Health & Safety Specialist
Western Kentucky University - Bowling Green, KY

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Western Kentucky University

Environmental Health & Safety
Health & Safety Specialist
Purpose of Position
Provide technical and administrative support to the University in the areas of Environmental, Health, and Safety (EH&S). Duties include: general occupational safety compliance assurance, maintenance operations safety support, contractor safety, employee training, accident investigation, sampling equipment operation and maintenance, and support of emergency preparedness and response activities.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
The following duties are customary for this position, but are not to be construed as all-inclusive. Duties may be added, deleted, and assigned based on management discretion and institutional needs.
- Performs exposure assessments, safety reviews, and job hazard analyses
- Completes audits for safety compliance
- Operates and maintains sampling equipment
- Interprets health and safety codes, regulations, and rules
- Creates comprehensive technical reports
- Provides support to other EH&S disciplines on an as-needed basis
- Serves as primary EH&S liaison for Department of Facilities Management
- Researches, designs, and develops new training programs, communication elements, and materials that support current Standard Operating Procedures as well as compliance goals and objectives
- Provides materials and assistance with safety meeting programs
- Facilitates training and maintains records as required for programs including:
o Respirator fit testing and selection
o Hearing conservation
o Lock-out
o Blood borne pathogens
o Hazard communications
o Fall protection
o Personal protective equipment (PPE)
o Back injury/material handling
o Slips, trips, and falls
- Monitors policies and regulations of programs
- Conducts audits and inspections at job sites and laboratories around the WKU campus
- Investigates accidents and safety related complaints, as required, and develops appropriate reports
Minimum Training and Experience Required
- B.S. degree in Occupational Safety and Health, Engineering, or a related field or minimum four years of experience in Occupational Safety and Health
Knowledge and Skills Required
- Must be able to effectively communicate with the public, staff, and contractors conducting business with WKU in person, by written correspondence, and by phone
- Must be able to develop effective working relationships with faculty and staff community.
- Must possess good organizational skills
- Must have knowledge in computer programs (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
Physical and Mental Abilities Required
Physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
- Must be capable of wearing a respirator and other necessary personal protective equipment
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, walk, stand, climb, and crawl
- Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
Applications for employment will be accepted electronically only. In addition to the online application interested candidates must submit a cover letter, a current resume along with names, addresses, and daytime phone numbers of three professional references using the online application process. Please
refer to the following website to apply: . For further assistance call
(270) 745-5934. Reference requisition number S3738. To ensure full consideration submit application materials on or before August 6, 2013. Position will remain open until filled.
Kentucky state law requires all public institutions of postsecondary education to conduct pre-employment criminal background checks to determine suitability for employment.
Western Kentucky University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, veteran status, or marital status in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices in accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
Persons with disabilities, who need reasonable accommodations to participate in the application and/or selection process, should notify The Office of Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/University ADA Services at (270) 745- 5121, a minimum of five working days in advance.

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