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Urbana, Illinois
United States
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Experience level:
1-2 years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree

Safety Engineer

Safety Engineer
Engineering Administration
The Grainger College of Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Grainger College of Engineering seeks applicants for the position of Safety Engineer. Reporting to Assistant Director for Safety, the Safety Engineer is responsible for managing health and safety programs for the Grainger College of Engineering and providing risk management guidance and technical support to stakeholders. S/he will develop, implement, and manage policies, programs and procedures that promote a safe, responsible, and healthful learning and work environment for all Grainger Engineering faculty, staff, and students. The role will implement campus safety programs and promote practices to achieve program excellence in an atmosphere of continuous improvement.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, or veteran status. For more information, visit go.illinois.edu/EEO.

Specific duties and responsibilities include:

  • Facilitate the development of a Culture of Safety in Grainger Engineering. (30%)
    o Communicate safety and health issues to promote a safe, responsible, and healthful work environment for all faculty, staff, and students.
    o Participate on committees to provide safety expertise.
    o Provide input into safety policy creation and implementation of programs. Provide technical support to faculty, staff and students on research and instructional laboratory safety needs by identifying and evaluating hazards and assisting with the implementation of controls.
    o Work with College HR and the Office of Research to support the onboarding of new faculty and staff in topics of health and safety.
  • Implement and manage campus-wide Occupational Health and Safety programs at the College level. (30%)
    o In coordination with the Assistant Director of Safety, collaborate with and draw upon the expertise of existing safety organizations at the campus-level: the Division of Research Safety, the Division of Safety and Compliance, the Division of Public Safety; as well as safety and facilities staff in units across campus to manage and implement campus-wide Occupational Health and Safety programs at the College level.
    o In coordination with the Division of Public Safety, write and update the Building Emergency Action Plans and assist College units in doing the same.
    o Improve the College's emergency preparedness and response by writing and updating Business Continuity Plans for Engineering Administration and assist College units in doing the same.
    o Inspect and evaluate facilities, equipment, materials, and processes to identify hazards and assess their risks. Conduct or coordinate industrial hygiene (IH) surveys. Write reports and communicate findings and options for mitigation or corrective action to stakeholders.
    o Conduct employee and student training, as well as emergency preparedness activities.
    o Assist College Units in complying with regulatory requirements for shipment of Hazardous Materials and Dangerous Goods.
    o Manage the chemical inventory program.
    o In line with Campus policies and procedures for student success and engagement in co- and extracurricular activities, and in collaboration with the Engineering Design Council, support and advise registered student organizations (RSO) on the management of risk in their activities.
  • Evaluate and assess the performance of safety programs and report statistics of College safety metrics. (20%)
    o Review and analyze audit findings and incident reports to identify key areas of improvement and measure the performance of safety programs.
    o Perform or coordinate hazard-specific safety audits and ensure findings from internal and external safety audits are addressed.
    o Participate in investigations to determine causes of accidents and injuries and develop prevention measures.
  • Assist the Grainger College of Engineering Facilities Office with safety-related concerns in facilities planning and remodeling. (15%)
    o Participate in safety and code reviews of planned facilities and conduct reviews of equipment and processes for the control of hazards to ensure adherence to regulations, consensus standards and best practices.
    o Assist with tasks related to building security.
  • Other safety duties as assigned. (5%)


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in occupational health and safety, environmental health, safety engineering, industrial hygiene or closely-related field.
  • Two years of professional work experience providing occupational safety and health services in construction, manufacturing, wood or metal fabrication, agriculture, public works, or higher education.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • A Master's degree in occupational health and safety, environmental health, safety engineering, industrial hygiene or closely-related field can substitute for one year of experience.
  • Experience in the breadth of OSHA General and Construction Industry standards, with expertise in two or more standards.
  • Experience reading, interpreting, and communicating OSHA regulations.
  • Experience in the implementation of OSHA compliant programs throughout large complex organizations with diverse operations, including research operations, instruction, outreach, and emergency response.
  • Experience with general requirements of machine guarding.
  • Experience in NFPA 70E and arc-flash training development, delivery, and evaluation.
  • Experience in powered industrial truck operator evaluation.
  • Experience in traditional and online training development, delivery, and evaluation.
  • Experience in incident investigations.
  • Experience performing hazard assessments and recommending corrective action, including selection of personal protective equipment.
  • Experience in industrial hygiene surveys and data interpretation for selection of proper controls, including local exhaust ventilation and respiratory protection.
  • Experience as a member of cross-departmental committee(s) with responsibility of delivering a set of goals within a fixed timeframe.
  • CSP, CIH, or other nationally recognized certification in occupational safety and health.
  • Authorized OSHA Outreach Trainer for General and Construction Industry.
  • Certified or had certification in Transportation of Dangerous Goods (DOT Hazardous Materials and IATA Dangerous Goods classifications).


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to conduct risk assessments/evaluations and provide recommendations for risk mitigation or hazard identification.
  • 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.
  • Quantitative and qualitative data analysis skills.
  • Basic understanding of environmental, health and safety principles and practices; familiarity with applicable campus, state, and federal safety regulations; and related knowledge of pertinent scientific fields to which this background can be applied.
  • Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing with diverse audiences; ability explain technical concepts clearly and concisely.


Environmental Demands:

  • Must be capable of wearing all required personal protective equipment including respiratory protection, eye/face protection, hearing protection, protective footwear, and protective clothing.
  • Work areas may involve one or more hazards: high voltage electricity, radiation or electromagnetic fields, lasers, loud noise, mechanical hazards, extreme heat or cold, high pressure or vacuum, dusts, fumes, allergens, biohazards, chemicals, asbestos, heavy metals.
  • May work in confined spaces or at heights of 10 feet or more.
  • Ability to maintain a valid non-commercial Illinois Driver's license. Physical Demands".
  • Frequently remain stationary and perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequent traversal of distances and ascending/descending stairs for site visits and face-to-face meetings.
  • May have to position self in low, small spaces, ascend/descend ladders, reach objects overhead or low to the ground, grasp lightly or perform fine manipulation, grasp forcefully, create documentation/notes/forms, sort and file paperwork or parts, operate standard foot and/or hand controls, transport, push, and pull objects that weigh up to 25 pounds.


The Safety Engineer position is a full-time, benefits-eligible academic professional position appointed on a 12-month service basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

To apply for this position, please create your candidate profile on our site using the "Apply for this Job" link on this page to upload your cover letter, resume, and names/contact information for three references by Tuesday, January 5, 2021. Full consideration will be given to complete applications received by the closing date. For further information regarding application procedures, contact Thurman Etchison, [email protected], 217-300-2193.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit "Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment."

As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.

The University of Illinois must also comply with applicable federal export control laws and regulations and, as such, reserves the right to employ restricted party screening procedures for applicants.