Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator

Company: Whitman College

Location: Walla Walla, WA

Date Posted: May 12, 2022

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Employment Type: Full Time


Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator

Located in the historic community of Walla Walla, WA, Whitman's vibrant and beautiful tree-lined campus is home to an intellectually diverse, dynamic, welcoming and supportive community of some 500 staff and faculty serving approximately 1,500 students from the local region and across the globe. With exceptional students, accomplished faculty and staff, and a fiercely loyal and growing number of engaged alumni, Whitman College continues to build on its national reputation for academic excellence as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country.
Whitman is cultivating a community built on inclusion and belonging. We recognize the value of those who can offer historically underrepresented perspectives and encourage applications from those whose background, knowledge, and insights from lived experience can add to the college's working and learning environment. Whitman College is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer (EEO) .
Facilities Services (FS), the division that provides college-wide support of equitable student success! As stewards of Whitman College's built and natural environment our services range from planning, design, construction projects, and agency interaction to maintenance, custodial, surplus, grounds and landscaping, trust - rental property maintenance, sustainability, recycling, conferences, scheduling, environmental management, occupational safety, and utility/energy efficiency. Serving 1,500 students, with 1.3 million gross square feet comprising of 54 facilities, 80 rental units and 112 acres of grounds, we service two campuses - Main and Johnston Wilderness, as well as two observatory locations.
Facilities Services includes several key departments: Administration, Conference, Events and Scheduling, Custodial, Energy Management, Environmental Health and Safety, Grounds, Maintenance, Planning, Design, and Construction, Rental Property Maintenance and Sustainability. The FS team includes more than 70 talented and engaged individuals who are dedicated to providing the most effective, safe, and customer-oriented service to the College community maintaining an educational environment in support of recruitment, retention, and Whitman's strategic priorities. Our staff includes a culturally diverse team of technical professionals, administrative support, skilled trades, management, and students that ensures the best learning environment on one of the most beautifully-built and operated nationally ranked liberal arts colleges.


Reporting to the Manager of Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S), the EHS Coordinator is responsible for developing, coordinating, training and providing professional consultation and technical expertise associated with environmental, health and safety (EH&S). The position will assist in identifying employee injury trends, causation and mitigation options for reducing injury frequency and severity. In support of campus programs for the benefit of students, employees and the public, the EHS Coordinator contributes to the development, implementation and ongoing continuous improvement of EH&S written compliance programs and training delivery methods. This includes, but not limited to occupational health and safety programs, first aid/CPR training, fire life safety, emergency response and fleet safety programs.


1. Assist the Manager of EH&S in planning, developing, and implementing campus-wide health and safety programs including:
  • Develop and maintain workplace safety programs and procedures, with specific focus upon the College's Accident Prevention Program (APP).
  • Develop and conduct training programs in support of the APP.
  • Conduct workplace safety inspections and evaluations in compliance with Washington State occupational health and safety rules and the APP.
  • Maintain relevant and up-to-date understanding and knowledge of local, state and federal health and safety regulations, and best management practices.
  • Assist faculty and staff with job safety analysis and acquisition of safety related tools, materials and equipment.
  • Conduct indoor air quality investigations in the general workplace.
  • Conduct workplace and job ergonomics evaluations, and recommend appropriate work practices, workplace configuration, and equipment to prevent injury.
  • Supervise and maintain the College's Fire and Life Safety (FLS) program, including monitoring of system status, inspecting alarm and suppression systems, supervising FLS contractor activities, and providing input to capital project design and specifications.
  • Conduct periodic inspections of all non-laboratory shop, storage and work areas to identify potential hazards and recommend improvements.
  • Develop, maintain and teach the college Drivers Orientation Program.
  • Provide CPR, First Aid, Bloodborne Pathogens, and other health related training for staff and faculty.
  • Administer the College's Automatic Electronic Defibrillator (AED) program and maintain AED equipment.
  • Coordinate accident and health related insurance claims and risk management initiatives with the college representative, insurance carrier and/or other agencies.
  • Review accident reports, investigate and provide recommendations for prevention of accidents.
  • Advise the college Employee Safety Committee.
  • Provides EH&S consultative support on vendor RFP activities, participating in selection committees, as needed.
  • Provide consultation and input on design standards to address and implement “Prevention thru Design” principles in capital projects.
  • Provide technical assistance and consultation services on EH&S issues. Serves as a contact for employees as well as contract vendors on EH&S issues.
  • Regularly engage department managers on EH&S best practice options and industry standards.
  • Develop and maintain training programs for staff, and provide training, such as new employee safety orientation; utilize learning management system for developing/implementing on-line training opportunities.
2. General Administration:
  • Provide leadership by demonstrating commitment to the goals and policies of the college.
  • Develop and maintain productive and responsive communication with the campus community.
  • Exhibit commitment to effective management of financial resources.
  • Participate in professional organizations related to areas of responsibility.
  • Administer Workers Compensation claims, maintain records of claims.
  • Complete other duties as assigned (e.g. vacancy coverage, inclement weather, moving, furniture set-up).
  • Serve as essential personnel, meaning duties are essential to the operations of the College and requires that the position report to campus for work even during full or partial closures, emergencies, inclement weather, etc.
  • Develop, submit or respond to Service Request Orders (through CMMS) to address safety issues or items brought forward by management.
  • Provide after hours and weekend call back response.
  • Working hours may vary and occasional evening and/or weekend work is required.
  • Must adhere to College policies and guidelines.
3. Complete other duties or projects as assigned by supervisor.


Individuals must be able to explain and/or demonstrate they possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to safely perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Ability to work closely and collaboratively with faculty, students and staff.
  • Ability to demonstrate effective interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to positively and actively contribute to the College's core values of diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Knowledge of and be familiar with biology, chemistry, and physics terminology and basic laboratory operations; governmental regulations including OSHA, WISHA, and ADA in construction and general industry, fire safety, air quality, ergonomics, emergency management and vehicle/equipment safety.
  • Familiarity with two-way radio communications methods and technology.
  • Ability to acquire CPR and First Aid training certification.
  • Ability to obtain a valid Washington State driver's license.
  • Ability to develop and implement a comprehensive safety program.
  • Ability to be reliable and capable of working independently.
  • Ability to move supplies and equipment weighing up to 50 pounds.
  • Ability to successfully collaborate and maintain compliance with agencies having jurisdiction.
  • Ability to use available technology and equipment to effectively fulfill the duties and responsibilities of the position.
  • Ability and desire to establish positive relationships in the workplace and successfully collaborate with a diverse work population regardless of race, gender, physical limitations, religious beliefs or sexual orientation.


  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Two (2) years of EH&S related work experience.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Physical/Life Science, Occupational Safety, Environmental Health, Industrial Hygiene, Health Sciences or related field.
  • Work experience in higher education, research, K-12 or health care.
  • Applicable certifications, such as ASP, TSP, CIH, NIMS ICS.
  • Familiarity and/or experience in art studio, theater operations and construction safety.


Work environment is primarily inside Whitman facilities and sometimes outside, both of which may include working in high places. This position may be exposed to dirt, dust and equipment solutions as well as potentially hazardous conditions, noise, and extreme temperatures. Work requires the use of personal protective equipment (e.g. respirators). Physical skill and sustained physical effort may be required for some of the EH&S responsibilities. Job requires moderate strength and agility and typically requires balancing, bending, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, grasping and repetitive motions. Lifting and carrying materials weighing up to 50 pounds occurs with varied frequency.


Whitman offers competitive employee benefits, including these, a generous 10% matching contribution to retirement, and paid time off including holidays and vacation for full-time staff and sick leave. Learn more about benefits eligibility.


At Whitman College, we take seriously the safety of our community. Whitman is a fully vaccinated campus, requiring all employees and students to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations or have an approved exemption. More information can be found here.


Contact Human Resources regarding requests for disability accommodation in the employment application process.


Application review will begin on June 1 and continue until the position is filled.


July 5, 2022

How to Apply

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