Safety Officer

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Campus Services


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 “walk throughs” and piloting of new processes. Conducts investigations and evaluation of problem areas, develops corrective action plans for review.
  • Conducts and/or coordinates periodic EH&S inspections, provides summary reports to EHS management.
  • Develops compliance documentation, reports and EH&S management system tools including computer-based tools, compliance calendars, roles/responsibility matrices, etc.
  • Issues or participates in routine EHS service update reports to schools/departments contacts.   
  • Serves as an active member of the Facilities Safety Committee providing presentations on EH&S programs or other support, as needed.  Assists designated schools/departments with committee projects/initiatives.
  • Participates with various EHS projects and teams, as needed.
  • Assists with implementation of accident prevention and medical surveillance programs.  Investigates accidents and near miss incidents and develops corrective action strategies and proposals.  Compiles all accident records and statistics for management.
  • Assists in the development, delivery and maintenance of training programs, records, databases, and other documentation.
  • Participates in EHS emergency management program as responder. 
  • Periodically inspects, calibrates, and maintains safety/environmental equipment and instrumentation.

  • 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. Education, professional training and certificates may count towards 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.


    We invite you to visit Harvard’s Total Rewards website to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:

    • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
    • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
    • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
    • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
    • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
    • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
    • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
    • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
    • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.

    Department Office Location

    USA - MA - Cambridge

    Job Code

    396057 Environmental Health & Safety

    Work Format

    Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote)


    Environmental Health & Safety


    00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

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