Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Manager

January 7, 2022
Tacoma, Washington

Hiring Range:  $64,000-$68,000 per year with excellent benefits.
Department:  Administrative Services Office
Posting Date:  01/07/2022
Closing Date:  When a sufficient number of qualified applicants have been identified.
Work Schedule:  FT; Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm. Some evenings and weekends may be required. Possibility of some remote work time.

General Description:  The Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Manager provides leadership, strategic planning, and implementation of proactive programs to ensure PLU is compliant with all federal, state, and local regulations involving environmental, health, and safety issues. The EHS Manager is a resource for regulatory and technical support, communication, education, outreach, and training program development that inform and protect faculty, staff, and students of the university. This position reports to the Director of Risk Services.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Develop, maintain, evaluate, and apply environmental health and safety plans and programs to ensure the university complies with current applicable federal, state, and local regulations and standards including WISHA, OSHA, Labor & Industry, Department of Ecology, Fire Marshal, and Health Department.
  • Prepare and submit annual regulatory reports required by local, state, and federal agencies regarding environmental, and employee health to include the Annual Hazardous Waste Report, Pollution Prevention Planning, and OSHA 300 Log information.
  • Coordinate and respond to federal, state, and local inspectors including the timely response to safety violation citations.
  • Provide strategic leadership in environmental, health and safety by effective and consistent communication and coordination.
  • Coordinate the campus hazardous waste disposal program. Provide related information to the community regarding proper disposal procedures; supervise the removal of hazardous waste; maintain hazardous waste inventories, and ensure hazardous waste disposal complies with local, state and federal regulations.
  • Conduct inspections and environmental testing on university structures or properties.
  • Coordinate and oversee the work of consultants hired to perform monitoring, take samples, or evaluate environmental and safety risks.
  • Develop, evaluate, and coordinate university environmental safety and occupational health safety plans, procedures, and training programs for employees and students to reduce potential incidents or injuries.
  • Conduct safety orientations for new employees.
  • Maintain safety testing equipment and industrial hygiene equipment.
  • Maintain master files of campus safety data sheets (SDS), training completion, and other relevant information.
  • Complete ergonomic assessments and equipment purchases for university employees.
  • Facilitate university Safety Committee meetings in concert with the Committee chair.
  • Manage service & purchase budget.
  • Participate as a member of the university’s Emergency Response Team.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Highly energetic; professional demeanor; ability to be self-motivated and organized.
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team; ability to work with diverse constituencies.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills; ability to present information to a broad campus community.
  • Good judgment, flexibility, creativity, and sensitivity to changing situations and needs.
  • Broad knowledge of chemical, and biological handling, storage, disposal, and safety.
  • Knowledge of laboratory safety principles of containment, decontamination, disinfection, and protection of people and environment from potential adverse effects of laboratory agents.
  • Strong knowledge of federal, state and local safety and environmental regulations and relevant codes.
  • Ability to execute compliance programs.
  • Strong interpersonal, collaboration, and problem solving skills; strong project management skills.
  • Knowledge of computer systems and software.
  • Ability to respond to emergencies and critical situations appropriately and negotiate effective solutions in sensitive situations.

Required Qualifications:

  • 5 years of professional level experience in environmental health and safety, industrial hygiene, or occupational health fields. Education or professional license/certification such as CSP, CIH, or CHMM may substitute for some experience.
  • Finalist applicant must successfully complete pre-employment background checks.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree environmental health and safety, industrial hygiene, or occupational health fields.
  • Professional license or certification in one or more of the following: CSP, CIH, CHMM.
  • Professional experience in higher education.
Physical Requirements:
  • Ability to sit for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to walk around university property and buildings (up and down stairs) completing EHS inspections with or without accommodation.

Other Information:  At PLU, diversity is intrinsic to the vitality of learning, resilience and growth. PLU is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from members of historically underrepresented and minoritized groups, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and others who would bring broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. PLU offers an excellent benefits package including tuition remission for employees and their dependents, retirement plan, medical, dental, paid vacation, major holidays off, and many other great university benefits.

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Company Name:

Pacific Lutheran University

Salary:

$64,000 - $68,000 Per Year

Job Category:

EHS Single-site, EHS Multi-site, EHS - West Coast region

Position Type:

Full Time

Experience:

2 - 5 years

Education:

Bachelor's Degree

Industry Segments

Academic/Educational sector, Charity / Non-profit, Environmental Services