Assistant Director of Environmental Health and Safety

Montclair State University

Montclair, NJ

Job posting number: #7055665

Posted: January 31, 2019

Job Description

Reporting to the Director of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S), the Assistant Director of Environmental Health and Safety works independently, under strict deadlines and changing priorities, to ensure campus compliance with various laws, regulations, standards, guidelines, policies, and procedures where physical, biological, radiological, and chemical hazards may be present. This position supports staff, faculty, and others in developing standard operating procedures; maintains and updates employee safety and hygiene manuals; and works to create consistency across plans and procedures.

The Assistant Director maintains constructive and positive communications and works with various University campus safety committees, the Institutional Review Board, and various business units to ensure compliance with the Occupational Safety & Health (OSHA/PEOSH), Environmental (EPA/DEP), National Institute of Health (NIH), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and other Environmental Health and Safety regulations or guidelines. The Assistant Director reviews research protocols and activities, conducts periodic inspections of construction/ renovation/maintenance activities, and is responsible for reporting significant problems and violations of applicable safety requirements.

The Assistant Director additionally assists the Director with establishing and maintaining efficient business operations within the Office of Environmental Health and Safety.

Construction Safety

The EH&S Assistant Director for EH&S will be responsible for the following duties:

Inspects construction/maintenance/renovation sites site to ensure they are hazard-free environments
Conducts toolbox meetings
Reviews all subcontractor safety plans
Verifies that injury logs and reports are completed and submitted to Human Resources
Verifies that all tools and equipment are adequate and safe for use
Enforces safety guidelines
Trains and carries out drills and exercises on how to manage emergency situations
Conducts investigations of all accidents and near-misses
Reports to concerned authorities as requested or mandated by regulations
Conducts job hazard analyses
Establishes safety standards and policies as needed
Watches out for the safety of all workers and works to protect them from entering hazardous situations
Responds to employees’ safety concerns
Coordinates registration and removal of hazardous waste by outside contractors
Receives reports from and responds to orders issued by Department of Labor inspectors

General Safety

Ensures University compliance with all federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Comprehends, interprets, and applies established University, industry, and government regulations, policies, procedures, and guidelines.
Performs safety inspections and audits; documents findings; creates, routes, and tracks reports with recommended action items; and evaluates audit trend metrics to identify and create initiatives to address program gaps. Performs Job Hazard Analyses as needed
Inspects, organizes and maintains inventory of safety equipment including, hazardous materials equipment and personal protective equipment, and air monitoring equipment.
Conducts comprehensive vulnerability assessments of University facilities.
Assists the Director with waste removal activities.
Responds to safety-related issues that may arise (spills, malodor complaints, unsafe environments, etc.)

Provides access to or plans, develops, implements, and delivers safety-related training sessions, workshops, and presentations (with supplemental materials) for students, faculty, and staff. Trainings include chemical inventory system, biological safety, radiation safety, annual stand-downs, OSHA 10 & 30 Hour, etc.
Serves as EH&S system administrator in Cornerstone Learning Management System.
Manages online platform, maintains training materials, assigns appropriate modules, and sets refresher preferences in Click4Course system.
Chemical Safety

Manages online chemical inventory system, ensures that all departments are updating inventories regularly, and ensures that employees working with high-hazard chemicals have proper SOP’s in place.
Radiation Safety

Receives radiation packages as per NRC and NJDEP guidelines and delivers to addressed laboratories.
Performs monthly contamination surveys (swipe tests) and inspections in all rooms with RAM.
Teaches end users how to use scintillation counter properly.
EH&S Administration

Assists the Director and acts in the absence of the Director to execute business unit operations, including but not limited to: plan development; laboratory safety compliance; campus site safety surveys; construction site visits; training; equipment research, inventory, and upkeep; review, evaluation and processing of service contracts; procurement activities; review of income; budget recommendations; and inspection activity reports.
Arranges with outside vendors to provide services as needed (industrial hygiene, equipment maintenance, training, etc.)
Creates Standard Operating Procedures as needed.
Works with internal and external partners to revise and update environmental response plans.
Attends monthly University committee meetings as a safety representative, takes notes and distributes summaries.
Arranges and participates in meetings with internal partners, external partners and advisory board members to coordinate safety activities as needed.
Recruits and supervises part-time and student employees.
Maintains accurate Environmental Management records.
Attends additional personal training and certifications, courses, seminars and safety conferences.
Is required to learn the software systems used by the Division, which may include, but is not limited to Cornerstone Learning Management, ProjectMates Construction Management, Kronos Workforce Management, and Maximo Asset Management.
Applies critical-thinking and proactive problem-solving skills to execute multiple projects effectively.
Performs other duties as assigned.

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