The Environmental Health & Safety Department (EHS) is looking for a Safety Specialist with
sound knowledge of EHS operations and best practices with the ability to use advanced technology such as testing equipment. Thorough knowledge and experience in implementing technical safety and safety programs including electrical safety, construction safety, lock-out tag-out, confined space entry, fall protection, welding safety will be expected. Experience in developing and conducting safety training for different audiences including staff, supervisors and managers and experience in designing and conducting safety audits and inspections including ability to communicate the finding in written reports will be a part of this position. The ability to conduct, lead or facilitate accident investigation and developing actionable reports is expected.
Reporting to EHS Director, the Safety Specialist is responsible for management of the occupational safety component of the University’s Environmental Health and Safety operations. The position is responsible for evaluating occupation safety hazards and implementing occupation safety operational control programs designed to mitigate such hazards and ensures KSU’s compliance with federal, state regulations and internal policies and procedures.
These programs include; laboratory safety, construction safety, fire safety, electrical safety, lock-out tag-out, confined space, fall protection, welding safety and laser, among others.
Specific responsibilities for the position include:
· Analyze work environments and work practices to identify potential hazard and develop strategies for controlling such hazard.
· Conduct inspections and evaluation of work environment, equipment, and job practices in maintenance shops, construction projects, art studios, science and research labs, and other areas to identify hazard, assess risks, and ensure adherence to the applicable EHS laws and regulations.
· Recommend feasible and effective measures to control identified hazard and mitigate risk in order to ensure continued protection of KSU community from potentially hazardous work conditions.
· Work with supervisors, laboratory PI’s, faculty members, project managers, and engineers to ensure effective implementation of identified control measures to address potentially hazardous conditions or equipment.
· Design and implement management and operation control programs including policies and procedures to eliminate or reduce risks and prevent disease or injury to members of KSU community and damage to the environment.
· Develop and conduct safety training for staff, faculties and students
· Conduct accidents and incidence investigations to identify their causes to determine how they might be prevented in the future.
· Participate and provide technical guidance and leadership in various Safety Committees on campus.
· Produce routine reports for regulatory agencies and top-management
· Supervision of support staff including intern and student employees.
· Participate in response to campus emergency situations and provide technical guidance of safety issues relating to the response efforts
As part of the background check process, this position WILL require a satisfactory MVR (Motor Vehicle Report) as a condition of employment. See https://web.kennesaw.edu/hr/content/requirements-employment for specific policy guidelines.
Bachelor's degree in Risk Management, Business, Public Administration or related field and 5+ years related work experience in public/private sector. Possession of a valid Georgia Driver's License and a satisfactory Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) is a must.
Masters Degree in Occupational Health, Safety, Industrial Hygiene or related scientific or technical field, such as engineering, biology or chemistry with 3-5 years experience and/or A Certified Safety Professional Certification with 3-5 years experience.
The candidate should have good interpersonal skills and ability to effectively communicate safety instructions and concerns, both verbally and in writing, to employees, supervisor, managers and other stakeholders. Attention to details and recognize and adhere to specific safety standards and government regulations will be an important part of this position.
The ability to analyze and solve problems including applying your knowledge and experience of EHS operations to find feasible and effective solutions to unsafe working conditions and environmental concerns on campus along with proven leadership skills and collaborative work experience is important to this position.