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Environmental Health & Safety Specialist

Requisition ID:  23202

Join Purdue University Fort Wayne:

Purdue University Fort Wayne seeks to develop and nurture its diversity.  PFW is committed to maintaining an inclusive community that recognizes and values the inherent worth and dignity of every person; fosters tolerance, sensitivity, understanding, and mutual respect.  We strive to add hardworking people to our team and we are currently seeking an Environmental Health & Safety Specialist.

Your day to day:

  • Inspect university buildings, property, and student housing units for compliance with OSHA, fire safety, and building codes standards and prevention of environmental health issues.
  • Identify items of non-compliance or concern and prepare written reports of deficiencies and required abatement dates for audit by the Division of Labor.
  • Assist in analyzing and evaluating university-wide accidents and injury reports to determine problem areas, recommend/develop techniques to improve safety measures and eliminate/prevent/decrease occurrences.
  • Serve as a resource to departmental safety committees.
  • Conduct OSHA safety training.
  • Assist in conducting ergonomics training, on-site assessments, and recommend appropriate equipment.
  • Implement training programs based on the needs/requests of each academic department and university division.
  • Implement the Purdue Integrated Safety Plan to all departments to ensure annual compliance.
  • Maintain training record database for all employees.
  • Assist in investigating complaints of health and safety issues while maintaining the confidentiality of complaint.
  • Assist in conducting on-site inspections, prepare reports and initiate corrective actions and conduct follow-up inspections.
  • Assist in providing advice, guidance, and assistance to department heads, faculty, and staff regarding safety measures, compliance with OSHA standards, life safety codes, OSHA funding procedures, and University policies and procedures.
  • Hazardous materials, waste, and recycling handling.
  • Subject to 24-hour call-back for emergencies.
  • May involve exposure to heights, extreme temperatures, hazardous chemicals, close spaces, and lifting requirements up to 50 lbs.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Why we’ll love you:

  • You have worked hard to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Hygiene, Environmental or Occupational Health, Safety Engineering, Hazardous Materials Management, Biology, Chemistry, or a closely related field.
  • You have experience with federal and state health and safety regulatory programs (OSHA and EPA).
  • You have experience in general safety, building inspection, safety inspections and/or accident investigation or a related area.
  • You can prioritize duties, work independently, respond timely to hazardous materials spills, handle confidential records, and act as a regulatory agency contact.
  • You can demonstrate the ability to develop constructive and cooperative working relationships and build mutual trust and respect with others, and maintain them over time.
  • You have experience in ergonomics.
  • You have a high standard of integrity, performance, and professional behavior.
  • You have strong verbal and written communication skills, good organizational skills, and experience with Microsoft Office.
  • You have a strong commitment to customer service, the University's Vision, Mission, and Core Values, and the philosophy of the Radiological and Environmental Management Mission Statement.
  • You have knowledge of OSHA standards and knowledge of federal, state and local fire and life safety codes.
  • You can interpret laws and policies.
  • You can effectively communicate, both verbally and in writing, with a variety of people in situations that could involve confrontation.
  • You have the ability to obtain safety certifications required.
  • You have a valid driver's license and remain in compliance with the Purdue University Motor Vehicle Records Check requirements.

Why you’ll love us:

  • Free tuition through Purdue University Global.
  • Fee remission for a traditional Purdue degree for yourself, your spouse, and your children.
  • Health, Vision, and Dental Insurance are available on the first day of employment.
  • Additional voluntary benefits.
  • Retirement benefits.
  • Paid Time Off.
  • Support for professional development opportunities.
  • Live and work in an affordable, family-friendly community.


Additional Information:

  • For the highest consideration, please submit a resume cover letter and contact information for three professional references.
  • Purdue will not sponsor employment authorization for this position.
  • A background check and misconduct screening will be required for employment in this position.
  • FLSA:  Exempt (Not Eligible for Overtime).
  • Retirement Eligibility:  Defined Contribution Waiting Period.


Purdue Fort Wayne is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce.  All individuals, including minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

May 31, 2023

Nearest Major Market: Fort Wayne

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