Safety and Health Specialist - UW Environmental Health & Safety


CLOSING DATE: October 5, 2018


JOB #: 12971

POSTED: September 5, 2018


The Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) supports and advances the teaching, learning, and research activities of the University of Washington by providing and coordinating programs and services that foster a safe and healthy campus community. We have an outstanding opportunity for a knowledgeable and experienced individual to support the UW’s Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Section for the UW EH&S Department as the Safety and Health Specialist.  

Reporting to the Assistant Director, OSH this position is responsible for supporting the implementation of environmental health and safety programs addressing workplace and occupational health and safety risks at the University of Washington. The Safety and Health Specialist will work with senior staff members and support the development, implementation and sustainment of physical safety and industrial hygiene programs.

The successful candidate will become familiar with the mission, vision, strategic objectives, policies and procedures affecting the the EH&S department and Health Sciences Administration (HSA). EH&S interacts regularly with HSA and the University’s organizational units (academic, operational, administrative, clinical and research), as well as external regulatory entities (e.g., WA Department of Health, Department of Ecology, National Institutes of Health, WA Dept. of Labor and Industries, etc.). The ideal candidate must be organized and able to quickly learn the organizational structures, communication dynamics, and service requirements impacting our Department, partner entities and populations served.

This position provides support for the development and implementation of environmental health and safety programs addressing workplace and occupational health and safety risks at the University of Washington. The successful candidate will play a key role in supporting the on-going implementation and sustainment of the safety and health programs focused on protecting personnel from physical hazards and exposures to hazardous materials.  This position ensures that EH&S initiatives are aligned with those articulated by Health Sciences Administration and the University of Washington Central Administration.


• A Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Safety, Occupational Health, Public Administration, Health and Safety or a closely related field and at least one year of work experience in a related field.
• Understanding of occupational safety and health principles and applications including but not limited to the following programs; confined space, electrical, fall protection, hazardous energy control safety programs, respiratory protection, personal protective equipment, chemical and physical agent exposure assessment, hearing conservation and ergonomics.
• Knowledge of applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, consensus standards, and current technology concerning health and safety issues, and ability to interpret and apply them.
• Experience and/or demonstrated knowledge of use of industrial hygiene and safety equipment.
• Ability to research information on emerging EH&S related issues/trends
• Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to cultivate strong and collaborative relationships inside and outside the organization.
• Ability to initiate, develop, and maintain positive working relationships with the campus community.
• Willing to learn and expand knowledge in a number of different EH&S technical areas.
• Demonstrated excellent communication skills in English.
• Ability to present information clearly and succinctly verbally, in writing, and in presentations.
• Ability to work successfully both independently with minimal supervision and as a member of a team.
• Ability to manage multiple projects and to appropriately prioritize a heavy workload and client needs.
• Proficient in MS Office products, including MS Access
• Excellent organizational skills, as demonstrated by the ability to prioritize tasks efficiently and work well under pressure in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment.
• Ability to tolerate ambiguity with patience and good will.
• Strong self-motivation; proactive, high-energy, enthusiastic, “can do” work ethic
• Incorporate strategic planning initiatives from the EH&S strategic plan into the routine work plan.
• Support data gathering for metrics and performance monitoring of programs to ensure organizational efficiencies and desired outcomes are met and program goals are reached.

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