Enviornmental Health and Safety Specialist

Location
Newark, New Castle County
Posted
Jan 30, 2014
Employment Type
Full Time
Deadline: February 6, 2014 CONTEXT OF THE JOB: The EHSS provides oversight and support for programs under the purview of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS). In addition to the Qualifications and Special Requirements listed below, each EHSS will be required to meet program specific qualifications and certifications The EHSS provides oversight and support for areas under the purview of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS). Under general direction, the EHSS performs duties associated with Biosafety, Chemical Waste, Environmental Health, Occupational Safety, Industrial Hygiene, and/or Fire Protection programs at the University. The EHSS also works to assure compliance with federal, state and local regulations and to achieve the optimal control or reduction of the hazards and exposures which are detrimental to people and / or property. Under general direction, the EHSS plans, arranges own tasks, and applies standard policy or procedure to routine problems or duties without benefit of specific guidelines. The EHSS assists with the development and implementation of new procedures for resolving non-routine matters that are highly visible. University policy, government regulations, institutional precedents, professional standards and accepted practices govern independent action. The EHSS routinely interacts with students and staff and functions as an internal consultant in safety and health matters relating to occupational and/or environmental issues. The EHSS shares supervision of salaried staff and miscellaneous wage employees. Failure to perform tasks satisfactorily can result in liability, property damage, injury, regulatory noncompliance, and fine, imprisonment or both. MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES: • Depending on EHS area of focus, the following are typical examples of work: • Under limited supervision, responds to and investigates incidents and emergency situations. Examples of emergencies and complaints may include serious injuries, gas and fire alarms, fire emergencies, biological agents/bloodborne pathogens materials spills, confined space concerns, indoor air quality complaints, chemical spills, uncontrolled releases into waterways, construction site run-off, etc. • Performs routine duties associated with the industrial hygiene and fire protection programs such as but not limited to: perform IAQ investigations, safety reviews, industrial hygiene sampling for exposure to hazardous materials, respiratory protection program audits and related activities, upkeep and maintenance of monitoring equipment/ instrumentation as well as conducting shop safety inspections, assist with training of RAs with conducting fire safety surveys, proper fire reaction procedures, and maintenance of residence facilities in a fire safe manner, provide students, faculty and staff with fire prevention, fire reaction, and hands-on training with fire extinguishers, conduct fire evacuation drills throughout all facilities at least annually and providing feedback for deficiencies and exceptional performance to safety committee representatives, review and update fire reaction plans throughout the campuses but especially for residential occupancies, public assembly occupancies, laboratories, children’s preschool and elementary schools. • Performs routine duties associated with the safety and industrial hygiene programs. Performs safety reviews, industrial hygiene sampling for exposure to hazardous materials, respiratory protection program audits, inspections and management of fall protection, confined space, hazardous gas detection and lock out/tag out program activities and requirements. Performs sampling of University domestic water supplies. Manages and coordinates the hazard communication program for non-laboratory activities. program. Conducts and documents training for all program activities. Assists with the implementation of techniques to respond to and investigate safety incidents. Maintains and updates all related program manuals and web pages. • Assists as needed with construction site run-off inspections, dry weather inspections of storm water management systems and illicit discharge inspections and properly documents. • Performs routine duties associated with the chemical waste disposal program. Performs waste pick-ups, bulk chemicals and lab packs. Designs and develops database management programs to increase regulatory compliance and efficiency of the chemical waste management program. Performs waste minimization activities to reduce volume and disposal costs. Maintains up keep and operation of Materials Management Facility, emergency response van and emergency response facility. Develops innovative techniques to safely manage and dispose of unknown / reactive chemicals. Performs duties associated with the infectious waste management program. Investigates mismanagement of waste, recommends corrective practices, completes all manifests, and coordinates the ultimate disposal of waste with an outside contractor. Coordinates program activities for the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen standard, such as: permit establishment and renewal, departmental education, vaccination program management, permit audits, and database management. Manages the biosafety cabinet certification program. Maintains a database for all records. • Represents the Department and University at professional meetings and conferences. Makes recommendations that will help maintain University compliance with federal, state and local safety and health regulations and codes that will achieve the optimal control or reduction of hazards and exposures as well as maintain budgetary constraints. • Assists with the implementation of techniques to respond to and investigate safety incidents. Performs critical analysis surveys of structures and processes to ensure an acceptable level of fire and life safety is provided and maintained. Identify hazards and deficiencies of prescribed codes and standards; provide interim control measures to allow continued occupancy and operations; pursue permanent abatement of hazards and deficiencies. • Provides training and documents outreach on a variety of industrial hygiene, safety and fire protection related subjects, primarily focused on OSHA, EPA, DNREC, NFPA, IBC and IFC requirements. • Represents the Department and University at plan review/design meetings as well as professional functions. Makes recommendations that will help maintain University compliance with federal, state and local safety/ health/fire safety regulations and codes that will achieve the optimal control or reduction of hazards and exposures as well as maintain budgetary constraints. • Maintains, reviews, evaluates, updates and / or recommends environmental and occupational safety and health related programs, manuals, guidelines and associated web pages. Assists with the development and implementation of these programs. Completes tasks outside of direct responsibilities as needs arise. •Attend safety committee meetings as EHS representative. Document and coordinate action items including but not limited to injury reporting, facility inspection deficiencies, training and fire drills. •Monitor testing, inspection, and maintenance of university fire extinguishers by assigned contractors and Facilities Custodial Services Staff. Update applicable databases and records as necessary. •Review and process requests for tent permits, pyrotechnics and fireworks permits; conduct pre-event and post-event surveys to ensure prescribed safety precautions and procedures are followed. •Supervises non-exempt and miscellaneous wage employees with respect to environmental and occupational health and safety activities. • Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned. QUALIFICATIONS: • Bachelor's degree and three years related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience. • Knowledge of applicable regulations and standards such as OSHA, EPA, DNREC, NFPA, IBC, IFC, BOCA and State regulations is preferred. •Ability to develop, implement and enforce safety programs and protocols. Knowledge of federal, state and local safety regulations, protocols, and/or procedures. • Possess or have the ability to attain certification as a Safety Professional (CSP) or Industrial Hygienist (CIH) is preferred. • Must have or be able to obtain 40 hour HAZWOPER Certification and DOT Certification. • Must be able to pass a background check. •Ability to operate, test and/or repair monitoring, sampling and/or analytical equipment and instruments. •Skill in performing various environmental related tests. •Effective oral and written communication skills. •Ability to communicate and interact with officials at all levels of government. •Ability to communicate technical information to non-technical personnel. •Intermediate computing skills and experience with database and spreadsheet software. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Employee must be able to pass a background check. Employee must be able to pass hazmat physical examination in order to qualify the individual for emergency response involving all levels of respiratory protection. Requires the use of personal protective equipment to prevent exposure to hazardous materials. With or without assistance, requires the ability to exert 50 to 100 pounds of force occasionally, 25 to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or 10 to 20 pounds of force constantly; without assistance must be able to lift 50 pounds and maneuver 55 gallon drums weighing up to 600 pounds. Must be able to ascend and descend ladders, walk and stand for long periods of time, walk on uneven surfaces, able to work above and below ground level, work in cramped or confined spaces and work outside in various environmental conditions which include but are not limited to cold temperatures, hot temperatures, windy conditions and inclement weather. Individual must have a valid driver’s license in order to maneuver throughout Newark and Wilmington campuses and other UD locations when operationally necessary. Access to reliable private means of transportation and live within 30-minute travel time to the University for emergency response purposes. How To Apply When applying please submit a one-page cover letter and your resume as one document. Also, please remember to provide names, addresses and telephone number of at least three references in the online application. Equal Employment Opportunity Employment offers will be conditioned upon successful completion of a criminal background check. A conviction will not necessarily exclude you from employment. The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from Minority Group Members, Women, Individuals with Disabilities and Veterans. The University's Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at http://www.udel.edu/aboutus/legalnotices.html