Project Safety Lead- Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, IL

Position Description

Function as a member of the laboratory safety team and specifically as the lead safety person for the APS (Advanced Photon Source) Upgrade project within the Photon Sciences Directorate. As the lead, act as a two-way conduit of information: communicate laboratory health, safety and environmental requirements and programs to the APS Upgrade team; identify needs and provide solutions to creating and maintaining a safe work environment; and create and update local policies and procedures tailored for the successful completion of the project and leading to safe operation of the facility.  Provide support to line management, researchers and workers through effective implementation of solutions, leading/participating in work planning activities, and serving as a local safety professional resource.

Reporting to the APS Upgrade (APS-U) Project Director and the Photon Sciences Directorate Safety Manager , the candidate will be responsible for leading the implementation of integrated safety management for the APS-U project. This includes ensuring ESH considerations are integrated in the design, procurement, deconstruction, construction, testing, commissioning and transition to operations, all of which involve a broad array of hazards. The ESH Lead will ensure that all safety related documentation as required by DOE Order 413.3c is developed and implemented. As a key advisor to the Project Director and Project Manager, the ESH Lead must be able to evaluate various, sometimes conflicting inputs to provide expert counsel on ESH matters to ensure a safe and healthful project outcome. As part of the project team the ESH Lead will advise and assist the entire project staff. In addition to playing a lead role in the planning and execution of Environment, Safety, and Health activities and management assessments for the APS-U Project, other primary duties include management of safety inspections for APS-U activities and appropriate follow-up action and conducting special projects.  Through their own expertise, their team, and by utilization of other subject matter experts at Argonne, the candidate will provide solutions to a diverse range of complex problems which may come to light through safety reviews, assessments, and hazard evaluations.  The candidate will be expected to perform incident investigations, audits, facility/equipment inspections, and implementation of the policies and practices that result in optimum safety.  The candidate will review and interpret new standards, recommendations, or rules and develop or update corresponding safety policies and procedures as appropriate. Represents the Environment, Safety and Health function of the APS Upgrade with internal and external stakeholders including DOE HQ, DOE site office, ANL Management, other ANL organizations, together with ESH&Q.

Position Requirements

Required knowledge, skills and abilities: 

  • Knowledge of OSHA industrial and construction safety practices, and other Federal codes, standards and requirements as applicable to large scale, complex projects is required.
  • Knowledge of DOE safety program requirements (or equivalent) including Integrated Safety Management, Accelerator Safety, Worker Safety and Health and Radiological protection.
  • Knowledge of industrial work processes and construction practices is essential. Ability to complete hazard analyses and associated mitigation development is essential.
  • Expert knowledge of workplace planning and control, and comprehensive knowledge of available safety devices and PPE is required.
  • Ability to effectively communicate technical information to staff at all organizational levels, who may have varied levels of ES&H expertise or understanding of ES&H requirements in required.
  • Knowledge assessment and feedback processes including corrective action plan development.
  • Ability to review designs and integrate safety into those designs and any associated procurements.
  • Ability to prepare clear and concise reports.
  • Experience in the safety oversight of general and specialty contractors.
  • Knowledge of and experience in the implementation of workplace human performance improvement techniques is desired.
  • Ability to conduct assessments of workplace practices, ergonomic and material handling techniques, hazard analysis and energy isolation is desired.

This role can be hired at one of two levels, PT4 or PT5, based on qualifications. The requirements for each level are as follows:

  • PT4: Bachelor’s degree + 6 years of experience, or equivalent
  • PT5: Bachelor’s degree + 10 yers of experience, or equivalent

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, 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.

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