Chemical Process Safety Specialist

Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne, IL

Job posting number: #7115500 (Ref:414377)

Posted: November 4, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Argonne National Laboratory is currently seeking a Chemical Process Safety Specialist to join their team. This role is responsible for developing and implementing laboratory safety and health programs within the Occupational Health and Safety department.

Responsibilities include:

  • Maintaining cognizance of technical developments in chemical hygiene and laboratory safety best practices.
  • Conducting laboratory exposure assessments and chemical exposure monitoring.
  • Conducting experiment safety reviews and chemical risk analyses (e.g. What-If, FMEA, HazOp, LOPA, Fault Tree Analysis)
  • Maintaining cognizance of codes and industry best practice standards that apply to large-scale chemical processes in research (e.g. NFPA, ASME, EIC, etc.).
  • Analyzing chemical reactivity and process condition hazards associated with pilot and pre-pilot plant scale research projects.
  • Reviewing process documents such as batch cards, operating procedures, PFDs, and P&IDs, heat and mass balances, and improve upon pre-existing versions while accounting for non-steady-state operation (i.e. relief cases, upset and start-up/shut-down conditions).
  • Advising on process control and monitoring technologies (e.g. safety system reliability, PLC programming, over temperature protection, over pressure protection, fail safe considerations, gas detection, interlocks, etc.).
  • Assessing appropriate selection and use of ventilated enclosures and chemical personal protective equipment.
  • Serving as Program Manager for one or more laboratory safety programs (e.g. pilot plant and pre-pilot plant scale research projects, glovebox integrity, laboratory ventilation, nanomaterial safety, chemical hygiene).
  • Developing and conducts On-The-Job, classroom, or computer-based training programs in the area of research safety.
  • Serving on a chemical emergency on-call rotation team.

Position Requirements

  • B.S. or higher in in chemistry, engineering, engineering technology, industrial hygiene, or related degree.
  • Professional experience in chemical safety, chemical engineering, or an industrial hygiene role.
  • Skill in the interpretation of regulations and establishing the means of meeting the requirements in a diverse operational and research environment.
  • Knowledge of hazards and exposures common to laboratory and research operations.
  • Knowledge of sampling methods and equipment, understanding of the limitations of the analytical methods, and knowledge of hazard engineering controls and personal protective equipment.
  • Demonstrated experience providing technical assistance for investigations and mitigating hazards common to research laboratory.
  • Effective verbal and written communication, including preparation of effective reports.
  • Skill in building and sustaining consensus and collaboration among key stakeholders.
  • Skill in communicating complex chemical exposure risk issues in clear and concise terms.
  • Ability to model Argonne’s Core Values: Impact, Safety, Respect, Integrity, and Teamwork.
  • Experience in ONE or more of the following areas:
    • Laboratory and pilot-plant chemical risk assessments
    • Laboratory ventilation
    • Basic understanding of reactive chemistry and reactive chemistry references and resources
    • Industrial Hygiene and exposure monitoring
    • Toxicology, including exposure pathways and toxic or carcinogenic endpoints
    • Nanomaterial safety
    • Reading and creating Process Flow Diagrams (PFDs) and / or Process & Instrumentation Diagrams (P&IDs)
    • Conducting chemical process risk assessments
    • Participating as a chemical safety or process safety SME in experimental design reviews
    • Consequence modeling using electronic modeling tools
    • Heat and mass balance calculations
    • Chemical energy release calculations
    • Multi-phase flow modeling
    • Hydrogen delivery systems safety

    The selected candidate will be placed at the appropriate level (PT3 or PT4) dependent upon depth and breadth of relevant knowledge and skills brought to the position, as well as the amount of relevant experience. The requirements of the various levels are as follows:

    • PT3: Bachelor’s degree and 4+ years of experience, or a Master's degree and 2+ years of experience, or equivalent.
    • PT4: Bachelor’s degree and 6+ years of experience, or a Master's degree and 4+ years of experience, or equivalent.

    Job Family

    Professional Technical (PT)

    Job Profile

    Industrial Hygiene 3

    Worker Type

    Regular

    Time Type

    Full time

    As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, and in accordance with our core values of impact, safety, respect, integrity and teamwork, Argonne National Laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation. In support of this commitment, Argonne encourages minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment. Argonne considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

    Argonne employees, and certain guest researchers and contractors, are subject to particular restrictions related to participation in Foreign Government Sponsored or Affiliated Activities, as defined and detailed in United States Department of Energy Order 486.1A. You will be asked to disclose any such participation in the application phase for review by Argonne's Legal Department.  

    All Argonne offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes an assessment of criminal conviction history conducted on an individualized and case-by-case basis.  Please be advised that Argonne positions require upon hire (or may require in the future) for the individual be to obtain a government access authorization that involves additional background check requirements.  Failure to obtain or maintain such government access authorization could result in the withdrawal of a job offer or future termination of employment.

    Please note that all Argonne employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. All successful applicants will be required to provide their COVID-19 vaccination verification as a condition of employment, subject to limited legally recognized exemptions to COVID-19 vaccination.



    Argonne is an equal opportunity employer, and we value diversity in our workforce. As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, Argonne National Laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation. In support of this commitment, Argonne prohibits discrimination or harassment based on an individual's age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.


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