ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH, SAFETY & EMERGENCY SPECIALIST

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH, SAFETY & EMERGENCY SPECIALIST

Req #: 179844 Department: UW BOTHELL: FACILITIES & OPERATIONS Job Location: UW Bothell Posting Date: 06/17/2020 Closing Info: Open Until Filled Salary: Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Shift: First Shift Notes: Although open until filled, priority application date is July 1, 2020.

As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here. As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for six consecutive years.

The University of Washington Bothell is one of the most dynamic public universities in the state of Washington. We offer a participatory student experience grounded in hands-on learning, close relationships with faculty members as teachers and mentors, and the personalized support of staff who are dedicated to student success. The academic work of the campus focuses on cross-disciplinary research and creative practice, connected learning, and community engagement. UW Bothell’s current enrollment is approximately 6,000 students. More than 90 percent of undergraduates are from Washington State, and approximately half are first-generation college attendees or come from underrepresented groups. Located along wetlands and a river north of Seattle, UW Bothell builds vibrant regional partnerships, creates and disseminates new knowledge, and prepares students for leadership throughout Washington and beyond.

Diversity is a core value of University of WA Bothell. We believe the power of diversity enriches all of us by exposing us to a range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design and deliver solutions. To learn more, read our Diversity Statement .

Our Facilities & Operations Department has an outstanding opportunity for an Environmental Health, Safety and Emergency Specialist.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

LAB / GENERAL /OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY:
• Conduct worksite risk assessments, evaluations, inspections, audits, investigations, or surveillance surveys for safety compliance programs. May help with creating or preparing checklists for the compliance inspections. Help with identifying potential risks and with recommending appropriate solutions.
• This position will assist, develop, support and promote programs and services necessary to maintain compliance for a safe and healthy environment for students, faculty, staff and the visiting public. Recognize, evaluate and respond to urgent needs and key program issues and risks by developing appropriate plans and procedures to control exposures.
• Develop lab safety and other safety-related programs for UW Bothell School of STEM staff and faculty in the 55 lab sessions at the Bothell Campus.
• Support UW Bothell Auxiliary Services including Housing and Dining Services on Public Health programs (including but not limited to indoor air quality, food safety, potable water and communicable diseases).
• Support UW Bothell Facilities Services on Construction Safety, Occupational Safety and Environmental compliance programs (including but not limited to fall protection, trenching, scaffolding, machine guarding, pedestrian and vehicle interaction, confined space, blood borne pathogens, hazard communication, ergonomics, storm water, spill response) for Facilities staff and the campus as a whole.
• Effectively and consistently coordinate and communicate with University Administrators and Directors across the campus and being an active member of the team. Establish and direct the operational and financial activities of the Environmental Health and Safety function.
• Must have effective problem solving and critical thinking skills so academic and research initiatives and programs are supported. Independently and effectively work both within and outside the University system with consultation from the UW Senior Director of EH&S.
• Identify, develop, and implement comprehensive environmental health, emergency preparedness and safety programs, policies and procedures on behalf of campus business, research, and academic and like interests.
• Collaborate with UW Seattle EH&S to ensure compliance with applicable federal and state environmental policies, health and safety codes as well as accreditation agency requirements. In consultation with the UW EH&S Senior Director (who serves as the liaison with regulatory agencies), follow University policies. Represent the University for EH&S matters in those areas agreed to in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with UW Bothell.
• Assist with reviewing and analyzing data for trends, deficiencies, quality control, and with seeking solutions to correct identified issues.
• Maintain records and documentation, including training records, chemical inventory, SDS, safety equipment certifications, emergency response programs and other regulatory compliance documents.
• Provide training and technical guidance or advice, to personnel, faculty and students on various EH&S and Emergency Management compliance programs.
• Maintain, test and calibrate equipment, inventory, and supplies used for compliance management.
• Write technical safety reports, assessment reports, hazard surveillance reports, lab inspection reports, and incident review reports.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS:
• Participate in the UW Bothell / Cascadia College Emergency Response Team / Emergency Operations Center.
• Coordinate with facility manages and departmental representatives to develop Emergency Action Plans.
• This position will assist the Director of Emergency Management and Communications in notifying the community of an emergency and will be on call to manage emergency situations as they occur.
• Act as a back up to the Director of Emergency Management for emergencies and deploy to scene and/or Emergency Operations Center to coordinate emergency response, if necessary.
• Partner with the Director of Emergency Management and Director of Campus Safety on implementing training on emergency preparedness, fire safety and other safety programs on the campus.

OTHER:
• Assist with reviewing and updating of policies, procedures, and safety manuals.
• Interact with members and various stakeholders of the campus and local community about lab, general and occupational safety and emergency management related topics.
• Coordinate, organize and maintain various monthly Safety Committee Meetings.
• Perform other duties as required.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
• Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Biology, Industrial Hygiene, Environmental Health, Engineering, Industrial Safety Science, Health Physics, Emergency Management or closely related field.
• At least three years of increasingly responsible experience in one or more areas of Environmental Health & Safety or Emergency Management.

Equivalent education and/or experience may substitute for minimum requirements.

Additional requirements:
• Must currently hold at least one of the following credentials: Chemical Hygiene Officer (CHO), Registered Sanitarian (RS), Construction Health & Safety Technician (CHST) Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), Certified Safety Professional (CSP), and Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM).
• Experience working with regulatory agencies in multiple jurisdictions, knowledge of environmental remediation protocols and techniques thorough knowledge of federal and state environmental health and safety laws (OSHA, EPA, SEPA, and WISHA) working knowledge of DOT regulations.
• Knowledge and an understanding of the current issues and trends in the EH&S and Emergency Management field.
• Must be able to work accurately and efficiently in a work environment that has potential to change frequently due to change in government regulations or business needs.
• Ability to develop collaboration among diverse groups; ability to think outside the box and to lead and manage change.
• Effective problem solving and critical thinking skills.
• Ability to work effectively with ethnic, cultural, and socially diverse populations.
• Demonstrated presentation skills and training delivery skills in one of the following areas: HAZCOM, Laboratory Safety, Fire Safety, Chemical Safety Emergency Management, Blood Borne Pathogens, etc.
• Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft software and tools.
• Haz-Mat first responder and assume role of incident commander as needed.

Desired:
• Master's degree from an accredited university in Chemistry, Biology, Industrial Hygiene, -Environmental Health, Industrial Safety Science, or closely related field.
• Experience with standard laboratory procedures and scientific instruments.
• Experience working in state government or in a university environment preferred.
• First Aid CPR Instructor.
• Strong project management experience.
• Strong quantitative and analytical capability.
• Completion of Incident Command System Classes (ICS 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, 800).
• 40 Hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (HAZWOPER) Certification.

WORKING ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS:
• May work in conditions where there is construction, chemicals, Power Plant, laboratories, warehouse, outdoors, and on roofs. Conditions may require wearing personal protective equipment such as safety goggles, gloves, and protective equipment, and utilizing monitoring equipment or spill containment and clean up supplies for chemicals.
• Visual, auditory and physical abilities must allow for visual and auditory observations, considerable walking, and crouching, bending, and, lifting including, lifting up to 50 pounds with using assistive devices.
• Required to be available outside regular business hours to respond to emergencies and accidents, serve on UW Bothell Emergency Operations Center, assess safety of operations, and provide notification to regulators as required by law.
• Required to work an irregular and flexible work week to be available and responsive for service needs/requests 24/7.

Application Process:
The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.




Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law .



Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability , and committed to becoming climate neutral.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or dso@uw.edu .

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