This position will work in the Environmental Health and Safety program (EHS) with duties that encompass all missions of OHSU but will be primarily stationed on the Marquam Hill Campus. EHS oversees/manages programs and policies aimed at minimizing safety, health, environmental, and regulatory risks to the OHSU community. The EHS program encompasses chemical, biosafety, fire/life safety, radiation safety, as well as general safety oversight across the university. Projects and/or responsibilities in other program areas may also be assigned.
The Workplace Safety Specialist will provide EHS services under the direction of EHS leadership as part of EHS Workplace Safety. This position works independently and acts as an advanced professional and technical resource in a specialized and detailed capacity, providing guidance, review, and final determination/resolution in assigned areas of responsibility to determine conformity with federal and state regulations and OHSU policies. With a focus on occupational/workplace safety, emphasis will be placed on coordinating, evaluating, and effectively managing traditional and foundational health and safety programs within this scope. This position will be focus on institutional-wide programs with additional duties that may focus on specific mission areas. Responsibilities include:
Workplace safety program development, administration, and implementation, including injury and illness prevention program support and maintenance, records maintenance, program improvements, monitoring, and general support of injury prevention efforts for departments in the organization;
Represent EHS for additional responsibilities including but not limited to: indoor air quality, odors and noise investigations and reporting; accident/injury investigations and making recommendations to management in response, and may include responsibility for enhancing and implementing exposure monitoring, hearing conservation, and related workplace safety programs while providing guidance to institutional stakeholders.
Expert safety support and technical consultation to OHSU members, functioning as a key stakeholder for appropriate safety committees and compliance programs.
Providing safety support and technical consultation to OHSU locations and stakeholders to monitor and promote compliance with regulatory standards, including integration with overall regulatory activities and performance improvement initiatives.
Represent OHSU during regulatory inspections including DNV-GL, Oregon OSHA, and others as needed.
The primary work location is the Marquam Hill Campus located in Portland, Oregon, and will have a strong focus on the OHSU operations on Marquam Hill, South Waterfront, West Campus, as well as clinical locations throughout the Portland area. Additional responsibilities in the academic, research, and central service spaces that require health and safety services may also be assigned at any OHSU location.
5 years of related experience
Working knowledge of requirements related to safety
Ability to understand biological, chemical and scientific terminology, and to accurately identify drugs, devices, procedures, etc. in order to provide thorough and accurate review and guidance;
Ability to use and maintain industrial hygiene monitoring instrumentation and supplies;
Ability to read and comprehend complex scientific procedures in order to provide thorough and accurate assessments;
Ability to effectively work both independently and in a team environment; effective organizational abilities, oral and written communication skills, and interpersonal skills; ability to operate and communicate effectively while meeting multiple deadlines and completing projects simultaneously; ability to interact in a positive, productive manner with research faculty and staff, leadership, and other staff (demonstrating sensitivity, tact, and professionalism);
Advanced proficiency with electronic systems and software.
Ability to independently evaluate safety risks, investigate complaints, correspond with regulatory agencies in a variety of formats (writing, phone, in person) as OHSU representative and escort for unannounced inspections with authorities having jurisdiction
Advanced degree or additional emphasis/training/education in safety or a related scientific discipline (e.g. bachelor's degree in a related field such as occupational safety, biology, chemistry, or biochemistry) strongly preferred.
EHS-specific experience at an academic medical center.
Functional knowledge of current safety requirements
Demonstrated leadership and formal/informal influence skills
Advanced knowledge in federal and state laws, regulations, and guidance relating to safety and related areas;
Environmental health and safety related certification
All are welcome
Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or email@example.com. As an organization devoted to the health and well-being of people in Oregon and beyond, OHSU requires its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
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