Health and Safety Specialist

California, United States
08 Oct 2020
End of advertisement period
08 Dec 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

The School of Engineering

Stanford Engineering has been at the forefront of innovation for nearly a century, creating pivotal technologies that have transformed the worlds of information technology, communications, health care, energy, business and beyond. Our faculty and students are creative risk-takers who pursue excellence across a breadth of disciplines. Our alumni include some of the world's most successful leaders in technology and business. Our staff are critical to enabling Stanford Engineering to accomplish its mission: seeking solutions to some of the world's most urgent challenges and educating leaders who will make the world a better place through the power of engineering principles, techniques and systems.

Stanford's School of Engineering (SoE) seeks a Health and Safety Specialist with experience working in a large, interdisciplinary facility with complex instrumentation and labs. This position is within the SoE and interfaces with a variety of subject matter experts within the University’s Environmental Health and Safety Department. The candidate will be a key contributor to the School’s “Culture of Safety” and work as part of a collaborative team of Building Managers, Lab Managers, faculty, and students.

The Health and Safety Specialist is assigned a geographical area within the SoE and is the primary point of contact for health and safety issues within this area. The person in this role will develop relationships with area personnel and will support them in their efforts to be safe and healthy. The Health and Safety Specialist will perform moderately complex technical work in a wide range of environmental, health, and safety disciplines to ensure a safe work environment for both students and staff. The role will implement EHS programs and promote practices to achieve program excellence in an atmosphere of continuous improvement.

Note: The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned

Core Duties*

  • Support the overall safety and health of SoE employees and community through the development, im¬plementation, and maintenance of collaborative and innovative programs, systems, and procedures.
  • 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 and work with area personnel to find reasonable methods to implement improvements.
  • Compile data and conduct initial investigations for incidents, injuries, and general complaints concerning potential hazards or unsafe conditions in the work place. Coordinate these activities with the EH&S department as needed.
  • In partnership with the EH&S department provide technical advice to operational areas regarding the university’s interpretation of various government regulations and university policies.

Education & Experience:

This classification requires a bachelor’s degree in arts/science in related allied/scientific field with at least three years of progressively responsible experience in occupational safety and health, emergency response/management, environmental science, and/or allied/scientific field, or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • 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 Stanford guidelines, policies and interpretation of specific government agency requirements (statutes, regulations, licenses, and permits).

Physical Requirements*

  • 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.

Working Conditions

  • 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.

Work Standards

  • 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,

About Stanford University

Stanford University, located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley, is one of the world’s leading teaching and research universities. Since its opening in 1891, Stanford has been dedicated to finding solutions to big challenges and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world.

Supporting that mission is a staff of more than 10,000 that is rooted in a culture of excellence and values innovation, collaboration, and life-long learning. To foster the talents and aspirations of our staff, Stanford offers career development programs, competitive pay that reflects market trends and benefits that increase financial stability to promote healthy and fulfilling lives. An award-winning employer, Stanford offers an exceptional setting for professionals looking to advance their careers.

Applicants are required to upload a cover letter and résumé to be considered for this opening.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer and is committed to recruiting and hiring without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Thank you for your interest!

Additional Information

Schedule: Full-time
Job Code: 4382
Employee Status: Regular
Grade: J
Requisition ID: 85587

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