19-Feb-2020 Construction Safety Officer Campus Services 51815BR
Job Summary This position is responsible for monitoring the implementation of and compliance with the University construction safety programs. The Construction Safety Officer communicates construction safety program requirements to University project managers, construction management personnel, and contractors. Key responsibilities include working collaboratively with capital project managers and contractors to implement the Harvard University Construction EH&S Standard, providing on-site safety observation, delivering construction safety training, and reporting and communicating safety performance through metrics and key performance indicators. The position works from a position of influence, not authority, therefore, excellent collaboration and communication skills are essential.
Job Code 396057 Environmental Health & Safety
Responsible for monitoring implementation of construction safety programs, including compliance and conformance with the Harvard University EH&S Construction Standard, contractor and consultant pre-qualification, and substance abuse prevention program compliance. Advises University Project Managers in the selection of contractors based on safety performance, and provides guidance to contractors to improve their own safety programs and implementation.
Attends pre-construction and project meetings as necessary to communicate performance expectations established by Harvard-specific requirements, and project-specific criteria. Conducts field reviews of University construction projects to assess contractor's compliance with respect to set expectations. Accompanies the general contractor's Site Safety and Health Officer and/or others on periodic site inspections to observe the on-going construction activities. Provides regular reports to Project Managers regarding construction safety program implementation status and agendas. Solicits, manages and reviews safety consultant's work as necessary to ensure compliance, timeliness, and technical accuracy.
Responsible for identification of construction safety hazards and hazard mitigation strategies associated with regulatory compliance and accepted consensus standards. Identifies appropriate strategies for construction safety program implementation. Fosters a collaborative working environment to encourage safe work practices. Collaborate effectively with Environmental Project Managers and others within EHS to be able to identify and mitigate other Environmental, Health and Safety issues.
Reviews construction project design documents and specifications. Provide comments and recommendations with respect to: compliance with Harvard's Environmental Health and Safety Guidelines for Design, opportunities to incorporate minimal fabrication changes to permit safer construction methods and designs that might create problems for the safe use, operation and maintenance of the new structure.
Participate in the development of construction safety training programs including, OSHA 10-hour construction safety training and others as needed. Deliver training as required.
Interacts with Project Support Services team, University Project Managers, and Administrative departments to establish construction service agreements and develop proposals for project support. Secures appropriate funding from business units to support the service agreements and proposals. Tracks time spent on individual projects.
Conducts accident and incident investigation as necessary including assessment of causal factors. Reports findings to clients and develops strategies for mitigating the reoccurrence of similar incidents across the University. Reviews contractors' accident and incident reports for completeness and detail. Conducts trend analysis of reports and assists in developing corrective strategies.
Responds to construction site safety inspections by OSHA, state agencies, and local municipalities' inspectional services departments, or other regulatory agencies.
Mentors staff and educates others (technical and non-technical) on best practices, communications, and approach to solving issues with a wide variety of personnel.
Collaborates with other disciplines within EH&S to understand the operational needs of the facilities under construction, develop training, and identify potential issues related to other disciplines for proposed designs.
Bachelor's degree required, preferably in technical or scientific field related to a safety discipline, with a minimum of 5 years of experience in construction safety.
Extensive experience with both underground and above ground construction methods in order to proactively identify and address potential safety issues during construction.
Requires strong working knowledge of federal, state, and local construction safety regulations, loss control, and insurance.
Must be able to manage multiple projects and priorities and make sound decisions in a timely fashion.
Ability to function in a position designed to serve independent operating units in decentralized environment.
Experience working on Union construction projects, and with organized labor.
Ability to read blue prints and construction designs.
Registration as a Certified Safety Professional or similar, is preferred.
Must be able to establish and develop effective working relationships with Construction Project Managers and Contractors.
Expertise in Microsoft products, including Outlook, Word, Access, Excel, Project, and PowerPoint. Understands EH&S core database applications and data management tools used for analyzing construction reporting data.
Working Conditions Participates in EH&S Emergency Response Program on rotating basis, as a cross-trained EH&S staff member, will be required to carry a mobile phone and respond to emergencies during non-business hours. Periodic participation on-site during off hours, holidays, and weekends may be required to support projects. Driver's license with some local travel may be periodically required.
Additional Information Emergency Status Designation: Critical Personnel
EEO Statement We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.