Environmental Health and Safety Specialist

Georgia Gwinnett College
Georgia Gwinnett College

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Job Title: Environmental Health and Safety Specialist
Location: Georgia Gwinnett College
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 251553
About Us

Located in the vibrant community that is Gwinnett County, Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) is a technology-rich, financially affordable, four-year institution with an access mission, housed on a modern 260-acre campus, 30 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta.

GGC's transformative model of education prepares students to be life-long learners through the four pillars of scholarship, leadership, service and creativity. With a diverse student body of over 11,000 and a similarly diverse faculty and staff of 1,300+, the college embraces innovative approaches to education and administrative services through an inclusive culture.

Georgia Gwinnett College recognizes the talents of its faculty and staff as the institution's most critical asset. Essential to the college's mission is the critical need to attract, retain, and engage a diverse and highly qualified workforce. In addition to the University System of Georgia's expansive benefit and retirement offerings, employees who have completed six months of regular full-time service with GGC are eligible for the system's Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). This program fosters the development and professional growth of employees through tuition assistance for eligible courses at any of the system's 26 institutions.

The University System of Georgia's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits for eligible positions, including, but not limited to, medical, dental, and vision plans, paid holidays, sick and vacation leave and retirement savings plans. More information can be found by visiting the USG Benefits webpage: https://benefits.usg.edu/

Job Summary

The EHS Specialist will ensure policies and procedures related to sustainability, environmental compliance, and occupational safety are implemented in an environment with a high level of diversity, scope, and complexity involving an array of occupational safety and compliance issues. The Specialist defines, establishes, and oversees the day-to-day environmental compliance and occupational safety functions in support of the Georgia Gwinnett College mission. The Specialist provides input to support environmental compliance, sustainability, and occupational safety goals with due consideration of industry standards and regulations in occupational safety, environmental protection and fire safety. The Specialist will manage emerging issues, refine safety management techniques, lead projects, manage daily operations, build partnerships, promote a proactive safety culture, and provide guidance to faculty and staff to maintain environmental regulatory compliance.

  • Prepares, coordinates, and conducts campus wide training for occupational safety using computer based and face to face training methods.
  • Conducts indoor environmental inspections and occupational safety inspections of GGC facilities to insure compliance with applicable local, state and federal laws, regulations and standards concerning occupational safety.
  • Evaluates and provides recommendations to improve current occupational safety and environmental health policies, procedures, and documentation for regulatory compliance and continuous improvement.
  • Investigate and resolve problems, questions, or complaints received from within the organization and customers, etc.
  • Use of industrial hygiene tools and equipment to identify and quantify indoor environmental quality concerns and occupational exposure assessments.
  • Anticipates, recognize, and evaluate risk to occupant health and environmental concerns arising from work activities and building operations.
  • Manages data associated with assigned programs and ensures that records are maintained in accordance with regulatory and USG requirements.
  • Assists with campus sustainability endeavors, such as Tree Campus USA designation and Earth Week activities, recruiting student involvement and other programs that will benefit GGC students and decrease campus environmental footprint.

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelors degree in environmental science or other area with an emphasis on chemistry, biology, and or physical sciences
  • 30-hour Occupational Safety and Health Act training
  • Three years of relevant experience in highly regulated organization with strong customer service skills
Preferred Qualifications
  • Professional certification in industrial hygiene or other EHS area
  • Occupational safety and health experience in a higher education setting
  • Experience preparing training materials and providing training in occupational health and safety
  • Ability to meet requirements for certification as an industrial hygienist, safety professional, and or hazardous materials manager
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Demonstrated implementation of environmental regulations and occupational safety and health concepts in regulated environment
  • Computer proficiency in MS Office products
  • Proficient in written and verbal communication
  • Preparation of training materials
  • Lift and pull up to 25 pounds
  • Ability to select, interpret, and apply international codes, industry standards, regulations to ensure compliance and safety objectives are met
  • Demonstrated ability to assist with conducting occupational safety and environmental risk assessments, mitigation and crisis management
  • Ability to identify and understand risk and proper management associated with hazardous materials in a campus environment
Conditions of Employment

Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background investigation including a criminal background check demonstrating your eligibility for employment with Georgia Gwinnett College, as determined by Georgia Gwinnett College in its sole discretion, confirmation of the credentials and employment history reflected in your application materials and, if applicable, a satisfactory credit check. Applicants may be subject to a pre-employment drug test.

Offers are made expressly subject to the applicable federal and state laws, to the statutes, rules and regulations of this institution and to the Bylaws and Policies of the Board of Regents (BOR) of the University System of Georgia (USG), which are available for your inspection upon request.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Georgia Gwinnett College is an equal employment, equal access, equal educational opportunity, and affirmative action institution. It is the policy and practice of our institution to recruit, hire, train, promote, retain, and educate persons without regard to race, color, national or ethnical origin, age, disability, sex/gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or veteran status as required by applicable state and federal laws (including Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, ADA, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, AREA, and Executive Order 11246 ). For questions or more detailed information regarding this policy, please contact the Georgia Gwinnett College Human Resources Team at (678) 407.5070 or email [email protected]. Individuals requiring disability related accommodations for participation in any event or to obtain print materials in an alternative format, please contact the Payroll and Benefits at (678) 407.5054 or email [email protected]. Any individual who feels that they may have been discriminated against, should contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX Compliance at [email protected]

Background Check
  • Standard + Education
Other Information

Due to the volume of applications, applicants may not receive a reply from the College unless an applicant is selected for an interview. Review of applications will continue until positions are filled. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States and proof of eligibility will be contemporaneously required upon acceptance of an employment offer. Any resulting employment offers are contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation, as determined by Georgia Gwinnett College in its sole discretion. Georgia Gwinnett College, a unit of the University System of Georgia, is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion. Georgia is an open records state.

Physical Requirements
Position requires local travel. Ability to lift and carry files and materials. Ability to move from one office to another office on campus. Adequate vision, hearing and manual dexterity to interact with people in person, on the phone and in writing. Job takes place in normal environmental conditions.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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