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Safety & Health Officer

Apply now Department: 3670070010 Public Safety
Job no: 510675
Employment type: Staff Full Time (Unclassified - Regular)
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Categories: Health & Safety
Pay Grade: 09A

About this Role:

The Safety and Health Officer is part of the Department of Environmental Health and Safety for Kansas State University.  They support safety, health and compliance programs for university activities. 

  • Assists or conducts health and safety inspections and compliance audits.
  • Assesses processes, worksites, classrooms, clinics and laboratories for presence of occupational health and safety hazards.
  • Prepares timely, accurate and complete reports of assessment or inspection findings.
  • Operates and calibrates a variety of sampling and monitoring instruments
  • Assists or performs job hazard analyses to determine appropriate administrative practices, engineering controls, or personal protective equipment (PPE) to reduce risk to workers and students.
  • Provides guidance or strategies to eliminate hazards or reduce risk.
  • Assists with equipment testing/inspection (e.g., fume hood, local exhaust systems). 
  • Performs personnel and area monitoring or sampling (of chemical, physical or biological agents using various sampling media and instrumentation).  Researches appropriate test/sample methods.
  • May assist with Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) assessments.
  • Participates as a member or supports the hazardous materials response team.
  • Maintains records in databases (e.g., materials and equipment inventories and inspection records).
  • Review/edit/write institutional safety documents to meet federal, state, and local regulatory requirements.

Why Join Us:


This position services Kansas State University (K-State) campuses and satellite locations throughout Kansas, but is based in the picturesque Manhattan campus.  K-State is wildcat country and the Safety and Health Officer is instrumental in keeping every wildcat safe.  This position will be part of vital team whose mission is to support uninterrupted research and learning within a safe and healthy environment. Learn about the Environmental Health and Safety Department at: www.ksu.edu/safety/

This position is benefits eligible: health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off-vacation, sick, and holidays.

To learn more visit: http://www.k-state.edu/hcs/benefits/

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion.  The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students and others.  The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Required Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Safety and Health, Safety Engineering, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Public Health, or related science or engineering discipline (e.g. toxicology, environmental health)
  • Three years of related experience. (This position may use an educational equivalency as determined relevant by a hiring manager to substitute for two years of professional experience.)
  • A valid Driver’s license upon employment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in industrial hygiene or related field may substitute for two years of professional experience
  • Certified Industrial Hygienist (may substitute for closely related degree, Must still have BA or BS)
  • Experience in laboratory safety, inspections and/or past experience working in laboratory setting
  • Coursework in chemistry, toxicology, or engineering principles
  • Experience, training, or education in operation of monitoring, testing, sampling, laboratory and/or analytical instrumentation
  • Ability to analyze and evaluate a variety of technical data, test results, reports and plans
  • Demonstrates strong quantitative and analytical capability
  • Strong computer skills, attention to detail, and record keeping skills
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills for broad audience
  • Aptitude to learn hazardous materials response safety
  • Ability to work effectively with ethnic, cultural, and socially diverse population
  • Knowledge or coursework of physical and toxicological effects of occupational hazards
  • Knowledge of occupational health standards, codes, and regulations
  • Knowledge of methods, procedures, and techniques used in collecting samples and assessing hazardous environments and applicable regulations
  • Experience supporting or managing respiratory protection programs

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment
  • Ability to transport up to 50 lbs.
  • Ability to be medically cleared/approved to wear respiratory protection, including SCBA.
  • Driver’s License upon hire

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume
  3. Three professional references with contact information
  4. Non-Official transcripts prior to interview

Screening of Applications Begins:

Immediately and continues until position is filled. For best consideration, apply by May 21, 2021.

Anticipated Hiring Range:

$21.51 - $33.34 per hour ($44,747 - $69,350 annually)

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

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