Health and Safety Specialist

California, United States
Monday, 10 June 2019
End of advertisement period
Saturday, 10 August 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

The mission of the Office of Facilities Planning and Management (OFPM) in the School of Medicine is to plan for and manage the facilities needs of the School of Medicine community in the areas of facilities operations, capital planning and budgeting, projects from programming through occupancy, space inventory, and facility assets. In the pursuit of this mission the office now has an immediate opening for a Health and Safety Specialist 1 to join their Safety and Emergency Management (S&EM) Team.

The ideal candidate will be able to technical work in a wide-range of environmental, health, and safety disciplines to ensure a safe work environment and achieve compliance with the university’s environmental, health and safety standards and governmental requirements.

Duties include:

  • Participate in the development, im¬plementation, and maintenance of programs, systems, and procedures neces¬sary to ensure the overall safety and health of employees and the community.
  • May conduct employee and student training, emergency preparedness activities, and/or assurance programs.
  • Identify, assess, and monitor workplace hazards (including but not limited to, chemical, physical, biological, radiological) that could be present in the work area; recommend improvements to minimize hazard potential.
  • Compile data and conduct initial investigations for incidents, injuries, and general complaints concerning potential hazards or unsafe conditions in the work place.
  • Provide technical advice and university interpretation of various government regulations and university policies.

* - Other duties may also be assigned.


  • A basic understanding of chemistry and biology, specifically in areas relating to medical research and biotechnology.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of occupational environmental health and safety.
  • Must be able to independently problem-solve solutions to a wide range of circumstances in a complex organization.
  • Ability to exercise tack and have superior diplomatic and inter-personal skills. Highly organized and detail oriented.
  • Knowledge of computer systems, applications.
  • Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), Certified Biological Safety Professional (CBSP), Registered Biosafety Professional (RBP), or other relevant professional certification a plus.


  • Bachelor's degree in arts/science in related allied/scientific field and zero to three years progressively responsible experience in occupational safety and health, emergency response/management, environmental science, and/or allied/scientific field.


  • Demonstrated ability to conduct risk assessments/evaluations and provide recommendations for risk mitigation or hazard identification.
  • Quantitative and qualitative data analysis skills.
  • Basic understanding of environmental, health, and safety principles and practices; government environmental, health, and safety requirements and university policies; and related knowledge of pertinent scientific fields to which this background can be applied.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and detail orientation and ability to manage competing priorities.
  • Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing with diverse audiences; ability explain technical concepts clearly and concisely.
  • Ability to maintain appropriate current knowledge of and interpret specific government agency requirements (statutes, regulations, licenses, and permits).


  • Frequently stand, sit, and perform desk based computer tasks.
  • Occasionally use a telephone, write by hand.
  • Rarely kneel, crawl, climb ladders, reach/work above shoulder, twist/bend/stoop/squat, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, grasp forcefully, write by hand, sort and file paperwork or parts, operate foot and/or hand controls, carry, push, and pull objects that weigh 40 pounds or more.
  • Ability to maintain a valid non-commercial California Driver’s license.

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


  • Must wear personal protective equipment as defined/required by job assignments.
  • May rarely be exposed to high voltage electricity, radiation or electromagnetic fields, lasers, noise > 80dB TWA, allergens/biohazards/chemicals /asbestos, or heavy metals
  • May rarely work in confined spaces or at heights ≥10 feet.


  • When conducting university business, must comply with the California Vehicle Code and Stanford University driving requirements.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4381
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: H