Occupational Safety Officer

The Environmental Health and Safety department is seeking an Occupational Safety Officer. This is a full-time,12-month, professional faculty position.

Environmental Health and Safety provides safety guidance and compliance oversight for the OSU community. We provide timely, cost effective, and professional services that enhance the instructional, research, and service goals of the University. The results of this program and position affect the entire University student body, faculty, and staff as well as facility resources.

The Occupational Safety Officer will implement the Campus’ Occupational Safety Program within EH&S; Provide departments with environmental health and safety consultation and service; Provide timely, cost effective, and professional safety services that enhance the teaching, research, and public service goals of the University; Develop the policies and procedures, monitor compliance with these policies and other regulations affecting the University.

This position is responsible for several distinct program areas within the University’s Environmental Health & Safety Department that deal with occupational safety. This position functions independently and has complete responsibility for the development of procedures and performance for the programs it administers. The position also requires interaction with faculty, staff, and students, as well as local, state and federal regulatory agencies and making decisions that affect the University.

Position Duties

60% – Manage the University’s statewide Occupational Safety Program. Duties include program management and development of occupational safety programs, review and development of University Safety Policies and Procedures, managing and reviewing occupational safety assessments, liaison for the University during OSHA facility inspections, tracking accident reports, conducting accident investigations, working to abate occupational hazards, and filing regulatory reports. Serves as a member of the University Health & Safety Committee (UHSC) and includes effectively communicating occupational health-related issues to faculty, staff, and students. Coordinates committee meetings and oversees the agenda. Provide assistance to OSU Insurance and Risk Management Services department in occupational health issues, coordinates with the University’s workers compensation insurance carrier on accident follow-ups, analyzes and interprets accident data, and assists other OSU Safety Committees and organizations in the development of their safety programs. Tracks regulations to manage program deliverables. Subprogram work areas within occupational safety, can include but are not limited to shops, construction, agricultural, laboratory, fresh water/marine, fieldwork, and office working environments.

25% – DEPARTMENTSAFETYADVISOR and EH&S AUDITS: Assist colleges, departments, units, faculty, staff, and students in implementing the OSU Safety Management Program and other health and safety programs. Assistance includes, but is not limited to, performing audits, assessing hazards, and investigating reports of unsafe conditions, conducting safety training, and developing safety documents. Performs more technical assessments such as related to industrial ergonomics and other complex occupational safety settings.

10% – Supervision of occupational safety staff, planning, assigning, and reviewing work to ensure quality standards and SOPs are being followed. Will approve timesheets, respond to grievances, prepare and sign performance evaluations and effectively recommends hiring and firing decisions.

5% – Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum/Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Safety, Industrial Hygiene, Environmental Science, Public Health, Biological Sciences, or field related to assigned responsibilities.

Five (5) or more years of relevant experience managing, providing direction, and implementing occupational health & safety programs and procedures, conducting health & safety assessments, writing policies, standard operating procedures, and guidance documents, and providing health & safety consulting to individuals and groups that work within varied occupational safety and health environments.

Excellent oral and written communication skills in both individual and in group settings.

Demonstrated interpersonal and organizational leadership skills.

This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in youth programs may have additional criminal history checks every 24 months.

This position requires driving a university vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the university; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a motor vehicle history check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per University Policy 05-030.

Preferred (Special) Qualifications

Three (3) or more years of experience in the supervision of occupational health & safety program staff.

Possession of a graduate degree in occupational safety or a closely related field.

Possession of a professionally related certification such as ASP, CSP, or CHST.

Demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.

Working Conditions / Work Schedule

Typical schedule is M-F 8am – 5pm; with some after-hours work during inclement weather, emergencies, or other University work curtailments or closures. Some remote work may be allowed on a case by case basis as agreed upon with supervisor.

Some in-state travel to OSU related work sites will be required, with limited out of state travel to conferences and other training seminars.

Work environment is varied and includes, but is not limited to, occasional accompaniment of EH&S staff to laboratories, field, office, animal facilities, hazardous material storage facilities, shops, industrial sites, or fresh water/marine settings.