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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

This is a professional health and safety position focused on both research laboratory and machine shop safety.  The primary responsibility of this position will be to identify potential hazards, inspect facilities working with chemical and physical hazards for health and safety concerns, and facilitate corrective actions and/or provide recommendations. 

Who We Are

The Department of Environment, Health & Safety promotes health, safety and environmental compliance within the University of Michigan campus community. At the U-M, protection of the environment and safety on the job is everyone’s responsibility. EHS provides leadership at all levels of the university to maintain a healthy workplace and to protect the environment.


  • Conduct general lab and shop safety inspections.
  • Review laboratory protocols and conduct risk assessments.
  • Investigate safety and health related incidents and complaints, and recommend or coordinate corrective action.
  • Develop, coordinate, and conduct occupational health and safety education and training programs.
  • Respond to inquiries from staff and faculty regarding occupational health and safety concerns.
  • Prepare special and periodic reports, guidelines, manuals, newsletters, summaries, and bulletins.
  • Assist in the review of plans for construction and renovation of University facilities for occupational health and safety.
  • Participate on the emergency response team as needed to respond to incidents involving hazardous materials, which may include biological, chemical, or radioactive substances.

Required Qualifications*

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in industrial hygiene, occupational health and safety, engineering, or a related scientific field. 
  • 1-3 years (EHS Rep I)/3-5 years (EHS Rep II) of professional health and safety experience in laboratory safety, shop safety, occupational health and safety or other appropriate science-related employment experience. 
  • Reasonable knowledge of industrial hygiene practices, modern occupational health, safety, environmental, or engineering principles and practices, and rules/regulations.
  • Reasonable knowledge of federal, state and institutional health and safety regulations (e.g., OSHA & MIOSHA, etc). 
  • Knowledge of and ability to use computer applications, such as word processing, email, and databases.
  • Work independently, exercise initiative and judgment, and provide follow through with customers.
  • Must have a valid driver's license; ability to obtain commercial driver’s license may be necessary.
  • Must be able to pass physical examination to allow for emergency response and wearing of personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects.

Desired Qualifications*

  • A master’s degree in industrial hygiene, or a related scientific field.
  • Work experience in industrial hygiene, or related scientific field.
  • Work experience consistent with that required for applicable professional certification such as Certified Industrial Hygienist or Certified Safety Professional.
  • Experience investigating accidents and exposures preferred. 
  • Some experience in program development and EHS project management.

Work Schedule

M-F daytime hours. Additional work hours may occasionally be required during nights and early mornings, and weekends to respond to emergencies or other time sensitive/critical events and to provide training for employees.

Underfill Statement

This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.

Additional Information

Facilities and Operations seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, to sustain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives and ways of knowing and learning.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations are now required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all three campuses, including Michigan Medicine.  This includes those working or learning remotely.  More information on this policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the U-M Dearborn and U-M Flint websites.