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Health/Safety Officer Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Plans, organizes, and directs university safety program. Enforces compliance with state and federal health, safety, and fire codes and reduces or prevents safety hazards, dangers, or accidents in areas of hazardous materials, fire, life, occupational and/or industrial hygiene safety.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is second in a series of two classifications. It is distinguished from the Health/Safety Specialist in that incumbents typically oversee a safety program broad in scope, including all areas mentioned and work independently making decisions affecting program with little guidance. Incumbents may be exposed to hazardous or dangerous situations in course of work.

Examples of Duties:

  • Interprets and evaluates university compliance with applicable safety codes.
  • Develops, recommends, and implements policy on health/safety protection; develops accident prevention and loss control systems and programs and ensures implementation throughout campus.
  • Reviews construction plans for new and existing buildings to ensure compliance with fire, health, and safety codes and carries through completion.
  • Coordinates with architects, engineers, and construction managers to discuss safety precautions and requirements, recommendations, and code analysis.
  • Monitors safety inspection programs, evaluates program maintenance and determines priority of current hazard correction; makes random visits with inspectors.
  • Monitors workers' compensation program, oversees investigations, analyzes trends to identify problem areas, and recommends action to reduce risk and financial loss.
  • Advises, coordinates with, and provides technical guidance to university staff, faculty, and administrators regarding safety codes, policies and procedures.
  • Maintains relationship with regulatory agency representatives to remain current on changing standards and interpretations and to serve as contact person for university.
  • Develops and implements health/safety educational programs or activities to improve awareness of safety and protection procedures.
  • Conducts or directs studies and statistical analysis to identify hazards and evaluate potential for loss; prepares report on findings.
  • Supervises and coordinates work activities of Health/Safety Specialists.
  • Ensures required licenses or registrations are maintained for hazardous materials.
  • Compiles budget estimates and information for special projects.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of supervisory practices and principles.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of occupational safety.
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws and regulations governing safety procedures and policies.
  • Skill in interpreting and applying federal, state and local safety laws and regulations.
  • Skill in developing safety policies.
  • Skill in investigating and analyzing accidents and their causes.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering or related field AND four years' experience in safety, fire prevention, environmental health, industrial hygiene or related field, which includes one year in a supervisory capacity; OR, Eight years' experience in safety, fire prevention, environmental health, industrial hygiene or related field, which includes one year in a supervisory capacity; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


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