CAMPUS ENVIRONMENTAL SAFETY OFFICER
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS: The incumbent of this class is responsible for developing and executing programs, policies and procedures for compliance with local, State and Federal regulations which relate to the health and safety of employees and students at the Community College. Among the areas of responsibility are Chemical Safety, Hazardous and Biological Waste Management, Occupational Safety and Fire Safety. The incumbent may also, at times, perform the duties of a Campus Security Officer. The work is performed under general supervision. Supervision of others is not normally a function of this class. Does related work, as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES:
Develops and executes programs, policies and procedures in compliance with local, State and Federal regulations which relate to the health and safety of employees and students at Genesee Community College;
Keeps informed of changes in local, State and Federal laws, and conveys new requirements to the college community;
Reviews safe storage and handling practices of chemicals in laboratories on campus. Promulgates policies and procedures for such storage and handling, conducts laboratory safety surveys, and generates recommendations for corrective action when appropriate;
Makes complete arrangements for pick up and disposal of hazardous and biological waste through an outside contractor. Maintains waste manifests and records. Makes provisions for safe temporary storage of hazardous and biological waste on campus;
Identifies unsafe occupational practices and conditions through active inspection and reports thereof to the appropriate officials;
Serves as the designated "Right-to-Know/Hazard Communication Officer for the college. Maintains a master file of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and chemical fact sheets. Maintains a master list of all chemicals used on campus. Maintains MSDS files in the various work locations in the college. Ensures that all containers are labeled in accordance with Right-to-Know and the Hazard Communication Standard by active inspection of work areas. Implements, updates and presents initial and annual training programs for employees;
Oversees a fire safety inspection program. Conducts monthly check of fire alarm systems and fire drills. Conducts monthly inspection of fire extinguishers. Coordinates annual inspections of the building, the fire alarm system and fire
Maintains Colleges Hazardous Material Generator registration, and other licenses and registrations as required by law. Prepares and submits required reports to regulatory agencies;
Maintains contact with local, State and Federal regulatory agencies, such as Environmental Protection Agency, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, State and County Health Departments, local fire departments, SUNY, and the New York State Education Department. Prepares reports and safety documents for internal and external use;
Serves as chairman of the college safety committee. Prepares reports for internal and external use;
Works with Personnel Office and Student Health Nurse to implement and carry out policies on work related illnesses and injuries. Follows up on all work related accidents;
Works with Personnel Office to help maintain personnel exposure records for present and past employers;
Carries out security and law enforcement functions to assure welfare and safety of College Community and protect College property, as outlined in procedure manual;
Builds rapport between College, student body, and community; cooperates with law enforcement, fire prevention, and safety groups;
Patrols the building and grounds on foot and by vehicle to maintain order, protect persons and property, control traffic, provide first aid when necessary; prevents trespassing, theft or damage to College, College Community, and visitors;
Enforces traffic and parking regulations; investigates motor vehicle accidents on campus;
Assists in giving directions and information to students and visitors on campus;
Investigates complaints made or assigned by supervisors.
The above examples of duties are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.
FULL PERFORMANCE, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND/OR PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS: Good knowledge of the practices and procedures to insure the safety and security of the building, grounds, equipment and persons on the College campus; working knowledge of local, State and Federal regulations affecting the health and safety of employees and other persons present on the College Campus; ability to prepare clear, precise and neat written reports that are grammatically correct; ability to read, understand and interpret government regulations applicable to health and safety;ability to apply health and safety regulations to conditions at the Community College; ability to communicate effectively with others; ability to conduct training programs relating to health and safety issues; good judgment; tact; courtesy; resourcefulness; dependability.
NOTE: It is anticipated that the technical knowledge of Local, State and Federal Laws and Regulations dealing with employee safety and health will be gained through training during the probationary period. Examples of such laws would be the NYS Right-to-Know Law and the Federal Chemical Hazard Communication Standard.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma recognized by the NYS Education Department, AND:
- Possession of a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in Criminal Justice, Police Science or similar curriculum, and either has completed coursework in public safety, or has six months of full-time, paid experience with major responsibility for a safety program in industry, government or at an educational institution;
- Possession of a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university and one (1) year of experience as listed in #1 above;
- Possession of an Associates Degree from an accredited two-year College and three (3) years of experience as listed in #1 above;
- A combination of education and training equivalent to numbers 1, 2 and 3 above.
NOTE: Part-time, paid experience may be pro-rated to meet the requirements above.