Environmental Health & Safety Officer

Recruitment #211008-UNCR-40




Applicants meeting the minimum requirements should submit their application with a brief introduction to:

and include “Environmental Health and Safety Officer 1372” in the subject line.

The application must include:
1. Resume
2. Cover letter
3. Relevant Certifications
4. College transcripts
5. Professional references
6. Current or former employees of the State of Oklahoma must provide their two most recent PMPs.

Read instructions carefully, do not apply via other venues, and include all required documents when you submit your application. Applications must be received by the filing deadline. Not all applicants will receive an interview. If you are selected you will be notified by email.

Additional questions regarding employment with the Oklahoma DEQ should be forwarded to Human.Resources@deq.ok.gov.


This position is located in our State Environmental Laboratory Services Division - Safety Program Section in Oklahoma City, OK

The State Environmental Laboratory of the OK Department of Environmental Quality is looking to fill an Environmental Health and Safety Officer position. The successful applicant will join a team of dedicated laboratory professionals who strive to provide quality analytical services and technical assistance to a diverse customer base. As the EPA certified Principal State Laboratory, the SELSD employs a wide variety of equipment and instrumentation in high-throughput, dynamic, laboratory setting analyzing a wide array of sample types for the following programs: drinking water contaminants for public water supplies; surface water monitoring of state lakes, streams, wetlands and aquifers; fish tissue analysis for consumption advisories; wastewater facilities and storm-water discharge; criminal environmental investigations; environmental complaints and special investigations for citizens and DEQ programs; environmental and public health emergency response; private sector sample analysis for Oklahoma citizens and businesses.

This position will develop safety protocols for staff who encounter the following hazards:
• Analyzing samples from environmental matrices for varied analytical methods in a laboratory setting, including but not limited to drinking water, storm water, surface water, soils and fish tissue. Hazards include chemical, radiological, biological, physical hazards such as compressed gases, corrosive and toxic substances, and parasites.
• Auditing of laboratories in the state who perform a wide range of testing including drinking water labs, general water quality labs, and field labs. Auditors are subjected to the same hazards as listed above as well as additional hazards such as falling objects.
• Sample collection from a wide range of sampling locations throughout the state year round. Hazards include those listed above as well as electrical hazards, boating hazards, and other hazards.
• Handling of hazardous wastes present in samples, analytical standards, and method waste.

Major Job Duties
Under the direction of the Divisional management, staff in this position will:
1. Create, maintain and present safety trainings, provide new employee safety trainings, and schedule annual or refresher trainings
2. Manage safety-related inspections; coordinate, assign and document all inspections, report to management
3. Collect and label hazardous waste, facilitate waste removal, ensure compliance with hazardous waste regulations, and coordinate routine waste removal and recycling according to policy
4. Author, revise and distribute safety-related Standard Operating Procedures, instructional documents, forms and policies. Revise and maintain the SELSD Chemical Hygiene Plan and contribute to safety sections of the SELSD Quality Assurance Plan
5. Organize and facilitate Safety Team meetings, manage and prioritize safety-related tasks, monitor and evaluate safety-related suggestions and concerns
6. Foster communication and relationships with approved vendors (including hazardous waste vendors), coordinate routine personal protective equipment supply orders, stock first aid and spill kits as needed, monitor safety supply inventory
7. Be aware and familiar of all applicable standards and regulations, build and maintain a reference library, receive continuous education and professional development
8. Response to safety-related incidents, document and assist as needed, report to Division and Agency, perform investigations
9. Participate in Agency safety, field safety, radiation safety committees, provide training to and advise other Divisions as needed
10. Report and track: chemical inventories, waste profiles, training events, inspections, safety supply inventories, incident and near miss events

Special Requirements
Applicant must be able to lift 25 lbs. independently and will be required to stand several hours per day and be able to perform repetitive tasks. The applicant will also be required to wear personal protective equipment to include coats, gloves, and eyewear when performing laboratory work. Occasionally will be required to work after hours or on weekends to maintain basic operational needs or for emergency demands.

Skills & Behaviors
The applicant must have strong written and verbal communication skills. Must be able to read, understand, and interpret technical/scientific documents, methodologies, procedures, and regulations. Must demonstrate intermediate knowledge of Office 365 to include; Excel, Word, Teams and Outlook. Applicant must be dependable, accountable, and actively engaged with their work product and schedule. Applicant must also be able to work effectively in both a team environment and independently. Must be able to demonstrate solid problem-solving skills and implement effective solutions.

Education and Experience Requirements
Minimum requirements consist of a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Hygiene, Environmental Health and Safety, Occupational Safety (or equivalent). Requirements also include two years of direct experience in a similar role with similar job duties as described. Salary will be commensurate with type and scope of experience. Certifications are desired.  Examples of certifications for this position include OSHA Lab Safety, OSHA 10 or 30 Hour, Certified Hazardous Materials Manager, Certified Safety Professional, Certified Industrial Hygienist, Associate Safety Professional, Certified Chemical Hygiene Officer, Biosafety Professional, or other recognized health and safety certifications.

Compensation & Benefits
Position is full time with benefits, unclassified state employee. Salary will be up to $2,272.20, commensurate with type and scope of experience. Employee benefits include; personal leave and sick leave (each accrued at 15 days annually), state holidays (11 days annually), an insurance allowance to be applied to several options for health, dental, and vision (including dependents), longevity pay, and retirement benefits.

All applicants are subject to a background check and must be legally authorized to work in the United States without visa sponsorship provided by the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality.

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