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Safety, Health, and Environmental Specialist

Lilac Solutions

Lilac Solutions

Oakland, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, October 26, 2023

About Lilac Solutions, Inc.

Lilac Solutions is a lithium extraction technology company focused on scaling lithium production for the electric vehicle era. Lilac solves the critical technology problems which today prevent development of the world’s largest lithium resources: low yields, high costs, slow start-up, poor reliability, and massive environmental impacts. Lilac’s technology represents such a step-change in performance and cost that it also unlocks the development of new unconventional lithium deposits with low lithium grades and high impurities, which have historically been impossible to produce. In 2021, Lilac raised $150M in Series B financing from investors including T. Rowe Price, Lowercarbon Capital, Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Sumitomo, BMW and SK Materials. Lilac is committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace.

Job Description

Lilac Solutions is seeking a Safety, Health, Environmental Specialist to support all SH&E programs and systems across multiple divisions in Lilac Solution’s Oakland Headquarters and R&D Facility. This is a full-time position based in Oakland, CA reporting to the SH&E Manager.


  • Providing comprehensive SH&E support to cross-functional teams
  • Providing hands-on support and facilitation of job hazard analysis, toolbox talks, and risk assessments
  • Performing incident investigations, defining corrective actions, and assisting with the implementation of corrective actions
  • Auditing permits, such as Safe Work Permits, Confined Space Permits, Line Break Permits, etc.
  • Performing day-to-day site SH&E needs such as new hire safety orientation, facility walkthroughs, safety training, and other related duties
  • Tracking and trending incidents
  • Collaborating with occupational health providers to facilitate employee medical clearances and managing injury cases
  • Under general supervision, perform industrial hygiene exposure assessments for various types of occupational hazards
  • Coordinating implementation of safety policies and procedures
  • Cultivating positive relationships with Lilac employees and inspiring active and proactive participation and contribution to safety operations and culture improvements
  • Ensuring contractor compliance to Lilac safety policies, programs, and procedures
  • Ensuring company compliance to local, state, and federal regulations
  • Assisting with hazardous waste management

Candidate Qualifications

  • 2-5 years of SH&E or significantly comparable experience working in a R&D, chemical manufacturing, energy, or other industrial environment
  • Bachelor's degree in a related field from an accredited college or university such as engineering, environmental science, industrial hygiene, construction safety or other related disciplines
  • 5 or more years of experience may be used to substitute the educational requirement
  • Experience identifying occupational hazards and implementing risk reduction measures in a predominantly R&D and engineering setting
  • Ability to buy-in for projects and initiatives
  • Proficiency with various types of SHE instrumentation (e.g., gas detectors, sound level meters, anemometers)
  • Understanding of chemical safety practices and ability to effectively apply them to quickly evolving R&D projects
  • Intermediate working knowledge of at least two of the following areas: emergency response, hazardous waste, electrical safety, machine tools, industrial hygiene, process safety, or industrial safety
  • Experience providing safety training
  • Experience performing incident investigations, identifying root causes, implementing, and sustaining corrective actions
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Basic understanding of industrial hygiene
  • Knowledge of OSHA, Cal/OSHA, EPA, and DOT requirements and ability to appropriately apply them
  • Excited to work on a fast-paced startup team
  • Self-starting and able to manage multiple competing priorities

Preferred Qualifications

  • Conversational Spanish
  • Advanced knowledge of chemical safety practices
  • SH&E program management experience
  • Intermediate to advanced working knowledge of at least two of the following areas: emergency response, hazardous waste, electrical safety, machine tools, process safety, industrial hygiene, or industrial safety
  • OSHA Outreach Trainer certification
  • HAZOP, PHA, or FMEA experience
  • Proficiency with tracking and analyzing SHE metrics
  • Holding or working towards professional certification(s) in SHE related fields are considered beneficial and may include CIH, CHMM, CSP, ASP, OHST, etc.

Additional Qualifications

  • Must be capable of passing a respirator use screening examination and able to occasionally use a respirator for short periods of time
  • Must be able to lift up to 50lbs occasionally
  • Must be able occasionally climb ladders

Compensation & Benefits

  • Salary range: 85k-115k (commensurate with experience)
  • Stock options
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance
  • Short-term and long-term disability insurance
  • 401k with pre- and post-tax investing options
  • Flexible spending account/Health savings account
  • Group and term life
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible paid time off policy
  • Paid sick leave
  • Eight weeks of paid parental leave
  • Monthly phone stipend
  • Free EV charging
  • Daily catered lunch & on-site gym

EEO Statement

Lilac Solutions is committed to providing a professional work environment free from discrimination and harassment, including discrimination and harassment based on a protected category, and an environment free from retaliation for participating in any protected activity. Lilac Solutions is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment.