The incumbent, under the supervision of the Workplace Safety Manager in the Departmental of Environmental Health and Safety (DEHS), will work in collaboration with Research Safety, Radiation Protection, Biosafety and Ocupational Health, and other DEHS staff to provide training, consultation, and support to University departments in the areas of occupational safety, hazardous waste management, and environmental health. The incumbent will work primarily in general workplace settings, but may occasionally work in other settings at the University. The incumbent will also work closely with department managers, supervisors, front line staff, safety committees, and other stakeholders across the University to help the institution achieve its overall goals of worker protection, regulatory compliance, and environmental protection.
Responsibilities: 60% Serve as a primary point of contact and provide consultation and technical support to operational groups, departments, and local safety committees. Activities will include facilitating risk assessments, inspecting work areas, making recommendations to improve safety, ensuring hazard analyses of critical activities are conducted, reviewing and making recommendations on safe operating procedures, and recommending work activities that may need to be shut down or curtailed because of imminent danger or non-response to safety recommendations. Make referrals and facilitate access to technical specialists in the areas of biological and radiation safety, industrial hygiene, occupational medicine, disabilities services, and risk management.
25% Coordinate and lead efforts at the department level to review, update, develop, and deliver safety training based on regulations, university policy, and current practices. Work with departmental resources and other DEHS staff to promote and monitor compliance with requirements for required safety training. Support the development, review and implementation of Univeristy safety programs and informational documents.
10% Perform other duties related to safety and/or environmental health as assigned including, but not limited to: identifying and recommending exposure monitoring of staff who work with hazardous materials, assisting departments to prepare reports on safety progress on metrics. Also, participation in the emergency response program.
5% Lead and assist work area supervisors with investigation and follow-up of accidents and near-miss incidents.
This position may be designated as essential. The employer retains the right to change or assign other duties to this position.
Working Conditions: The work environment may include office, mechanical rooms, machine shops, construction sites, research laboratories, as well as agricultural and other outdoor settings across the University of Minnesota System. Routine exposures to hazardous materials or harsh physical conditions are not expected. This position may be part of a rotating, on-call, emergency response program that may be activated during regular hours or after hours, weekends, and holidays. The incumbent will be officed on the twin cities campus, but occasional travel to system campus locations will be required.
BA/BS plus at least 4 years of experience or a combination of related education and work experience to equal 8 years.
Experience interpreting laws, rules, regulations, and/or university policies, procedures, and standards
Proficiency in use of word processing, presentation, and spreadsheet programs
Regular attendance is an essential qualification for this position.
Degree in health and safety field
ASP or CSP certification
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge and understanding of occupational safety and health regulatory and consensus standards provided by OSHA, NEC, NIOSH, NFPA, and ANSI
Knowledge and understanding of mechanical and industrial safety, risk assessment procedures, hazard analysis, and accident prevention.
Excellent written and oral communication skills, especially the ability to convey information to a variety of employee groups.
Ability to present information in group settings while considering multiple perspectives and competing interests.
Exceptional interpersonal skills and a record of establishing effective working relationships.
Demonstrated understanding of the nature and purpose of health and safety functions within a higher education institution.
Demonstrated commitment to continuous improvement, accountability, and good customer service.
Skill in establishing goals, and analyzing outcomes to prioritize safety training needs
Ability to work with exposure monitoring equipment.
Ability to negotiate and resolve complex work-related problems
Ability to pass a pre-employment criminal background check
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.