Occupational Safety Program Manager

Apr 21, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

General Description of Position: As part of the KSU Environmental Health and Safety department, oversees compliance of occupational safety programs for the trades, construction, industrial safety, and process safety arenas. Provides related safety training. Assists EHS compliance efforts campus-wide as needed. Information about the Department: The mission of the Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) is to achieve compliance with applicable federal, state and local environmental and safety statutes, regulations, enforceable agreements, and permits, and to strive for continual improvement in environmental health of the campus. EHS is responsible for the development and implementation of environmental, health and safety policies, procedures and programs. This includes, but is not limited to environmental compliance monitoring, tracking and reporting; hazard analysis, safety training, incident investigation and emergency response. Diversity and Inclusion: Kansas State University embraces diversity, and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university established the Office of Diversity, led by the associate vice provost for diversity and a dedicated staff.  Additionally, each college has a designated Diversity Point Person to provide insight and guidance.  

Kansas State University received the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity, or HEED, award from Insight Into Diversity magazine for the past three years.  Multicultural students account for 15 percent of our student population, a university record and continuing trend.

Job Description:
  • Develops training and outreach programs for occupational safety with specialty in the trades and construction fields and industrial safety. Delivers training, assists with development of content for online training, and provides train the trainer programs. Evaluates training effectiveness through testing and compliance inspections. Designs and delivers training appropriate for the learning styles of intended audience.  Aids in the design and dissemination of safety and compliance outreach programs.

  • Training topics include, but are not limited to: Hazard Communication; Accident/Near Miss Reporting; Slips, Trips, and Falls Prevention; Machine Guarding; Electrical Safety; PPE selection; Confined Space; Fall Protection; Scaffolding Safety; Welding Safety; Hot Work Permits; Excavation/Trenching Safety; Forklift Safety; Asbestos Awareness; Ergonomics; Hazard Identification and Control; Powered Tools/Equipment Safety; and Fire Safety/Emergency Response.

  • Responsible for administering and ensuring compliance to KDOL/OSHA mandated programs for safety in the trades, construction, and process safety for academic and research support functions. Assists with review of safety SOPs and related written program procedures. Conducts or assists with job hazard analyses (JHA). Provides advice and procedural guidance to employees on safety practices to avoid occupational injury. Recommends personal protective equipment (PPE). Provides input on strategies to eliminate job site hazards and/or reduce worker risks

  • Responsible for safety programs including: Confined Space; Fall Protection; Hearing Conservation; Electrical Safety; Scaffolding; Forklift/Lift Truck Safety; Excavation/Trenching; Heavy Equipment Operations; and Process Safety.

  • Aids in maintaining occupational injury and near miss records. Reviews injury data to identify trends and areas of concern. Makes or recommends changes to the safety program based on identified needs. Investigates occupational safety incidents and performs root cause analysis. Develops outreach and/or follow up actions to avoid future incidents.

  • Conducts compliance inspections to monitor adherence to occupational safety regulations. Provides EHS compliance inspections for operations in the trades, construction, agriculture, and industrial safety systems arena. Documents adherence to KDOL/OSHA regulations and industry standards of care.

Required Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in safety engineering, industrial safety, or related field (e.g., public health, environmental health, regulatory compliance) and two years related professional experience; or
equivalent related combination of education and experience in occupational safety may substitute; or a degree in communications/education with directly related work experience in listed job functions. Preferred Qualifications:
  • Certification as a Safety Professional (CSP), CHMM, or CIH
  • OSHA 10 and 30 hour certification
  • Related graduate degree
  • Experience in training design and delivery.
  • Previous experience in managing safety programs and demonstrated record of compliance program excellence
  • Process safety and/or industrial safety systems experience, education or training
  • Program management experience.
  • Past experience in the trades or construction fields, particularly in an enforcement role and/or training capacity
  • Knowledge of occupational health standards, codes and regulations
  • Demonstrates ability to work effectively with ethnic, cultural, and socially diverse populations
  • Experience with return to work programs.
  • Experience with injury and near miss records management.
Other Requirements:
  • Kansas driver's license within 6 months
  • 24 or 40-hour HAZWOPER certification (or ability to obtain within 1 year of hire)
  • OSHA 30-hour certification for General Industry within year of hire
  • Demonstrated excellence in presentation and training delivery
  • Computer skills
  • Demonstrated written and very strong verbal communication skills
  • Must be medically approved to wear respiratory protection, including but not limited to PAPR and SCBA. Participate in employer medical surveillance program as indicated by activities, including annual medical evaluations and vaccination or titer testing
Special Instructions to Applicants: Submit a resume, letter of interest and three professional references (filled out in application). Screening of Applications Begins: Screening begins May 1, 2017, and continues until position is filled. Salary Range / Pay Rate: $46,534 - $74,455 Equal Employment Opportunity: Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.  Background Screening Statement: In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University may procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee. 

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