Industrial Hygienist - UW Environmental Health & Safety
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 are currently seeking a knowledgeable and experienced Industrial Hygienist to support the UW’s Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Section for the UW EH&S Department.
Reporting to the Assistant Director, OSH this position will be part of a team of subject matter experts working to identify, evaluate and control health and safety risks at the University of Washington. The Industrial Hygienist will primarily work with senior staff members and support the development, implementation and sustainment of industrial hygiene programs as well as supporting workplace safety programs and services.
The successful candidate will become familiar with the mission, vision, strategic objectives, policies and procedures affecting the 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 affecting our Department, partner entities and populations served.
This position provides excellent 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 development, implementation and sustainment of industrial hygiene exposure assessments, respiratory protection and ergonomic safety programs as well as supporting indoor air quality investigations, chemical hazard review and risk assessments. This position ensures that EH&S initiatives are aligned with those articulated by Health Sciences Administration and the University of Washington Central Administration.
• Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental/Occupational Health and Safety, Occupational Health, Public Administration, or closely related field
• Three to five years’ experience with Industrial Hygiene programs, including respiratory protection, chemical exposure assessment, ergonomics, and risk management.
• Comprehensive understanding of industrial hygiene principles for determining occupational exposure assessments which includes proficiency in identify hazards, assessing risks, identifying effective controls and understanding the methods required to verify the effectiveness of identified controls.
• Understand and facilitate workplace risk and personal protective equipment (PPE) assessments.
• 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.
• Demonstrate an understanding of ventilation concepts and modeling, basic physics involved in a hazard profile (musculoskeletal mechanics) and the limitations of personal protective equipment.
• Support the development of relevant training program content with the possibility of providing employee training.
• 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.
• 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 or lead of a team
• 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, dynamic, 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.