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Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) Department has an outstanding opportunity for an Occupational Health and Safety Specialist to be responsible for developing, implementing, and promoting institution-wide occupational health and safety programs and services in support of the University's research, health care, academic, and support service organizations. This includes the development and conduct of comprehensive compliance assessments, coordination of federal and state mandated occupational health and safety programs for the University, policy, technical and regulatory assistance to University units regarding health and safety risks, exposure assessments and monitoring, hazard reduction and compliance strategies.
This position also functions as the University's Respirator Program Administrator (RPA), which is mandated by federal and state regulations. The RPA has the responsibility to develop, administer and manage the University's Respiratory Protection Program to assure compliance with federal, state and local regulations and to facilitate effective implementation by all University clients, including hospitals, research, facilities services and other support organizations. This position is designated by the EH&S Director with authority to oversee the Respiratory Protection Program on behalf of the University of Washington and to conduct the required assessments and audits.
This position is critical for partnering with UW organizational units with the goal of providing a healthy and safe University environment for students, faculty and academic personnel, staff, and is responsible for the implementation of a multi-faceted, critical occupational health & safety regulatory compliance program for the University. This position provides regulatory compliance support to the University's research, teaching, and health care mission. Failure on the part of the University to comply with these mandated laws and rules could result in compliance inspections, citations, monetary penalty assessments, and possible civil and criminal sanctions against the University and its officials.
This position provides support for the development and implementation of environmental health and safety programs addressing workplace and occupational health and safety risks at the University of Washington. The successful candidate will play a key role in supporting the ongoing implementation and sustainment of the safety and health programs focused on protecting personnel from physical hazards and exposures to hazardous materials. This position ensures that EH&S initiatives are aligned with those articulated by the Executive Office of the President and Provost and the University of Washington Central Administration.
Duties & Responsibilities
Occupational hygiene and safety program management, direction, and implementation
•As part of the Occupational Safety and Health technical team, this position will provide program direction and control and/or help implement the following programs: 1) Industrial Hygiene including but not limited to: respiratory protection, hearing loss prevention, indoor air quality, personal protective equipment, regulated building materials (e.g., asbestos, lead), chemical safety, and heat stress prevention; 2) Chemical Safety including Hazard Communication Program, support of chemical hazard communication, hazardous chemicals exposure assessments in all work environments, chemical toxicology, and research protocol reviews involving chemicals; 3) EH&S safety training including developing and delivering required EH&S trainings to the University community; 4) Physical Safety including but not limited to: shop/maker space safety, working with energized equipment, confined space entry, fall protection, cranes and hoists, electrical safety, and ergonomics. •Conduct industrial/occupational hygiene exposure and risk assessments. Identify hazards, assess risks, determine controls and measure control effectiveness. •Conduct root cause occupational injury/incident investigations and utilize incident database to retrieve data, analyze data and determine trends. •Initiate and conduct operational activities to ensure University compliance with changing standards of occupational health and safety regulations. •Participate in departmental, University, and state advisory and/or technical committees and organizational health and safety committees, as assigned. •Prepare IH equipment for calibration off-site and perform on-site calibration, data entry, and record keeping for field operations; support IH equipment lab operations, as needed. •Conduct industrial hygiene, physical safety, and shop safety inspections in support of related programs. •Identify workplace hazards recommend/advise units on appropriate control strategies to manage risks. •Collaborate and coordinate with other EH&S technical groups and sections as part of the larger integrated EH&S program. •Provide background information and data for technical meetings; represent assigned area and/or specialty in meetings and interact with internal and external customers. •Provide occupational hygiene technical expertise for the interpretation, application, and implementation of occupational health and safety regulations in a variety of settings including research, clinical, construction and maintenance, food establishments, field sites. •In coordination with University units, develop and implement compliance strategies to address regulatory mandates, which recognize the complex operational and business lines of the University. •Assist organizational units in the development and implementation of health hazard assessments, injury/illness prevention strategies, and required Accident Prevention Programs. •Design and conduct exposure assessment strategies to identify occupational health hazards; provide recommendations for engineering and administrative controls, work practices, personal protective equipment, training, and medical surveillance. •Analyze/evaluate findings and/or laboratory data concerning occupational health and safety hazards in all types of UW work environments including trade shops, healthcare facilities, research laboratories, academic settings; prepare reports. •Conduct industrial hygiene investigations as part of injury/illness follow-up, including field inspections, exposure assessments, and monitoring. Work with organizational units to identify primary and contributing causes and recommend corrective actions to prevent recurrence. •Routinely coordinate with occupational medical providers on employee exposure monitoring results, occupational hygiene recommendations, medical surveillance requirements, and implementation. •Participate in long-range strategic planning; identify initiatives and operational activities to ensure University compliance with changing standards of occupational health and safety regulations. •Review accident/injury/illness trend analysis; identify intervention strategies and necessary policy and program improvements. •Assimilate complex health and safety regulations and knowledge of University operations to develop and present technical training, web guidelines, and other educational outreach materials for delivery to audiences with a broad range of educational and technical backgrounds. •Develop and conduct health and safety training which may include: respiratory protection, hearing loss prevention, personal protective equipment, lead, asbestos, hazard communication, and other health & safety related topics. •Calibrate and maintain industrial hygiene equipment, conduct data entry, and record keeping for field operations
Respiratory Protection Program Administrator
•Manage and implement the respiratory protection program which includes respirator hazard evaluations, maintain written program, conduct training and fit testing, maintaining compliance and effective program policies, standard operating procedures, and processes. •Develop, administer, and manage the University's Respiratory Protection Program to assure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations and to facilitate effective implementation by all University clients and personnel in research, facilities services, medical centers, and others. The Respiratory Protection Program must be compliant with requirements of Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 296-842 for Respirators and other regulations for hazardous materials. •Develop and maintain the University's Respiratory Protection Program, standard operating procedures (SOPs), Respiratory Protection Administrative Policy Statement (APS), web-based and campus outreach materials. •Provide consultation and technical expertise to clients and safety professionals on respirator selection, use, fit-testing, and respiratory hazard assessment for chemical, biological, and radiological hazards. •Develop and conduct respirator training for supervisors, employees, and safety professionals. •Conduct independent respiratory protection inspections, assessments, and audits to evaluate regulatory compliance and program effectiveness. Provide reports to Unit leaders. •Identify measures to improve and streamline respirator authorization processes. •Work with organizational units and Respirator Coordinators to implement consistent respirator practices and procedures; provide oversight and routinely evaluate the effectiveness of the University's Respiratory Protection Program. •Assure Respiratory Protection Program records management system meets requirements for data quality, security, and protection; specific requirements for employee exposure records.
Departmental Activities and Special Projects
•Promote and implement the customer service-based model for delivery of occupational health and safety services and compliance oversight. •Participate in departmental, University, and state advisory and/or technical committees and organizational health and safety committees, as assigned. •Incorporate strategic planning initiatives from the EH&S Strategic plan into the routine work plan. •Initiate and support data gathering for performance monitoring of programs to ensure organizational efficiencies and desired health and safety outcomes are met and program goals are reached. •Attend EH&S departmental and team meetings, work on special projects, other duties/projects as assigned. •Serve as the University's EH&S On-Call (Duty Officer) on a rotational basis. •May serve on University safety committees. •Review and assess legislative rules and bills analysis; provide reports on the potential economic, resource, and implementation impacts of new regulatory rules on the University; recommend proposed actions as necessary; communicate with EH&S staff and University clients on changes. •Contribute to an atmosphere of mutual support and back-up. •Assist with occupational health and safety regulatory inspections and consultation activities as needed.
Other duties as assigned.
•Bachelor’s degree in industrial or occupational hygiene, public health, occupational safety, environmental health, engineering, or related field •4 years’ professional experience in the occupational safety and health field •Demonstrated ability work as part of a collaborative and interdisciplinary team •Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing with diverse audiences including faculty, staff, students, regulatory agencies, University departmental leaders and administrators •Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to cultivate strong and collaborative relationships within the EH&S department, across the University, and externally with peers •Demonstrated accountability, sound decision-making, time management, prioritization •Capable of successfully managing multiple projects with critical deadlines •Self-motivation and ability to self-direct and lead in situations with ambiguity including emergency/crisis situations •Proficiency with data management and analysis tools in a Windows environment, including Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
•Master’s degree in industrial or occupational hygiene, public health, occupational safety, environmental health, engineering, or related field. •Certification as an Industrial Hygienist, Safety professional, Certified Safety/Professional Engineer, or related certification in occupational or environmental health and safety •Experience working in a research institution or institution of higher learning •Experience representing an employer to regulatory agencies •Experience working in or with a healthcare environment as a health and safety professional •Experience conducting and/or reviewing laboratory research •Experience developing metrics or work outputs and outcomes with sound monitoring strategies •Experience interacting with external regulatory agencies •Demonstrated ability to interpret and apply regulations and policy guidance into specific institutional programs and operations
•This professional staff position is not overtime-eligible. Full-time schedules are assumed to be at least 40 hours, however, incumbents are expected to remain flexible to accommodate the unit's goals and mission, and to work beyond their normal schedule when necessary. •This position is considered one of the essential personnel and may be required to respond to after-hours emergencies.
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