EHS Research Support Specialist - Environmental Health & Safety
The Environmental Health and Safety unit of Facilities & Services at West Virginia University is seeking applications for an EHS Research Support Specialist (Environmental Health & Safety Specialist) position at the Health Sciences Center. The EHS Research Support Specialist position supports and guides the WVU HSC campus towards environmental health & safety compliance and supports research compliance.
In order to be successful in this position, the ideal candidate:
- With minimal supervision, incumbent oversees planning, designing, developing, and administration of WVU HSC institutional policies relating to employee and student safety and health.
- Continually evaluates regulatory developments, technological advances, and scientific research that may impact WVU health and safety programs or operations and personnel.
- Based upon changes at WVU, the regulatory climate, technology, and current research information, incumbent develops and redesigns health and safety programs, makes recommendations to WVU administration and personnel, and develops and implements policies needed to ensure program(s) effectiveness.
- Reviews submitted research projects and grant proposals, standard operating procedures, plans, specifications, designs, and purchases to anticipate hazards to persons or the environment and for compliance with environmental health and safety. Incumbent maintains positions on relevant committees such as the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), Institutional Animal Care (IACUC) and Use Committee and HSC Campus Building Safety Committee.
- Provides extensive review of research protocols and standard operating procedures, and makes recommendations for regarding OSHA, EPA, NFPA, ACUC etc. compliance issues. Conducts facility inspections for safety, health and IACUC compliance related issues.
- Maintains and establishes relationships with persons, committees, and organizations within and external to WVU HSC to facilitate problem solving and information acquisition needs for planning and administering health and safety programs.
- Attends collaborative meetings with WVU HSC departments and regulatory officials to create and facilitate relationships with representatives from these entities. Contacts are assisted with solutions and answers to their problems and concerns in a timely manner. Meetings are followed up with information research, correspondence and phone calls as appropriate. Corrective action is coordinated and reviewed.
- Acts as a source of information for all WVU HSC supervisors/managers, administrators, faculty, staff, or students.
- Maintains documentation and references for federal, state, and local regulations. The incumbent interprets and standardizes information for safety and health programmatic usage or policy formation.
- As needed the incumbent responds to requests from outside federal, state, and local safety and health agencies for informational statistics and requests.
- Leads, guides, and directs the activities and assignments of graduate assistants.
Medical Monitoring Program
- Coordinates, develops, and implements the WVU medical monitoring program for the purpose of identifying health effects for groups of workers, personnel, and tasks that may be potentially exposed to harmful agents.
- Works closely with Occupational Medicine and Medical Management to implement the medical monitoring program.
- Reviews WVU employee or individual job tasks regarding injury/illness prevention and make recommendations to numerous departments throughout the University.
- Conducts medical monitoring program audits and investigations and provides recommendations in a written report.
WVU provides competitive wages for its employees, and takes experience and related education into consideration when determining appropriate salary.
WVU offers a comprehensive benefits package, 12 paid holidays and generous paid time off, as well as many other discounts and services. Learn more about available benefits at https://talentandculture.wvu.edu/benefits-and-compensation.
- Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Health, Environmental Health, Animal Science or other related discipline OR equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Master's Degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Health, Environmental Health, Animal Science or other related discipline preferred.
- At least four (4) years of directly related professional experience in laboratory safety, chemical safety, environmental management, hazardous materials & Animal care and use.
- Valid driver's license - Incumbent must drive throughout the state and beyond to perform assigned tasks.
- Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) certification required within one year. The incumbent must provide expertise for emergency response incidents on campus.
- National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) ICS-100 and IS-700 certification requires within one year. The incumbent must be equipped with the tools necessary to assist the local, state, and federal agencies during emergency response incidents on campus.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in oral and written format.
- Demonstrated ability to utilize a computer and software.
- Demonstrated ability to understand and interpret federal, state, and local health and safety regulation and communicate quantitative and qualitative information.
- Demonstrated ability to use, interpret and apply appropriate regulations to the WVU HSC environment.
- Demonstrated ability to be creative and to solve complex problems.
- Demonstrated ability to complete assigned tasks frequently in a very limited time frame.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively with all levels of personnel within and out of the teaching, research and Clinical setting, utilizing skills to negotiate, explain and persuade.
- Demonstrated ability to adapt to a wide variety of work environments.
- Demonstrated ability to establish rapport and maintain a good working relationship with various local, state and federal regulatory agency personnel.
- Demonstrated ability to coordinate and work effectively within project teams and committees.
- Demonstrated ability to manage and administrate assigned health and safety programs as necessary for WVU HSC to maintain a safe and healthy environment on HSC campus.
- Demonstrate ability to lead and reason logically and strategically.
- Physical demands include:
- Normal office environment daily
- May be in situations where donning the appropriate PPE is required as needed
- May have exposure to chemicals, animals and radiation less than 50% per year
At West Virginia University, we leverage our talents and resources to create a better future for our state and the world. As West Virginia's land-grant university, WVU has three campuses that touch each corner of the state. The WVU System includes 518 buildings on 15,880 acres, Extension Service offices in all 55 counties, ten experimental farms and four forests.
From the groundbreaking R1 research of our flagship campus in Morgantown to the career-oriented programs of WVU Potomac State in Keyser to the technology-intensive programs at WVU Tech in Beckley - the contributions of WVU employees directly impact the 1.8 million people of West Virginia every day, no matter their role or position.
Service, curiosity, respect, accountability, and appreciation are the core values that unite Mountaineers, inspiring one another to work tirelessly and support others as they seek to reach new heights. After all, when you're a Mountaineer, impossible is just another mountain to climb.
To learn more about West Virginia University, visit go.wvu.edu. View current career opportunities at careers.wvu.edu.
West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.Job Posting: Jul 12, 2021
Posting Classification: Non-Classified
Exemption Status: Exempt
Benefits Eligible: Yes