Environmental Health & Safety Specialist

Hennepin County Medical Center

Job Description

Provide technical assistance and guidance on environmental, health & safety issues, recommend EHS best practices and ensure implementation of strategies that reduce safety hazards for employees.
Investigate employee safety incidents with the injured employee managers to determine the root cause and create corrective action plans to prevent a reoccurrence.
Coordinate OSHA, EPA, MPCA, Environmental, Health & Safety compliance activities, complete regulatory reports, and assist in regulatory inspections.
Serve as a resource for departments with regulatory and or accreditation issues related to Environmental, Health & Safety activities.
Assist with hazardous waste management activities with departments and outside contracts. Provide instruction to employees in safe handling practices for hazardous waste and hazardous materials.
Conduct EHS training classes, as required.
Lead EHS internal audits with employees from other functional areas.
Develop, implement, and maintain EH&S programs, practices, and procedures.
Ability to serve as the backup for the hazardous waste program manager, per LQG hazardous waste requirements.
Provide training and coaching for managers and employees in related EH&S practices.
Lead EH&S reviews for processes and equipment and develop appropriate controls to mitigate risk.
Collect, analyze, and report environmental, health and safety metrics.


Minimum Education/Work Experience:
Bachelors degree in Occupational Safety, Environmental Science, or Occupational Health, or another related field.
Masters Degree in Environmental Health and Safety preferred.
Five years of professional experience in environmental health and safety in a manufacturing, consulting or hospital setting.
Knowledge/Skills /Abilities:
Possess excellent analytical, oral and written communication skills
Excellent interpersonal skills required.
Self-starter able to work independently when necessary but be part of the team and the team concept.
Ability to interact with all levels of an organization.
Ability to deal professionally, appropriately and effectively with sensitive and confidential information.
Ability to support a non-punitive environment that encourages reporting and develops an open voluntary reporting culture.
Ability to collaborate and to facilitate collaboration with groups in problem solving, consensus building and initiating action in a respectful, timely manner.
Prefered Qualifications:
Experience with large quantity generator hazardous waste operations and related compliance activities, conducting incident investigations and completing regulatory reports. Ergonomics experience and ergonomics training preferred.
License /Certifications:
DOT certified or the ability to become certified within 6 months of hire.

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