Job Details

University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
  • Position Number: 2004646
  • Location: Champaign, Illinois
  • Position Type: Occupational and Environmental Safety

Occupational Safety and Health Specialist - Occupational Safety and Health Department
Facilities and Services
University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign

Facilities & Services (F&S) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is accepting applications for an Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Specialist. The OSH Specialist, under the administrative direction of the Associate Director, Division of Safety and Compliance, assist with the development and implementation of safety program elements.


1. Inspects and evaluates facilities, work areas, equipment, materials, and processes for compliance with federal and state safety regulations and written campus programs.
2. Performs testing, sampling, or surveys of equipment, materials, and environments using direct-read monitors, personal monitoring equipment, and area monitoring equipment.
3. Orders sample supplies from laboratories, prepares purchase order, completes chain of custody, and prepares samples for shipping.
4. Maintain technical equipment including field calibration, sensor changeouts, routine cleaning, troubleshooting, and preparation for factory calibration and repair.
5. Performs respirator fit testing and assists in personnel on safety regulations, policies, and procedures for the selection of appropriate personal protective equipment.
6. Assists in the development and delivery of training.
7. Assist in the development and communication of campus policies and procedures to promote compliance with federal and state safety regulations, and national consensus standards.
8. Participate on campus safety committees.
9. Collects and maintains complete and accurate documentation, records of activities, and other data in various physical and electronic information management systems.
10. Develops guidance documents and provides support to campus customers in the use of departmental physical and electronic information management systems.
11. Compiles results, findings, and other data associated with various established departmental metrics in various physical and electronic information management systems and distributes as directed.
12. Develops and evaluates data management tools, such as forms and standard reports, in various physical and electronic information management systems.
13. Develops and maintains content in departmental website, server and other information management systems.
14. Operates a university vehicle to travel between work locations for duties such as attending meetings, performing inspections, or delivering training.
15. Support the Mission, Vision, Values and Guiding Principles of Facilities & Services.
16. Pursue professional development activities to expand knowledge, maintain technical expertise and keep abreast of relevant scientific and professional developments in occupational safety and health.
17. Perform other duties as assigned.


Required Education:

Bachelor's degree in occupational health and safety, environmental engineering, environmental health, safety engineering, industrial hygiene, or a closely related field.

Required Work Experience:

One year of professional experience in a safety or compliance related field.

Preferred Work Experience:

One year relevant experience providing occupational safety and health in construction, manufacturing, wood or metal fabrication, agriculture, public works, utilities, or higher education. Experience with an environmental, health and safety information management system. Experience with Gensuite and learning management systems. Experience classifying, tracking, and trending workplace injuries and illnesses.

Preferred Training, Licenses, or Certifications:

2. OSHA 10 and/or 30 hour General and/or Construction Industry trained.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

1. Knowledge of occupational safety and health hazards and programs.
2. Basic understanding of monitoring/sampling methods for chemical, biological, and physicals hazards.
3. Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
4. Knowledge of chemical and physical hazards, and methods to protect against associated injuries and illnesses.
5. Ability to work and communicate with a diverse workforce.
6. Experience and flexibility with limited resources, changing priorities and compliance awareness of a diverse workforce.

Environmental Demands:

1. May work in extreme weather conditions.
2. May be exposed to potential danger from moving parts and equipment.
3. May be exposed to heavy dust, loud noise, chemical fumes, welding torches, and other general conditions found within the construction trades.
4. May work around radiation and/or biohazardous chemical with proper training.
5. May have to use respiratory protection, protective clothing, and other proper personal protective equipment as needed.
6. May have to climb ladders, access elevated work locations, access tunnels, work around/in confined space and hazards.

Physical Demands:

1. Strong mix of office and field work.
2. Field work includes extensive walking and climbing.
3. Position involves frequently lifting tools, toolboxes, technical equipment, equipment cases/containers, and packages for shipment weighing up to 50 pounds.
4. Must be capable of wearing all required personal protective equipment including respiratory protection, personal fall arrest systems, eye and face protection, foot protection, head protection, and body protection.


This is a full-time Civil Service OSH Specialist (Safety/Environmental Compliance Specialist) position on a 12-month service basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after October 5, 2020 . Salary is commensurate with experience.


Applications must be received by October 5, 2020 . Apply for this position using the "Apply for Position" button below. If you have not applied before, you must create your candidate profile at . If you already have a profile, you may be redirected to that existing profile via email notification. To complete the application process:

Step 1) Submit the Staff Vacancy Application.
Step 2) Submit the Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability forms.
Step 3) You must then upload your cover letter, resume (months and years of employment must be included), and academic credentials (unofficial transcripts) and names/contact information for three references.

In order to be considered as a transfer candidate, you must apply for the position using the "Apply for Position" button below. Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. For further information regarding the position, you may contact Nicole McCurry at . For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit .

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