Environmental Health and Safety Specialist

Location
Leesburg, VA, Facilities Building Services
Posted
Oct 12, 2019
Closes
Nov 10, 2019
Ref
IRC6759
Industry
Education, Healthcare
Hours
Full Time
The Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Specialist position supports Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) efforts to address issues related to workplace safety, environmental hazards and regulatory compliance. They serve as the primary LCPS point of contact for Environmental Health and Safety concerns. They will assist in managing compliance with regulatory requirements in a diverse number of environments, to include equipment and facility maintenance shops, administrative offices, commercial kitchens, instructional classrooms (including vocational and theater arts,) educational laboratories, and athletic facilities. These duties also include but are not limited to managing indoor air quality, overseeing the remediation/disposal of hazardous materials, and compliance with environmental and occupational safety regulatory requirements. The EHS Specialist works closely with consultants, regulatory agencies, contractors, and other school personnel to ensure the environment and working conditions in School Board owned and operated facilities meets or exceeds all applicable federal and state EHS standards.

Responsibilities

The following information is intended to describe the overall nature and scope of the work being performed in relation to the position. This is not a comprehensive listing of all responsibilities or tasks; other work may be assigned when deemed appropriate:
• Assists in identifying training needs and developing appropriate EHS related training courses, presentations, and other safety communications for LCPS employees; facilitates recurring staff safety meetings across LCPS.
• Manages indoor air quality to include investigating, monitoring and resolving complaints/concerns.
• Conducts job hazard analysis and facility safety audits to identifying potential EHS concerns.
• Assists in developing occupational safety programs, policies, and procedures, periodically review all programs and makes recommendations for updates.
• Inspects/tests facilities for hazardous materials to include material suspected of containing asbestos and lead.
• Assists in identifying potentially hazardous materials (to include asbestos, lead, radon, and others) and oversees removal or abatement as required for all hazardous materials found in school facilities and on school sites.
• Monitors the selection, purchase, storage, and handling of hazardous chemicals and materials, manages the minimization and the disposal of hazardous waste generated at LCPS facilities.
• Participate/lead incident investigations, root cause analysis and action item completion/follow-up.
• Assists the Department of Instruction in providing content for specific occupational safety/lab safety programs and conduct training as necessary.
• Conducts monthly inspections of above ground storage tanks and maintains appropriate records/inspection logs.
• Serves as Essential Personnel and may be called in to respond to a facility emergency or other incident impacting school operations.

Qualifications

• Bachelor• s Degree in Environmental Science, Safety or related field
• Five years of experience or proven work experience and/or training to demonstrate the standards, concepts, and guidelines significant to perform the responsibilities of the position
• Certified Industrial Hygienist preferred, Certified Safety Professional preferred, Radon Certified preferred, Asbestos Certification preferred
• Ability to understand and apply federal and state regulations (Occupational Safety and Health Administration/Virginia Occupational Safety and Health, Environmental Protection Agency and Virginia Department of Environmental Quality) concerning occupational safety, environmental management, fire code (Virginia Fire Prevention Code), and hazardous materials in schools in lead and asbestos (Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act)
• Experience with Industrial Hygiene issue to include noise, indoor air quality, dust, and water testing and applicable consensus standards (American Industrial Hygiene Association and American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists)
• Experience working in an educational environment with school administrators, faculty and staff, including experience with laboratory safety equipment (fume hoods, biological safety cabinets, eye wash stations, safety showers, etc.), custodial operations (cleaning equipment, chemicals and application of bloodborne pathogen standards), and food service, transportation and maintenance worker operations along with common safety issues and regulatory requirements
• Experience with investigating indoor air quality concerns; ability to conduct environmental testing
• Ability to work closely with consultants, regulatory agencies, and contractors
• Working knowledge of and ability to interpret environmental regulations governing the handling and disposal of hazardous materials in schools including hazardous wastes, asbestos and lead, and other materials
• Working knowledge of instructional laboratory environments and familiarity with chemical hygiene plans and biosafety manuals
• Strong communication skills
• Possession of a valid state driver• s license

Physical Requirements:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, stand, drive and walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects or tools; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is regularly required to see, talk and hear. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, climb, kneel, crouch or bend and may be required to lift approximately 25 pounds. May be exposed to uneven terrain, extreme temperatures and other inclement weather.

Additional Details

Classified Salary Scale, Level 17

This is an Exempt position.
Reports to: Coordinator, Environmental Safety and Occupational Health

The Loudoun County School Board is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and to the provision of equity in its educational programs, services and activities for all students and employees.

Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) does not discriminate on the basis of race, ancestry, color, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, marital status, age, religion, national origin, disability, or genetic information in employment or in its programs and activities. LCPS provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Assistant Superintendent for Department of Human Resources and Talent Development
Loudoun County Public Schools
21000 Education Court
Ashburn, VA 20148

Tel: 571-252-1100

How To Apply

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To be considered for the vacancy, please complete ALL sections of the application. A resume will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.

Please be sure to upload the following:
• Three (3) current professional references (Name, phone number, email address). At least one reference should be a current supervisor or most recent supervisor.
• Resume

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