Industrial Hygiene and Safety Specialist

California, United States
14 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
14 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

As a member of the Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) at Stanford University, this position executes and promotes institutional workplace safety and health programs with a developing emphasis on the healthy built environment. In addition to providing routine EH&S program services, staff are expected to serve as needed during University emergencies. All EH&S staff are to comply with applicable governmental regulations and University policies and are expected to serve as strong role models and advocates for health and safety in campus research, academics, and operations. 

Note: Not all unique aspects of the job are covered by this job description 

Job Code: 4381 
Job Grade:


Under general supervision, perform technical duties in a wide range of environmental, health, and safety disciplines to promote workplace safety and maintain compliance with governmental standards and regulatory requirements. 


  • Participate in the development, im¬plementation, and maintenance of programs, systems, and procedures neces¬sary to ensure overall safety and health of employees, community and the environment, and to support institutional regulatory compliance. Topics include but are not limited to: Hazard communication, respiratory protection, hearing conservation, confined space entry, and playground safety. 
  • Conduct workplace health and safety assessments to evaluate potential hazards and to assist follow-up with accidents and general complaints including but not limited to indoor air quality. 
  • Support proactive management of building-associated hazardous materials by: 
    • Surveying buildings for asbestos, lead-based paint and other hazardous materials; providing abatement recommendations, project specifications, and RFPs; coordinate contractor job walks; provide abatement oversight, inspections & clearance air monitoring; 
    • Supporting laboratory decommissioning by conducting inspections and assessing/coordinating laboratory decontamination work. 
  • Provide health and safety consultation to project managers, supervisors, faculty, staff and students; coordinate and implement work procedures and engineering controls that minimize construction impacts to the community. 
  • Conduct employee and student training; participate in emergency preparedness activities. 
  • Provide technical advice and university interpretation of various government regulations and university policies.

* - Other duties may also be assigned


Education & Experience: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in related allied/scientific field and 1-3 years of experience in occupational safety and health, emergency response/management, environmental science, and/or allied/scientific field. Preferred: Master’s degree in occupational health and safety or a cognizant, directly related science, plus 3-5 years of experience in the occupational safety and health field. 
  • Eligibility for certification as a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene or Certified Safety Professional (CSP) by the American Society of Safety Professionals. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Demonstrated ability to conduct effective health and safety surveys, quantitative and qualitative exposure/ risk assessment, data analysis, and ability to provide recommendations for exposure/risk control and remediation. 
  • 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. 
  • Competency in identification, evaluation and control of construction and facility maintenance related hazardous materials and conditions including, but not limited to, asbestos, lead paint, mold, laboratory contamination and indoor air quality. 
  • Knowledge of construction and building MEP systems; ability to review and evaluate construction/demolition drawings and specifications for hazardous material impacts. 
  • Knowledge of State and Federal hazardous waste evaluation, transport and disposal requirements. 
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to manage competing priorities. 
  • Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing with diverse audiences; ability to explain technical concepts clearly and concisely. 
  • Ability to maintain appropriate current knowledge of and interpret specific government agency requirements (statutes, regulations, licenses, and permits).

Certifications and Licenses: 

  • Current EPA AHERA Building Inspector and Contractor Supervisor certifications. 
  • CDPH LRC Inspector/Assessor preferred but not required.


  • Frequently stand, sit, and perform desk based computer tasks. 
  • Occasionally use a telephone, write by hand. 
  • Ability to 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 the 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 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,