Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator
Company: Whitman College
Location: Walla Walla
Posted on: May 15, 2022
Job DescriptionSalary: WHITMAN COLLEGELocated in the historic
community of Walla Walla, Whitman's vibrant and beautiful
tree-lined campus is home to an intellectually diverse, dynamic,
welcoming and supportive community of some 500 staff and faculty
serving approximately 1,500 students from the local region and
across the globe. With exceptional students, accomplished faculty
and staff, and a fiercely loyal and growing number of engaged
alumni, Whitman College continues to build on its national
reputation for academic excellence as one of the top liberal arts
colleges in the country. Whitman College is cultivating a community
built on inclusion and belonging. We recognize the value of those
who can offer historically underrepresented perspectives and
encourage applications from those whose background, knowledge, and
insights from lived experience can add to the college's working and
learning environment. Whitman College is an Equal Employment
Opportunity employer (EEO) .Facilities Services (FS), the division
that provides college-wide support of equitable student success! As
stewards of Whitman College's built and natural environment our
services range from planning, design, construction projects, and
agency interaction to maintenance, custodial, surplus, grounds and
landscaping, trust - rental property maintenance, sustainability,
recycling, conferences, scheduling, environmental management,
occupational safety, and utility/energy efficiency. Serving 1,500
students, with 1.3 million gross square feet comprising of 54
facilities, 80 rental units and 112 acres of grounds, we service
two campuses – Main and Johnston Wilderness, as well as two
observatory locations.Facilities Services includes several key
departments: Administration, Conference, Events and Scheduling,
Custodial, Energy Management, Environmental Health and Safety,
Grounds, Maintenance, Planning, Design, and Construction, Rental
Property Maintenance and Sustainability. The FS team includes more
than 70 talented and engaged individuals who are dedicated to
providing the most effective, safe, and customer-oriented service
to the College community maintaining an educational environment in
support of recruitment, retention, and Whitman's strategic
priorities. Our staff includes a culturally diverse team of
technical professionals, administrative support, skilled trades,
management, and students that ensures the best learning environment
on one of the most beautifully-built and operated nationally ranked
liberal arts colleges.POSITION PURPOSE Reporting to the Manager of
Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S), the EHS Coordinator is
responsible for developing, coordinating, training and providing
professional consultation and technical expertise associated with
environmental, health and safety (EH&S). The position will
assist in identifying employee injury trends, causation and
mitigation options for reducing injury frequency and severity. In
support of campus programs for the benefit of students, employees
and the public, the EHS Coordinator contributes to the development,
implementation and ongoing continuous improvement of EH&S
written compliance programs and training delivery methods. This
includes, but not limited to occupational health and safety
programs, first aid/CPR training, fire life safety, emergency
response and fleet safety programs. PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES
- Assist the Manager of EH&S in planning, developing, and
implementing campus-wide health and safety programs including:
- Develop and maintain workplace safety programs and procedures,
with specific focus upon the College's Accident Prevention Program
- Develop and conduct training programs in support of the
- Conduct workplace safety inspections and evaluations in
compliance with Washington State occupational health and safety
rules and the APP.
- Maintain relevant and up-to-date understanding and knowledge of
local, state and federal health and safety regulations, and best
- Assist faculty and staff with job safety analysis and
acquisition of safety related tools, materials and equipment.
- Conduct indoor air quality investigations in the general
- Conduct workplace and job ergonomics evaluations, and recommend
appropriate work practices, workplace configuration, and equipment
to prevent injury.
- Supervise and maintain the College's Fire and Life Safety (FLS)
program, including monitoring of system status, inspecting alarm
and suppression systems, supervising FLS contractor activities, and
providing input to capital project design and specifications.
- Conduct periodic inspections of all non-laboratory shop,
storage and work areas to identify potential hazards and recommend
- Develop, maintain and teach the college Drivers Orientation
- Provide CPR, First Aid, Bloodborne Pathogens, and other health
related training for staff and faculty.
- Administer the College's Automatic Electronic Defibrillator
(AED) program and maintain AED equipment.
- Coordinate accident and health related insurance claims and
risk management initiatives with the college representative,
insurance carrier and/or other agencies.
- Review accident reports, investigate and provide
recommendations for prevention of accidents.
- Advise the college Employee Safety Committee.
- Provides EH&S consultative support on vendor RFP
activities, participating in selection committees, as needed.
- Provide consultation and input on design standards to address
and implement "Prevention thru Design" principles in capital
- Provide technical assistance and consultation services on
EH&S issues. Serves as a contact for employees as well as
contract vendors on EH&S issues.
- Regularly engage department managers on EH&S best practice
options and industry standards.
- Develop and maintain training programs for staff, and provide
training, such as new employee safety orientation; utilize learning
management system for developing/implementing on-line training
2. General Administration:
- Provide leadership by demonstrating commitment to the goals and
policies of the college.
- Develop and maintain productive and responsive communication
with the campus community.
- Exhibit commitment to effective management of financial
- Participate in professional organizations related to areas of
- Administer Workers Compensation claims, maintain records of
- Complete other duties as assigned (e.g. vacancy coverage,
inclement weather, moving, furniture set-up).
- Serve as essential personnel, meaning duties are essential to
the operations of the College and requires that the position report
to campus for work even during full or partial closures,
emergencies, inclement weather, etc.
- Develop, submit or respond to Service Request Orders (through
CMMS) to address safety issues or items brought forward by
- Provide after hours and weekend call back response.
- Working hours may vary and occasional evening and/or weekend
work is required.
- Must adhere to College policies and guidelines. 3. Complete
other duties or projects as assigned by supervisor. REQUIRED
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIESIndividuals must be able to explain
and/or demonstrate they possess the knowledge, skills, and
abilities to safely perform the essential functions of the job,
with or without reasonable accommodation.
- Ability to work closely and collaboratively with faculty,
students and staff.
- Ability to demonstrate effective interpersonal, oral and
written communication skills.
- Ability to positively and actively contribute to the College's
core values of diversity, equity and inclusion.
- Knowledge of and be familiar with biology, chemistry, and
physics terminology and basic laboratory operations; governmental
regulations including OSHA, WISHA, and ADA in construction and
general industry, fire safety, air quality, ergonomics, emergency
management and vehicle/equipment safety.
- Familiarity with two-way radio communications methods and
- Ability to acquire CPR and First Aid training
- Ability to obtain a valid Washington State driver's
- Ability to develop and implement a comprehensive safety
- Ability to be reliable and capable of working
- Ability to move supplies and equipment weighing up to 50
- Ability to successfully collaborate and maintain compliance
with agencies having jurisdiction.
- Ability to use available technology and equipment to
effectively fulfill the duties and responsibilities of the
- Ability and desire to establish positive relationships in the
workplace and successfully collaborate with a diverse work
population regardless of race, gender, physical limitations,
religious beliefs or sexual orientation.MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
- Bachelor's Degree
- Two (2) years of EH&S related work experience.PREFFERED
- Bachelor's Degree in Physical/Life Science, Occupational
Safety, Environmental Health, Industrial Hygiene, Health Sciences
or related field.
- Work experience in higher education, research, K-12 or health
- Applicable certifications, such as ASP, TSP, CIH, NIMS
- Familiarity and/or experience in art studio, theater operations
and construction safety. WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL
REQUIRMENTSWork environment is primarily inside Whitman facilities
and sometimes outside, both of which may include working in high
places. This position may be exposed to dirt, dust and equipment
solutions as well as potentially hazardous conditions, noise, and
extreme temperatures. Work requires the use of personal protective
equipment (e.g. respirators). Physical skill and sustained physical
effort may be required for some of the EH&S responsibilities.
Job requires moderate strength and agility and typically requires
balancing, bending, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching,
standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, grasping and
repetitive motions. Lifting and carrying materials weighing up to
50 pounds occurs with varied frequency.BENEFITSWhitman offers
competitive employee benefits, including medical, dental, vision
and life insurances, a generous 10% matching contribution to the
Whitman College 403(b) Defined Contribution Retirement Plan, and
paid time off including 13 paid holidays for full-time staff
vacation and sick leave. Learn more about benefits eligibility
here. COVID-19 PROTOCOLSAt Whitman College, we take seriously the
safety of our community. Whitman is a fully vaccinated campus,
requiring all employees and students to be up to date with their
COVID-19 vaccinations or have an approved exemption. More
information can be found here.DISABILITY ACCOMMODATION FOR JOB
CANDIDATESContact Human Resources regarding requests for disability
accommodation in the employment application process.APPLICATION
REVIEWApplication review will begin on June 1 and continue until
the position is filled.START DATEJuly 5, 2022
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