Position Classification Title: Safety Specialist
Position Classification Code: O1009
Job Family: Safety and Security
Pay Level: 09
Exempt Status: Exempt
This description is intended to describe the general nature of the work being performed. It is not intended to be a complete list of specific duties of any particular position. Duties, responsibilities and bargaining unit eligibility may vary based on the specific tasks assigned to the position.
Purpose of Classification:
Under general supervision, responsible for evaluating and assisting in mitigation of health and safety hazards. Develops, organizes and facilitates applicable safety programs and safety training for NMSU employees; reviews accidents, injuries and loss controls as needed to determine cause and trends in area of responsibility. Coordinates and provides assistance with inventories, inspections and maintaining records and programs.
Standard Duties:
Manages various safety programs and operations in focused areas. As directed develops and promotes general safety programs, policies and procedures to further support and facilitate safety, compliance and injury prevention. Advises university community regarding safety protocols and procedures to ensure regulatory compliance as mandated by local, state and federal agencies. Provide employee safety training to prevent worker injury/illness and facilitate OSHA compliance. Evaluates health and safety hazards according to environmental, health and safety principles and legal requirements. Provides reports on inspections and activity reviews which include recommendations for correcting operations and building safety deficiencies. Establishes procedures to eliminate injury, illness or hazards. Interprets data, prepares reports and provides recommendations regarding employee exposure. Recommend overall procedural changes to supervisor for any safety policy or recommended departmental program change in accordance with NMSU safety policy and procedures and under final authority of Environmental Health and Safety. Provide safety planning and ventilation assistance to ensure safe operations. Performs related duties as required, including emergency response after hours. Supervises, directs, delegates, and evaluates work of assigned staff.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
University and department policies and procedures; principles and practices of organization and administration; principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation; knowledge of federal, state and local regulations, protocols and/or safety procedures; knowledge of use, storage, transport, and emergency response procedures for hazardous materials; selection and use of personal protective equipment.
Performing safety inspections and developing reports and safety procedures that facilitate compliance with OSHA and applicable safety standards; skill in developing safety procedures and protocols; short- and long-term range planning; problem analysis and resolution; public contact and relations; supervisory and people skills; good organizational and record keeping skills; data management; developing innovative training sessions; independent thinking and judgment; imparting technical knowledge and information to workers of differing backgrounds.
Ability to react calmly and effectively in emergency situations. Ability to develop, implement, and enforce safety programs and protocols. Ability to lead and train staff and/or students. Ability to gather data, compile information, utilize data management tools, and prepare reports and other material. Ability to operate, test and/or repair monitoring, sampling and/or analytical equipment and instruments. Ability to investigate and analyze information and draw conclusions. Ability to communicate technical information to non-technical personnel. Ability to work effectively with diverse populations. Ability to design and present informational programs and presentations, based on assessed needs.
Minimum Qualifications:
   Education- Bachelor's degree in a related field.
   Experience- Three (3) years of professional experience related to the standard duties as outlined.
   Equivalency- None
   Departmental Requirements-
   Special Requirements-