Occupational Safety Consultant

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
09 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
07 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences (ERHS) houses academic, research and clinical programs that address the promotion of human and animal health. The mission of the department is to deliver excellent education in environmental and radiological health to prepare students to contribute to society; to conduct state of the art research in human and animal health focusing on environmental exposures and clinical applications; and to promote excellence in outreach and service to the citizens of Colorado, the United States, and globally through information transfer, research, continuing education and technical assistance. ERHS is unique in its multifactorial approach to disease that involves chemical, physical, and biological factors. ERHS provides undergraduate and graduate programs leading to BS, MS and PhD degrees.

The Occupational Health and Safety Consultation program is funded by the United States Department of Labor. This on-site consultation program offers free and confidential safety and occupational health advice to small and medium-sized businesses in all 50 states. In Colorado, consultation services are provided through Colorado State University. The program is committed to providing comprehensive safety and health solutions for small businesses throughout Colorado.

Services offered to qualifying small businesses include on-site safety and health audits, health and safety program review and assistance, assessments of health and safety management practices, health and safety training and education, OSHA compliance assistance, workplace air and noise monitoring, technical guidance and information, and printed materials on occupational safety and health.

The service is delivered by employees of Colorado State University, all of whom have advanced degrees in occupational safety or health and over five years experience in the health and safety field.

Position Summary

Using advanced knowledge as well as extended specialized and diversified experience in the scientific area of occupational safety, consultants provide operational and occupational safety guidance to leaders and executives in a variety of Colorado small businesses as stipulated by contract with the United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

This position serves as a lead primary resource for private sector General Industry and Construction safety evaluations and other complex occupational safety hazards that require innovative and difficult evaluations and solutions. This advanced work also includes the interpretation of scientific and technical studies, and other published literature, utilizing appropriate scientific and technical methods as necessary.

The work requires advanced scientific knowledge as consultant is required to assess occupational safety issues/hazards, safety programs, and comprehensive safety and health management systems within Colorado small businesses that are unique and diverse. The work requires consistent exercise of discretion and judgement as the consultant assists operational leaders in analyzing current situations and determining the best course of action moving forward for their individual businesses.

Assist small businesses in:

  • Conducting work site evaluations and assessments to identify potential safety hazards and recommend applicable/specific solutions for identified safety and health hazards via compiled detailed/specific employer report
  • Implementing occupational safety programs and/or auditing existing occupational safety programs and recommending safety program additions and/or changes based on established OSHA regulations or specific industry best practices
  • Assessing safety and health management systems and providing managers of small businesses with assistance in developing and/or improving those systems
  • Reviewing and analyzing work related injury and illness data (OSHA Forms 300 and 300A) to determine root causes and trends; and to recommend possible corrective action(s)
  • Providing onsite training to employers and employees as requested to inform and educate about appropriate safety and health topics (this training is typically impromptu and provided in an informal context)
  • Complying with occupational safety standards and regulations
  • Understanding occupational safety standards and regulations
  • Recommending solutions to any unique occupational safety hazards and/or regulations

Design and deliver a variety of client/site specific occupational safety training programs for employers and employees.

Apply advanced knowledge of safety principles evaluating and recommending hazard control methods.

Develop client/site specific occupational safety assessment reports for Colorado small businesses.

Comply with university, college, department and program policies and procedures as related to the position scope.

Physical aspects of this position include, but are not limited to: lifting objects weighing up to 40 pounds, climbing stairs and ladders, standing on elevated platforms, and varying work hours with shifts that may occasionally last up to 14 hours. Travel to small businesses throughout Colorado will be required.

Required Job Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree in occupational/industrial safety or related field of study.
  • Working knowledge of OSHA standards, policies, and guidelines as outlined by Title 29 Code of Federal Regulations – Parts 1910 and 1926
  • Ability to recognize unsafe/non-compliant working conditions in occupational settings and recommend appropriate safety controls
  • Demonstrated ability to meet report deadlines
  • Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain one by the start date or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • A Master of Science degree in occupational/industrial safety, or related field of study
  • Certified Safety Professional (CSP)
  • Basic computer skills (word processing, spreadsheets, etc.)
  • Advanced written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience working in teams
  • Excellent customer service
  • Ability to speak, read, and write Spanish

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Small Business Occupational Safety Consultation Duty/Responsibility

  • The OSHA consultation occupational safety consultant assesses occupational safety issues/hazards, safety programs, and comprehensive safety and health management systems within Colorado small businesses for general industries and construction.
  • The safety consultant advises, assists, and provides professional consultation to general industry and construction businesses in:
  • Complying with occupational safety regulations (OSHA) and specific industry best practices
  • Understanding occupational safety standards and regulations
  • Implementing occupational safety programs
  • Implementing comprehensive safety and health management systems
  • Providing applicable and suitable safety hazard controls
  • Design and deliver a variety of occupational safety training programs for employers and employees – tailored curriculum based on business practices, needs, as well as safety standards, compliance requirements, et cetera
  • Evaluate and recommend safety hazard control methods
  • Stay abreast of new safety regulations and/or industry best practices which includes work, training, and specialized intellectual instruction requiring the consistent exercise of discretion and judgement
  • Develop occupational safety assessment and professional consultation reports/guidance for Colorado small businesses (general industry and construction).

The written safety consultation reports include:

  • Summary of the client visit
  • All identified hazards including references to the specific OSHA regulations
  • Recommendations for correcting the hazard(s) and implementation of management practices to prevent recurrence
  • Safety and Health Program Assessment – A detailed evaluation system used to assess the effectiveness of safety and health program management. (This evaluation tool is divided into three components (Operational, Managerial, and Cultural) for measuring hazard detection and control activities, management program support, employee participation and culture within an organization)
  • Primary indicators of success within a clients’ safety and health program (i.e. Injury and Illness incident rates as reflected on OSHA Forms 300 and 300A, and workers’ compensation data)
  • Working with clients and internal policies and procedures from start to finish with written reports, abatement verifications, respective communications, case file management, et cetera
  • Best practices and business specific strategies that align with the goals of the business
  • Provide safety report reviews for co-workers as well as ancillary occupational safety customer service.

Responsibilities including but not limited to:

  • Telephone Consultations: Fielding client requests as well as occupational safety recommendations for incoming inquiries
  • Research and/or assess need for occupational safety measurement/monitoring for General Industry and Construction small businesses

Percentage Of Time 90 Job Duty Category Technical Program Activities Duty/Responsibility

  • As a member of the Colorado State University Occupational Health and Safety Consultation Program, cooperatively participate in technical program activities.
  • When requested, participate in the development of protocols and procedures for controlling occupational safety hazards where you have knowledge and experience
  • When requested, develop and recommend solutions to unique occupational safety hazards that you have encountered as a result of on-site consultation visits
  • Participate in staff meetings in order to plan, coordinate, and consult with co-workers in the implementation of occupational health and safety consultation services
  • When requested by management, interpret OSHA standards and codes (i.e. OSHA letters of interpretations, OSHA directives)
  • Develop and maintain an effective working relationship with co-workers, staff, general public, other government agencies, and other disciplines you contact within consultation position
  • Work cooperatively with employer groups, trade associations, OSHA partners, and other agencies
  • Comply with university, college, department, and program policies and procedures as related to the position scope

Percentage Of Time 5 Job Duty Category Development of Professionalism Duty/Responsibility

Development of professionalism and professional expertise in the area of occupational safety.

  • Attend and successfully complete training courses (required courses and optional courses) established by OSHA to become familiar with new and established OSHA regulations and occupational safety topics
  • Attend conferences and seminars necessary to develop and maintain individual expertise in the area of occupational safety
  • Maintain current technical expertise by researching current events and monitoring trade journals, the internet, and other sources of technical information
  • Develop and maintain occupational safety professionalism by working cooperatively with appropriate professional organizations at the State and National levels

Percentage Of Time 5

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

Interested applicants must submit a letter of interest including career goals and objectives; a resume; academic transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable); and contact information for three professional references, (please include name, email address, and telephone number). References will not be contacted without prior notification to candidates. Applications must be received by September 29, 2017 for full consideration. Contact Jean Runyan with questions about the application process: jean.runyan@colostate.edu

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License, Travel - Occassional

Search Contact Audra Radman - audra.radman@colostate.edu

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.