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Oshkosh, Wisconsin
United States
Job Categories:
EH&S Engineer/Specialist: Single site
EH&S Engineer/Specialist: Multi-site
Safety Engineer/Specialist: Single site
Safety Engineer/Specialist: Multi-site
Training: Safety/EH&S-related
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Academic/Educational sector, Biotechnology, Government / Public Sector, Manufacturing - Miscellaneous, Research
Experience level:
3-5 years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree
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Occupational/Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist

This position will coordinate the occupational and environmental health, safety and risk objectives appropriate for the UW Oshkosh campus. The Risk Management Specialist works within the organizational structure of the UW Oshkosh Police Department, and reports directly to the Risk Management Lead Specialist.

This position is responsible for establishing and implementing the UW Oshkosh, the UW System and the Wisconsin Department of Administration policies and procedures to meet the risk management and occupational/environmental health and safety objectives appropriate for the UW Oshkosh campus. The Risk Management office is responsible for the preservation of UW Oshkosh assets, both human and physical, by identifying, evaluating and controlling loss exposures faced by the University. The primary goal is to minimize the adverse effects of unpredictable events by preparing, training and overseeing operations, staff, and procedures while coordinating with all campus stakeholders. 

This position is also responsible for the following functions and programs: leads permanent, temporary and student staff members (with the ultimate goal of growing staff knowledge, skills and abilities); assists in the oversight of the special event protocol; attends, co-chairs and organizes the Environmental Health and Safety Committee; administers the campus Driver Authorization program; coordinates with the campus Biosafety Officer (BSO) regarding staff training, and also works closely with the campus Chemical Hygiene Officer and other faculty members regarding chemical safety, lab safety and hazardous waste.  This position will also formalize processes to ensure that the campus community considers, plans for and mitigates potential risk in all areas of the campus community.

A.  Campus-Wide Safety Training Coordination and Compliance (40%)

  • Under the direction of the Risk Management Lead Specialist, assist in the implementation and maintenance of a comprehensive environmental/occupational health and safety training program.
  • Under the direction of the Risk Management Lead Specialist, develop and provide on-campus and/or community outreach educatonal presentations on various safety-related subjects relative to environmental/occupational safety & health, risk or related topics.
  • Develop written programs that meet the compliance requirements of state and federal safety and health regulations.
  • Evaluate the campus occupational health and safety needs and identify proactive solutions.
  • Establish an institution-wide communication mechanism to share occupational health and safety issues and recommendations.
  • Coordinate annual fire drills to include collaboration with facilities and residence life staff; recording of all data gathered, with further reporting of data to UW System.
  • Fully implement the campus AED program to include training and scheduling, electronic documentation, budgeting, maintaining related equipment and supply needs, and coordination with Facilities Management with monthly monitoring activities.
  • Organize and promote AED trainings for campus staff by working with the University Police training officer(s).  Impletmentation of the program by maintaining the list of trained employees and purchasing eCards from the American Heart Association.
  • Maintain a safety training database and schedule.
  • Administer the online safety training program to include working with campus leadership to support and implement online safety training. 

B.  Loss Prevention & Control (25%)

  • Administer the Drivers Authorization Program to include processing and maintaining applications, as well as running background checks and communicating with the campus community regarding policies and reminders. 
  • Develops written materials to assist departments in loss control and other risk reduction techniques. Distributes such information utilizing communication tools such as the World Wide Web and other means.
  • Advises UW Oshkosh departments on how to minimize specific risk situations through departmental meetings,  provided training sessions, corresponding and answering questions via phone, email and web/social media sites and pages.
  • Coordinate with the Office of Human Reources to assist with the Workers Compensation Program for UW Oshkosh.
  • Review trends and develop programs to reduce workers compensation losses.
  • Perform follow-up safety audits on near-miss and realized injury/illness incidents.
  • Establish and share management reports for injury/illness losses.
  • Assist in setting performance measures and injury reduction goals.  

C.  Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) Coordination (15%)

  • Organize EH&S Committee meetings to include meeting room, meeting invitations, agenda and meeting minutes.
  • Update EHS website, as needed, to ensure accuracy.
  • Work with the Charter to ensure accuracy and regular revision/update.
  • Organization and promotion of committee sponsored events, such as the Wellness Fair, Campus Safety Walk, etc. 

D.  Continuity of Operations Plans (COOP) (10%)

  • Lead coordinator of the campus COOP program.
  • Knowledge of policies and UW System requirements for COOP.
  • Inform and train areas across campus regarding COOP.
  • Assist areas with creating and maintaining COOP plans.
  • Review individual COOP plans and post them to Google Drive or other informational sharing program(s); coordinate the access for each of the plans with campus departments and the UW System.
  • Respond to any inquiries regarding campus COOP plan.

E.  Miscellaneous Other Duties (10%)

  • Assist the Risk Management Lead Specialist with annual data collection of property values from areas on campus.
  • Coordinate with and assist the campus Emergency Manager to create tabletop training exercises and other drills for the campus on a regular basis.
  • Work with campus departments and divisions to develop injury and illness prevention programs.
  • Regularly cross-train with the Risk Management Lead Specialist so the positions can fill in for each other during emergency situations.
  • Address miscellaneous staff and student concerns and issues regarding risk management.
  • Other duties as assigned.

REQUIRED Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Bachelor's Degree or higher.
  • Must be a self-starter, a self-motivator and a creative problem solver.
  • Knowledge of basic risk management theory and practice.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of experience in Environmental/Occupational Health and Safety issues and practices.
  • Experienced in providing face-to-face educational instruction and/or presentations.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication (i.e., interpersonal) skills.
  • Knowledge of UW-System and State of Wisconsin loss control policies and procedures, or ability to gain such knowledge through training and on-the-job experience.
  • Ability to exercise good and independent judgment, and to coordinate, work and communicate effectively with all levels of personnel.
  • Knowledge of policies and procedures involving regulatory compliance, accounting and procurement, or the ability to gain such knowledge through training.
  • Knowledge and practical application of Windows Office software (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.). 


PREFERRED Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Bachelor's degree in Occupational Health & Safety, Industrial Hygiene, Environmental Health or related field.
  • Current safety-related professional certification(s) in a specialization related to industrial hygiene, workplace safety, hazardous waste, environmental/occupational health or related field.
  • Experience with developing and/or maintaining Continuity of Operations (COOP) plans.
  • Experience coordinating or working in a Workers Compensation Program.
  • Experience with leading and/or organizing a formal group or committee.
  • Experience with creating and implementing an EH&S and/or Occupational Health & Safety training program.
  • Experience with creating and/or implementing workplace safety audits.
  • Experience developing After Action Reports.
  • Ability to edit and revise web pages. 

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