Occupational Safety Coordinator

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Kansas City, KANSAS
Job Type: FullTime

Environment Health & Safety (EHS)


EHS Occupational Safety
Position Title:
Occupational Safety Coordinator
Job Family Group:
Professional Staff
Job Description Summary:
Collect data on work environments for analysis by occupational health and safety specialists. Implement and conduct evaluation of programs designed to track chemical inventories and to limit chemical, physical, biological and ergonomic risks to workers.  Keep abreast of local, federal and state guidelines regarding the collection, labeling and disposal of chemical waste to maintain the highest degree of safety for the campus.  May be expected to serve on various safety/emergency committees or as an alternate on said committees as directed or necessary.
Job Description:

Responsible for coordinating lab inspections and ensuring compliance with findings.

Responsible for conducting Fire and Life Safety Inspections and enforcing Fire and Life Safety Codes, regulations and laws.

Provide support to Industrial Hygienist regarding respirator fit-testing, indoor air quality investigations, job hazard evaluations, exposure monitoring, reviewing animal risk assessments and data entry of medical surveillance information.

This position, like all KU Medical Center positions, is an integral part of a diverse community that encourages and provides opportunities for cultural engagement.

This position directly reports to the Industrial Hygienist.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field (e.g., Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science, Occupational Health, Industrial Hygiene etc.) or certification in occupational safety field from an accredited program or at least three years’ experience in an occupational safety related field.  Relevant experience may substitute for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis.
  • Demonstrated experience with life safety features and fire codes.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of DOT Hazardous Materials regulations, EPA Hazardous Waste regulations and OSHA Hazard Communication regulations.
  • A thorough understanding of OSHA Standards (29 CFR 1910 and 1926).
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs.
  • Must be able to wear a negative pressure respirator.
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills and the ability to exercise independent judgment and work successfully in a highly regulated environment which demands consistent accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Strong oral and written communications skills with the ability to interact professionally with faculty and staff.
  • Demonstrated reliability and a proven work ethic.
  • Familiar with basic Microsoft office suite programs.
  • Ability to coordinate multiple activities with numerous professionals in preparing materials for deadlines.
  • Ability to legally drive a university owned vehicle.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Kansas certification and a Fire Inspector I, Fire Protection Specialist and Certified Plans Examiner.
  • Experience with research laboratories, chemical cleanup, emergency response, mercury spill cleanup, chemotherapy spill clean-up, infection control, respiratory protection, laboratory inspections and chemical fume hood surveys.
  • OSHA Certifications (10 hr, 30 hr, Specialist in Safety and Health, Certified Safety and Health Official, Safety, Health, and Environmental Professional), Certification by the American Board of Industrial Hygienists or Board of Certified Safety Professionals or equivalent nationally recognized organization.
  • 40-hour HAZWOPER Certification
  • Knowledge of Joint Commission requirements.
  • Knowledge of Kansas Fire Prevention Statutes, regulations and adopted standards.
  • Knowledge of fire and life safety inspection methods and procedures.
  • Knowledge of adopted state building codes including the Uniform Building Code, Southern Building Code and the BOCA Building Code.
  • Experience using REDCap

Job Duties Outlined:

  • Coordinate the lab inspection process and ensure that proper follow-up has occurred and that there are consistent responses to issues raised.  Develop matrix so that compliance of lab inspections can be tracked adequately.  Ensure that laboratory databases are current.
  • Supports the Occupational Health Program for the University of Kansas Medical Center.  This includes accident investigations; identifying and preventing hazardous exposures and injuries and maintaining related programs such as the Hearing Conservation Program and Respiratory Protection Program and working with outside departments (e.g., University of Kansas Hospital Occupational Health Clinic, Office of Animal Welfare, Laboratory Animal Resources, Facilities Management, and research staff etc.).
  • Coordinate with the State Fire Marshall to conduct walkthroughs of university buildings for fire safety inspections.  Interpret plans and specifications to inspectors. Evaluates and approve the fire and life safety components of plans submitted by facilities regulated by the Kansas Fire Prevention Code.
  • Provides liaison between the Division and other professional organizations in fire and life safety matters. Advises in regulatory development and code adoption matters.
  • Confers with the public, other state and local agencies and fire prevention agencies in order to establish good working relations, verification of information, clarification of Kansas fire safety laws, or obtaining plans correcting fire safety deficiencies; provides accurate and timely information regarding the Kansas Fire Prevention Code or fire prevention activities and methods; represents the agency at various meetings and before various groups to present fire and life safety information or perspectives.
  • Serve as an educational resource to faculty, university personnel, outside regulatory personnel and EHS office staff regarding environmental federal and state regulations and KUMC policies. Assists with the development of EHS plans, policies and training.
  • Serve as a backup on EHS duties such as: Hazardous Waste pickups; conducting lab inspections across campus; weekly hazardous waste inspections, etc.

Emergency Management:

  • Operates as an alternate emergency coordinator as outlined in the University’s Contingency Plan
  • Serve as an alternate EHS representative on the Crisis Response Group.
  • Assist with emergency management activities.
  • Help investigate and mitigate accidents, spills, losses, thefts, unauthorized receipts, uses, transfers, disposals, misadministration, and other deviations from approved safety practices involving hazardous agents and implement corrective actions as necessary.  This will include being on-call after hours.
  • Approve radioactive isotope orders, pick-up radioactive shipments and properly check them in.

Participates in required training which includes, but is not limited to:

  • An introductory training related to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act within 30 days of hire.  This training shall include, but is not limited to, online training, review of the University’s Contingency Plan and on-the-job training.
  • An annual training related to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.  This training shall include, but is not limited to, online training, review of the University’s Contingency Plan and on-the-job training.
  • Annual Radiation Safety, Biosafety, Bloodborne Pathogen, Hazardous Communication, and HAZWOPER training
  • Develop inspection process for university controlled clinical areas.
  • Annual review of relevant plans, policies, and procedures including but not limited to DOT security plan, Contingency plan, Chemical safety training.
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Documents:

  • Resume/CV
  • Cover Letter

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