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Industrial Hygienist


EHS currently has a position opening for an industrial hygienist.  For information and to apply for this position, go to the Human Capital Services site and look for Job Number 497577 (http://careers.k-state.edu/cw/en-us/job/497577/industrial-hygienist).


The position is responsible for performing tasks required for compliance with 1) regulations, 2) institutional policies, 3) accrediting body expectations, and 4) funding entity contractual items requiring the assessment of hazardous exposures that present a risk to the safety and health of the campus community. This position is instrumental to the mission of the department of Environmental Health and Safety to ensure uninterrupted research and learning in a safe and healthy environment.

The ideal candidate has excellent interpersonal as well as written and verbal communication skills and is able to work on multiple projects while balancing changing priorities and deadlines. Responsibilities will also include industrial hygiene monitoring, such as air sampling, sound level measurement and noise dosimetry, and ventilation evaluation. Duties include, but not limited to, providing training, identifying job hazards, conducting workplace evaluations, collecting data, implementing controls, and following up to ensure effective outcome in reducing workplace illnesses and injuries. Responsibilities support the safety of staff, faculty, students, and visitors at KSU campuses and satellite locations. 

Job Description

Position conducts health and safety compliance audits and safety inspections. Assesses worksites, classrooms, clinics and laboratories for presence of occupational health and safety hazards through observation of work conditions and practices, records review, and interviews with personnel. Determines compliance with institutional policies and safety and health regulations. Prepares timely, accurate and complete reports of findings and needed corrective measures. Provides follow up compliance checks.

· Evaluates the interaction of hazardous materials and the work environment to assess and quantify occupational exposure. Determines appropriate monitoring, sampling, and analytical methods in accordance with technical standards (e.g., OSHA, EPA). Conducts sampling of chemical, physical or biological agents using various sampling media and instrumentation. Evaluates and interprets results, makes determinations based on collected data, develops corrective strategies as needed and prepares report of findings. Assists with asbestos and lead inspections and sampling.

· Conducts Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) assessments proactively and in response to employee concerns. Performs air monitoring when necessary, providing a detailed report explaining the analytical results, findings and recommendations for abatement if necessary. Evaluates ventilation needs and requirements to ensure occupant comfort, safety and health.

· Manages safety engineering controls inspection program for the University (e.g., fume hood, local exhaust systems). Maintains comprehensive inventory of exposure control devices. Ensures inspections are completed annually on all campus fume hoods and submits service requests to Facilities Maintenance for needed repairs.  Provides departments with a report of inspection results and retests altered or repaired equipment.

· Develops and conducts occupational safety and health training covering various topics. Assists with outreach and compliance of OSHA mandated programs including, but not limited to Hazard Communication, Chemical Hygiene Plan, Respiratory Protection, and Hearing Conservation.

· Conducts job hazard analyses. Assists with or performs risk assessments and provides guidance to researchers on conducting process risk assessments. Recommends best practices for controlling risk and preventing occupational injury/illness or property loss. Determines appropriate administrative practices, engineering controls, or personal protective equipment (PPE) to reduce risk of worker/student exposures to chemical, physical and biological hazards during work, academic or research pursuits. Provides guidance and recommends strategies to eliminate and/or reduce hazards. As needed, participates as safety specialist during hazardous materials incidents and provides incident commander with determination of safe entry and required PPE.

· Maintains a variety of sampling and monitoring instruments, ensuring instruments are ready for use at all times. Performs calibration and routine testing and ensures instruments have recommended O&M, annual manufacturer calibrations, and needed repairs. Trains EHS staff on proper operation. Maintains accurate inventory and repairs/calibration records. Researches and recommends instrument purchases.


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor degree in Industrial Hygiene, Safety Engineering or related science or engineering discipline (e.g., toxicology, chemical engineering, chemistry, biology, microbiology, environmental health, physics, health physics, physiology or closely related field) AND two years of directly related professional experience.
  • OR Master's in Industrial Hygiene from ABET Accredited Program and 1 year related experience.
  • May substitute 8 years directly related professional experience for bachelor degree.
  • Skill in analyzing and evaluating a wide variety of technical data, tests results, reports and plans.
  • Knowledge of methods, procedures and techniques used in collecting samples and assessing hazardous environments and applicable regulations.
  • Demonstrates strong quantitative and analytical capability.
  • Strong organizational and computer skills, meticulous attention to detail and record keeping skills.
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects within the confines of time, budgets and available personnel.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills that can be used with people of various backgrounds, experience and education levels.
  • Must be able to be medically approved to wear a respirator, including a SCBA, and to participate in an emergency response team. Will require a baseline physical.

Other Qualifications

  • Certified Industrial Hygiene (CIH) certification or ability to obtain CIH within 5 years of employment.
  • 40-hour HAZWOPER certification (or ability to within 6 months of hire)
  • Possess or obtain asbestos inspector and lead inspector certification 6 months of hire.
  • Kansas driver's license within 6 months.
  • National Incident Management System (NIMS) within one year.

Fire & Life Safety Inspector

EHS currently has a position opening for a Fire & Life Safety Inspector.  For information and to apply for this position, go to the Human Capital Services site and look for Job Number 500496.


The Fire and Life Safety Equipment Inspector conducts monthly and annual inspection and testing of emergency lighting, exit signs, and fire extinguishers on Kansas State University Campuses.  The job location is the Manhattan, KS campus.  The successful candidate will have strong interpersonal and customer service skills.  Job duties involve significant walking, use of ladders and handheld computerized tracking systems.  Additional duties include support of code compliance inspections, fire safety outreach efforts and conducting fire extinguisher training.

Job Description

The Fire and Life Safety Equipment Inspector is responsible for conducting monthly and annual inspections and testing of fire and life safety equipment including emergency lighting, exit signs and fire extinguishers.  Inspections will utilize an electronic inventory tracking software system to document and confirm compliance and report discrepancies.  This position also conducts life safety inspections and reports discrepancies to the university Fire Marshal. Assists with laboratory safety inspections and reports discrepancies to EHS personnel.

Assists in educating the campus community about emergency preparedness to include conducting fire extinguisher training and assisting with life safety training and outreach efforts. This position trains and supervises student staff that assist in life safety equipment inspections. The position will be expected to complete the Fire Inspector I certification and assist the Kansas State University Fire Marshal with code compliance inspections.



Required Qualifications

  • High school graduation or equivalent upon hire.
  • Valid Kansas driver's license upon employment or within 1 month of hire date.
  • Obtain a Kansas certification as a Fire Inspector I within 6 months of employment (employer paid training and certification).
  • 24-40 hours training in hazardous waste operations and emergency response (HAZWOPER) certification within first 12 months of hire. Radiation awareness training within six months.  (Employer provided trainings).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Fire Inspector I Kansas Certification 
  • Experience conducting building emergency system testing as described in the position duties. Familiarity with fire and life system systems. Basic experience with building electrical systems. Education or training in electrical/mechanical systems. Experience reading and interpreting fire code.
  • Basic computer skills - (i.e., Ability to use PC, laptops, tablets, and handheld barcode or other scanners. Able to download data from these systems. Able to use databases for entry and data look up. Able to communicate via email). Demonstrated verbal communication skills and excellent interpersonal skills. Self-motivated and able to work autonomously to complete required testing and inspection.
  • Current 40 HazWoper certification. Experience in a higher education setting.