Description:

The Industrial Hygiene and Safety (IHS) Professional 4 will develop, recommend, and implement programs, policies, and procedures associated with the recognition, measurement, evaluation, and control of potential explosive safety hazards. This position will carry out two primary roles: LANL Explosives Safety Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ), and Chief Explosives Safety Officer (ExSO). The AHJ is responsible for ensuring the level of explosives safety provided to explosives operations and activities, is commensurate with federal and site‐specific requirements. Additional duties will include; providing subject matter expertise, working closely with the LANL Explosives Review Committee (ERC), defining and developing ExSO qualification plan with training staff; and serving as the LANL voting member of the DOE Explosives Safety Committee.


What You Need


Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Advanced knowledge of the following explosives disciplines or operations: personnel protection restrictions, explosives processing, intentional firing/testing, waste collection and disposal, packaging & transportation, storage compatibility, personnel and/or material limits, and/or training.
  • Demonstrated experience preparing explosives safety documents such as hazard analyses, explosives safety site plans, electrical hazard categorizations, operating procedures, presentations and/or training materials.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills and demonstrated ability to interact with all levels of personnel and customers; strong teaming skills.
  • Position typically requires a bachelor’s degree in a related a minimum of eight years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience


Education/Experience:

  • Position requires a Bachelor’s in Science, Engineering, Industrial Hygiene, or Safety, and 12 years related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.
  • Bachelor's degree (Master’s degree preferred) in industrial hygiene, environmental health or occupational safety or related discipline.
  • Advanced degree preferred.
  • This position may be subject to DOE Order 5480.20A, Personnel Selection, Training, and Qualification Requirements for DOE Nuclear Facilities. This DOE Order establishes entry-level requirements to ensure employees in the positions can successfully perform the requirements of the job.


Desired Qualifications:

  • Advanced knowledge of Code of Federal Regulations (CFRs), DOE, DoD, or DoT policies and regulations pertaining to explosives operations and safety.
  • Familiarity with LANL Explosives organizations and knowledge and experience in implementing DOE/NNSA, and LANL requirements including 10CFR 851 and Integrated Safety Management programs.
  • Experience in handling, fabrication, or other hands‐on activities with explosives or propellants such as test firing, low-energy detonators, heating/drying, pressing, assembly/disassembly, sensitivity testing and environmental testing.
  • Experience in investigating and evaluating, incidents, accidents, and abnormal events.
  • Advanced knowledge, and demonstrated application, of DOE and regulatory requirements related to explosives safety in a research environment.
  • Broad knowledge of Laboratory organizations, operations, activities, and data collection tools.
  • Advanced knowledge and application of Integrated Safety Management, Integrated Work Management, Emergency Management, LANL Assessment Program, Issues Management and other safety procedures.
  • Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation): Reading vision, ability to speak, ability to hear in a normal range (500 to 3000 htz) walking, climbing stairs and ladders, bending, typing/keyboarding. Use of both arms and hands, lifting 1‐20 pounds and carrying 1‐5 pounds.


Work Environment: Work with weapons or explosives


Note to Applicants:

  • Please submit a detailed cover letter with your resume addressing all required and desired skills. (Please save cover letter with job number and name.)
  • Occasional travel to, and work in, other government and private facilities may be required.


Location: This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, NM. The LANL Explosives Safety Program, managed out of the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Division’s Industrial Safety and Hygiene (ISH) Group, provides subject matter expertise and guidance on explosives safety standards and controls from DOE Standard 1212 (formerly the DOE Explosives Safety Manual) and LANL procedure P101‐8, Explosive Safety Program Standard. The Explosives Safety Program helps to establish a highly reliable and learning organization by constantly reviewing, questioning, and ensuring that modern procedures and practices are designed to incorporate human performance principles while maintaining compliance.


Position commitment: Regular appointment employees are required to serve a period of continuous service in their current position in order to be eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the time required, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. The position commitment for this position is 1 year.

About Los Alamos National Laboratory:

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