W. M. Keck Observatory
  • 21-Jul-2017 to 21-Aug-2017 (HST)

Application deadline is August 21, 2017

The Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Officer promotes and ensures safe work practices and protection of the environment while fostering a strong culture of awareness and responsibility in a working environment that encompasses a unique combination of aspects such as a high-altitude site, 24/7 operations, a complex industrial plant, large mechanical structures, high-tech instrumentation, laboratories with chemical processes, and a large transportation fleet.

The EHS officer organizes and prioritizes EHS functions in consultation with senior management.  The EHS Officer has authority for tactical EHS decisions and makes recommendations to senior management for longer decisions that impact policy and budget. The EHS officer also has responsibility for advising senior management on physical and facility security, and working with organizational leadership to address security issues.

The EHS Officer spends approximately equal time at the observatory facility on the summit of Mauna Kea and the offices and labs at the headquarters facility in Waimea, and provides in-person support to day and night staff.

The Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Officer promotes and ensures safe work practices and protection of the environment while fostering a strong culture of awareness and responsibility in a working environment that encompasses a unique combination of aspects such as a high-altitude site, 24/7 operations, a complex industrial plant, large mechanical structures, high-tech instrumentation, laboratories with chemical processes, and a large transportation fleet.

The EHS officer organizes and prioritizes EHS functions in consultation with senior management.  The EHS Officer has authority for tactical EHS decisions and makes recommendations to senior management for longer decisions that impact policy and budget. The EHS officer also has responsibility for advising senior management on physical and facility security, and working with organizational leadership to address security issues.

Work Locations

The EHS Officer spends approximately equal time at the observatory facility on the summit of Mauna Kea and the offices and labs at the headquarters facility in Waimea, and provides in-person support to day and night staff.

Reporting

The EHS Officer chairs the Safety Committee, reports to the Human Resources & Administration Manager while maintaining close coordination with and informal reporting to Operations and Infrastructure management, and has unrestricted access to the Observatory Director on critical safety matters.

Essential Functions

  • Promote a strong and tangible culture of safety and environmental awareness and responsibility among all staff.
  • Ensure compliance with federal, state and local safety, occupational health and environmental regulations, industrial standards and WMKO policies and procedures.
  • Maintain an organized EHS program that clearly defines the many EHS functions, provides an organized system of procedures, policies and records, and maintains a list and calendar of required periodic activities and deadlines.
  • Investigate EHS violations, incidents and near-hits and report findings to safety committee and appropriate supervisory or management personnel. Facilitate resolution of these incidents with the goal of continuously improving work practices and conditions.
  • Conduct and document regular facility inspections at summit and HQ in order to identify hazards and facilitate follow-up hazard mitigation actions.
  • Be accessible and responsive to employees on EHS matters through regular and personal visits with employees at work areas on the summit and at Headquarters, both day and night.
  • Chair, organize and conduct regular (nominally monthly) safety committee meetings with representatives from different departments/groups to review open incident reports or EHS related concerns, generate recommendations to senior management on safety policy, and encourage EHS advocacy via the committee.
  • Plan, budget, coordinate and obtain or provide staff training programs on occupational safety, health, industrial hygiene, chemical safety, environmental protection, emergency preparedness, transportation and office ergonomics, and other EHS topics.
  • Supervise the maintenance and record-keeping of hazardous material and chemical inventories and SDS database and data Develop, implement and administer policies, procedures and planning for hazardous materials and chemical transportation, hazardous waste disposal and underground storage tank (UST) inspections, including spill response and hazardous waste storage and management, in compliance with federal, state and local regulatory requirements.
  • Work with project managers, design engineers and project teams to ensure designs meet EHS related regulations and standards.
  • Work with external contractors such as Industrial Hygienists, waste transporters, and training providers to ensure services provided meet organizational needs.
  • Provide leadership and guidance in developing project specific safety plans and Job Hazard Analysis planning to ensure potential hazards are identified, mitigations are determined and implemented, and project teams are made aware of the hazards and mitigation methods. Provide hands-on guidance and presence during project construction and implementation phase.
  • Oversee the laser safety officer, ensuring compliance with applicable regulations and standards.
  • Coordinate and/or assist with WMKO efforts to work with insurance risk adjusters to identify and mitigate risk items and implement safety programs and procedures with the objective of obtaining insurance coverage at the lowest cost.
  • Periodically review and update EHS-related policies and procedures. Develop, implement, administer and communicate new policies and procedures as
  • Keep directorate well-informed of serious or potentially serious EHS matters.
  • Meet with the Summit Site Supervisor, HQ Facilities Supervisor and Senior Management on a regular basis to implement safety policies, procedures and programs.
  • Represent WMKO on Mauna Kea Observatories Safety Committee and with other applicable external EHS-related committees, groups or organizations.
  • Drive WMKO vehicles as necessary to transport employees and materials to and from the summit in a safe manner.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Perform other duties consistent with the scope of the position.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Industrial Hygiene, Safety Engineering or related field. Equivalent experience may substitute for bachelor's degree.
  • Sound working knowledge of safety, health, and environmental principles and regulatory requirements.
  • Five (5) years' experience as a safety officer in an industrial/scientific setting which includes EHS oversight of internal construction activities (e.g. painting and steel assembly).
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and facilitate resolution of EHS compliance issues.
  • Experience developing and presenting training programs.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experienceinconstructionand/orindustrialworkenvironments,includingexperiencewith mechanicalandelectrical
  • Board of Certified Safety Professionals certification, or equivalent.
  • Current training certification in Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER)
  • Working knowledge of safe handling of chemicals.
  • OSHA #511 Occupational Safety and Health Standards for General Industry training.

Skills

  • Microsoft Office Proficiency.
  • People and communication (verbal and written) skills to operate effectively in a small organization.
  • Certificates and Licenses
  • Valid driver's license and clean abstract.

Competences

  • To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
  • Communication: Ability to communicate effectively and concisely at all levels.
  • Interpersonal skills: Ability to build collaborative, effective relationships with staff.
  • Professionalism: Approaches others in a tactful manner; reacts well under pressure; treats others with respect and consideration; accepts responsibility for own actions; follows through on commitments.

Other Requirements

  • Willingness to commit to WMKO core values: Safety, Integrity, Respect, Discovery and Service
  • Willingness to commit to WMKO cultural values: Education/Learning, Communication, Teamwork, Rewarding Work Environment, Excellence, Community Involvement.
  • Willingness and ability to periodically work nights and weekends.

Physical Demands

These physical demands are representative of the physical requirements necessary for an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. This is not a complete list of the physical demands that may be required.

  • Sit: Remaining in the seated position continuously.
  • Use hands: Pick, pinch, or otherwise work primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand or arm as in handling.
  • Talk: Express or exchange ideas by means of the spoken word to impart oral information to clients or to the public and to convey detailed spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.
  • Stand: Remain on one's feet in an upright position at a workstation without moving about.
  • Walk: Moving about on foot.
  • Lift: Raise or lower an object from one level to another (includes upward pulling) up to75 pounds.
  • Vision: Color vision - Ability to identify and distinguish colors.
  • Hear: Perceive the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction, and having the ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and making fine discriminations in sound.
  • Carry: Transport an object, usually holding it in the hands or arms, or on the shoulder.
  • Push: Exert force upon an object so that the object moves away from the force.
  • Pull: Exert force upon an object so that the object moves toward the force (includes jerking).
  • Climb: Ascend or descend ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles using feet and legs or hands and arms. Body agility is emphasized.
  • Balance: Maintain body equilibrium to prevent falling when walking, standing, crouching, or running on narrow, slippery, or erratically moving surfaces.
  • Stoop: Bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist, requiring full use of the lower extremities and back muscles.
  • Handle: Seize, hold, grasp, turn or otherwise work with hand or hands. Fingers are involved only to the extent that they are an extension of the hand, such as to turn a switch or shift automobile gears.
  • Ability to pass a high altitude physical.
  • Ability to pass a respirator fit clearance.
  • Ability to work at the Observatory (14,000 feet elevations).

Work Environment

  • This job operates in both a professional office environment and an industrial setting.
  • This role may use standard office equipment such as computers, telephones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.
  • This job may require use of Personal Fall Arrest System, respiratory protection, and other Personal Protective Equipment as conditions warrant.

Environmental Conditions

These environmental conditions are representative of what an employee will encounter while performing the essential functions of the job. This is not a complete list of the environmental conditions that may be encountered.

  • Exposure to weather: Subject to extreme cold. Temperatures can be below 32 degrees for periods of more than one hour.  Consideration should be given to the effect of other environmental conditions such as wind and humidity.
  • Subject to Noise: There is sufficient noise to cause the worker to shout in order to be heard above the ambient noise level.
  • Subject to Hazards: Moving mechanical parts.
  • Subject to chemicals: Exposure to hazardous chemicals.
  • Subject to constrained spaces: Required to function in narrow aisles or passageways.

The above information on this job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by an employee in this classification.  It is not to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory, or all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications of employees assigned to this job.  Management has the right to add to, revise, or delete information in this description.  Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

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