Safety Specialist

Posted: Feb 12, 2018

Location Portland, OR

This position will work in the Environmental Health & Radiation Safety program (EHRS) with duties that encompass all missions of OHSU. EHRS oversees/manages programs and policies aimed at minimizing safety, health, environmental, and regulatory risks to the OHSU community.  The EHRS program encompasses chemical, biosafety, fire/life safety, radiation safety, as well as general safety oversight across the university.  Projects and/or responsibilities in other departments may also be assigned.

The Safety Specialist II will provide EHRS services under the direction of EHRS leadership.  With a focus on Chemical Hygiene, emphasis will be placed on coordinating, evaluating and communicating about chemical safety program elements across the institution. This position will be embedded across healthcare, research, and academic missions, with programmatic duties that span across several campuses.


  • Provide chemical hygiene and safety support and technical consultation to OHSU locations. Collaborate and assist program stakeholders to monitor and promote compliance with regulatory standards, including integration with overall regulatory activities under direction from EHRS Leadership.
  • Provide consultative services to EHRS stakeholders, collaborate with internal groups and outside agencies to ensure compliance with regulatory standards and safety initiatives, guide any risk assessments and associated performance improvement activities.
  • Participate in EHRS programs focused on radiation safety, hazardous waste compliance, occupational health and safety, and environmental compliance as requested.
  • Represent OHSU during regulatory inspections.

The Safety Specialist II works independently and acts as an advanced professional resource in performing specialized and detailed guidance, review and final determination/resolution (as assigned) of activities and areas to determine conformity with federal and state regulations and OHSU policies.  This position provides leadership to the OHSU community in the area of integrity by independent and advanced professional performance of the following:

  • Timely and accurate assessment in accordance with regulatory, policy, and process requirements;
  • Serve as lead in and deliver professional training and education;
  • Serve as an advanced professional resource for safety, compliance and integrity; and
  • Partner with leadership in development, maintenance, and improvement of OHSU policies, SOPs, and technologies in order to maximize compliance, efficiency, and reflect current trends.

The primary work location is the Central Campus, located in Portland, Oregon, and will have a strong focus on operations on the Central, South Waterfront, and West Campuses.  Additional responsibilities in that require health and safety services may also be assigned at any OHSU location.

Job Requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 5 years of related experience with chemical safety programs.
  • Working knowledge of requirements related to safety
  • Ability to understand biological, chemical and scientific terminology, and to accurately identify drugs, devices, procedures, etc. in order to provide thorough and accurate review and guidance;
  • Ability to read and comprehend complex scientific procedures in order to provide thorough and accurate assessments;
  • Ability to effectively work both independently and in a team environment; effective organizational abilities, oral and written communication skills, and interpersonal skills; ability to operate and communicate effectively while meeting multiple deadlines and completing projects simultaneously; ability to interact in a positive, productive manner with research faculty and staff, leadership, and other staff (demonstrating sensitivity, tact, and professionalism);
  • Advanced proficiency with electronic systems and software.
  • Have or obtain within 2 years of hire applicable or related certification, such as CIH, CHMM, CSP


  • Advanced degree or additional emphasis/training/education in safety or a related scientific discipline (e.g. bachelor’s degree in a related field such as biology, chemistry, or biochemistry) strongly preferred
  • EHRS-specific experience at an academic medical center.
  • Functional knowledge of current safety requirements
  • Demonstrated leadership and formal/informal influence skills
  • Advanced knowledge in federal and state laws, regulations, and guidance relating to safety and related areas;
  • Applicable or related certification, such as CIH, CHMM, CSP preferred

Additional Details

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