Safety Specialist
Parsons Corporation - Fort Edward, NY

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Health and Safety Specialist, Fort Edward, NY

Parsons is an industry leader in delivering technology driven solutions to promote safer, healthier and sustainable world class infrastructure to communities throughout the world. Our landmark projects and capital improvement programs support global initiatives in infrastructure, water, energy, power, renewables, environmental, healthcare, education, and communications. We are hiring colleagues with an entrepreneurial spirit who thrive on professional challenges in a high energy environment.

The Health and Safety Specialist reports to the Parsons Project Safety Manager (PSM) and is dedicated to the Hudson River and Hudson Falls safety program. The Safety Specialist acts as an aid, advisor and safety resource to Project Construction Management personnel, contractors, and other personnel associated with the Project. This person is a visible leader and advocate for the project’s zero incident safety culture and carries out his tasks with the belief that all incidents are preventable and a zero incident goal is attainable.


Observes work activities on a daily basis to evaluate compliance with safe work behaviors, the Remedial Action Health and Safety Plan (RA HASP), project safety specifications, the Contractor Health and Safety Plan, OSHA and other project requirements.

Responsible for monitoring health and safety activities and providing support to the PSM.

Undertakes responsibility for recognition of contractor non-compliance with Project procedures, safety program requirements, and operations/dredging contract documents.
Utilizes Stop Work Authority as necessary for safe performance of the work.

Conducts job site safety surveys and inspections, including site office areas, vehicles and associated locations. At site work zones, inspect decontamination procedures and verify they are being followed.

Records and documents all safety inspections, Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) inspections, behavioral observations, safety issues, violations and corrective actions.

Performs reviews and audits of safety protocols, procedures, e.g. Job Safety Analysis (JSA), safety reports, inspections, behavioral observations and documentation from the contractors’ site safety representatives.

Observes workers for signs and symptoms of chemical exposure, heat/cold stress, fatigue, etc.

Assures that accurate, complete and timely information regarding health and safety observations, incidents, concerns and corrective actions (e.g. daily reports, Toolbox Talk records, etc.) are transmitted to the PSM.

Investigates near-misses and incidents occurring at the site and supports the contractors’ site safety representatives to determine root causes, establish effective corrective measures, share conclusions at daily tool-box meetings, or initiate safety work stand-down to communicate important findings.

Follows up on near-misses, incidents, and violations and verifies closure.

Provides site-specific project orientation to field workers and verify that all personnel know who to contact and what to do in the event of an emergency at each work site.

Initiate the emergency response procedures as necessary and assist in emergency response procedures.

Leads Construction Manager’s daily tool-box meetings. Implements Zero Incident/continuous improvement programs for Parsons.

Conducts required health and safety inspections and monitoring for Parsons’ field staff and prepares written reports to the PSM.

Reviews tool-box safety meeting reports submitted by the contractors’ key safety representatives and makes necessary suggestions to assure that meaningful daily safety meetings are being held.

Provides suggestions to PSM and construction management personnel to assure project compliance with all safety provisions of the contract, including all applicable health and safety plans, and federal, state, and local regulatory requirements.

Ensures that PPE is available for Parsons’ workers and ensures that workers are aware of the availability of any special PPE.

Performs other assigned responsibilities as required.

Since work will occur 24 hours/day, twelve or thirteen hour shifts and the ability to work nights and weekends is required. Working from heights, working on the water, and working in temperature extremes should be expected.

2-years of college, preferably related to safety, industrial hygiene, engineering, hard science or a related field. Equivalent, verifiable military training and education may be used in lieu of this requirement. Local candidates preferred. No relocation assistance available.

5 years of safety related experience – with at least 2 years of verifiable experience in one or more of the following specialty areas:
• Heavy construction
• Environmental Remediation
• Dredging and Marine Operations
• Rail Yard Operations
• Water/Wastewater Treatment Operations
Additional Requirements:
• Ability to read, interpret, verify, and document conformance to the contract documents
• Preferred credentials - Occupational Health and Safety Technician (OHST) or Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST)
• 30-hr Construction Safety certificate is required and may be completed once hired.
• 40-hour HAZWOPER certificate and current annual 8-hour HAZWOPER refresher is required and may be completed once hired.
• CPR/First Aid certification or willingness to obtain.
• Experience with applying behavior based safety techniques is preferred.
• Experience with the calibration and use of safety and exposure monitoring equipment is preferred.
• Computer literacy with MS Office software.
• Effective, professional oral and written communication skills.
• Must to be able to pass a fitness for duty assessment and drug screen.
Parsons is an equal opportunity, drug-free employer committed to diversity in the workplace. M/W/D/V.
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