Job responsibilities include training, inspections, reviews, enforcement and reporting. Laser safety officers at each LIGO site support the LIGO Senior Safety Engineer.

LIGO is a National Science Foundation major facility dedicated to gravitational wave astronomy and astrophysics, jointly operated by the California Institute of Technology and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The current generation of advanced interferometers came on line in 2015 and shortly afterwards LIGO launched the field of gravitational wave astronomy with the first observation of the birth of a black hole; this achievement led to the awarding of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics to its founders. LIGO consists of two widely separated (3,002 km), 4 kilometer-long interferometers operating as a single, phased detector. One (LIGO Hanford Observatory) is located north of Richland, Washington and the other (LIGO Livingston Observatory) is in Livingston, Louisiana. Concurrent to observatory operations, the Laboratory maintains a vigorous R&D program, primarily centered at the Caltech and MIT campuses, to further enhance the capabilities of the LIGO detectors. For more information, please visit the Laboratory website at https:// www.ligo.caltech.edu.

Job Duties

– Works with all Laboratory staff to promote and sustain a culture of individual responsibility for maintaining a safe workplace
– Chairs the LIGO Safety Steering Committee; including but not limited to overseeing the LIGO System Safety and Operations Safety Programs
– Defines, develops, and provides/mediates training on the LIGO Lab Safety Programs
– Defines, develops, and oversees New Employee/Visitor Safety Orientations
– Writes, reviews, and maintains operations safety & site-specific safety manuals, hazard analysis, policies, inspection documentation. Serves as the primary administrator for the LIGO Laboratory Safety Website
– Maintains, and extends, as appropriate, the Laboratory-wide implementation of the LIGO Safety Program
– Provides direction and guidance with regard to LIGO systems safety to LIGO facilities safety managers; assuring that engineering, research and design activities identify, analyze and minimize hazards and risks to personnel and systems; representing LIGO Laboratory Safety in design and procurement reviews; representing LIGO Laboratory Safety in planning and review of testing and commissioning activities
– Maintains communications with the Caltech Safety Office, including the request and coordination of Caltech Safety support for LIGO
– Performs technical and administrative duties in laboratory safety, industrial hygiene, chemical safety, emergency response, environmental compliance and waste management, and training
– Applies technical knowledge of processes, procedures, and equipment used in monitoring and auditing EHS conditions
– Investigates accidents, injuries, and complaints concerning hazards or uncomfortable conditions in the workplace
– Recommends improvements in processes, design, procedures, and operating equipment, to minimize potentially hazardous conditions
– Conducts employee training, ergonomic evaluations, and responds to incidents
– Maintains current knowledge of safety industry regulatory requirements
– Ensures that LIGO fulfills all ANSI, OSHA, and NFPA Mandates, as well as NSF Safety Matrix commitments
– Defines the program and best safety practices, as well as ensures that employees are provided with job specific safety gear and guidance on their safe use
– Usage of required protective devices (PPE), including but not limited to: gloves, lab coat, coveralls, laser safety glasses, and respirator
– Oversees and provides guidance and consultation to the LIGO Laboratory safety personnel assigned at each Laboratory site who cover general safety and laser safety. This includes documentation review, incident investigations, training as well as dealing with routine safety concerns that may arise during the normal daily activities at the observatories
– Requires continuous interaction with LIGO Laboratory staff, senior management, and involves attending a number of meetings with observatory staff and contractors
– Carries out reporting responsibilities externally to funding agency and internally to Lab management
– Conducts Annual Safety Inspections for each site (LLO, LHO, CIT, observer at MIT) providing detailed report of findings and recommendations for corrective measures
– Travels to LIGO Labs located at Livingston, Hanford and MIT on a minimum of a quarterly basis to support other site activities and interact with the local staff, providing training, direction and guidance with regard to LIGO Systems Safety to LIGO facilities safety managers

Basic Qualifications

– Bachelor’s degree is a technical field, with at least 7 years of related experience overseeing a comprehensive environmental, health and safety program or equivalent experience
– Able to stand and walk for moderate periods of time; lift and carry up to 30 lbs. of tools and equipment; needs to have the ability to wear a respirator and other protective equipment when working under hazardous conditions
– The selected candidate must be able to enter laboratories using chemical and biohazardous materials. (S)he will also enter into areas of potential laser hazard
– Proficiency with standard office computing applications (e.g., Word, Excel, and web applications)
– Strong verbal and written communication skills, a team attitude and a high degree of professional discipline are essential
– Must have a valid driver’s license at the start of employment and maintain it throughout the course of employment
– Must be able to travel regularly, via airplane, to other LIGO facilities

Preferred Qualifications

– Master’s degree with 7 years of professional experience in a comprehensive environmental, health and safety program, preferably in a university setting

Required Documents

– Resume
– Cover Letter

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