• Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) Specialist

    Job ID
    Regular Full-Time
    Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
  • Overview

    The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), located in Seattle, Washington, is part of a dynamic collaboration among three organizations known nationally and internationally for their patient care and research: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington, and Seattle Children's. Over the past 25 years, these institutions have worked together to support their mission of adult and pediatric oncology patient care services, research and education.

    The Safety & Emergency Preparedness Department manages a comprehensive health and safety program including: Employee Health & Safety, Fire & Life Safety, Environmental Health & Safety, and Emergency Preparedness

    The Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) Specialist develops and supports a comprehensive and integrated EH&S program at SCCA. The position is responsible for making independent decisions that lead to the development and delivery of an efficient department to meet safe environment of care standards for patients, visitors, staff and affiliates that work in or enter any SCCA facility.


    • Support industrial hygiene projects/design and provide safety training for labs and healthcare clinic staff, conduct exposure monitoring, respiratory fit testing, safety audits, evaluate use of hazardous materials, prepare reports and present findings to safety committee and Environment of Care committee as directed.
    • Arranges, contracts, and collects/consolidates waste disposal in accordance with all applicable local, state, and federal regulations. Maintains and improves waste minimization practices to decrease hazardous materials disposal costs and comply with waste minimization regulations.
    • Advise/train employees regarding the proper storage of hazardous chemicals and compressed gases, and the preparation of hazardous wastes for disposal and transportation of non-waste hazardous materials.
    • Oversees the activities of consultants and vendors who provide hazardous waste services, including but not limited to biomedical waste, radioactive waste, chemical waste, electronic waste, recycled wastes, lab coat services, and spill response.
    • Develop and maintain industrial hygiene, biosafety, and hazardous waste handling, transport, and disposal policies and procedures in accordance with all applicable regulations.
    • Consult with employees regarding recognized and potential occupational exposures and investigate occupational accidents and illness as necessary.
    • Support as needed the chemical, biosafety and radiation safety laboratory audit programs.
    • Serves as Environment of Care committee member and process owner for the Hazardous Materials Management Plan and Hazard Awareness Management Manual (HAMM) and other relevant policies, as required by the Joint Commission.
    • Maintains all hazardous materials program records and permits, prepares and submits required reports, and acts as site contact for applicable regulatory compliance inspections.
    • Initiate and serve as a member of hazardous materials response team, maintaining written plans, procedures, and applicable training.
    • Oversees the hazardous chemical inventory process and database, verifying that data is accurately maintained and that quantity limits in designated areas do not exceed fire code storage limits.
    • Provides training employees on various topics including hazardous waste disposal, shipping hazardous materials, spill response, and waste minimization.
    • Will require limited off-hours support
    • Perform other duties as required.



    • BA/BS in related field (5 years similar experience may substitute)
    • 2+ years similar experience, preferably in healthcare/labs


    • Bachelor’s degree in industrial hygiene, environmental health, chemistry, microbiology or closely related scientific field
    • Experience supporting biosafety programs a plus
    • Must possess good writing, analytical, verbal communication and computer skills
    • Must be able to work independently
    • Must be able to wear a respirator and required personal protective equipment
    • Must be capable of lifting 40 pounds

    Our Commitment to Diversity

    We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity and VEVRAA Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, or membership in any other legally protected class. We are an Affirmative Action employer. We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds to apply and desire priority referrals of protected veterans. If due to a disability you need assistance/and or a reasonable accommodation during the application or recruiting process, please send a request to our Employee Services Center at escmail@fredhutch.org or by calling 206-667-4700.


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