Occupational Safety Officer

University of Oregon
Safety & Risk Services

Job no: 525914
Work type: Classified Staff
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Operations/Infrastructure

Department: Safety & Risk Services - Environmental Health & Safety
Classification: Environ Health Safety Pro 2
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: $21.40 - $32.71 Hourly
FTE: 1.0

Review of Applications Begins
Position closes January 5, 2021

Special Instructions to Applicants
Please submit a complete online application, including:
- A professional resume and cover letter addressing how your skills and experience meet the position qualifications; AND
- Answers to the following three supplemental questions;

1) What is your approach to developing and conducting safety training, including how you verify that the training was effective?

2) What is your experience and the steps you would take in conducting incident investigations, risk assessments, and job hazard analysis?

3) What is your approach to correcting a safety hazard in the workplace? Please provide a specific example of a safety concern you observed, what the issue was, who was performing it and how you corrected the issue.

Department Summary
Safety and Risk Services’ (SRS) mission is to collaborate with all campus constituents (students, staff, faculty, and visitors) and the surrounding community, to safeguard life and health and mitigate threats to the University’s core mission of academic excellence, research, and public service. Safety and Risk Services comprises Emergency Management and Continuity, Environmental Health and Safety, Campus Mapping, Risk & Insurance, and the University of Oregon Police Department. SRS fulfills its mission by providing a variety of professional services, technical assistance, training, and regulatory oversight.

Position Summary
The Occupational Safety Officer is responsible for assisting in the development, maintenance and support of the University of Oregon Safety Program serving campus partners such as Housing, Food Services, Facilities Management, Athletics, Construction Planning, Faculty and Staff. This includes researching and developing safety training materials and conducting training on compliance and value-added safety topics including, but not limited to, Fall Protection, Lockout/Tagout, Confined Space Entry, Aerial Lifts, Ladder Safety, Personal Protective Equipment, Hand Injury Prevention, Slip/Trip/Fall Prevention, Kitchen Safety, Driving Safety, Ergonomics, Hearing Conservation and more. This position works with campus partners to identify training needs, coordinate training plans and maintain training records.

The Occupational Safety Officer serves as a technical expert and consultant to campus partners on a variety of occupational health and safety topics by conducting hazard assessments, responding to health, safety complaints, conducting incident investigations, performing safety audits and inspections, participating on campus-wide safety committees and developing written safety programs. In addition, they assist in creating targeted injury prevention strategies for specific work groups.

This position has a flexible work schedule. As such, the incumbent must be available to work various shifts and/or hours, including weekends and holidays, with minimal notice.

This position provides essential services to University Operations such as responding to safety and environmental emergencies on campus. This includes medical, fire, weather, and security emergencies, and may include preparing written reports regarding those emergencies. Emergencies may be on weekends or evenings.

Special Requirement
This position will require a valid driver’s license and the ability to obtain UO Driver’s Certification.

Minimum Requirements
• A Bachelor's degree with primary focus (45 quarter hours or 32 semester hours) in the physical sciences; AND
• Two years of related professional experience in environmental, health, or safety; OR
• A satisfactory equivalent combination of education, experience, and/or professional certifications.

Graduate level courses in the subject areas may be substituted, on a credit-hour basis, for a portion of the required experience.

Transcripts must be submitted for all required and/or related courses.

Professional Competencies
• Excellent communication skills (verbally and in writing), team player and the ability to work effectively with a diverse population of individuals.
• Strong organizational skills.
• Ability to set priorities, take initiative, provide follow-up, and manage multiple tasks and changing priorities.

Preferred Qualifications
• Strong computer skills; MS Platforms, OneNote, Adobe Acrobat, etc.
• Completed graduate-level courses or have additional experience in Industrial Hygiene, or in occupational, public, or environmental programs
• Experience with presenting to large groups.

FLSA Exempt: No

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