Safety Specialist – ASU

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Salary$47,125 – $65,000 a yearJob TypeFull-time

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Relocation assistanceHealth insurancePaid time off

Full Job Description

The ASU Safety Specialist applies general safety and environmental knowledge to monitor the workplace environment and investigates safety concerns and/or accidents. Provides assistance in monitoring activities to ensure the health and safety of the university community.

Job FamilyEnvironmental Health/Safety

Department NameEHS Sfty in the Built Envt



Scope of SearchOpen

Grant Funded PositionThis is not a grant funded position and is not contingent on future grant funding.

Salary Range$47,125 – $65,000 per year; DOE

Close Date06-April-2022


Essential Duties

  • Participates in site visits to audit, provide consultation and/or conduct inspections of university facilities using hazardous materials and processes including: biological, chemical, lasers, and radiological materials, to ensure compliance with federal, state, local regulations, codes, and university requirements.
  • Consults with faculty, staff, students and others to provide technical and problem-solving assistance and answer questions related to safety.
  • Performs pollution prevention and sustainability field activities.
  • Develops checklists and identifies and informs the team of problems with the safe, legal and environmentally responsible handling of hazardous materials.
  • In collaboration with the Safety Partners, takes measurements or ensures measurements have been taken to satisfy regulatory requirements, standard best practices and in accordance with department training.
  • Prepares data and drafts reports required for tracking, decision-making and/or to satisfy compliance requirements.
  • May communicate with customers on safety-related matters.
  • Assists with reviewing, interpreting and evaluating compliance activities and policies supporting safety and environmental compliance programs and assists with implementing changes as required to address deficiencies or carry out improvements.
  • Investigates and alerts management of any regulatory changes to ensure facility and personnel safety.
  • May assist with incoming and outgoing hazardous materials shipments to ensure proper processing.
  • Assists with the development and guidance for safe and effective management of hazardous processes and the safe handling of hazardous materials, including biologicals, chemicals, and radioactive materials.
  • Operates specialized equipment such as devices used for gas detection, mercury vapor analysis, laser measurements and radiation detection.
  • Maintains inventory and storage management systems for hazardous materials including biologicals, chemicals, and radioactive and potentially radioactive substances.
  • Participates in project teams conducting special studies and recommends solutions or alternatives.
  • Coordinates, participates in and facilitates safety education, outreach, and workshops for faculty, staff and students in the use of department data management and processing tools.
  • Trains staff to calibrate and maintain monitoring equipment and serves as a back-up to ensure calibration and/or maintenance occurs as scheduled.
  • May assist with creating and maintaining safety databases using various information systems or user-specific software.
  • Assists in conducting accident and incident investigations and recommends corrective action or preventative measures.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in physical sciences or an Associate’s degree in the sciences field and two years of related experience; Or, any equivalent combination of experience or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience in Occupational Health and Safety and Environmental Program Management.
  • Experience with the following: developing, implementing and managing safety programs with hot work, control of hazardous energy, confined space, aerial lifts, forklifts, fall protection, and hearing conservation.
  • Experience with hazardous materials management.
  • Experience conducting audits, advising stakeholders and conducting training.
  • Evidence of Certifications: Associate Safety Professional (ASP), Occupational Hygiene and Safety Technician (OHST), Safety Trained Supervisor (STS), Certified Instructional Trainer (CIT), or similar certification.

Working Environment

  • Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and manipulating a computer mouse 75 percent; required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distances to perform work 10 percent.
  • Ability to clearly communicate to perform essential functions.
  • Frequent bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 25 pounds 15 percent.
  • Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities, which may include or are subject to resolution of conflicts.
  • Works in laboratories, shops, waste facilities and other hazardous locations.
  • Works in indoor and outdoor environments that may include extreme weather conditions; hot in summer and cold in winter.
  • Participates in respiratory protection program; assists with respiratory fit testing and training.
  • Participates in ASU medical surveillance programs, which may include vaccinations.
  • Equipment used: Regular use of standard office equipment including, but not limited to computer workstation or laptop. Use of a keyboard, monitor, mouse, printer, fax, calculator, copier, telephone and associated technology peripherals.

Department StatementWith more than 70,000 students across four campuses, Arizona State University is a comprehensive public research university located in one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the United States. ASU’s historic Tempe campus is home to research-based academic disciplines. At the West campus, ASU offers students interdisciplinary programs for broad learning experiences. At the Polytechnic campus, students approach professional and technological programs through project based learning. The Downtown Phoenix campus, the university’s newest location, is focused on programs with public purpose.

As one of the fastest growing research universities in the United States, Arizona State University offers unparalleled opportunities for professional growth for Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) professionals. In a leadership role, EHS works with the research and administrative communities to develop sound, cost effective solutions to the challenges associated with the development of compliance strategies and good practices. For more information about the department of Environmental Health and Safety, please visit our website at: ASU offers tuition waivers (to include yourself, spouse and dependents), paid vacations and holidays, excellent benefit package, employee training and development opportunities to prepare you for the challenges ahead. The position is located at the University Services Building, 1551 S. Rural Road, Tempe, Arizona and provides support to all four ASU campuses. ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, professional licenses, Department of Motor Vehicle, and certifications. Possession of a current Arizona driver’s license is required upon employment.

ASU Statement

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 100,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation’s fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

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Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

Notice of Availability of the ASU Annual Security and Fire Safety Report
In compliance with federal law, ASU prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and resources. ASU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at You may request a hard copy of the report by contacting the ASU Police Department at 480-965-3456.

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Employment Verification StatementASU conducts pre-employment screening which may include verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications.

Background Check StatementASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the background check.

Fingerprint Check StatementThis position is considered safety/security sensitive and will include a fingerprint check. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the fingerprint check.

Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.

Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.

Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.

Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States; ASU’s Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) will not be a sponsor for this position.

ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.

Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.

IMPORTANT NOTE: What is the meaning of “equivalent combination” in the minimum qualifications? It means one year of higher education or 24 credit hours, is equal to one year of experience. For example, a four year Bachelor’s degree is equal to four years of experience.Safety Specialist | Arizona State University