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Cleveland , Ohio
United States
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Experience level:
3-5 years
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Associate Degree
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Health & Safety Specialist


Coordinates and ensures the administration and implementation of Sewer District health and safety policies,overseeing the Sewer District's safety & compliance programs and safety efforts at assigned facility. Reviews and assesses the Sewer District’s work environment at assigned location and assists with designing programs to control, eliminate, and prevent occupational illnesses or injuries. 
Conducts site inspections and informs stakeholders of non compliance issues with Federal, State and local laws and Sewer District policies. Conducts research and performs analysis when determining and recommending corrective actions. Provides classroom and field training on health to safety policies and procedures to employees at the facilities. Performs other duties of a similar nature as assigned.

  • Takes lead facility role on organization-wide health and safety initiatives and programs as required by the Health and Safety Manager.  Administers and takes action to ensure achievement of health and safety targets and objectives. Works with management at assigned location to communicate, track/report, and follow-up to achieve health and safety strategic initiatives.
  • Coordinates, implements, and assists with the development of the District’s health and safety policies, standards, and regulations at assigned location. Provides technical expertise and support to management at assigned location in the areas of health and safety, government regulations, the District’s policies and other applicable rules.  Monitors, evaluates, reports, and communicates on health and safety compliance with the District’s safety rules, looking for opportunities to improve processes. 
  • Facilitates health and safety risk assessments to identify critical health and safety exposures and recommends appropriate mitigation strategies. Takes the lead in identifying health and safety risks at assigned location using a systematic and proactive approach. Identifies risk exposures and conditions. Documents and tracks potential exposures and policy adherence on actionable items. Conduct research and perform analysis when determining and recommending corrective actions. Work with site Management to plan, monitor and implement corrective actions.
  • Communicates and raises the level of hazard awareness, loss control issues and injury and illness information with facility personnel. Participates and provides direction to safety committee(s), acting as an accessible facility level resource by taking the lead role on responding to employee health and safety issues and concerns.
  • Serves in the lead role with the facility incident investigation team during health and safety related near miss, injury or occupational illness investigations.  Applies methodologies for analyzing incident data to identify root cause.  Prepares and submits written reports to supervisor, maintaining files at facility level, including observations, analyses of situations and recommendations for control and correction. Follows-up to ensure that proper development and implementation of corrective actions are completed.
  • Identifies need for and assists with developing and administering safety training programs for District employees. Provides classroom and field training on various health and safety related policies and procedures to employees at the facilities.
  • Inspects and monitors the work environment upon request, reported safety concern, or routine inspection schedule to identify existing or potential risk exposures that impact health and safety.  Determines need and type of survey or test to be used including surveys of light, noise, air, water, ergonomics, etc.  Performs qualitative industrial hygiene survey to identify and make initial assessment as directed.  Assist with quantitative industrial hygiene or other occupational health data collection and remedial action as needed.
  • Assists with the inspection of buildings, equipment, and machinery according to set schedule or upon request to ensure compliance with federal, state, and District safety regulations.
  • Reviews construction plans for new and existing buildings to assist and provide safety-related recommendations to project manager and/or supervisor to ensure compliance with applicable regulations. Monitors contractors’ awareness and compliance with District health and safety policy and/or other regulatory requirements.  Escalates possible violations to facility management and/or Health and Safety Manager.
  • Takes lead role in the operation of fire detection and suppression systems at assigned location.
  • Assists other Health and Safety Specialists as required or requested by Health and Safety Manager.
  • Performs other duties of a similar nature as may be required

Candidate must possess an Associate degree, preferably in Occupational Safety, Industrial Hygiene, Environmental Health, Environmental Management or a closely related field OR the candidate must be currently pursuing and have completed sufficient coursework towards a Bachelor’s degree in a declared major within a related field.  Typically, candidate is currently enrolled and in Junior or Senior level courses. Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Safety, Industrial Hygiene, Environmental Health, or Environmental Management preferred.
Candidate with an Associate degree or completed coursework toward a Bachelor’s degree must possess a minimum five (5) years of experience with occupational safety as a major job responsibility.  Candidate with Bachelor’s degree must possess a minimum three (3) years of experience in occupational safety. Occupational safety experience must include coordinating and leading the administration of health and safety policies and programs within a medium to large organization. 
  • Candidate must possess a valid driver’s license with a driving record in accordance with the District’s acceptable guidelines.
  • Candidate must obtain a certificate of completion of the Red Cross Standard Multimedia First Aid Course and C.P.R. certification within six (6) months of employment and be recertified as required.
  • Candidate’s possession of an Occupational Health and Safety Technician (OHST), Associate Safety Professional (ASP), Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST) and/or other related safety certifications is highly desired.
  • Candidate must possess knowledge of applicable Federal and State of Ohio Occupational Safety and Health regulations and laws.  Knowledge of safety initiatives and associated training techniques; methods and processes for identification, appraisal, and recommendations for hazard control; and process for monitoring and reporting on compliance with the District’s safety rules. Familiarity with NIOSH, EPA/OEPA. 
  • Candidate must possess skills in coordinating, leading and implementation of safety policies and programs, assessing risk, critically evaluating data and making sound recommendations.  Must possess effective verbal and written communication and analytical skills.  Candidate must have the ability to manage multiple projects, multi-task, and build and maintain professional relationships. Must be able to conduct research and compile data for analysis.
  • Candidate must possess the ability to be reliable and punctual in reporting to work as scheduled.
During the course of performing the essential functions of this position the employee must be able to compile, compare, compute, analyze, copy, communicate, coordinate, synthesize, negotiate and instruct.  Ability to communicate while exhibiting strong interpersonal skills is required.  Physical work will need to be performed, such as standing, sitting, walking, balancing, stooping, climbing, reaching, fingering, handling, hearing, and talking.  Ability to lift up to 10 lbs. on an occasional basis.  Position will require visual demands of near acuity, depth perception, far acuity and accommodation. 
The position requires office, site and field work.  For safety reasons hearing is required.  While working in the field the employee may be exposed to extreme weather, extreme heat that is non-weather related, atmospheric conditions, vibrations, extreme cold that is non-weather related, wet and/or humid, hazards and confined/restricted working environments.  Position required to sometimes perform confined space entry on the job.  Employee must possess the ability to wear required respiratory protection devices in accordance with the District’s policy, including not having facial hair that interferes with the facepiece-to-face seal. 
DISCLAIMER:  The information outlined in this job description indicates the general nature and type of work performed by employees within this classification.  It is not intended to provide a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities or competencies required of employees within this classification.

NEORSD, an Equal Opportunity Employer

The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce, recognizing the full range of human differences and similarities. Through our unwavering efforts to leverage the potential of our diversity, we continually strive to build and foster an environment that respects each individual. We encourage and promote innovation, and provide opportunities for all employees to interact, communicate, and realize the full potential of their talents.

Our Employee Benefits & Wellness Programs

We offer a comprehensive employee benefits package including: Health Insurance Coverage, Various Retirement Planning Options (Ohio Public Employee Retirement System and Deferred Compensation Plans), Group and Voluntary Life Insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts, Employee Assistance Program, Tuition Assistance Program, Free Parking at our facilities, Corporate Discounts, and More!  We also have a very active Health & Wellness Program that promotes a life/work balance.


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