|This Occupational Safety consultation position independently provides on-site technical industrial safety consultation services to employers in the private sector throughout the State of Wisconsin. This position serves as a lead primary resource for Construction Industry Safety Evaluations and other complex occupational Safety hazards that require innovative and difficult evaluations and solutions. Occupational hazards identified and addressed by this position can cause significant harm and death to employees if not addressed properly. Work activities include the identification, recognition, monitoring and evaluation. These activities will involve the critical identification of potential life-threatening hazards, developing appropriate control methods to address the hazards that are present. The position also assesses health and safety management systems, and provides managers of small businesses with assistance in developing and improving those systems. The consultant is expected to be conversant with all occupational safety hazards including but not limited to; machine safe guarding, confined space, electrical, scaffolding, powered industrial vehicles and fall protection hazards. Federal OSHA standards, ANSI standards, NFPA, NEC, the Wisconsin Administrative Codes and other published standards and guidelines are interpreted and used for hazard evaluation and control recommendations. This advanced work also includes the interpretation of scientific and technical studies, and other published literature. This position functions independently, exercising considerable judgment, under general supervision. This position is (home based) located in Northwest Wisconsin.
Goals and Worker Activities:
85% Provide occupational safety consultation services to private sector employers throughout Wisconsin. Services include onsite walk through assessments, hazard evaluations, assistance in developing control measures, OSHA abatement assistance, review and analysis of work place safety records, assistance in developing OSHA mandated programs, evaluation of management safety and health systems. The Consultant develops, coordinates and presents training to employers and employees, both onsite and offsite.
1. Prepare for onsite workplace safety studies by: communicating and coordinating with the employer, researching the potential industry hazards, researching prior history of the specific client company, conducting an initial evaluation, planning onsite consultation activities, prepare all equipment as appropriate, planning travel logistics, and scheduling an opening conference.
2. Identify and review applicable standards, codes and technical literature. Utilize appropriate scientific and technical methods as necessary. Prepare handouts and other appropriate training materials to inform and educate the employer on applicable hazards.
3. Conduct an opening conference with the employer to discuss the employer's obligation under various laws, describe the obligations and requirements of the onsite consultation program and determine the scope of the occupational safety consultation visit.
4. Conduct onsite occupational hazard assessment at the employer's worksite, this may include, review and assessment of records, a walk-through assessment of the work site, written program review, employee interviews, scientific and technical measurements and employer training.
5. Conduct screening tests with direct reading equipment as appropriate. If potential health hazards are identified, referrals are made to the health consultation personnel.
6. Interpret applicable standards, guidelines and published literature to assess occupational safety hazard and risk.
7. Consult with other professional staff as needed.
8. Research appropriate control methods as needed.
9. Evaluate the effectiveness of administrative and work practice controls.
10. Evaluate the effectiveness of personal protective equipment.
11. Evaluate the health and safety management system, including the operational, management, and cultural components using the prescribed federal OSHA form-33 process.
12. Maintain the flexibility to evaluate and address hazards that were unanticipated in the visit preparation.
13. Conduct closing conferences with employers. Provide a summary of the hazards that have been identified at the particular work site and recommend potential control measures available so that an appropriate action can be taken by the employer to reduce or eliminate the hazards. Ensure that imminent danger hazards are addressed immediately.
14. Prepare a full written technical report to the employer in a specified timely manner. The report must summarize the onsite consultation visit, identify the hazards found, identify legal requirements the employer must comply with, provide recommended hazard controls, provide recommendations based on best professional safety practices and evaluation of safety and health management system as appropriate. The report must identify the employer's obligations.
15. Ensure a completely documented electronic case file including field notes, forms, sampling data, pictures, measurements and all applicable documentation for the type of visit conducted.
16. Provide onsite training to employers and employees as requested to inform and educate about appropriate safety and health topics. This training is typically impromptu and provided in an informal context.
17. Provide formal offsite training to employers and employees as requested. This includes development of training materials, site logistics, and presentation of materials appropriate to the audience which is typically adult learners. Ensure that training conforms to federal OSHA policy and directives.
18. Provide technical assistance training as appropriate in developing and implementing effective health and safety control measures.
19. Follow-up and verify that all hazards that OSHA would identify as serious have been corrected in a timely manner. Conduct onsite follow-up visits to determine the effectiveness of control measures implemented as needed.
20. Respond to other employer inquires (telephone, email, letter, etc) regarding occupational safety issues.
21. Ensure that all appropriate recordkeeping has been documented, including Federal, State, University, Laboratory and Project forms in paper and/or electronic format.
5% Provide advanced specialized consultation services in the area of specialization: Construction Industry Operations.
1. Conduct specialized safety consultation visits for the area of specialization as needed.
2. Develop protocols for conducting on site visits in the area of specialization.
3. Provide internal consultation information and review to project management and staff in the area of specialization.
4. Develop and present training at staff meetings and other times on in the area of specialization.
5. Work cooperatively with employer groups, trade associations, OSHA partners, other agencies and other partner organizations in the area of specialization.
6. Provide formal offsite training to interested groups and partners in the area of specialization.
7. When requested by program management, provide technical assistance to Federal and State agencies in the area of specialization.
8. Maintain current technical expertise in the area of specialization by monitoring current events, trade journals, the internet and other sources of technical information.
5% As a member of the WisCon program cooperatively participate in technical program activities.
1. When requested, participate in the development of protocols and procedures for controlling occupational safety hazards where you have knowledge and experience.
2. When requested, develop and recommend solutions to unique occupational safety hazards that you have encountered as a result of on-site consultation visits.
3. Participate in staff meetings in order to plan, coordinate and consult with coworkers in the implementation of occupational health and safety consultation services.
4. When requested by management, interpret OSHA standards and codes, including letters of interpretation and directives.
5. Develop and maintain an effective working relationship with staff, coworkers, the general public, other government agencies (including Federal, State, City, County, etc.) and other disciplines you contact within consultation position.
6. Work cooperatively with employer groups, trade associations, OSHA partners, other agencies and other partner organizations.
5% Development of professionalism and professional expertise in the area of occupational safety.
1. Attend and successfully complete training courses established by OSHA to become familiar with new and established OSHA regulations and occupational safety topics.
2. Attend conferences and seminars necessary to develop and maintain individual expertise in the area of occupational safety.
3. Maintain current technical expertise by researching current events and monitoring trade journals, the internet and other sources of technical information.
4. Develop and maintain occupational safety professionalism by working cooperatively with appropriate professional associations at the State and National levels.
Knowledge and Skills:
1. Knowledge of OSHA safety standards, policies and directives.
2. Knowledge of safety hazards as they occur in workplaces in general and advanced knowledge of safety hazards in the area of specialization.
3. Knowledge of technical controls for safety hazards, such as machine safe guarding.
4. Fundamental technical and procedural knowledge of research methods for complex safety hazards and control methods including professional journals and the internet.
5. Knowledge of personal protective equipment and programs, for safety hazards including (eye, foot, hearing, hand, etc.) and specific related programs and guidelines.
6. Knowledge of specific safety programs mandated by OSHA, or included in consensus standards such as ANSI including, Electrical Safety, Confined Space, Powered Industrial Vehicles, Fall Protection, Hazard Communication.
7. Basic knowledge of industrial hygiene programs (e.g. Respiratory Protection, Ergonomics, Hearing Conservation, etc).
8. Knowledge of assessment methods needed to evaluate an employer's current safety and health management system and communicate appropriate recommendations to improve overall effectiveness. Knowledge of the OSHA Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines - (January 1989 - 54 FR 3904-3916) and the OSHA form 33 assessment methodology.
9. Knowledge of the current safety and health management systems.
10. Knowledge of adult education methods and techniques.
11. Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Powerpoint applications with the ability to create databases, spreadsheets, reports, and presentation.
12. Knowledge of technical report writing.
13. Ability to conduct walk though work site audits to identify occupational safety hazards.
14. Ability to demonstrate proficiency in the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, control and management of occupational safety hazards.
15. Ability to identify violations of OSHA standards (29 CFR 1910 and 29 CFR 1926); and classify violations per OSHA policy.
16. The ability to plan and prepare for a consultation visit including: Reviewing site inspection history, verifying SIC/NAICS codes, and maintaining and keeping accurate records such as, field notes, hazards, successful abatement of hazards, abatement options, sampling methods and best safety practices encountered.
17. The ability to independently make travel arrangements and follow travel guidelines in accordance with State and University policies.
18. The ability to respond to inquiries about safety and health hazards that may be present.
19. The ability to maintain and care for test equipment and instruments to ensure that they are in proper working order for consultation visits.
20. The ability to effectively communicate occupational hazards and risks to employers and employees in order that effective protective action is taken.
21. The ability to review specific safety and health programs for compliance based on the OSHA and other published guidelines.
22. The ability to effectively interview (formally and informally) management, supervisors, employee representatives and employees to acquire a wide range of information (e.g. specific details on hazardous operational processes and conditions information used to determine information on working conditions and information used to evaluate the total worksite environment).
23. The ability to uses direct read instrumentation to screen for potential health hazards, such as noise and carbon monoxide.
24. The ability to evaluate Safety and Health Management Systems using the safety and Health Program Assessment Worksheet (OSHA Form 33).
25. The ability to evaluate injury/illness data including the occupational injury/illness log (OSHA's Form 300/301), workers compensation form (WKC-12) and other hazard identification records. This includes the ability to calculate Days Away, Restricted/Transferred (DART) and Total Case Rate (TRC) rates and the ability to compare these Company rates with industry averages (BLS data).
26. The ability to recognize, demonstrate and communicate the correlation between hazard/injury experience and safety and health management system deficiencies and the ability to communicate the methods and benefits of the safety and health management systems.
27. The ability to design and deliver adult training by conducting research, performing a needs analysis, developing clear and measurable training objectives, and developing presentation material appropriate for the intended audience.
28. The ability to write a clear and professional technical report to the employer which integrates all information collected in the field, which summarize the onsite consultation visit, identifies the hazards found, identifies legal requirements the employer must comply with, provides recommended hazard controls, provides recommendations based on best professional safety practices and provides an evaluation of the companies safety and health management system as appropriate. The report must also identify the employer's obligations.
29. The ability to effectively assist employers in developing and implementing hazard prevention and control methods to employers.
30. The ability to identify hazards and ensure consistency with the OSHA Hierarchy of Controls.
31. The ability to identify and make recommendations for interim protection.
32. The ability to assist employers with managing hazard correction and abatement, including the development and implementation of an action plan if necessary.
33. The ability to maintain the health and safety of the employees as the guiding principle in all consultation activities.
34. Effective verbal and written communication skills.
35. Ability to continuously sit or stand at a computer terminal using a keyboard and mouse viewing computer monitor(s) for extended periods up to 8 hours with breaks.
36. Ability and endurance to work occasional extended days, up to 10 hours.
37. Ability to sit and drive for periods up to 6 hours at a time in a motored vehicle (e.g. car, truck, or van).
38. Ability to stand and/or walk for long periods of 8-10 hours at a time with breaks.
39. Ability to work outdoors in adverse weather conditions such as severe cold, extreme heat, rain, snow, and ice.
40. Ability to work around, over, with, or in special environments where large machines, chemicals, and loud noises are present.
41. Able to work with tools.
42. Ability to stoop, crouch, squat, or walk on uneven surfaces, inclines, steep terrains, or slippery surfaces.
43. Ability to walk up flights of stairs.
44. Able to climb and work in high places using ladders, scaffolding, safety belts, or other special equipment.
45. Ability to occasionally (0-33% of the day) lift up to 30 lbs.