Environmental Health & Safety Program Manager

Staff Exempt Boston, Massachusetts


Summary of Position

The EHS Program Manager will assist the Director in developing, implementing, and monitoring programs and policies to ensure compliance with all applicable federal, state and local EHS regulations. Primary responsibilities include: presenting and updating program trainings, reviewing and revising written safety programs and procedures, performing lab and building inspections and audits, management of hazardous waste program, identifying and correcting safety and health deficiencies, responding to EHS related incidents, and completing projects as assigned.

Primary/Principal Responsibilities: 

  • Provide support to Director in all aspects of EHS regulatory responsibilities for the University in compliance with Suffolk University policy, and Federal, State and Local applicable laws, regulations, and legal precedence as mandated by Federal, State, and other governing agencies including but not limited to EPA, OSHA, DEP, MWRA, DPH, NFPA, and DOT.
  • Participates in the development and management of environmental, health and safety policies and procedures. Communicates policies and procedures through department website development/maintenance.
  •  Oversee environmental, health and safety in University owned property on the Boston campus. Provide consultation to Suffolk employees and outside contractors on EHS issues in University owned property on our Boston Campus and would serve as consultant if required for Madrid.
  • The Suffolk University EHS Program Manager serves as the Biosafety and Chemical Hygiene Officer. As such, the EHS Program Manager must be qualified by training or experience to provide technical guidance in the development and implementation of the Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHO). The CHO must:
    • Work with administrators and other employees to develop and implement appropriate chemical hygiene policies and practices
    • Monitor procurement, use, and disposal of chemicals used in the lab
    • See that appropriate audits of chemicals are maintained
    • Help project directors develop precautions and adequate lab facilities
    • Know the current requirements concerning regulated substances
    • Seek ways to improve the chemical hygiene program.
  • In conjunction with Facilities Management, ensures implementation of program of inspection and testing of building safety-related items, including, but not limited to, elevators, fire pumps, fire sprinklers, fire escapes, fire extinguishers, emergency generators, etc. Verify satisfactory completion of such inspection and testing. Investigate any deficiencies that are reported and ensure corrective actions are taken.
  • Manages indoor environmental quality investigations (IEQ). Interfaces with management of departments reporting IEQ investigations. Leads and coordinates monitoring and response with other departments, especially Facilities Management and contractors to ensure thorough evaluation and plan for correction. Maintain records of pertinent data and provide reports.
  • Review SDS’s and chemical inventory to assess and correct potential hazards
  • Timely and accurate assistance to the academic laboratories (science lab and art departments) in assuring compliance with regulations affecting labs. Provide safety training for faculty and student lab assistants. Coordinate the management and disposal of all chemical wastes, signs off on manifests and keeps up-to-date records of such.
  • Up-to date maintenance of a central file containing inspection, safety and environmental compliance records and other data required by regulatory agencies. Serves as a liaison with regulatory agencies.
  • Serves as a resource and provides technical assistance to employees concerning safety and environmental issues. Performs periodic monitoring of facilities regarding potential employee exposure to chemical or physical hazards.
  • Responds to environmental emergencies. Supervises clean-up of small chemical releases and coordinates with outside agencies in the event of a major spill or release of materials which have the potential to threaten human health or the environment.
  • Maintain, test and calibrate equipment, inventory, and supplies used for compliance management, may include facilitating chemical fume hood testing, performing emergency shower and eye wash testing, and respiratory fit testing.
  • Working with Human Resources and Facilities Management, develops and conduct appropriate employee safety training including New Employee Orientation, Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure, Universal Waste, Electrical Safety, Lock Out Tag Out, Fall Protection, Confined Space Entry and others as required.
  • Working with University Employees and Lab Personnel develops and conducts training programs relative to Lab Safety/Hazcom, Fall Protection, Hazardous Waste, Shelter in Place, Floor Warden/RA, CPR/First Aid, Bloodborne Pathogens, etc.
  • Provides EHS services to the campus community, assisting with concerns, complaints and providing regulatory compliance and provide guidance and Conducts Accident/Incident Investigations on behalf of the University in order to determine root-cause and develop corrective actions, in order to prevent future related injuries.
  • Conducts ergonomic evaluations and training, compiles information, recommends corrective measures, reports summaries and findings, and proposes ergonomic equipment selection and long-term plans and programs for the University.
  • Assist in the management the University-wide Universal Waste recycling program.
  • Other EHS duties and special projects as assigned or appropriate.



  • BS/BA degree in a science or engineering field such as, Occupational Health, Environmental Science, Industrial Hygiene or related field. 
  • Preferred certifications in at least one of the following areas: CIH, CSP, and CHMM.
  • 7+ years of progressive experience in an EHS position.
  • Knowledge of applicable OSHA, DEP, EPA, NFPA and MWRA regulations. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience preparing and presenting EHS trainings, recordkeeping and reporting.
  • Strong computer and organizational skills
  • Current HAZWOPER/RCRA/DOT training.
  • Must be able to walk around campus quickly, climb ladders, bend and crawl. 
  • Incumbent must be able to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Experience in a higher education environment is helpful