Kennesaw State University – Chemical Safety Specialist

Location:  Kennesaw Campus

Posting Department:  FAC – Environmental Health and Safety

Regular/Temporary:  RegularHours per week:40

MVR Report:  This position WILL require a satisfactory MVR (Motor Vehicle Report) as a condition of employment.

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P-Card:  This position WILL NOT require a satisfactory Consumer Credit check as a condition of employment

Required Minimum

Education:  Bachelor’s degree  Req.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Working knowledge and recognition of chemicals and the associated hazards
  • Knowledge of Safety Data Sheet processes and protocol
  • Able to obtain hazardous materials shipping, RCRA hazardous waste and Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) qualifications
  • Able to handle multiple tasks or projects at one time meeting assigned deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal, initiative, teamwork, problem solving, independent judgment, organization, communication (verbal and written), time management, project management and presentation skills
  • Proficient with computer applications and programs associated with the position (i.e. Microsoft Office suite)
  • Strong attention to detail and follow up skills
  • Strong customer service skills and phone and e-mail etiquette



  • Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry, biology, environmental health, physical science or a related field



  • One (1) year of experience working in laboratory safety, environmental health and safety, environmental health, or other related field



  • Current, valid, and unrestricted Georgia driver’s license
  • Able to obtain a chemical or lab safety certification (e.g. – CHMM, CCHO, CSP, etc.) within one (1) year of employment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM), Certified Chemical Hygiene Officer (CCHO), or a comparable certification

Job Purpose:

Works collaboratively with staff, faculty, and safety committees to support the laboratory safety programs.

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Supports leadership with various elements of the laboratory safety programs
  2. Assists with inspections of academic and research laboratories to identify items of non-compliance related to use, handling, and the disposal of chemicals, biohazards, and other laboratory related hazards
  3. Approves chemical and biological materials for purchase
  4. Maintains chemical inventory and safety data sheets (SDSs) using department database
  5. Responds to chemical and biohazard spills and implement decontamination procedures
  6. Investigates accidents involving exposures or injuries that occur in the lab and/or are associated with chemicals and/or biological materials

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Kennesaw State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and/or veteran status.