Environmental Health - Safety Specialist II

  • University of Texas Permian Basin
  • Odessa, TX, USA
  • May 03, 2024
Full time Health & Medical Services

Job Description


Environmental Health - Safety Specialist II

Hiring Department

The University of Texas Permian Basin's Department of Environmental Health & Safety welcomes applications for the position of Safety Specialist II

Salary Range

$62,500.00 depending on qualifications

Essential Functions

Environmental Health & Safety is a consulting and compliance organization within and for the university. We ensure that our university is a safe place for education, research, extracurricular activities, and for some, a place to live. The Safety Specialist II will assist the director in developing, implementing, managing, and documenting compliance with state, federal, and local laws, regulations, and codes in safety, health, and environmental protection. We investigate accidents. The risk management functions also reside in the department. We will integrate with all aspects and functions of the University to provide a safe, healthy learning and working environment for our students, faculty, staff, and guests. This is a varied and fast-paced job that will provide a broad spectrum of all of these fields.
  • Environmental compliance includes compliance with the Clean Water Act, our MS4 program operation. Proper waste management in compliance with RCRA, SARA title IV, for solid, hazardous, biomedical, and universal waste generated by campus operation or research. Clean Air Act Title V compliance. Mold, lead, and asbestos management. DOT and IAUDA shipping compliance of dangerous goods. Hazardous spill cleanup.
  • Occupational safety duties from risk assessments and job hazard analysis, PPE, accident investigation to remediation of conditions and workers compensation across all aspects of the University. To develop plans, procedures, policy, guidelines, training and compliance standards to assist student, faculty and staff. Oversight of the occupational medical operations and surveillance.
  • Fire life safety inspection oversight and testing of systems, buildings, events, and wildfire risks.
  • Lab Safety includes chemical safety, biological safety, waste management, laser safety, radiation safety, and IACUC compliance.
  • Risk management - accident investigation, filing insurance, certificate of insurance tracking, Coordinating and obtaining insurance coverage for events and activities.
  • Coordination with UT System RMO for claims.
  • Oversight of construction safety not covered by UT System construction.
  • Oversight and inspection of ADA compliance in our buildings.
  • Investigation and development in evolving health issues

Required Qualifications

1. High school diploma diploma or G.E.D. and have attended college.
2. Experience in medical or chemical waste management
3. Three years of direct experience in an area specific to the position.
4. Must be able to qualify and pass the university's authorized driving program.

Preferred Qualifications

1. Associates degree in engineering, safety, industrial hygiene, chemistry, biology, physics, environmental science, or other related field.
2. Bachelor's degree in engineering, safety, industrial hygiene, chemistry, biology, physics, environmental science, or other related fields.
3. OSHA 10-30 hour certification in Construction or General Industry Safety.
4. 30-Hour HAZWOPER training to First Responder Operations Level.
5. RCRA Trained.
6. Certifications such as ASP, CSP, CIH, CHMM, ARM, are helpful.

Additional Information

Required Application Materials

1. Cover Letter
2. Resume
3. List of References
4. Transcripts (Preferred)
5. Letters of Recommendation (Preferred)

Conditions of Employment

1. The job description is not a complete list of all responsibilities and duties performed by employees. Employees may perform other related duties as assigned by their immediate supervisor.
2. Employment is subject to an introductory period to monitor employee performance.
3. Once hired, the prospective employee must present documentation within three (3) days of the hire date to establish their identity and employment eligibility as required by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Applicants must be able to show proof of eligibility to work in the United States by time of hire. UTPB participates in e-Verify.
4. Employees must be able and willing to travel and perform duties away from campus as necessary and must be able to operate a licensed motor vehicle, have access to a dependable motor vehicle, and possess a valid state driver's license. Must have and maintain a satisfactory driver's record.
5. Employment is contingent upon a successful background check.
6. UT Permian Basin is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.


Generally, the normal work hours for the university are Monday through Thursday, 7:30 - 5:30 pm; Friday, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm with a one-hour lunch. The individual holding this position may need to be available early morning, evening, and on weekends to meet the needs of the department. Hours worked may differ with some departments.

Standard Working Conditions

1. Able to lift various materials up to 25 pounds on an occasional basis.
2. Able to bend, crouch, and reach continuously.
3. Physically able remain seated, frequently to continuously.
4. Able to remain standing up to 15% of the time.
5. Possesses dexterity abilities required to perform job duties including extensive keyboard work, operating office equipment, performing filing, and other job-related responsibilities that include extensive wrist and hand movement.
6. Standard working conditions may differ depending on department and occupation

University Benefits

1. UT Permian Basin offers an excellent compensation package including heath, retirement, & fringe benefits for eligible employees.
2. Coverage includes medical, prescriptions, life insurance, AD&D, and matching retirement provided by UTPB.
3. You may also be eligible to add dental, vision, family coverage, & flex-spending accounts, additional retirement, and a few other coverages as options too.
4. Fringe benefits include tuition reimbursement (after one year of service), wellness breaks, employee assistant program (EAP), and meal deals, among other perks and discounts!
5. Our benefits package, along with an ample leave policy, make for a great total compensation package.

About the University

The University of Texas Permian Basin is located in Odessa, Texas. It was authorized by the Texas Legislature in 1969 and founded in 1973. The Permian Basin is one of the fastest-growing, culturally vibrant, economically invigorated regions of the country - full of industry, culture, and wide-open spaces. At the academic heart of this area sits The University of Texas Permian Basin - which every year, delivers smart, savvy leaders across the U.S.

As a regional, comprehensive institution, The University of Texas Permian Basin serves a diverse community of students from the region, the state, and beyond. Through excellence in student-centered teaching, learning, research, and public service, the University cultivates engaged citizens and impacts lives while advancing the technology and public interests of West Texas.

Our vision is that the University of Texas Permian Basin will be an innovative, responsive university that thinks large and lives local. We will lead in advancing education, research, economic competitiveness, and cultural enrichment.
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