Safety Specialist

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Classification:Environmental Health & Safety 3
Grade:Grade 80
Work type:Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
School/Business unit:UAA VCAS Facilities & Campus Svcs
Location: Anchorage
Categories: Law/Enforcement/Compliance, Other

Position Summary:

UAA seeks a Safety Specialist to assist with the development and roll out of safety and health programs.


10Environmental: Assist with the management of the university's asbestos management programs. This includes coordination of sample collection, inspection of building materials, and tracking of testing results. Assist with hazardous materials disposal, tracking, and regulatory reporting requirements. Interacts with Local, State, and Federal environmental regulatory agencies, such as submitting oil/fuel spill reports.Essential
20Training: Provide appropriate training in all curricula to ensure compliance with applicable safety regulations, including development of training courses, adapting existing offerings for work group needs. Assist university departments and personnel with identifying training needs.Essential
70Occupational Safety: Participate in the design and implementation of occupational safety programs applicable to University employees, including communication and programmatic roll outs. Recommend changes to existing programs or the creation of new programs. Provide health and safety consultation to university departments and organizations that includes reviewing the implementation of safety programs and adherence to EHS programs and procedures. Conduct safety audits of university work areas, laboratories, and facilities. Includes use of equipment to monitor and/or collect samples. Document results and recommend corrective action where necessary. Facilitates risk assessments and hazard analyses. Creates standard operating procedures (SOPs) for activities based on risk, in compliance with applicable regulations. Evaluates and updates manuals and documents to ensure conformance with SOPs. Conduct accident investigations and formulates appropriate recommendations/requirements in response to findings. Assist other EHS personnel and activities as necessary.Essential

The Safety Specialist is an essential member of the Environmental Health and Safety and Risk Management Support/Emergency Management (EHSRMS or EHS for short) department. A collaborative approach is desired to help enhance our behavior-based safety practices. The Safety Specialist assists academic and administrative units with understanding the hazards of their activities and determine what programs, policies, and training needs apply. This position works closely with the Director and Chemical Hygiene Officer to conduct regular safety reviews of academic and work spaces, as well as recommends improvements to the EHS programs. 

The Environmental Health and Safety Department provides assistance to all campuses of the University of Alaska Anchorage, including Kenai Peninsula College, Kodiak College, Mat-Su College, and Prince William Sound College. 


The ideal candidate will have strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills. A strong customer service orientation is a must. Problem solving, time management, and project management skills are ideal for this role. Organizational and planning skills with a strong attention to detail are also required.

Candidate should demonstrate current knowledge of environmental, health, and safety federal, state local and university laws and regulations. Ability to interpret and appropriately apply regulatory codes and laws in a university setting is essential. Must be able to author and develop policies and programs.

Knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, nationally recognized standards and guidelines, such as OSHA, NFPA, DOT, NIOSH, and EPA, as related to specialized environmental health and safety functions.

Required Experience:

Bachelor's degree with 2-3 years' of experience in safety, industrial hygiene, or related field; or more than 5 years of experience in safety, industrial hygiene, or related field.

Typical Education or Training: 

B.A./B.S. in Industrial Hygiene, Occupational/Environmental Health and Safety, or Related Science. Masters preferred. Certified Safety Professional or Certified Industrial Hygienist. Equivalent experience will be considered in lieu of a degree.

Physical Requirements of Position, with or without a reasonable accommodation:

  • Lift up to 50lbs
  • Climbing
  • Crouching/Stooping
  • Feeling/Handling
  • Pulling/Pushing
  • Speaking
  • Standing
  • Walking/Running
  • Carrying
  • Crawling
  • Driving
  • Keyboarding
  • Sitting
  • Writing

Environmental and Hazardous Conditions:

  • Animals/Wildlife
  • Electrical Hazards
  • Chemicals
  • Mechanical Hazard
  • Traffic
  • Noise
  • Normal Office Environment

Position Information:

This is a full-time, regular, non-represented, exempt (salaried), benefits eligible, 12 month position.

Compensation: Grade 80, bi-weekly, $2,235.20 minimum. The University offers a generous benefit package, along with other additional discounts and options.

Application Instructions: 

Interested applicants, complete the on-line application and upload:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume

A review of applications will begin October 15, 2019, and continue until this recruitment is closed. In order to receive first consideration, be sure to apply no later than October, 15, 2019, 8 am. 

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check.  Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Non-Represented Staff (Probationary Period):

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment.  During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason.  Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.


Pursuant to Board of Regents’ Policy 04.01.055.B, temporary, extended temporary, adjunct, student, casual labor, regular new hire probationary employees, and those positions designated by the presidents as officers and senior administrators of the university are employed at-will.

Tobacco-Free Campus:

UAA Campus is a tobacco free campus.  For more information, please go to:

Notice of Nondiscrimination:

The University of Alaska is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educational institution.  The University of Alaska does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, physical or mental disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, parenthood, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, or other legally protected status. The University's commitment to nondiscrimination, including against sex discrimination, applies to students, employees, and applicants for admission and employment. Contact information, applicable laws, and complaint procedures are included on UA's statement of nondiscrimination available at

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