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Facilities Safety Officer

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Boulder, CO

Employment Type:

University Staff



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Job Summary

Facilities Management at the University of Colorado Boulder is inviting applications for a Facilities Safety Officer. This position will support Facilities Management's (FM) goal of providing a safe and healthy work place for employees. The Safety Officer will ensure required regulatory compliance by State/Federal regulations, conduct safety inspections of shops with supervisors. The incumbent will assist FM work units, supervisors and Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) to develop and improve safety programs and procedures. The Safety Officer will develop safety-training plans based upon job requirements. The position will be responsible for researching and providing new safety trainings as well as continue with existing required trainings to ensure compliance. The Safety Officer will work with Facilities Management Human Resources (FMHR) and EH&S for consistency and assist in leading FM safety and accident/incident investigations. This position will coordinate with FMHR, Risk Management and EH&S to ensure FM compliance as well as co-chair the FM Safety Committee in conjunction with FMHR, while continuing to nurture and enhance the department safety culture through the implementation of safety incentive programs.

Who We Are

Facilities Management (FM) is responsible for the overall physical development and maintenance of the campus. The mission of the department is to provide a safe physical environment that promotes the advancement and transfer of knowledge.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Develop, Support and Enforce Occupational Safety and Regulatory Programs for Facilities Management
  • Coordinate with FM work units regarding comprehensive environmental and occupational health matters affecting personnel and devises specialized operating practices involving recognized hazards. 
  • Conduct site/facility safety audits and inspections as well as activity hazards analysis.
  • Recommend and develop corrective measures, safety programs and training sessions based on results of inspections. 
  • Complete reports on safety deficiencies to identify corrective measures to ensure compliance. 
  • Responsible for monthly facility inspections (equipment, tools, PPEs, maintenance accessibility, safety devices etc.).
    • Inspect and maintain FM AED units per schedule.
    • Calibrate air monitors monthly.
  • In conjunction with EH&S, Administer FM Safety and Health policies; Activity Hazard Analyses; and other site-specific plans, procedures and policies. Understand and follow Safety Policies and procedures for Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), recommend changes to policies as needed. 
  • Prepare and revise written procedures or actions for conditions not directly addressed by existing standards to include safety instruction and guides. 
  • Ensure personnel are compliant and wearing required (PPE) for the specific work activity performed.
  • Evaluate safety standards adopted by national safety associations, publications on work processes, and current industrial problems and modify/adapt for local application. 
  • Maintain constant awareness of active and developing hazardous situations. 
  • Work with project managers and contractors to ensure they are aware of safety issues that affect students, visitors, faculty and staff during construction or renovation projects.   
  • Assist in, or provide backup, to FMHR for Reasonable Suspicion Policy and Procedures. 
  • Work with FMHR to coordinate specific FM safety trainings and compliance tracking. 
  • Enforce/support and assist with development and compliance for regulatory programs including, but not limited to: The Clean Air Act; The Clean Water Act; Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know; Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA); Toxic Substance Control Act; and assist with FM Global audits and inspections.
Conduct Safety Trainings 
  • Provide safety orientation information for new FM employees. 
  • Revise, update and conduct quarterly FM safety-training sessions. Ensure employees understand hazards associated with site conditions, activities, and methods to mitigate those hazards.
  • Work with FMHR and / or EH&S to either conduct, coordinate and arrange for training locations, etc. 
    • Key Core Topics include, but are not limited to: Blood Borne Pathogens; Asbestos; Noise; Water Quality; Hazardous Materials; Ladder Safety; Fall Protection – Awareness and Competent Inspector; Slip, Trip and Fall; Basic and Advanced First Aid and CPR; Hazards Communications – Right to Know Act; Seasonal trainings such as Winter Injury Prevention; Lock Out Tag Out; Confined Space (Awareness and Comprehensive); Respirator training and fit test; Golf cart/Kubota safety (Target Solutions); Electrical – general safety.
  • Provide training attendance rosters to FMHR for compliance and record tracking.
  • Provide monthly safety topic options for shop level trainings and follow up on deficiencies, recommendations, trainings, etc.  Conduct shop specific training sessions.
  • Assist EH&S in the development of general safety manual and work with FM website coordinator on links to EH&S manual. 
  • Develop and improve computer web based safety training opportunities.
Worker Accident/Incident Investigation 
  • In conjunction with EH&S and FMHR, conduct safety investigations and analyze mishaps and hazardous conditions to determine origin, root causes, and contributing elements, to include near misses. Lead mishap investigations, assuring causation of mishaps are identified and corrective measures are developed to reduce the risk of re-occurrence and verifying the effectiveness of actions taken.
  • Prepare written evaluation reports concerning findings. Coordinate with campus resources, obtain statements from witnesses, photographs of mishap scene, record circumstances of mishap and extent of injuries, estimate cost of property damage, and prepare formal report of findings with proposed recommendations to correct the unsafe acts / conditions. 
  • Compile and analyze mishap data, graphs and identifies trends, and develops comprehensive recommendations to reduce or eliminate mishaps.
Department Safety Liaison 
  • Serve as co-chair of the Facilities Management Safety Committee in conjunction with FMHR. Create agenda with input from committee members. Follow up on concerns and issues brought forth from employees. Discuss incident with committee to gather insight, awareness and input on how to prevent in future.
  • Administer FM Safety Recognition Program; work with safety committee on recognition of employees that demonstrate and exhibit efforts to improve workplace safety. Maintain records on awards given and request additional funding as needed.
  • Participate in shop safety meetings (as needed or requested). Work with shop safety member to ensure First Aid Kits are inspected and are adequately stocked.
  • Coordinate safety shoe truck visits to campus; understand how eyeglasses and other departmental PPE needs are acquired, accounted for, and budgeted. 
  • Direct comprehensive FM annual safety retreat to include logistics, topics and learning objectives. Participate on other appropriate safety committees and attend the Emergency Management Operations Group (EMOG) meetings. 
  • Advise FM Assistant Vice Chancellors (AVCs) and Assistant Directors on courses of actions affecting FM; work processes and environmental conditions which impact the safety and efficiency of personnel. 
  • Correct unsafe acts or conditions through the regular line of authority, though may exercise emergency authority to prevent or stop unsafe acts when immediate action is required.
  • Work with FMHR and FM website administrator to create and maintain a safety dashboard of key performance indicators.
  • Manage FM safety budget. Look into new programs and associated costs to implement.
  • Attend building proctor trainings for updates on seasonal injury preventions and remind them to report safety hazards. 

What We Can Offer

Anticipated Starting Salary is $63,000, commensurate with experience.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in environmental health and safety, occupational health and safety, industrial hygiene, or related field AND two years of work experience in environmental health or occupational safety.
  • Additional appropriate experience will substitute for degree requirement on a year-for-year basis. 
  • Knowledge of OSHA and EPA regulatory issues that would apply in a university setting.

What You Will Need

Understanding and application of the following: 
  • Workers' Compensation, On the Job Injury and general liability issues related to safety.
  • Loss prevention practices and financial impacts of safety programs and injuries.
  • Risk management principles and use of risk matrices.
  • Accident prevention and investigation programs including safety inspection practices and procedures.
  • Investigative techniques such as root cause analysis and statistical analysis.
  • The ideal candidate will possess excellent interpersonal, analytical and communication skills along with experience in conflict resolution.
  • Has experience conducting training classes to a diverse work force.
  • Interpersonal, analytical and communication skills along with experience in conflict resolution.
This position reports to the Associate Director of Facilities Operations and is expected to function with minimal supervision.

This position does not supervise others but works closely with EH&S and FMHR personnel.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Completed requirements for an OSHA Certificate Program in Construction, General Industry or Occupational Safety, or completed OSHA 30 hour Construction Training Course. 

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials: 

1. A current resume. 
2. A cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications and responsibilities of the position.

You will not be asked to upload references at this time.

Please apply by February 24, 2019 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Essential Services

This position is designated “essential services.” The incumbent is required to respond to requests for work during campus emergencies (snow, wind, rain, flood and any other natural or man-made event) and report to work for his / her regularly assigned shift during emergency campus closures. 

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The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer