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Laboratory Safety Officer



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Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Passionate about precision medicine and advancing the healthcare industry?

Recent advancements in underlying technology have finally made it possible for AI to impact clinical care in a meaningful way. Tempus' proprietary platform connects an entire ecosystem of real-world evidence to deliver real-time, actionable insights to physicians, providing critical information about the right treatments for the right patients, at the right time.

What You’ll Do:

  • Oversee enterprise safety and emergency management policies.
  • Develop, review, revise, and maintain laboratory safety policies.
  • Understand, advise staff, and ensure compliance with CAP/CLIA, NYS, OSHA, FDA, and DOT regulations with regard to safety.
  • Monitor the use and disposal of chemicals and biohazardous materials from all lab areas per state and federal guidelines and coordinate with external vendors for hazardous waste disposal.
  • Manage and update Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for all labs and ensure all SDS binders are complete and up to date.
  • Manage incident and event reporting for any safety incidents or events.
  • Establish and enforce appropriate PPE protocols for laboratory staff.
  • Provide training and ensure all lab staff have completed safety training and are current on their annual quizzes and/or updates to safety protocols.
  • Have knowledge of emergency response procedures for fires, spills, exposures, and forces of nature.
  • Ensure safety equipment is maintained according to requirements (eye wash, fire extinguishers, showers, first aid kits, etc.).
  • Complete and document monthly safety audits to address issues within the laboratory.
  • Conduct and oversee new-hire laboratory safety training and annual fire safety training for content and completeness.
  • Prepare for and participate in laboratory audits and meet with Quality and Management teams as needed.
  • Write policies and procedures to meet safety code compliance for the lab.
  • Assess ergonomic risk and provide solutions to lab and workstation ergonomics.
  • Oversee accident investigation process and work with laboratory management to determine corrective/preventative actions in response to workplace injuries.
  • Serve as chair of the safety committee.


  • Bachelor’s degree in industrial hygiene, environmental health, chemistry, biology, or closely related scientific field.
  • At least 5 years of experience in an EHS-related role is desired.
  • Knowledge of state and federal safety regulations for work environment and personnel
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Thrives in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work independently as well as with others to plan and carry out projects
  • Ability to travel on a monthly basis
  • Self-driven and works well in an interdisciplinary team with minimal direction


We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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