Health/Safety Officer Duties and Responsibilities
Purpose of Classification:
organizes, and directs university safety program. Enforces
compliance with state and federal health, safety, and fire codes and
reduces or prevents safety hazards, dangers, or accidents in areas
of hazardous materials, fire, life, occupational and/or industrial
second in a series of two classifications. It is distinguished from
the Health/Safety Specialist in that incumbents typically oversee a
safety program broad in scope, including all areas mentioned and
work independently making decisions affecting program with little
guidance. Incumbents may be exposed to hazardous or dangerous
situations in course of work.
Examples of Duties:
- Interprets and evaluates university compliance with
applicable safety codes.
- Develops, recommends, and implements policy on health/safety
protection; develops accident prevention and loss control
systems and programs and ensures implementation throughout
- Reviews construction plans for new and existing buildings to
ensure compliance with fire, health, and safety codes and
carries through completion.
- Coordinates with architects, engineers, and construction
managers to discuss safety precautions and requirements,
recommendations, and code analysis.
- Monitors safety inspection programs, evaluates program
maintenance and determines priority of current hazard
correction; makes random visits with inspectors.
- Monitors workers' compensation program, oversees
investigations, analyzes trends to identify problem areas, and
recommends action to reduce risk and financial loss.
- Advises, coordinates with, and provides technical guidance
to university staff, faculty, and administrators regarding
safety codes, policies and procedures.
- Maintains relationship with regulatory agency
representatives to remain current on changing standards and
interpretations and to serve as contact person for university.
- Develops and implements health/safety educational programs
or activities to improve awareness of safety and protection
- Conducts or directs studies and statistical analysis to
identify hazards and evaluate potential for loss; prepares
report on findings.
- Supervises and coordinates work activities of Health/Safety
- Ensures required licenses or registrations are maintained
for hazardous materials.
- Compiles budget estimates and information for special
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge of supervisory practices and principles.
- Knowledge of the principles and practices of occupational
- Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws and regulations
governing safety procedures and policies.
- Skill in interpreting and applying federal, state and local
safety laws and regulations.
- Skill in developing safety policies.
- Skill in investigating and analyzing accidents and their
Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering or related field AND
four years' experience in safety, fire prevention, environmental
health, industrial hygiene or related field, which includes one year
in a supervisory capacity; OR, Eight years' experience in safety,
fire prevention, environmental health, industrial hygiene or related
field, which includes one year in a supervisory capacity; OR, Any
equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which
comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.
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