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Health and Safety Specialist 2 [Field Safety] at SLAC

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Type: Full-Time
Location: Menlo Park, California

Job Description:


We are seeking a highly motivated Health and Safety Specialist to manage and support our Environment, Safety, and Health Programs involving general construction and field safety. In this position, you will be responsible for developing, implementing and maintaining a broad range of general health and safety programs and provide field oversight of construction projects. This position reports within Environment, Safety, and Health Division, Field Services Department.

Key areas of responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Manage two or more specific ES&H topic programs this includes administering, assessing, and improving programs, and serving as a subject matter expert in support of operations at the Laboratory. Possible programs may include general construction safety, personal protective equipment (PPE), hoisting & rigging, machine guarding, powered industrial trucks, fall prevention, confined space, hazardous materials/waste management, contractor safety, permitting, chemical hygiene, indoor air quality investigations, etc.

  • Develop and deliver safety training for programs that they manage.

  • Support both in-house and subcontracted construction projects (field observations and project planning documentation and specifications) to ensure that they meet requirements; work with stakeholders to find the best solution to safety problems while enabling the team to meet the project schedule and budget.

  • Oversee the execution of safety policies and procedures in complex environments and potentially hazardous areas.

  • Provide technical advice and interpretation of regulations.

  • Stay current with changing standards, regulations, and policies that affect SLAC’s contractual obligations and safety efforts.

  • Conducts self-assessments for subject matter areas to ensure alignment of SLAC Policies and Procedures with ESH and SLAC goals.


Under limited supervision, perform moderately complex technical work in a wide range of environmental, health, and safety disciplines to ensure a safe work environment and to achieve compliance with the university's environmental, health, and safety standards and governmental regulatory requirements.


  • Develop, implement, and maintain programs, systems, and procedures necessary to ensure the overall safety and health of employees and the community.

  • May develop and conduct employee and student training, emergency preparedness activities, and/or assurance and accreditation programs.

  • Identify, assess, and monitor workplace hazards (including but not limited to, chemical, physical, biological, and radiological) that could be present in the work area; remediate hazards, and/or recommend improvements to minimize hazard potential.

  • Investigate accidents, incidents, injuries, and complaints concerning potential hazards or unsafe conditions in the work place.

  • Recommend improvements in processes, design, procedures, and operating equipment to minimize hazard potential.

  • Provide technical advice and university interpretation of various government regulations and university policies; maintain working knowledge of specific government regulations.

  • May act as a lead or technical expert, and provide direction to less experienced personnel working on health/safety programs.

* - Other duties may also be assigned


Education & Experience:

Bachelor's degree in arts/science in related allied/scientific/ engineering field and three to seven years progressively responsible experience in occupational safety and health, emergency response/management, environmental science, and/or allied/scientific/engineering field or equivalent combination of education or experience.

A background in one or more of the following is required:   

  • A technical background in construction and/or occupational safety and health involving hoisting & rigging, confined space, powered industrial trucks, PPE, hazardous material/waste management, fall prevention, contractor safety, indoor air quality investigations, etc.

  • Experience in an academic or laboratory research environment preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to conduct effective health and safety surveys, quantitative and qualitative exposure/risk assessments, and data analyses; ability to provide recommendations for exposure/risk control.

  • Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing with diverse audiences; ability to explain technical concepts clearly and concisely.

  • Demonstrated ability managing a broad range programs commensurate with experience successfully solving problems and implementing effective solutions.

  • Must have strong oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated ability to work and communicate effectively with a wide variety of people within a cross-functional team of diverse talents.

  • Ability to maintain current knowledge of and interpret specific government agency requirements (statutes, regulations, licenses, and permits) and university policies.

  • Working knowledge of the scientific and technical aspects of various regulatory requirements and potential impact on assigned work area(s).

Certifications and Licenses:

Hold or is actively working to obtain professional certifications (e.g., Associate/Certified Safety Professional (ASP/CSP), Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST), Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), etc.) preferred.

SLAC Employee Competencies:

  • Effective Decisions:  Uses job knowledge and solid judgment to make quality decisions in a timely manner.

  • Self-Development:  Pursues a variety of venues and opportunities to continue learning and developing.

  • Dependability:  Can be counted on to deliver results with a sense of personal responsibility for expected outcomes.

  • Initiative:  Pursues work and interactions proactively with optimism, positive energy, and motivation to move things forward.

  • Adaptability:  Flexes as needed when change occurs, maintains an open outlook while adjusting and accommodating changes.

  • Communication:   Ensures effective information flow to various audiences and creates and delivers clear, appropriate written, spoken, presented messages.

  • Relationships:  Builds relationships to foster trust, collaboration, and a positive climate to achieve common goals.

Job-Specific Competencies

  • Manages Ambiguity: Operates effectively, even when things are not certain or the way forward is not clear.

  • Customer Focused: Building strong customer relationships and delivering customer-centric solutions


  • Frequently stand, sit, and perform desk based computer tasks.

  • Occasionally use a telephone, write by hand.

  • Rarely kneel, crawl, climb ladders, reach/work above shoulder, twist/bend/stoop/squat, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, grasp forcefully, write by hand, sort and file paperwork or parts, operate foot and/or hand controls, carry, push, and pull objects that weigh 40 pounds or more.

  • Ability to maintain a valid non-commercial California Driver's license.

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


  • Must wear personal protective equipment as defined/required by job assignments.

  • May rarely be exposed to high voltage electricity, radiation or electromagnetic fields, lasers, noise > 80dB TWA, allergens/biohazards/chemicals /asbestos, or heavy metals

  • May rarely work in confined spaces or at heights ≥10 feet.


  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.

  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for environment, safety and security; communicates related concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.Meets the applicable roles and responsibilities as described in the ESH Manual, Chapter 1—General Policy and Responsibilities:

  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,

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