Sr. Occupational Health and Safety Specialist

Website Arizona Department of Environmental Quality

Sr. Occupational Health and Safety Specialist


Job Location:
Address: 1110 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85007
Posting Details:
Grade: 24

Closing Date: Open until filled
This position may be available for remote work within Arizona (3 days per week in the office/hoteling).
Job Summary:
This position will manage the internal occupational health and safety program for ADEQ and provide training and support to ADEQ’s staff.
Job Duties:
• Develop, coordinate, implement, and maintain a comprehensive agency-wide occupational health and safety program to prevent injury, occupational illness and damage to property.
• Assess facility and site inspections or drills, job hazards analyses, leading and lagging indicators, and other evaluations to identify hazards and potential risks.
• Responsible for agency-wide and/or program specific safety and health directives. Determine the applicability of administrative and regulatory requirements and other health and safety laws and implement the applicable ones accordingly. Align the safety programs to Arizona Management System.
• Maintain and revise agency safety related manuals, including preparation and distribution of appropriate updates.
• Maintain current knowledge of state and federal legislation, regulations and practices in safety and health and advise agency management regarding the impact on agency operations.
• Understand the cross-functional knowledge/requirements and integrate in agency safety programs that have a direct impact on the mission outcomes and employee culture.
• Establish and implement occupational safety and health training objectives and provide the related training.
• Investigates incidents or accidents to determine causes and preventive measures to be taken to avoid recurrence.
• Maintain records and a database of employee training, medical examinations, licenses, and certifications.
• Review and evaluate the available information to propose solutions for preventive and corrective actions.
• Perform other duties as required/assigned.
• Travel is up to 25% supporting our field staff working outdoors as needed.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):
• Knowledge of OSHA, ADEQ, ADOSH laws, ordinances, rules and regulations on occupational safety and health; of principles and practices of budget preparation and administration; of principles and techniques of employee training; of principles of hazardous materials and waste management, RCRA and OSHA classifications; of safety compliance and general liability risk management issues.
• Ability to communicate clearly and mediate, negotiate and facilitate resolution of projects, problems, or issues; to plan, organize, promote, and implement a comprehensive health/safety program; to build and maintain positive working relationships with ADEQ employees and contractors.
• Experience in Safety data analysis and reporting software.
• Ability to establish and maintain positive, effective working relationships with those contacted in the performance of work, communicate with different levels of staff and management.
• Ability to develop and recommend policies and procedures; assemble and interpret statistical data; to prepare reports and manuals interpreting and summarizing technical and/ or complex information for use by less knowledgeable individuals.
• Ability to identify, plan, conduct or provide for training of agency staff in a variety of safety, health and other risk management related areas; to act quickly and calmly in emergency situations; analyze situations quickly and objectively and to determine proper course of action.
• Strong customer service, interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.
• Strong problem-solving skills and attention to detail.
Selective Preference(s):
• Bachelor’s degree in safety engineering, occupational health, environmental health, industrial engineering, or a closely related field.
• 5 years of experience in safety, accident prevention, environmental health, industrial hygiene or occupational risk management.
• Associate Safety Professional (ASP) certification is required. Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and any safety related certifications is preferred.
Among the many benefits of a career with the State of Arizona, there are:
· 10 paid holidays per year
· Accrual of sick and annual leave beginning at 12 and 13 days per year respectively for full-time employees
· A top-ranked retirement program with lifetime pension benefits
· A robust and affordable insurance plan to include medical, dental, life, short-term and long-term disability
· An incentivized commuter club and public transportation subsidy program
· We promote the importance of work/life balance by offering workplace flexibility
· We offer a variety of learning and career development opportunities

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page
ASRS Lifetime Benefits
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Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.

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