Occupational Health and Safety Specialist

Posted: Feb 05, 2018

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). 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://ehs.uconn.edu/2018/02/01/join-the-ehs-team-occupational-health-and-safety-position/. 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)