EH&S Spec I

Job description

Overview

POSITION SUMMARY:

Under the supervision and direction of the Manager or designee, this Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) Specialist I position provides support to the Environmental Health & Safety Department's pre-established safety programs. The EH&S Specialist I will work independently to prioritize multiple projects. These tasks will require the employee to work at multiple locations serviced by the UMass Medical School (UMMS) Environmental Health & Safety Department, including UMass Medical School (UMMS) and UMass Memorial Medical Center (UMMMC).

 

In this position, the incumbent may interact with all levels of management and diverse employee and student populations and cultures to accomplish identified goals and objectives and is expected to maintain a respectful and professional demeanor and to resolve any unplanned opportunities that arise.

 

The incumbent may be assigned to a specific discipline within Environmental Health & Safety but will also be expected to perform duties from the other disciplines. They must have the ability to self-learn with some education and/or applied knowledge and experience with health and safety regulations, federal and state regulations in the selected disciplines within Env. Health & Safety, such as; EPA, DOT, OSHA (General Industry & Construction), DHS, NIH, CDC, NIOSH, MADOLS, MADPH, MADEP, TJC, NRC, NFPA, FEMA, MEMA, DEA.

 

Discipline in Occupational Safety & Environment of Care: Demonstrated knowledge or experience of some of the following programs: Respiratory fit testing, Hazard Communication, Indoor air/environmental quality, Industrial hygiene, Hazardous materials and waste, Accident/incident/occurrence investigations, ergonomics, risk assessments, and hazard surveillance surveys.

 

 

Responsibilities

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

Conduct Compliance Inspections, Assessments, Investigations, Audits or Surveys

  • Conduct inspections and audits of labs, patient care and general areas, construction areas
  • Assists with risk assessments and incident investigations
  • Perform evaluations and surveillance surveys
  • Support the creation and preparation of checklists for compliance inspections
  • Assist in identifying potential risks
  • Conduct inventory of safety supplies and par levels
  • Approve chemical purchases in purchasing software
  • Begin to operationally manage portions of as established program(s)

Collect Samples, Monitoring Badges or Hazardous Waste

  • Collect airborne, surface and personal exposure samples using monitoring equipment or badges
  • Collect and handle ionizing, hazardous and non-hazardous wastes from designated collection areas
  • Assist with proper segregation and labeling of waste or samples.
  • Transport hazardous waste to main storage rooms
  • Assist with preparing hazardous waste for disposal

Respond to Urgent/Emergent Call

  • Assist with, and/or independently respond to, urgent/emergent calls, questions or requests of lower acuity incidents
  • Participate on the EH&S Emergency Response Team (will require wearing full face respirator)
  • Triage the issue, report back to supervisor, provide suggested response/follow-up to supervisor, and apply appropriate follow-up
  • Participate in the EH&S nights, weekends, holiday and off-hours on-call program

Interact with Regulatory Auditors, Inspectors and Surveyors

  • Assist with data collection and investigation of regulatory concern
  • Assist with conducting spot audits prior to or during surveyor’s arrival

Test, Maintain, or Perform Inspection of Safety Equipment

  • Test, calibrate and maintain safety equipment based on schedule
  • Perform testing of chemical fume hoods, emergency showers, eyewashes, biosafety cabinets, or arrange for a vendor to do the testing
  • Perform respiratory fit testing

Data Entry, Report Writing, or Perform Literature Searches

  • File and maintain records and documentation (i.e. training records, waste manifests, SDS, safety, equipment, certifications, inspection reports)
  • Enter data or information into EH&S software applications, databases or filings
  • Maintain inventories (i.e., chemical, SDS, wastes, biologicals, isotopes)
  • Write draft incident review reports, incident action plans, and after-action reports
  • Create hazard warning or informational signage, postings, posters, pamphlets or booklets
  • Perform searches of regulations and literature for compliance guidance
  • Satisfactorily manage and report status of assignments, tasks, responsibilities, and multiple elements of complex programs.
  • Draft or update programmatic standard operating procedures
  • Review data and provide solutions to supervisor

Provide Training

  • Train hospital and/or school staff or students on forms of respirator protection during fit testing
  • Assist with providing vendor or contractor safety training
  • Assist with providing responses to questions regarding EH&S' on-line training applications or providing access codes
  • Provide basic program or compliance guidance in the field
  • Conduct Hospital orientation
  • Assist with onboarding EH&S new hires

Perform Drills and Exercises

  • Assist with conducting drills (i.e., fire drills, building evacuation drills, code pink drills)
  • Assist with conducting exercises (i.e., table tops or simulated scenarios)

Other Duties

  • The employee will also be required to perform other duties as assigned
Qualifications

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

 

Education

  • Bachelor’s Level Degree, or equivalent experience, in: Safety, Environmental Science/Engineering, Natural Sciences, Fire Safety, Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Health and Safety, Emergency Management, Radiation Sciences, Health Physics, Physics, Biotechnology, Microbiology or a related degree dependent upon discipline applying for.

Experience

  • Zero to two years of working experience in Safety, Environmental Science/Engineering, Natural Sciences, Fire Safety, Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Health and Safety, Emergency Management, Radiation Sciences, Health Physics, Physics, Biotechnology, Microbiology or a related field dependent upon discipline applying for.
  • Basic knowledge of federal and state regulations pertaining to selected disciplines within Env. Health & Safety, such as; EPA, DOT, OSHA, TJC, NIH, CDC, NIOSH, MADPH, MADEP, MADPH, NRC, NFPA, FEMA, MEMA

Certifications

  • Ability to become certified as OSHA 40-hour Hazwoper Emergency Responder and wear a full-face respirator within 6 months of employment
  • Ability to become certified by DOT for manifest signing within 6 months of employment

Personal Skills

  • Some skill with Microsoft Office software and database applications
  • Ability to adapt to and learn various computer-based systems and programs
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to satisfactorily manage and report status of assignments, tasks, responsibilities, and multiple elements of complex programs.

Driver’s License

  • Must have a valid driver’s license and a vehicle or the ability to travel to off-site locations and respond to matters of urgency
Additional Information

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Internship in Safety, Environmental Science, Natural Sciences, Fire Safety, Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Health and Safety, Emergency Management, Radiation Sciences, or Health Physics depending upon the selected discipline within Env. Health & Safety applied for.

 

 

 

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Job No:
Posted: 1/9/2021
Application Due: 1/7/2022
Work Type: Full Time
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