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If you’re ready for a challenging, meaningful position on a supportive, client-centered team, we might be looking for you. EHS is pleased to announce that we’re hiring one new Occupational Health and Safety Specialist I or II. See below for full descriptions. If you have any questions about these postings, please contact the EHS Business Manager, Dawn Kemp.

Occupational Health and Safety Specialist I or II

(EHS Specialist UCP V or VII)

REVISED/REPOST

The Division of Environmental Health and Safety at the University of Connecticut, Storrs is seeking an Occupational Health and Safety Specialist I or II (commensurate with experience).  (Please refer below to the full job descriptions for each level).  The position reports to the Occupational Health and Safety Manager or designee providing specialty technical services for the University in the areas of industrial hygiene and environmental health and safety and is responsible for supporting, developing and implementing the occupational health and safety programs. This position will serve customers in administrative, academic and research units including Facilities Operations and Building Services, Dining Services, Motor Pool, Central Warehouse, Engineering, Agriculture, Athletics, Public Safety, Student Affairs and Fine Arts.

Representative duties will include: Program management and oversight of the following occupational health and safety programs: Hazard Communication, Personal Protective Equipment, Respiratory Protection, Silica, Lead, Asbestos, Mold and any other industrial hygiene programs that are developed. In addition, administer technical training programs in these specialty areas for University faculty and staff, as required. Conduct inspections, surveys and assessments of various work environments. Assist in the coordination of abatement actions as necessary. Review proposed construction and renovations for regulatory compliance.

Additional duties performed at the level of Specialist II:  Develop programs and training programs as necessary and as required by regulation. Manage the General Workplace Health and Safety Inspection Program. Conduct ergonomic assessments in industrial and laboratory environments. Conduct project plan reviews. Act as subject matter expert in areas of industrial hygiene and provide consultation to University faculty and staff. Respond to emergencies involving hazardous materials and direct remediation efforts.

Minimum qualifications include:  Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Health and Safety or related discipline plus one year experience in occupational health and safety or related field. Knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, nationally recognized standards and guidelines, as related to specialized environmental health and safety functions of the position. Ability to interact and effectively communicate environmental health and safety procedures to faculty, staff, and students. Ability to respond promptly in-person to all campus locations requiring environmental health and safety services, including the regional campuses. Ability to perform tasks requiring manual dexterity.

Additional minimum qualifications to be considered for Specialist II: Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Health and Safety, or related discipline, and four years’ experience in occupational health and safety discipline or related field. Knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, nationally recognized standards and guidelines relating to environmental health and safety. Demonstrated experience in recognition, evaluation, and control of environmental health and safety hazards. Excellent communication skills with the ability to interact effectively with a diverse community of University faculty, staff and students. Detail-oriented with a strong working ability with computer applications and database software. Knowledge of Microsoft Office products. Ability to respond promptly in-person to all campus locations, including the regional campuses, requiring environmental health and safety services; response may be outside of normal business hours.

Preferred Qualifications: Master’s degree in Occupational Health and Safety, or related discipline, and two years’ experience in occupational health and safety discipline or related field. Experience implementing occupational health and safety programs in industrial, machine shops, visual and performing arts, engineering and technology research and/or agricultural settings. Professional certification from an accredited organization in an environmental health and safety discipline (e.g., CIH, CSP, OHST, CHMM, CIE); or meets qualifications for certification. Demonstrated experience in delivering effective training before small and large groups. Experience conducting indoor environmental quality assessments that include air quality, lighting, and thermal conditions. Experience in conducting ergonomic assessments in office, industrial and laboratory environments. Experience in an academic research environment. Experience in regulated building material management.

Appointment Terms:  This is a full-time, permanent position with an excellent benefits package. Rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Salary range for the UCP 5 is in the low $50,000’s; range for the UCP 7 is mid to high $60,000’s.

To Apply: Applications must be submitted online using UConn Jobs at https://hr.uconn.edu/jobs/.  To be considered, applications must include a cover letter, resume demonstrating how the qualifications and requirements of the position are met, and contact information for three professional references.  An academic recommendation may substitute for one professional reference.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.  (Search #2018011)

 

Job Description

Environmental Health and Safety Specialist I (UCP V)

 Occupational Health and Safety Specialist I

JOB SUMMARY

Under the direction of a Manager, organizes and provides specialty technical services for the Department of Environmental Health and Safety in Occupational Health and Safety.

CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Monitors University compliance with applicable regulations, codes and University policies and directives in technical specialty area through: inspection of facilities and operations, monitoring of equipment, work areas and work practices and procedures, and collection of appropriate data and records.
  2. Reviews and implements procedures for the procurement, reception and distribution of regulated hazardous materials arriving at and departing from the University, in applicable program area, as needed.
  3. Provides consultation to University staff regarding appropriate environmental health and safety procedures, controls, codes, regulations and policies regarding proposed experiments, renovations, construction or changes that might have an impact on environmental health and safety.
  4. Operates a variety of moderately complex scientific equipment for conducting occupational health and safety monitoring and testing.
  5. Conducts moderately complex surveys of University facilities and operations for existing hazardous conditions.
  6. Reviews proposed facility construction or renovations to assure regulatory compliance and maintains mandated data, records and reports.
  7. Coordinates and administers technical training programs in specialty area for University staff, as required by regulation, University policy or departmental directive.
  8. Assists in the coordination of abatement action programs with on-campus and off-campus agencies, as needed.
  9. Participates in the development of safety guidelines and related environmental health and safety communications and educational information.
  10. Investigates and submits written reports on incidents involving environmental health and safety matters.
  11. Responds to emergencies involving hazardous incidents to aid in remediation efforts on-site, as required.
  12. May supervise professional and student staff.
  13. Performs related duties as required

MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE QUALIFICATIONS

  1. Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Health and Safety or related discipline plus one year experience in occupational health and safety discipline or related field
  2. Knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, nationally recognized standards and guidelines relating to environmental health and safety
  3. Ability to interact and effectively communicate environmental health and safety procedures to faculty, staff, and students.
  4. Detail-oriented with a strong working ability with computer applications and database software; knowledge of Microsoft Office products.
  5. Ability to respond promptly in-person to all campus locations requiring environmental health and safety services, including the regional campuses. Response may be outside of normal business hours.
  6. Ability to perform tasks requiring manual dexterity.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  1. Professional certification in technical discipline or meets qualifications for certification.
  2. Demonstrated experience in delivering effective training before small and large groups.
  3. Experience conducting indoor environmental quality assessments that include air quality, lighting, and thermal conditions
  4. Experience in conducting ergonomic assessments in office, industrial and laboratory environments.
  5. Experience in an academic research environment.

Environmental Health and Safety Specialist II (UCP 7)

 Occupational Health and Safety Specialist II

Job Summary

Under the direction of a Manager, organizes and provides specialty technical services for the Department of Environmental Health and Safety in Occupational Health and Safety.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  1. Monitors University compliance with applicable regulations and University policies, procedures and programs in the areas of industrial hygiene and environmental health and safety through: inspection of facilities and operations; monitoring of equipment, work areas, work practices and procedures; and collection of appropriate data and records.
  2. Participates in the development of policies, programs and procedures to ensure compliance with occupational and environmental health and safety standards and best management practices
  3. Develops and administers training programs in specialty technical area of industrial hygiene for University faculty and staff, as required by regulations, University policies, and departmental directives, including, but not limited to Hazard Communication, Personal Protective Equipment, Respiratory Protection, Asbestos, Hearing Conservation, Lead, Silica and Mold.
  4. Provide consultation to the University community on appropriate procedures, controls, regulations and programs pertaining to safe work practices, activities, equipment and conditions that could impact environmental health and safety.
  5. Develops strategy for and conduct moderately complex surveys of the University’s administrative, academic, and research facilities and operations for hazardous conditions.
  6. Operates environmental health and safety monitoring and testing equipment.
  7. Conducts inspections and incident investigations pertaining to environmental health and safety matters and compile data, develop reports, and follow up to ensure completion of recommendations.
  8. Participate in the development of safety guidelines, communications, and educational information.
  9. Review proposed facility construction or renovations to assure regulatory compliance and maintain mandated data, records and reports, as required.
  10. Respond to emergencies involving hazardous incidents to aid in remediation efforts on-site, as required.
  11. Investigates and submits written reports on incidents involving environmental health and safety matters and remediate or directs remediation efforts, as needed.
  12. Coordinates abatement action programs with regulatory and consultant agencies, as appropriate.
  13. May supervise professional and student staff
  14. Perform related duties, as required.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  1. Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Health and Safety, or related discipline, and four years’ experience in occupational health and safety discipline or related field.
  2. Knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, nationally recognized standards and guidelines relating to environmental health and safety;
  3. Demonstrated experience in recognition, evaluation, and control of environmental health and safety hazards.
  4. Excellent communication skills with the ability to interact effectively with a diverse community of University faculty, staff and students;
  5. Detail-oriented with a strong working ability with computer applications and database software; Knowledge of Microsoft Office products; and
  6. Ability to respond promptly in-person to all campus locations, including the regional campuses, requiring environmental health and safety services; response may be outside of normal business hours.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Master’s degree in Occupational Health and Safety, or related discipline, and two years’ experience in occupational health and safety discipline or related field.
  2. Experience implementing occupational health and safety programs in industrial, machine shops, visual and performing arts, engineering and technology research and/or agricultural settings.
  3. Professional certification from an accredited organization in an environmental health and safety discipline (e.g., CIH, CSP, OHST, CHMM, CIE); or meets qualifications for certification.
  4. Demonstrated experience in delivering effective training before small and large groups.
  5. Experience conducting indoor environmental quality assessments that include air quality, lighting, and thermal conditions
  6. Experience in conducting ergonomic assessments in office, industrial and laboratory environments
  7. Experience in an academic research environment.
  8. Experience in regulated building material management.

 

APPLICATIONS CLOSED

Apply Today: Applications must be submitted online using UConn Jobs at https://hr.uconn.edu/jobs/.  To be considered, applications must include a cover letter, resume demonstrating how the qualifications and requirements of the position are met, and contact information for three professional references.  An academic recommendation may substitute for one professional reference.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.  (Search #2018011)