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Health/Safety Specialist Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Plans, 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 hygiene safety.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is 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 groups.
  • 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 with regulations.
  • Evaluates and/or inspects for asbestos; performs asbestos abatement.
  • 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 problem.

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.

Minimum Qualifications:

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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