Safety and Compliance Specialist

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Safety and Compliance Specialist


ESD Indust Hygiene & Occ Safety

About the University of Georgia:

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 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 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.

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Posting Type:

Internal (PEP)

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Benefits Eligibility:

Benefits Eligible

Full/Part time:

Full Time

Additional Schedule Information:

M-F, 8-5, occasional after hours

Advertised Salary:

up to $36,500 depending on experience

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Open until filled:


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Special Instructions to Applicants:

You must be a current employee of The University of Georgia to be eligible for this position.

Location of Vacancy:

Athens Area

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. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]).

Classification Title:

Safety/Risk Mgmt Technical/Paraprofessional/Professional



Job Family:

Environmental Safety



Minimum Qualifications:

Requires technical knowledge in the field acquired through an apprenticeship, a 2-year degree, or professional certificate. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.

Position Summary:

The Safety and Compliance Specialist position involves an advanced level of safety and compliance work under general direction. Position involves having sufficient knowledge, experience, and skills as well as appropriate professional and/or technical certifications related to industrial hygiene and occupational safety (IHOS). The safety and compliance specialist will maintain a high degree of professionalism and integrity in representing the University and model a culture of safety. The safety and compliance specialist is a liaison and point-of-contact within IHOS for campus departments, including areas such as research, clinical, academic, athletic, and support services. The safety and compliance specialist is responsible for providing comprehensive health, safety, and/or compliance services and assisting in the University goal of a safe, healthy, and compliant workplace and academic environment, seeking assistance from superiors as needed. The work of a safety and compliance specialist is primarily administrative in nature and involves 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; providing training; and safety and compliance documentation and communication. The safety and compliance specialist will handle a case load of safety and/or compliance related tasks of moderate complexity under general supervision. Other responsibilities include actively promoting and managing specific aspects of safety and compliance and providing assistance to faculty, staff, and students.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

Proven professionalism and integrity in representing safety and/or compliance offices or programs. Leadership aptitude including clear focus on customer service as well as safety and compliance; ability to work within a strong and effective team gaining synergy across discipline boundaries.
Experience in active consensus-building and principle based negotiation; ability to grasp needs and concerns in varied areas of safety and compliance and solve complex problems through compromise when necessary and appropriate.
Perform assigned tasks from limited direct instruction and established procedures.
Excellent professional oral and written communication skills to maintain effective and cooperative relationships with students, faculty, staff, coworkers, public, and regulatory agencies.
Ability to implement continuous quality improvement through the use of relevant qualitative and quantitative metrics in assessing compliance and performance.
Ability to use electronic safety, compliance, and research administration platforms; word processing, database; spreadsheet; and presentation computer programs.
Working knowledge of State and Federal environmental health and safety regulations as well as nationally accepted standards, guidelines, and other related conventions on safety and compliance.
Basic skills and knowledge in technical IHOS disciplines.
Knowledge and skills to assist with in-service training and educational programs in applicable programmatic areas.
Ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks simultaneously, due to the diversity of safety and compliance services, and the wide-range of potential work locations on campus.
Participate as a member of an on-call response team for after-hours events.

Physical Demands:

Wear and use personal protective equipment for hazardous materials handling and incident.
Stand, walk, and negotiate occasional awkward work locations and paths of travel.
Work in a variety of physical environments, including weather extremes, potential confined spaces, chemical/biological/radiological laboratories, animal care and use facilities, etc.
Periodically perform short duration physical exertions, including light-medium weight lifting, pushing, pulling, stair or ladder climbing, etc. in support of a safety investigation, area or operations survey, or incident response.

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Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?:


Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications):


Credit and P-Card policy:

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.


Industrial Hygiene and Occupational safety activities. Conduct industrial hygiene-related activities, i.e., workplace, hazard and risk identification, assessment, and mitigation. Airborne Contaminant Exposure Assessment and Control, Respiratory Protection, Exhaust Ventilation Design and Testing, Indoor Quality Assessments, Workplace Ergonomics.

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Training. Provide timely training to members of the University community in workplace health, environmental, and safety-related subjects. Attend training as needed.

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Testing emergency plumbing fixtures. Conduct annual tests of building emergency showers and eye washes. Coordinate maintenance and repair with the Facilities Management Division.

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Other duties as may be assigned. Carry out assigned duties in a timely, thorough professional manner.

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Job No:
Posted: 5/4/2021
Application Due: 5/8/2021
Work Type: Full Time