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The Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) supports and advances the teaching, learning, and research activities of the University of Washington by providing and coordinating programs and services that foster a safe and healthy campus community. We are currently seeking a knowledgeable and experienced individual to support the UW's Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Section for the UW EH&S Department.
EH&S has an outstanding opportunity for an Occupational Health and Safety Specialist.
Reporting to the Assistant Director, OSH, this position is responsible for the development and implementation of environmental health and safety programs addressing workplace and general health and safety risks at the University of Washington. The Occupational Health and Safety Specialist will primarily work with senior staff members and support the development, implementation and sustainment of physical safety programs as well as supporting industrial hygiene programs and services.
Implement and audit general safety programs.
Identify workplace hazards and determine control strategies to manage risks.
Collaborate with other EH&S technical groups as part of the larger integrated EH&S program.
Evaluate current programs, policies, procedures, and documentation for regulatory compliance and continuous improvement.
Serve as a subject matter expert in one or more areas of safety, e.g., confined space entry, electrical safety, hazardous energy control, and fall protection.
Lead technical meetings; represent assigned area and/or specialty in meetings and interact with internal and external customers.
Ensure programs and practices are in compliance with the appropriate statutes and regulations and that environmental, health, and safety requirements are met.
Investigate and resolve problems, questions, or complaints received from within the organization, customers, and regulatory agencies.
Ensure environmental, health, and safety inspections are conducted, corrective actions are completed on time, and all necessary documentation is maintained.
Support industrial hygienists in identifying hazards, assessing risks, determining controls and measuring control effectiveness.
Comply with regulations and University and departmental policies and procedures regarding health and safety.
Must observe and support good health and safety practices.
Provide EH&S support as assigned during emergencies. Other duties as assigned by supervisor or EH&S management.
Note: Not all unique aspects of the job are covered by this job description
Education & Experience
Equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Safety, Occupational Health, Public Administration, Health and Safety or a closely related field and three (3) years of professional experience in Safety Management.
Preferred: Bachelor's degree in a directly applicable discipline plus at least three years of experience in the occupational safety and health field. An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.
Experience in an academic institution highly desired.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Comprehensive understanding of occupational safety and health principles and applications including but not limited to confined space, electrical, fall protection, hazardous energy control safety programs, chemical and physical agent exposure assessment, and ergonomics.
Understand and facilitate workplace risk and PPE assessments.
Ability to analyze institutional worker compensation and other incidence data, assess workplace incidence and loss trends, and develop injury loss reduction strategies.
Knowledge of applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, consensus standards, and current technology concerning health and safety issues, and ability to interpret and apply them.
Support the development of safety training and lead safety training sessions.
Other Required Skills
The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate the following:
Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to cultivate strong and collaborative relationships inside and outside the organization.
Ability to initiate, develop, and maintain positive working relationships with the campus community.
Demonstrated excellent communication skills in English.
Ability to present information clearly and succinctly verbally, in writing, and in presentations.
Ability to work successfully both independently with minimal supervision and as a member or lead of a team.
Proficient in MS Office products, including MS Access.
Excellent organizational skills, as demonstrated by the ability to prioritize tasks efficiently and work well under pressure in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment.
Ability to tolerate ambiguity with patience and good will.
Strong self-motivation; proactive, high-energy, enthusiastic, can do work ethic.
Incorporate strategic planning initiatives from the EH&S strategic plan into the routine work plan.
Support data gathering for metrics and performance monitoring of programs to ensure organizational efficiencies and desired outcomes are met and program goals are reached.
Certifications and Licenses:
Certification: Certified Safety Professional (CSP) by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals or eligibility to sit for the exam.
Ability to maintain a valid non-commercial Washington Driver's license.
Frequently stand, sit, and perform desk based computer tasks.
Occasionally use a telephone, write by hand.
* Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Must wear personal protective equipment as defined/required by job assignments.
May require entering electrical rooms and infrequently require work in or near radiation or electromagnetic fields, lasers, noise > 80dB TWA, allergens/biohazards/chemicals/asbestos, or heavy metals.
May rarely work in confined spaces or at heights =10 feet.
This professional staff position is overtime-exempt. Full time schedules are assumed to be at least 40 hours. However, incumbents are expected to remain flexible to accommodate the unit's goals and mission, and to work beyond their normal schedule when necessary.
This position is considered one of the essential personnel and may be required to respond to after-hours emergencies.
A satisfactory outcome from a criminal background verification will be required prior to hire.