Health/Safety Specialist Duties and Responsibilities
Purpose of Classification:
implements, controls, and evaluates one or more components of a
safety program to reduce or prevent health/safety hazards, dangers
or accidents in the areas of fire, life, occupational, or industrial
first in a series of two classifications. It is distinguished from
the Health/Safety Officer in that incumbents are typically
responsible for one or more components of a safety program and make
recommendations, having less decision-making authority than the
Health/Safety Officer. Incumbents may be exposed to hazardous or
dangerous situations during course of work.
Examples of Duties:
- Inspects buildings, equipment, and machinery according to
set schedule or upon request for compliance with federal, state,
and university safety regulations; prepares and submits written
report to supervisor.
- Inspects and monitors environment upon request, complaint,
or routine inspection schedule to identify real or potential
detriments to health and safety; determines need and type of
survey or test to be used including surveys of light, noise,
air, water, ergonomics, etc.
- Prepares reports including observations, analyses of
situations, and recommendations for control and correction.
- Identifies need for, develops, and administers safety
training programs for members of university community in
response to trends or problems identified or upon request;
conducts evacuation drills for buildings on campus; writes
articles for newsletters or safety flyers distributed to
university community; delivers training workshops to selected
- Reviews construction plans for new and existing buildings to
advise project manager and/or supervisor of any needed changes
to comply with applicable regulations.
- Analyzes accident patterns and determines appropriate action
to reduce or eliminate hazard.
- Advises and consults with all university management levels
regarding safety and loss control programs to help them comply
- Evaluates and/or inspects for asbestos; performs asbestos
- Interprets federal or state fire, safety, and building codes
and writes or updates university policies and procedures.
- Responds to emergency alarms or calls (i.e., fire, chemical
spills) investigating area or situation under alarm; gathers
facts and decides what action to be taken to resolve or correct
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge and skill in asbestos monitoring and abatement.
- Knowledge of rules, regulations, and guidelines of various
federal or state agencies governing safety programs.
- Skill in both verbal and written communication.
- Skill in maintaining effective working relationships.
- Skill in analyzing data for trends and needs.
Bachelor's degree in Safety, Industrial Engineering, or related
field AND two years of occupational safety experience; OR, Six years
of occupational safety experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of
experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills
and abilities have been achieved.
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