UT Health Safety Specialist for Occupational Safety and Fire Prevention - Houston, TX in Texas

Safety Specialist for Occupational Safety and Fire Prevention - Houston, TX




UTHealth Administration

Requisition #: 1800022X

Position Summary:

We are looking for a Safety Specialist who will report to the Occupational Safety & Fire Prevention

Program Manager. You will provide technical assistance in the establishment and enforcement of policies and regulations related to the control of environmental and/or occupational hazards. Inspect the university facilities and monitor established policies and procedures for the safe use and control of hazardous materials and/or occupational hazards.


  1. Conduct surveys, based on, but not limited to NFPA codes 1 and 101. Identify occupational safety issues and fire hazards. Report deficiencies and coordinate with Facilities and/or contractors for building renovations, repairs, and code updates.

  2. Help maintain and respond to fire protection systems on campus.

  3. Perform pre-construction plan reviews to incorporate fire and life safety controls, conduct construction site inspections to identify occupational hazards, and attend building facility meetings to provide environmental health and safety input to building projects.

  4. Respond to employee and project management concerns regarding safe work practices and proper safety controls.

  5. Perform accident investigations to evaluate potential existing hazards.

  6. Use relevant NFPA, OHSA and ANSI standards to develop written programs and checklists.

  7. Track compliance programs for occupational safety and fire prevention. Evaluate deficiency correction options and implement solutions.

  8. Prepare presentations and schedule safety training.

This is a full time role that is eligible for all benefits. It is exempt and will report to our campus in the center of the Texas Medical Center. It is a normal business week with normal business hours.

Position Key Accountabilities:

  1. Ensures the use of hazardous substances in research and clinical settings, through licensure, registration, and compliance with accepted standards of safety. Provides a program for monitoring the chemical, biological, and radiation exposure levels of personnel.

  2. Audits clinics and laboratories for compliance with regulations and guidelines. Monitors the use of various equipment used in labs and clinics.

  3. Performs periodic surveys and conducts investigations where hazardous materials are used or stored to determine unsafe and unhealthy environmental conditions.

  4. Identifies potential problems and prepares reports on condition and action taken.

  5. Maintains appropriate records on hazards and personnel exposure occurrences.

  6. Conducts evaluations and periodic tests of equipment for potentially hazardous conditions. Assists in developing and implementing remedial measures to control the condition.

  7. Assists management and/or committees in the development of policies and procedures to maintain a safe working environment for employees, students and community.

  8. Advises faculty, staff, and students on the proper maintenance, precautions, and handling of chemical, radioactive, and other hazardous materials.

  9. Observes work procedures of personnel to assure proper use of equipment and safe working conditions.

  10. Participates in the establishment of training mechanisms to assist users in the proper application of safety regulations and procedures in working with hazardous agents.

  11. Provides technical assistance in all activities involving hazardous materials, and assists in the training of faculty, staff, and students on safety procedures.

  12. Attends conferences, meetings, and workshops to keep abreast of new safety techniques and changes in codes, regulations and technology.

  13. This job classification is designated as "essential" at the UT Health Science Center at Houston. In case of an emergency, "essential" positions are those required to sustain clinical services and/or are responsible for the protection of university assets. Personnel in designated "essential" positions are expected to report to their designated work site during their appointed work schedules, even when the institution has been officially declared to be on "restricted access" or "closed" due to adverse conditions.

  14. Performs other duties as assigned.


Preferred certification depending on the work assignments: Board Certification as Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM), or similar.

Minimum Education:

Bachelor’s degree in basic or applied science or a related field preferred, or equivalent experience in lieu of education.

Minimum Experience:

One (1) year experience in environmental protection, biological safety, radiation safety, chemical safety, chemistry, health and/or occupational safety. May substitute required experience with equivalent years of education beyond the minimum education requirement.

Physical Requirements:

Exerts up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 20 pounds frequently and/or up to 10 pounds constantly to move objects.

Security Sensitive:

This job class may contain positions that are security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of Texas Education Code § 51.215

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

Established in 1972 by The University of Texas System Board of Regents, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is Houston’s Health University and Texas’ resource for health care education, innovation, scientific discovery and excellence in patient care. The most comprehensive academic health center in the UT System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region, UTHealth is home to schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry, nursing and public health and the John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School. UTHealth includes The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center, as well as the growing clinical practices UT Physicians, UT Dentists and UT Health Services. The university’s primary teaching hospitals are Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital.

UTHealth Benefits

UTHealth offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package. For more information on our benefits programs please refer to the UTHealth Office of Benefits Website.


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

UTHealth is committed to providing equal opportunity in all employment-related activities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, gender identity or expression, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law or university policy. Reasonable accommodation, based on disability or religious observances, will be considered in accordance with applicable law and UTHealth policy. The University maintains affirmative action programs with respect to women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and eligible veterans in accordance with applicable law.