Safety Officer

Updated: 5 months ago
Location: Cambridge, MASSACHUSETTS


Posted: 10-May-23

Location: USA - MA - Cambridge

Type: Full-time

Salary: Open


Other Staff/Administrative

Internal Number: 62485BR

Job Summary

This position provides technical and operational support for the University's EH&S programs to minimize risks and ensure compliance with EH&S laws and regulations. Primary responsibilities include serving as an EH&S service liaison for schools/departments, providing technical support, conducting EH&S inspections, investigating workplace injuries and illnesses, direct oversight to one or more EH&S programs and participation on EH&S project teams. Work requires building and maintaining excellent customer relationships and maintaining technical expertise in technical disciplines, direct customer support and technical guidance, development and maintenance of University programs and other related technical documentation, development and delivery of training, collecting data and performing trending and other analysis, creating and maintaining school/departments specific Safety and Compliance Management Plans, report generation for internal and external customers and serving as regulatory interface with local, state and federal EH&S agencies.

Position Description

  • Designated as EHS Liaison for schools/departments to provide EHS services and assist schools/departments with their local implementation/maintenance of EH&S programs. Must maintain competence in variety of EH&S programs to address multiple EH&S issues at schools/departments.
  • Develops and implements school/department specific Safety and Compliance Management Plans to include operational calendars to identify internal and external compliance deadlines. Participates as part of EHS core services team in provision and support of University-wide EHS programs.
  • Provides direct oversight to one or more EHS programs. Routine tasks include:
  • Regulatory analysis for program applicability and tracking of regulatory changes
  • Development of written program materials including SOPs and technical guidance documents (fact sheets, Q&A, etc.), web materials, etc.
  • Cross training of fellow EHS staff members, as required
  • Promotes the elements of a positive safety culture in all actions and communications.
  • Field-related, non-routine support activities include emergency response, inspections/assessments, data gathering/verification, hazard assessments, field IH/safety/indoor air quality monitoring and ergonomic/job safety analysis including

    Basic Qualifications

    • BS or BA in occupational safety, environmental science or related field or an equivalency of professional training, certifications, and work experience. Progress demonstrated towards obtaining a professional certification (e.g. CSP/CHMM/CIH/PE, etc.) is preferred.
    • Minimum of 5 years of safety/EHS-related experience both practical and theoretical based in industrial / institutional safety and environmental compliance or an equivalency of professional training, certifications, and related work experience.
    • Possess a strong working knowledge of federal, state and local occupational health, safety and environmental regulations.
    • Familiar with the implementing and assessment of occupational health, safety and or environmental compliance programs. A strong focus on safety program implementation for diverse clients.
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including training program delivery.
    • Ability to work in a fast-paced operations environment, handling multiple assignments for independent operating units.

    Additional Qualifications and Skills

    Technology Skills Required

    Must be proficient in the use of technology and computers including Microsoft Teams, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. Must be proficient in database management. Experience with HTML or other Web tools is preferred.

    Special Requirements

    Participates in EHS Emergency Response program on a rotating basis. While on call, responds to emergencies during business and non-business hours.

    Physical Requirements

    Must have sufficient mobility, dexterity, and endurance to perform emergency response activities and field visits. Must be capable of using personal protective equipment and monitoring equipment be able to access any area of the University to perform designated work functions including but not limited to inspections, job safety assessments, and emergency response.

    Additional Information

    Emergency Status Designation: Critical Operations Personnel

    On Campus Requirements:

    This position is based out of the Cambridge campus with an expectation to be on site between 3 -5 days per week. Periodic travel between campuses is expected.

    The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up-to-date on CDC-recommended vaccines.

    Salary Grade: 057

    Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

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    We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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