Athens, GA
Jun 09, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Summary: The Assistant Safety and Compliance Officer (ASCO) position involves knowledge of chemical and laboratory safety and compliance experience. Job position reports to the Senior Safety and Compliance Officer and requires leadership to executive assigned programs with intermittent supervision. Position resides within The Office of Research Safety (ORS) covering cross-disciplinary EH&S professions with primary focus in chemical/ laboratory safety, radiation/ laser safety, and emergency response. The Assistant Safety and Compliance Officer must maintain a high degree of professionalism and integrity in representing the University and model a culture of safety. The ASCO is a liaison and point-of-contact within Research Safety for campus departments, including areas such as research, clinical, academic, athletic, and support services. The job position is responsible for providing comprehensive health, safety, and/or compliance services and assisting in the University goal of a safe, healthy, and compliant workplace/academic environment. He/She would be a front-line advisor involved with developing engagement insights and helping to drive and achieve client-service program goals as assigned by management. Job requires the ability to identify critical information, develop analysis, share information, and assist team members with recommendations and assessments related to the engagement issues. After-hours and Holiday On-Call rotation participation, respirator/personal protective equipment usage and spill response remediation is a job requirement. The ASCO does not have employee direct reports but has a leadership role within assigned ORS programs and support teams. The ASCO involves hands-on and administrative activities such as: the receipt, processing, and maintenance of health, safety and compliance protocols; advising faculty, staff, students and researchers regarding safety and compliance issues; and safety and compliance documentation, communication and emergency spill response. The ASCO will handle a case load of safety and/or compliance related tasks of a complex nature with the aid provided by the immediate supervisor. Other responsibilities include actively promoting and managing specific aspects of safety and compliance, providing assistance to faculty, staff, and students, and interpreting basic to complex agency policies and regulations, guidelines, and standards.

Responsibilities: -Inspections, audits, consultations and surveys. The chemical and laboratory safety position requires entry and activity within potentially hazardous environments and the utilization of appropriate personal protective equipment. Each team member is responsible for identifying unsafe conditions and practices, incorporating engineering controls, reviewing administrative controls and explaining best practices in the workplace for workers. Referral to safety training modules and monitoring services for hazardous chemicals are commonly used resources. The report and survey findings are a key component of the daily activities conducted at the office. Data collection is the driver feeding the service metric used to document non-compliance issues, maintain regulatory required records, trend compliance performance improvements, and categorize the status of the campus-wide safety culture. Staff are expected to effectively utilize electronic administrative platforms used for safety, compliance and research endeavors.

Qualifications: Completion of a Bachelor's degree with demonstrated technical mastery and at least 2 years of experience in a safety and compliance office, with progressively increasing responsibility, preferably in an educational institution; or any equivalent combination of education and experience. Complete understanding of federal and state laws and regulations as well as nationally accepted standards, guidelines, and other related conventions on safety and compliance Ability to respond to critical safety and compliance situations appropriately in academic, research, and clinical settings. Must possess the ability to prepare clear, accurate, and informative reports containing findings, conclusions, and recommendations along with superior oral presentation and other communication skills. Must have outstanding human relations and leadership skill and the ability to function in a team environment. Must be able to work independently, with intermittent supervision on multiple simultaneous projects. Professional and/or technical certification for the applicable specialty is highly preferable.

About UGA: The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state's oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University's main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff. The University's enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

Full time/Part time: Full Time

EEO Policy Statement: The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.

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