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Occupational Safety Specialist

Albany, NY - Posted on: Tuesday 07/26/16


About University at Albany:

Established in 1844 and designated a University Center of the State University of New York in 1962, the University at Albany's broad mission of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research and public service engages a diverse student body of more than 17,300 students in eight schools and colleges across three campuses.

Located in Albany, New York, New York State's capital, the University is convenient to Boston, New York City and the Adirondacks.

Job Description:

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. This individual will report to the University's Biosafety Officer and will work out of the Environmental Health and Safety Office.

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, Respiratory Protection, Hazard Communication, Forklift Safety, Hearing Conservation, etc., as required by these national and state standards will be a prime responsibility of this position.

The Occupational Safety Specialist is also responsible for selecting personal protective equipment (PPE), supplying the appropriate PPE to University employees where indicated, and providing training to University employees on PPE.  

The Occupational Safety Specialist is responsible for the maintenance of specialized safety equipment, such as the confined space meters and fall protection devices.  This individual will work with Physical Plant to insure man lifts and ladders are being regularly inspected, maintained in good working condition and that staff is trained in their safe use.

The Occupational Safety Specialist will be in charge of coordinating respirator and asbestos evaluations, including physicals, and audiograms, along with maintaining any accompanying records.  Coordination of asbestos certifications for University employees and the University's asbestos license shall also be the responsibility of the Occupational Safety Specialist.  Record keeping for asbestos, lead and PCB samples taken at the University shall be coordinated by the Occupational Safety Specialist.

The Occupational Safety Specialist will review employee accident and injury forms for safety concerns and make prevention recommendations, if necessary. This individual will also compile a yearly accident trend analysis for presentation to the Director of Environmental Health and Safety.

The Occupational Safety Specialist must be able to identify safety hazards in the field and ensure their remediation.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • B.S. in Physical Science, Occupational Safety or Engineering from a college or university accredited by a U.S. Dept. of Education or internationally recognized accrediting organization
  • A minimum of three years of experience working full time in the field of occupational safety
  • Must be eligible to sit for the ASP and CSP exams within 5 years
  • Good working knowledge of OSHA and PESH standards
  • Valid NYS driver's license
  • Training experience must be demonstrated
  • Applicant must address in their application their ability to work with a culturally diverse population.

Note: Experience in training will be demonstrated in the interview process.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 10 hour OSHA Construction Course
  • Certification as an Asbestos Supervisor

Additional Information:

Professional Rank and Salary Range: Staff Associate, SL-4

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, or Clery Act, mandates that all Title IV institutions, without exception, prepare, publish and distribute an Annual Security Report. This report consists of two basic parts: disclosure of the University's crime statistics for the past three years; and disclosures regarding the University's current campus security policies. The University at Albany's Annual Security Report is available in portable document format [PDF] by clicking this link http://police.albany.edu/ASR.shtml


To Apply:

Please apply online via http://albany.interviewexchange.com/candapply.jsp?JOBID=73209

Application Instructions:

Applicants MUST submit the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter stating all the required minimum qualifications and any of the applicable preferred qualifications, including your ability to work with diverse populations
  • Three professional references

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Closing date for receipt of applications: August 13, 2016