Environmental/Occupational Health & Safety Specialist Lead
Location: Evanston, Illinois
Internal Number: 44959
Department: Environmental Health & Safety Salary/Grade: EXS/8
The Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety Specialist, Lead supervises, interprets, develops, implements, and maintains applicable environmental health and safety standards, systems, and processes with a focus on confined spaces, control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout), fall protection, mobile elevated work platforms, contractor safety, incident investigations, hot work, and material handling equipment. Provides health and safety guidance, consultation, and training to the Northwestern University community. This position will support Northwestern’s Chicago and Evanston campuses and will require working during the day, evening, weekdays, and weekends when necessary.
Supervises, develops, and implements environmental and occupational health and safety programs, procedures, and training in assigned area of specialization such as confined spaces, control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout), fall protection, mobile elevated work platforms, contractor safety, incident investigations, hot work, and material handling equipment. Supervises various projects to support EHS initiatives and programs through development of project plans, workflows, processes, timelines, presentations, and implementation. Monitors current and emerging local, state, and federal environmental and occupational health and safety requirements to ensure the University is compliant.
Integrates regulatory requirements and best practices with results from safety inspections, incident investigations, exposure assessments, and observations into programmatic actions.
Provides leadership, coaching, and technical and regulatory guidance to subordinates.
Advises the University community regarding health and safety protocols, procedures, and regulatory compliance; partners with departments, faculty, and staff to correct non-compliance issues, including follow-up corrective actions
Evaluates work areas and practices and works with various internal customers to develop safe work practices and procedures to promote a safe work environment to reduce potential injuries and illnesses.
Trains faculty, staff, and students in various environmental and occupational health and safety programs including confined spaces, control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout), fall protection, mobile elevated work platforms, material handling equipment, or customized training for unique hazardous operations.
Partners with Facilities and other stakeholders to review project plans, including new and remodeling projects, for compliance with local, state, and federal regulations; provides technical and regulatory guidance and interpretation.
Responds, investigates, and documents incidents and emergencies and facilitates necessary follow-up and action items.
Maintains safety and health recordkeeping systems such as safety inspections/observations and injury and illness records.
Works public assembly events (e.g., football, graduations, and other types of events) that take place during the week, evenings, or weekends for the purpose of assuring that applicable fire/life safety requirements are observed and enforced. Performs life safety duties and inspections before, during, and after events
Performs other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
3 years of relevant work experience in the safety profession or one of its specialties, including:
Maintaining recordkeeping systems
Developing and conducting training in various EHS topics
Conducting inspections, incident investigations, and audits
Participating in and leading emergency response
Addressing employee environmental health and safety concerns
Implementing environmental health and safety programs and measures
Preparing technical reports
Performing environmental and occupational sampling and monitoring
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Thorough knowledge of OSHA, ANSI, and other standards applicable to environmental and occupational health and safety
Knowledge of confined spaces, control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout), fall protection, mobile elevated work platforms, hot work, and material handling equipment programs
Ability to work with people of all ages and diverse constituencies
Ability to diplomatically explain and interpret environmental health and safety principles
Ability to manage multiple projects
Excellent communication and writing skills
Excellent computer skills
Strong training and interpersonal skills
Exhibits a positive attitude; personal integrity and responsibility
Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Safety, Occupational Safety and Health, or related field, from an accredited college or university
5 years or more of relevant work experience in the safety profession or one of its specialties
ASP, SMS, CSP, or other related certification, or desire to obtain certification.
OSHA-10 Hour General Industry Authorized Trainer
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Work-Life and Wellness: Northwestern offers comprehensive programs and services to help you and your family navigate life’s challenges and opportunities, and adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles. We support flexible work arrangements where possible and programs to help you locate and pay for quality, affordable childcare and senior/adult care. Visit us at https://www.northwestern.edu/hr/benefits/work-life/index.html to learn more.
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Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.