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Environmental Health and Safety Technician

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Position Status: Full-time regular
Location: San Diego
Position Type: Staff, Facilities

Position Title & Department:

 Environmental Health and Safety Technician; Facilities Management
Posting #


Department Description: The mission of the University of San Diego Facilities Management Department is to efficiently operate, maintain, and support the development of quality facilities, grounds, and services, and at the same time to support our campus community, students, faculty, and staff. Through our efforts we support the university's commitment to pursuing truth, academic excellence, and the advancement of knowledge.
University Description:

The University of San Diego, a contemporary and engaged Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Diocese of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949. Governed by an independent board of trustees since 1972, USD remains committed to a liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. Inspired by this centuries old tradition of Catholic higher education, the University welcomes people of all faith traditions and any, or no, religious background. The future success of USD relies on the contributions of those who seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens and an earnest confrontation of humanity’s urgent challenges.

Detailed Description:

Assists in the design and implementation of the Environmental Health and Safety program for the entire campus and surrounding communities. Performs skilled-level work throughout the full spectrum of environmental health and safety practices as directed by the Director of Environmental Health and Safety. Assists in the compliant implementation of City, County, State, and Federal regulations. Conducts and documents inspections on Fire safety equipment, eyewash stations and safety showers, laboratory safety, general building occupancy, and hazardous waste collection, storage, and disposal. Will provide safety training as mandated in a variety of subject matters including, but not limited to, new employee orientation, hazardous waste handling, ergonomics, environmental compliance, confined space entry, fall protection, and numerous safety trainings on a variety of topics for Facilities Management staff. Provides follow-up investigation on incidents and injuries, including developing corrective action plans and tracking items to closure. Serves as a member of the Emergency Preparedness team and other safety related committees. Works closely with Public Safety and other campus colleagues

Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Inspect and accurately maintain current documentation related to the status of fire safety equipment, fire safety systems, emergency showers, and eyewash stations.
  • Inspect and report building safety hazards and recommend appropriate corrective action.
  • Routinely audit campus facilities and work processes assuring compliance with all pertinent environmental health and safety policies, rules, and regulations. 
  • Inspect and document laboratory fume hood testing (annually). 
  • Investigate and report safety hazards/chemical spills and recommend appropriate corrective action.
  • Develop and conduct training related to a new employee general safety and injury/illness prevention programs.
  • Investigate workplace accidents and provide recommendations for corrective action.
  • Maintain, update, and document safety programs including, but not limited to, confined space entry, lock out/tag out, forklift operation, fall protection, working at heights, etc. 
  • Maintain all requisite records and reports as directed by the Director of Environmental Health and Safety. 
  • Maintain pressure vessel inventory and permits. 
  • Perform ergonomic evaluations for office and field personnel, including written recommendations that can lessen the likelihood and reduce the incidence of injury. 
  • Participate in campus disaster/emergency preparedness. 
  • Maintain current and accurate library (physical and electronic) of Safety Data Sheet (SDS) information and inventory of all chemicals used or stored on campus.
  • Audit disposal of Hazardous Materials
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Environmental Health and Safety and/or the Assistant Vice President for Facilities Management

Special Conditions of Employment:

Effective June 1, 2023, based on CDC guidance, the University strongly encourages all campus members to stay up to date with Influenza and COVID-19 vaccination recommendations.  For more regarding information USD's COVID-19 protocols, please visit sandiego.edu/onward.

Background check:  Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes. 

Job Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate scientific or public health field is strongly preferred, along with minimum two years professional experience in a comprehensive environmental health and safety program, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Commensurate and extensive credentials, training, and experience in a comprehensive environmental health and safety program may be substituted in lieu of the Bachelor's degree requirement
  • General knowledge of fire and life safety codes and requirements
  • General knowledge of building codes and occupancy requirements
  • General knowledge of applicable local, state, and federal environmental health and safety regulations and policies 
  • General knowledge of environmental health and safety principles and practices
  • High interpersonal skill to communicate effectively in writing, in-person, and over the telephone to a diverse audience including students, faculty, and staff
  • Knowledge of and experience in ergonomic principles and best practices
  • Ability to exercise good judgment in effective time-management skills in the prioritization and proper execution of work when there are multiple tasks and competing priorities

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Laboratory experience, specifically in a university setting, preferred
  • Safety Management Specialist (SMS) Certification preferred
  • Associate Safety Professional (ASP) Certification preferred
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred

Performance Expectations - Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to develop and conduct training programs
  • Possess good organizational skills
  • Ability to meet and work effectively with students, faculty, staff and other outside agency professionals and possess strong team working skills
  • Read, understand, and express oneself clearly and effectively in written and oral form
  • Knowledge of ergonomic principles and control measures.
  • Working knowledge of and/or possess the aptitude to learn National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Codes and Standards, California Division of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal-OSHA) standards and enforcement, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) laws and regulations, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), and other applicable regulations.
  • Ability to collect, assess, and interpret date in order to effectively and accurately report on metrics, trends, statistics, etc.
  • Possess excellent human relations skills

Certificates, Licenses and Registrations:

  • Valid CA driver's license

Posting Salary:

$21.88 - 29.53 per hour; Excellent Benefits

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package including; medical, dental, vision, a retirement contribution given to you by the University, and access to on-campus Fitness Centers.  Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer.  USD: Human Resources: Benefits

The salary range provided in this posting reflects what we reasonably expect to pay for this position.  Actual compensation offered or earned is dependent on experience, education and other factors including departmental budget.

Special Application Instructions:
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Additional Details:

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Closing date: Open until filled

Note: External job postings will be up for at least five days. After that time, applications will be reviewed by the hiring manager/committee throughout the posting period. A candidate may be selected at any time which could then close this posting on a date earlier than listed.

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus. For more information, visit www.sandiego.edu/smokefree.

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Notice of Availability: In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (the Clery Act), the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available at www.sandiego.edu/safety/documents/annualreport.pdf. This report is published by October 1st of each year and includes current institutional policies and procedures concerning campus safety and security; fire safety and evacuation policies; sexual misconduct and relationship violence reporting and response stands and protocols; and crime and fire statistics for the three previous calendar years. To request a paper copy, please contact the Clery Act Compliance Manager via email at clery@sandiego.edu, by calling (619) 260-4768, or in-person in the Hughes Administration Center, room 150.