Reporting to the Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Safety Advisor Program Co-Managers, the Safety Advisor is the EHS primary liaison and point-of-contact with all campus departments, including areas such as research, clinical, academic, athletic, and support services, and is responsible for providing comprehensive health and safety services and assisting in the University's goal of a safe and healthy workplace and academic environment.
1. Performs safety audits and field hazard assessments for laboratories, other work areas, facilities and equipment. Interviews faculty, staff and students, and observes their work practices to verify conformity with standards and best practices, and to check the safety of work areas for University personnel and outside contractors.
2. Reviews proposed research protocols for completeness and procedural compliance.
3. Reviews construction design plans and attends construction planning meetings, consultations, and commissionings to identify the space’s safety issues in order to comply with all safety laws, regulations, etc.
4. Identifies exposure risks, performs employee exposure monitoring, reviews data; recommends ways to reduce exposure.
5. Instructs University personnel in applicable regulations, policies and procedures.
6. Inspects equipment and activities against standards to provide safety, compliance and work practice instructions. Reviews area hazards and risks associated with research protocols for the assignment of a risk level. Maintains and ensures the efficient operation of related safety equipment.
7. Assesses job hazards to recommend appropriate training, personal protective equipment, specialized work practices, administrative controls, facility adequacy and engineering controls.
8. Investigates accidents, incidents and complaints of unsafe work areas. Recommends corrective actions and ways to reduce risk. Conducts follow-up interviews and counsels employees involved.
9. Trains individuals and groups based on legal requirements, findings and observations of deficiencies, safety issues with how work is being performed, and how equipment, biological materials, chemicals, radioactive materials and other hazardous materials are handled.
10. Responds to hazardous materials incidents and assists the EHS on-call emergency response team.
11. May perform other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science, Industrial Hygiene, Radiation Safety/Health Physics, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, or related field and two years of work experience in a safety-related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Working knowledge of safety and/or environmental issues, including rules and regulations that pertain to them.
Ability to exercise good judgment regarding health and safety. Demonstrated skills and knowledge in technical safety disciplines (e.g., radiation safety, industrial hygiene, biosafety, chemical safety, environmental monitoring and sampling methods). Knowledge of radiation detection instrumentation and appropriate calibration procedures.
Knowledge of DOT, IATA and RCRA regulations, and hazardous waste management. General knowledge of other State and Federal environmental health and safety regulations.
Ability to establish and maintain professional, collaborative, service-oriented, cooperative and effective working relationships with students, faculty, staff and regulatory agencies through effective and positive communication.
Good verbal and written communication, training and presentation skills, including the abilities to communicate risks effectively, speak clearly and engagingly about health and safety issues before small and large groups. Ability to use word processing, spreadsheet and database computer programs
Ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks simultaneously due to the diversity of EHS services and the wide-range of potential work locations on campus.