Safety Technician – Grand Canyon University

Job Description

Grand Canyon University’s Health and Safety Department is currently seeking a Safety Technician. The Safety Technician will report directly to the Health & Safety Manager and carry out the duties of the department which include assisting the department with compliance with local, state and federal regulations, implementing an overall health and safety management system and instilling a positive culture that promotes the safety of all university faculty, staff and students.

The Safety Technician will have a general working knowledge of health and safety regulations to assist in fulfilling departmental responsibilities.  This position will require the ability to work independently at times while conducting inspections and performing assigned duties throughout the university campus.


  • Conducts periodic safety audits and inspections of identified fixed equipment throughout the campus to ensure operational readiness, safe use and regulatory compliance including first aid kits, AED’s, blue safety lights, fire alarm and fire protection systems, emergency communication systems, fire extinguishers, safety showers, chemical spill kits, and other vital safety equipment and systems. 
  • Records the completion of inspections and findings, escalating discovered issues to management with corrective action recommendations and immediately corrects correcting issues within scope of authority.
  • Performs and documents jobsite inspections and audits with special emphasis on hazard identification/recognition and observation of unsafe behaviors as designated; may serve as secondary assist in certain audits/inspections.
  • Participates in development/execution  of  hazard communication program requirements such as chemical inventory, safety data sheet management and data entry into chemical management software. 
  • Develops general safety training and gets final approval of content from management; Conducts general safety training to individuals and groups under the direction of EHS&EM staff. 
  • Assist EHS&EM staff and/or supervisors with the investigation of incidents that result in property damage, occupational illness or personal injury to determine causal factors for prevention of future incidents.
  • Respond to incidents as directed by EHS&EM personnel to ensure the safety of staff, faculty, students, and visitors. 
  • Assist the Emergency Management staff with scheduling and conducting emergency drills per the GCU/GCE Emergency Action Plan which includes fire drills, chemical spill response, homeland security, medical emergency response, etc.
  • Assist with the development and updating of EHS&EM policies and procedures under the direction of EHS&EM staff. 
  • May participate in various safety meetings as assigned representing the EHS&EM Department.
  • Maintains EHS&EM recordkeeping requirements, performing trend analysis as needed and providing recommendations for program improvement.
  • Conducts or assists with Job Hazard Assessments (JHAs) for employee tasks to identify hazards and recommend appropriate mitigation which can include the development of various administrative controls such as training, procedures, processes, PPE, etc.
  • Assist with investigating and evaluating hazardous conditions and employee safety concerns. Reports and documents findings to EHS&EM staff with corrective action recommendations.


  • High school diploma required. Associates or Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Health and Safety, Emergency Management, Fire Science, Public Safety or related field preferred.
  • 1-3 years of experience in related field required.
  • OSHA 30 Hour General Industry or Construction or ability to obtain within the first 90 days of employment required.
  • Must have valid US driver’s license and clean driving record.
  • Ability to read and interpret technical materials pertaining to fire and safety codes, blueprints, emergency management plans, building and equipment specifications, health and safety laws and standards.
  • Experience training or teaching and preparing general safety course work.
  • Specific knowledge and/or experience working with regulations such as Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and International Fire Code (IFC), Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP), and local and state regulations.
  • Prior experience in higher education will be a plus.   
  • Working knowledge of the principles and practices of occupational health and safety. 
  • Basic skill in investigating and analyzing incidents and their causes.
  • Basic skill in conducting constructive, positive confrontation to staff, faculty and students as needed for observed unsafe behaviors or conditions.  
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws and regulations governing environmental health and safety procedures and policies.
  • Knowledge of local, state, and federal rules/regulations on hazardous materials management.
  • Skill in interpreting and applying federal, state and local safety laws and regulations.
  • Skill in developing and conducting environmental health and safety training classes for staff, faculty and students.
  • Knowledge of OSHA, ANSI, NEC, NFPA, EPA, CERCLA, RCRA, TSCA, and General Industry Safety Standards.
  • Proficient in verbal communication with individuals in face-to-face, one-on-one setting or by telephone.
  • Speaks and writes clearly, concisely and effectively; listens to, and understands information and ideas as presented verbally or in writing.
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with employees at all levels of the University’s organization.
  • Ability to comprehend and make inferences from written material.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with a demonstrated ability to handle, prioritize, coordinate and complete competing tasks within deadlines.
  • Able to pass pre-employment background check.
  • Ability to work full-time 8am-5pm Mon-Fri schedule at GCU’s Main Campus, 3300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85017.
  • Provide a positive example to students by supporting the University’s Doctrinal Statement, Ethical Position Statement and Mission of Grand Canyon University.

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