Job Title:Port Environmental Health & Safety Specialist
Company:Port of Oakland
Location: Oakland, California

Job Description:

Oakland, CA
Salary: $11,352 – $14,067/month, 37.5-hr work weekYour Port. Your Community. Your Career.

When you join the Port of Oakland, you become part of a proud local legacy, an organization that touches virtually every resident with its services and programs. The Port of Oakland oversees the Oakland seaport, Oakland International Airport and 20 miles of waterfront. The Oakland seaport is in the top 10 busiest container ports in the U.S.; Oakland International Airport is the second largest San Francisco Bay Area airport offering over 300 daily passenger and cargo flights; and the Port’s real estate includes commercial developments such as Jack London Square and hundreds of acres of public parks and conservation areas.

The Port is currently recruiting for the position of Port Environmental Health & Safety Specialist. Under general supervision of the Safety and Business Continuity Officer, the incumbent implements and helps administer the Port Safety Program including pertinent safety monitoring and control, training, disaster/emergency response, accident prevention and other related functions to reduce safety hazards and loss for the Port. The incumbent also performs exposure monitoring and technical consultation to Port departments to ensure compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and other Federal, state and local ordinances pertaining to hazardous waste, toxic substances and safety. Typical duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

• Assists in designing and administering safety programs for the Port; implements programs, procedures and policies to reduce Port losses and potential safety hazards.
• Identifies, develops and implements various industrial and environmental health hazards training and awareness programs to meet the needs of the Port. Coordinates the planning of organization-wide safety training, such as CPR, first aid, earthquake safety or other training.
• Conducts and/or coordinates on-site inspections and identifies and recommends corrective policies and/or actions.
• Compiles accident reports and statistical summaries; analyzes accidents and loss summary reports to determine trends in causation and types of injuries; recommends corrective actions for review by supervisor; maintains records.
• Works with Port Environmental Health & Safety Supervisor to ensure Port compliance with Federal, state and local codes, standards and regulations pertaining to safety and environmental concerns.
• Performs technical duties and/or coordinates the industrial hygiene program including managing the respirator program and hearing protection program and conducting or overseeing various monitoring activities.
• Cooperates with other health and safety agencies and/or professionals to help eliminate or control hazardous conditions and exposures.
• Acts as a Port representative in safety-related matters.
• Responds, as needed, to hazardous materials incidents and other related emergency events; evaluates the situation and advises on procedures for handling hazardous substances, making appropriate notifications, containing hazardous substances and/or evacuating site.
• Provides expertise on peripherally related Port safety items within assigned areas of responsibility when necessary.
• Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

This examination is open to persons who have a combination of education and experience that would reflect possession of the required knowledge, skills and abilities for the position. A typical combination would include the following:

Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree with a major in environmental health, public health, safety, industrial hygiene, industrial engineering or a related field.

Experience: Three years of progressively responsible experience in safety and/or industrial hygiene.

A Master’s degree in any of the above areas may be substituted for one year of the required experience. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Desired credentials: Certification or eligibility to obtain Certified Safety Professional (CSP) or Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), and certification for lead and asbestos management.

Licenses: Must possess a valid California Class C driver’s license at the time and for the duration of appointment.

Knowledge of: Principles and practices of safety, loss control and prevention, safety engineering, toxicology, public health, environmental health and industrial hygiene; federal, state and local governing acts and ordinances pertaining to safety, environmental and occupational health, California Workers’ Compensation and hazardous material laws; principles and practices of conducting accident investigations and sound-related safety engineering principles; scientific testing methods and test instruments for sample collections, testing, data analysis and corrective measures: and abatement and containment procedures for asbestos and lead.

Additional Requirements: Available for on call duty as required by emergency situations or as required for uninterrupted Port operations.

This classification requires each incumbent to successfully complete a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) background check, which will include a fingerprint-based Criminal History Records Check (CHRC) and a Security Threat Assessment (STA), prior to being considered for this position. In addition, the incumbent in this position will be required to complete and pass a U.S. Customs Airport Security Program Check (19CFR122.182). This status must be maintained for the duration of employment at the Airport. Incumbents must be capable of obtaining an Airport badge and TWIC card.

The Port’s compensation and benefit program ranks among the best in the region for public jurisdictions and is designed to reward performance and promote a balanced lifestyle, both at the workplace and away from the workplace, for our employees and their families. The Port is committed to the health and well-being of its employees and has been recognized as a FIT-Friendly Employer by the American Heart Association. We offer a comprehensive benefit package, including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 457 plan and paid leave. Port offers retiree medical benefits for employees and dependents after 10 years of CALPERS service (including 5 years at the Port).

To apply for this exceptional opportunity or obtain more details, please visit us at Apply by September 23, 2022 at 5:00pm.

The Port of Oakland is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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