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Argonne National Laboratory Safety Generalist in Lemont, Illinois

The Environment, Safety and Health organization at Argonne National Laboratory is searching for a talented Safety Generalist. The safety generalist functions as a member of the Laboratory deployed safety team with a primary assignment as environment, safety & health (ESH) coordinator for the Materials Science Division, and an additional role in supporting the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR).

In this role you can expect to:

  • ESH coordinators act as a two-way conduit of information: communicate Laboratory health, safety and environmental requirements and programs to line management, researchers and workers in the deployed Division; communicate ideas for tailored execution of programs and area safety needs.

  • Support line management, researchers, and workers in providing effective implementation solutions, leading/participating in work planning activities, and serves as a local safety professional resource.

  • Actively contribute to a healthy safety culture that encourages openness and participation, rather than solely focusing on compliance.

  • Coordinate exchange of safety-related lessons learned within a multi-organizational research partnership (JCESR).

  • Provide expertise, support, coordination, and guidance, as needed, to ensure that the deployed Division complies with Argonne environment, safety and health (ESH) policies and initiatives and with DOE orders and OSHA regulations. With reach-back to Laboratory subject matter experts, conducts reviews and provides consultation of experimental plans, operating procedures, and job safety analyses.

  • Coordinate and monitor the deployed Division’s laboratory research safety activities. Serves as an integral member of the deployed Division’s ESH/quality assurance team and in functional roles as assigned.

  • Act independently in day-to-day tasks.

Position Requirements

  • General knowledge in laboratory, experimental, or industrial facilities safety.

  • Willingness to explore alternate methods to reduce risk, with input from specialists and peer mentor.

  • Effective verbal communication skills with scientists, support staff, division management, and external peers in a multi-organizational research partnership.

  • Effective written communications skills.

  • Ability to quickly learn safety-related Argonne web applications and well versed in common productivity software.

  • Ability to acquire general technical expertise and knowledge about the operational aspects and safety challenges of the research in the deployed division.

  • Experience in a laboratory, experimental research, and/or industrial environment preferred, but not required.

  • Knowledge in the controls of typical hazards in MSD: cryogens, chemicals, lasers, magnetic fields, X-rays

  • Professional certification in ESH career field preferred; alternatively, willingness to work toward such certification expected.

  • Ability to recognize work sequences requiring additional specialist knowledge and to involve these specialists to assist as necessary.

  • Ability to acquire competencies in OSHA disciplines relevant to the work in the deployed division.

  • Ability to provide timely and competent customer service.

  • Willingness to interact at the customer work location.

  • Ability to model Argonne’s core values: Impact, Safety, Respect, Integrity, and Teamwork

The selected candidate will be placed at the appropriate level (PT3 or PT4) dependent upon the depth and breadth of relevant knowledge and skills. The minimum requirements of the two levels are as follows:

  • PT3: Bachelor’s Degree and 4+ years of experience, or equivalent

  • PT4: Bachelor's Degree and 6+ years of experience, or equivalent

This position description documents the general nature and level of work but is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all activities, duties and responsibilities required of job incumbent. Consequently, job incumbent may be required to perform other duties as assigned.

Job Family

Professional Technical (PT)

Job Profile

ESH Multi-Functional 3

Worker Type


Time Type

Full time

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