Albany, New York - Posted on: Thursday 11/14/13
The University at Albany’s Occupational Safety Specialist is responsible for keeping the University in compliance with all applicable OSHA and PESH standards. This includes developing University policies for new regulations and updating current policies. The Occupational Safety Specialist is responsible for developing and presenting training programs for compliance with OSHA and PESH standards and all record-keeping associated with these standards. Oversight of University programs such as Lockout/Tagout, Confined Space Entry, Personal Protective Equipment, Respiratory Protection, Hazard Communication, Forklift Safety, Hearing Conservation, Fall Protection, etc., as required by these national and state standards will be a prime responsibility of this position. This person will be a direct report of the Biosafety Officer.
The Occupational Safety Specialist is also responsible for the maintenance of specialized safety equipment, such as the confined space meters and fall protection devices. The Occupational Safety Specialist will oversee the required occupational medical evaluations for University employees, such as respirator and asbestos exams, audiograms, and respirator fit tests, along with maintaining any accompanying records. The Occupational Safety Specialist will review employee accident and injury forms for safety concerns and make prevention recommendations, as necessary. This individual will also compile a yearly accident trend analysis for presentation to the Director of EH&S.
The Occupational Safety Specialist must be able to identify safety hazards in the field and ensure their remediation. This person will serve as a team member of EH&S and will assist other office members where appropriate. This person must be able to effectively work with diverse populations.
- B.S. in Occupational Safety or Industrial Hygiene and one year of experience working in the field of occupational safety; or a B.S./B.A. in another major and three years’ experience working in the field of occupational safety. Degree must be from a college or university accredited by the U.S. Department of Education or internationally recognized accrediting organization
- Good working knowledge of OSHA and PESH standards
- Excellent communication skills and the ability to use most Microsoft Office programs
- Valid NYS driver’s license and ability to perform moderate lifting
- Training experience and experience with working and training culturally diverse populations must be demonstrated.
- Must be able to enter confined spaces
- Must be able to lift and carry equipment up to 25 lbs.
- Must be able to climb ladders
- 10 hour OSHA Construction Course
- Certification as an Asbestos Supervisor
- 24 hour HAZWOPER Certification