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Environmental Health and Safety Officer
DATE:   11/1/2018
JOB TITLE:   Environmental Health and Safety Officer
WORK LOCATION:   Facility Services
TITLE OF IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR:   Director of Facility Services


Under the general direction of the Director of Facility Services, the campus Environmental Health & Safety Officer (EHSO) provides leadership, direction, education, and comprehensive management of environmental, safety and health, industrial hygiene, hazardous/solid waste management for campus.   The Officer, in collaboration with the Director of Facility Services, is responsible for developing a unified safety program, guided by the university mission, vision, goals, and initiatives. The campus EHSO promotes a safety culture in support of academic programs, workplace safety, air quality requests, and personnel protection for the institution.  The EHSO supervises chemical, biological, radiological and waste management, the chemical inventory, and universal waste in compliance with federal, state, and local regulations and communicates clearly to all users about regulatory compliance mandates. The EHSO will meet independently with the Senior Vice President for Operations and Finance at least once each semester.


Establish and administer EHSO procedure and safety programs throughout the university;  Develop controls for identified hazards, coordinate the implementation of controls as a result of hazard assessment;  Measure and evaluate the effectiveness of the hazard controls, policies, and procedures;  In conjunction with the Dean of Arts & Sciences or appropriate functional officer, enforce compliance safety with policies and regulations;  Oversee campus universal and hazardous waste management;  Review university safety policies for regulatory compliance; conduct work place safety inspections ensuring programs and management systems are in place to achieve top tier performance in safety metrics;  Coordinate and guide departments to be compliant with EPA, OSHA, Federal, State and local agencies regarding environmental health, occupational safety and loss control maintaining a positive working relations with all regulatory agency personnel and various outside auditors;  Serve as campus Chemical Hygiene Officer (CHO); oversee compliance with University Chemical Hygiene Plan; provide overall leadership and direction to personnel; Chair the Chemical Hygiene Committee; serve on campus committees related to safety;  Ensure at BSL2 or below safe handling of biologicals with strict attention to sharps safety, PPE, and appropriate use of containment equipment;  Be knowledgeable about the characteristics of the radioisotopes that are being used, including half-life, type and energy of the emitted radiation, potential for and routes of exposure, and annual exposure limit;  Ensure the provision of necessary training for campus personnel assisting with environmental health and safety compliance;  Manage the on campus AED units including scheduling inspections through third party provider;  Coordinate routine and/or non-routine air monitoring testing; Maintain campus inspection program to monitor environmental safety, spill prevention, waste reduction, and routine inspections of laboratories, as well as other campus facilities including shops, storerooms, etc.; Monitor and maintain records regarding campus storage and disposal of hazardous waste, biological waste, radiological waste and chemical waste;  Act as budget officer for waste disposal, and sign for waste shipping manifests;  Develop a safety culture through training of university personnel, informing them of the potential health and safety risks that may be present in their workplace, the appropriate PPE requirements, and responses to emergency situations.  Document all personnel safety training provided by this position;  Oversee of the chemical inventory management for the University as system administrator for web based EMS Inventory by Chemical Safety inventory management system; Supervise the assistant to the ESHO, providing direction and training; Serve as an active member of the Crisis Response Team, in conjunction with the Emergency Response Plan;  In consultation with the Office of Human Resources, recommend, as needed, changes that reflect improved opportunities to eliminate work place accidents and injuries; Maintain confidentiality of information (including but not limited to: student and employee personal information, student grades, etc.), both during and after their employment with the University.  Any question regarding the confidentiality of material, should be referred to the supervisor.  Any violation shall subject the employee to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment; Other duties as assigned by supervisor.


60%     Environmental and Safety Hygiene compliance; including inspections, risk assessment, audits, investigations and reporting to regulatory agencies as needed;  

15%     Develop and conduct safety training;  

15%     Review and develop safety policies and procedures  

10%     Participate in Crisis Response Team training and administration of ERP


Must have experience in waste management and working knowledge of federal, state and local compliance directives; Must have knowledge of best practices for laboratories; Must have excellent written and oral communication skills; Proficiency to handle various office machines including but not limited to keyboard, printer, fax, calculator and copy machine; Certificates in NIMS 100, 200, 300 and 700 levels to be completed within 6 months of hire.


The functions of the position usually performed sitting, but may require some amount of time standing. Some amount of stooping, kneeling, bending, crouching, lifting, walking, carrying and other movements may be required.  Tasks involving working on a computer keyboard, computer software applications, calculator, cutting, labeling, and taping involve extensive wrist and hand movement.  All individuals are required to be able to perform these movements without significant risk of injury to themselves or others.


A Masters degree in the physical sciences or industrial hygiene; 24-hour OSHA HAZWOPER, and 8-hour DOT Hazardous Material Training.   A minimum of two years working in a laboratory setting dealing with chemical and environmental health & safety.  

Non Discrimination/Equal Employment Opportunity Statement Policy:

NIAGARA UNIVERSITY is an equal opportunity employer. Consistent with our Catholic mission, Niagara University is committed to providing equal employment and educational opportunities and will not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex (gender), national origin, religious preference, sexual orientation, predisposing genetic characteristic, status as veteran or disability. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Ryan Thompson, Esq., Title IX Coordinator, Office for Equity & Inclusion, 716-286-8324, rthompson@niagara.edu, www.niagara.edu/oei, Office Location: O’Shea Hall, B27. For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit http://wdcrobcolp01.ed.gov/CFAPPS/OCR/contactus.cfm for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.

Niagara University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. A copy of the Student Right to Know Annual Security Report is available at: http://www.niagara.edu/safety
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