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Environmental Health & Safety Officer

Company: University of Delaware
Location: Newark
Posted on: April 5, 2021

Job Description:

  • Public Safety, Security, & Emergency Services 1 Apply now Job no: 496370
    Work type: Staff
    Location: Newark
    Categories: Public Safety, Security, & Emergency Services, Full Time
    Pay Grade: 31E Context of the Job: Under the limited direction of the Assistant Director and/or Director, the Environmental Health & Safety Officer (EHSO) develops, implements and administers environmental health and safety policies, procedures, and systems to monitor, follow up and ensure compliance with applicable regulatory requirements and sound safety and health practices. The EHSO primary duties are management related to the storm water plan and the spill prevention control and counter measure (SPCC) program to assure University's compliance with federal, state and local regulations. Additional duties will pertain to other general health and safety issues. The expectation is to achieve optimal management and reduction of hazards and exposures which are detrimental to people and/or property. The EHSO plans and arranges own tasks; direction is infrequently provided by supervisor; must be able to apply standard policy or procedure to routine problems or duties without benefit of specific guidelines; determines actions to be taken without immediate direction of supervisor in all but unusual cases; creates new procedures for resolving non-routine matters having a high to moderate potential for generating conflict. University policy, government regulations, institutional precedents, professional standards and accepted practices govern independent action. Incumbent routinely interacts with students, staff, faculty, administrators, and regulatory agencies, and functions as an internal consultant to all levels of the University in matters of environmental health. Failure to perform tasks satisfactorily can result in liability, property damage, injury or fatality, regulatory noncompliance, and fine, imprisonment or both. This position is designated Essential Personnel for specific University operations. Major Responsibilities:
    • Manages storm water management program.
    • In support of the NPDES permit, the Stormwater general permits, and the Stormwater construction permits; manages and coordinates maintenance of stormwater systems on campus, prepares annual reports, conducts and documents inspections, investigates discharges, provides updates for the campus wide Stormwater GIS map. Conducts construction site runoff inspections, dry weather inspections of outfalls, illicit discharge inspections, public outreach, education, and training.
    • Develops, implements, and monitors comprehensive storm water compliance programs for all campuses; reviews and evaluates permit requirements on new facilities and renovation/remodel projects; develops and keeps detailed records of permits, source registrations, and permit modifications.
    • Develops, implements, reviews and monitors comprehensive spill prevention, control, and countermeasure compliance programs for all campuses; reviews and continually evaluates regulatory program requirements on new facilities and renovation/remodel projects; develops and keeps detailed records of clean-up/spill response.
    • Serves as primary liaison with the State of Delaware of Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) and other occupational and environmental related agencies and organizations; participates on University committees as may be assigned; attends meetings (local, regional or National) regarding occupational and environmental health and safety.
    • Serves as the point of contact and accompanies personnel from regulatory agencies on visits and/or inspections as it relates to the storm water program, SPCC program and former Newark landfill.--
    • Works with the Environmental Compliance Officer (ECO) within EH&S to monitor underground storage tanks and aboveground storage tank compliance programs, ensuring accurate monitoring and leak detection.
    • Works with University's Environmental Compliance Officer (ECO) within EH&S to develop, implement, and monitor comprehensive Clean Water Act compliance programs, including drinking water sampling, waste water permitting, emission control testing, and data collection.
    • Monitors compliance with the University's Storm Water Discharge Permits; inspects existing facilities and makes recommendations concerning floor drain protection from chemical spills; reviews new facilities and renovation/remodel projects for proposed chemical discharges and monitoring access points.
    • Inspects all university facilities to ensure compliance with local, state, and federal requirements; makes recommendations to minimize potential environmental pollution; conducts related training and educational programs.
    • Coordinates jointly with the ECO for all university environmental licenses and permit payments.
    • Serves as one of the primary contacts for and responds to reports of leaks, spills, and any other releases of potential environmental pollutants; investigates and ensures appropriate corrective action.
    • Works in coordination with the City of Newark to comply with the operation and maintenance plan pursuant to DNREC's final pan of remedial action for the former Newark landfill and the University Farm. Conducts inspections and follows up on maintenance required to meet the conditions of the operations and maintenance plan.
    • Consults with administration, faculty, staff and students concerning environmental and occupational health related issues. Provides training and information on a variety of environmental and occupational health related subjects. Represents the Department and University at public hearings, professional meetings, conferences and other appointed committees. Makes recommendations that will help maintain University compliance with federal, state and local environmental regulations and codes that will achieve the optimal control or reduction of hazards and exposures as well as maintain budgetary constraints.
    • Provides general supervision and provides assistance to the specialist(s) dealing with lead and asbestos issues.
    • Responds to, investigates and resolves Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety emergencies and complaints. Typical types of emergencies and complaints include chemical spills, IAQ complaints, personnel injuries, asbestos related issues, construction related issues, and bloodborne pathogen releases. Coordinates emergency activities with federal, state and local authorities on an as needed basis.
    • Provides training for personnel, students, local service organizations and contractors as necessary.
    • Provides input and/or updates the GIS database and map for Stormwater utilities.
    • Represents the EHS Department at UD Departmental Safety committee meetings as needed.
    • Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned. Qualifications:
      • Bachelor's degree with five years' experience directly related to position responsibilities, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
      • Working knowledge of applicable regulations and standards such as EPA, NFPA, OSHA, ANSI, AIHA and IBC is preferred. Must be able to obtain and maintain the 40 hour HAZWOPER Certification. Professional Engineer designation preferred.
      • Certification as Construction Reviewer (CCR) is preferred to review Storm water management activities at construction sites.
      • Certification as a Professional in Storm Water Quality is preferred (CPSWQ).
      • Experience with GIS database, mapping, and management is preferred.
      • Advanced knowledge of environmental science and engineering, including environmental chemistry, measurement technologies, pollution controls and equipment, and environmental management.
      • Experience working in an academic research environment preferred.
      • Skill in evaluating building and renovation/remodel construction permit for compliance as it applies to storm water runoff and/or SPCC program.
      • Ability to obtain necessary asbestos and lead certifications for inspections
      • Ability to develop, implement and enforce safety programs and protocols. Knowledge of federal, state and local safety regulations, protocols, and/or procedures.
      • Ability to operate, test and/or repair monitoring, sampling and/or analytical equipment and instruments.
      • Skill in performing various environmental related tests.
      • Effective oral and written communication skills. Ability to communicate and interact with officials at all levels of government. Ability to communicate technical information to non-technical personnel.
      • Intermediate computing skills and experience with database and spreadsheet software.
      • Knowledge of storage tank safety regulations.
      • Skill conducting water sampling in compliance with the applicable Stormwater requirements.
      • Skill in developing and conducting employee information/orientation sessions.
      • Skill in evaluating existing facilities and building renovation/remodel construction permit requirements for compliance with the Clean Water Act.
      • Ability to work effectively with diverse populations. Special Requirements:
        • Employee must be able to pass a background check.--
        • Employee must be able to pass hazmat physical examination in order to qualify the individual for emergency response involving all levels of respiratory protection.--
        • Requires the use of personal protective equipment to prevent exposure to hazardous materials. With or without assistance, requires the ability to exert 50 to 100 pounds of force occasionally, 25 to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or 10 to 20 pounds of force constantly; without assistance must be able to lift 50 pounds and maneuver 55 gallon drums weighing up to 600 pounds.
        • Must be able to ascend and descend ladders, walk and stand for long periods of time, walk on uneven surfaces, be able to work above and below ground level, work in cramped or confined spaces and work outside in various environmental conditions which include but are not limited to cold temperatures, hot temperatures, windy conditions and inclement weather.--
        • Individual must have a valid driver's license in order to maneuver throughout Newark and Wilmington campuses and other UD locations when operationally necessary.
        • Must have access to reliable private means of transportation and live within 30-minute travel time to the University for emergency response purposes. Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
          The University of Delaware does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, religion, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in its employment, educational programs and activities, admissions policies, and scholarship and loan programs as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Delaware also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

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