Safety Advisor

Connecticut, United States
Monday, 7 October 2019
End of advertisement period
Saturday, 7 December 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

University Job Title

EH&S Specialist 2, Safety Advisor

Bargaining Unit

None - Not included in the union (Yale Union Group)

Overtime Eligible

Overtime Eligible - (Yale FLSA Group)

Time Type

Full time

Duration Type


Compensation Grade

Administration & Operations

Compensation Grade Profile

Supervisor; Senior Associate (22)

Work Location

Medical School Campus

Worksite Address

127-153 College Street
New Haven, CT 06510

Work Week

Standard (M-F equal number of hours per day)

Searchable Job Family


Total # of hours to be worked:


Position Focus:

Reporting to the Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Safety Advisor Program Co-Managers, the Safety Advisor is the EHS primary liaison and point-of-contact with all campus departments, including areas such as research, clinical, academic, athletic, and support services, and is responsible for providing comprehensive health and safety services and assisting in the University's goal of a safe and healthy workplace and academic environment. In addition, this position will be a member of the EHS hazardous materials shipping team, providing support to researchers and clinicians in shipping highly regulated materials.

Essential Duties

  1. Performs safety audits and field hazard assessments for laboratories, other work areas, facilities and equipment. Interviews faculty, staff and students, and observes their work practices to verify conformity with standards and best practices, and to check the safety of work areas for University personnel and outside contractors.
  2. Reviews proposed research protocols for completeness and procedural compliance.
  3. Reviews construction design plans and attends construction planning meetings, consultations, and commissionings to identify the space’s safety issues in order to comply with all safety laws, regulations, etc.
  4. Identifies exposure risks, performs employee exposure monitoring, reviews data; recommends ways to reduce exposure.
  5. Instructs University personnel in applicable regulations, policies and procedures.
  6. Inspects equipment and activities against standards to provide safety, compliance and work practice instructions. Reviews area hazards and risks associated with research protocols for the assignment of a risk level. Maintains and ensures the efficient operation of related safety equipment.
  7. Assesses job hazards to recommend appropriate training, personal protective equipment, specialized work practices, administrative controls, facility adequacy and engineering controls.
  8. Investigates accidents, incidents and complaints of unsafe work areas. Recommends corrective actions and ways to reduce risk. Conducts follow-up interviews and counsels employees involved.
  9. Trains individuals and groups based on legal requirements, findings and observations of deficiencies, safety issues with how work is being performed, and how equipment, biological materials, chemicals, radioactive materials and other hazardous materials are handled.
  10. Responds to hazardous materials incidents and assists the EHS on-call emergency response team.
  11. May perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science, Industrial Hygiene, Radiation Safety/Health Physics, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, or related field and two years of work experience in a safety-related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Working knowledge of safety and/or environmental issues, including rules and regulations that pertain to them.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Ability to exercise good judgment regarding health and safety. Demonstrated skills and knowledge in technical safety disciplines (e.g., radiation safety, industrial hygiene, biosafety, chemical safety, environmental monitoring and sampling methods). Knowledge of radiation detection instrumentation and appropriate calibration procedures.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Knowledge of DOT, IATA and RCRA regulations, and hazardous waste management. General knowledge of other State and Federal environmental health and safety regulations. Ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks simultaneously due to the diversity of EHS services and the wide-range of potential work locations on campus.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Ability to read and interpret shipping regulations/guidelines (DOT and IATA), along with being able to determine whether permits and/or licenses are required by CDC, USDA, USFW, DOC, etc. for research/clinical materials.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Ability to learn how to read vector maps and review research documentation to evaluate the need for export licenses. Ability to establish and maintain professional, collaborative, service-oriented, cooperative and effective working relationships with students, faculty, staff and regulatory agencies through effective and positive communication.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Good verbal and written communication, training and presentation skills, including the abilities to communicate risks effectively, speak clearly and engagingly about health and safety issues before small and large groups. Ability to use word processing, spreadsheet and database computer programs.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

A background in Molecular Biology is strongly recommended.

Physical Requirements

  1. Pass required physical examination.
  2. Ability to stand, walk, lift, push, pull, twist, and negotiate awkward paths of travel.
  3. Ability to periodically perform short duration physical exertions, including light-medium weight lifting, pushing, pulling, stair or ladder climbing, etc., in support of a safety investigation, area or operations survey, or emergency response.
  4. Ability to wear and use personal protective equipment for hazardous materials handling and spill clean-up including respirators, safety shoes, goggles, gloves, and fully encapsulating protective suit, up to and including self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).
  5. Ability to work in a variety of physical environments including weather extremes, potential confined spaces, elevated locations, etc.
  6. In support of emergency response work or assisting other EHS units, ability to lift up to 50 lbs. and move up to 500 lbs. of waste or other material using rolling carts or drum carts.

Preferred Licenses or Certifications:

24 Hour OSHA HAZWOPER certification (required after hire)
CPR/First Aid/AED certification (required after hire)
valid state-issued driver license (required after hire)

Drug Screen


Health Screening


Background Check Requirements

All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. Please visit for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

Additional Background or Health Screening Requirements

Selected incumbent must have successful completion of a DMV check and a valid driver’s license.

Posting Disclaimer

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

Affirmative Action Statement:

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