Occupational Health Specialist
Performs comprehensive ergonomic evaluations for employees and departments to reduce, eliminate, and prevent unsafe work practices. Coordinates industrial hygiene work. Performs preliminary surveys and inspections of occupational environments to recognize, eliminate, and control occupational hazards and diseases. Plans, organizes, implements, and evaluates an efficient occupational health program consistent with the needs of the employees an the goals and objectives of the County.
The following statements are illustrative of the duties and responsibilities of the job. The organization retains the right to modify or change the duties and responsibilities of the job at any time.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
- Receives general guidance from the Risk Manager.
- Exercises no supervision.
- Assist in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities of the Risk Management Department.
- Assist in preparation and administration of the occupational health budget.
- Develop and implement successful programs such as Back Injury Prevention, Hearing Conservation, Bloodborne Pathogens, Workplace Ergonomic Assessments, Return-to-Work, Job Placement Examinations, and Job Description Physical Standards.
- Identify and evaluate physical, environmental, chemical, and biological hazards and real and potential health problems in the workplace and devise ways to control or eliminate them.
- Identify workers at the highest risk of illness and injury and provide services that ensure maximum compatibility between the worker's capabilities and limitations and the physical, mental, and emotional demands of the job.
- Inspect County facilities, work sites, and operations to identify unsafe conditions or practices and take steps to eliminate them or reduce their impact.
- Evaluate noise and lighting issues and recommend measures to ensure maximum employee protection.
- Comply with complex government regulations.
- Manage Workers' Compensation claims in conjunction with the Third Party Administrator and designated medical providers.
- Perform job site analysis following ergonomic principles for employees and departments to reduce, eliminate, and prevent injuries.
- Analyze material handling activities and use appropriate research data to make recommendations to reduce or eliminate hazardous conditions.
- Provide early detection of adverse health effects, awareness of the variety of environmental hazards, and recognition of appropriate intervention strategies.
- Provide the health education and in-service training of workers.
- Coordinate with safety & environmental specialists to conduct health surveys and environmental monitoring efforts.
- Work cooperatively with safety and operating personnel to prevent, eliminate, and control hazards or behavior that might result in injury.
- Assist in achieving long term cost containment of workers' compensation and disability costs.
- Create, organize, administer, and maintain the policies, procedures, and protocols of the occupational health program consistent with the County's general policies.
- Conduct claim investigations to identify causes and develop preventive solutions to eliminate reoccurrence.
- Conduct a variety of research activities to identify, evaluate, and recommend controls for hazardous conditions.
- Develop Ergonomic standards, make appropriate biomechanical measurements using equipment such as force meters, dymometers, and goniometers, and make recommendations and assist in the elimination or control of poor work environments.
- Prepare written reports for medical, workers' compensation, and legal purposes for all matters pertaining to ergonomics and hazard identification.
- Perform early intervention for treatment of soft tissue injuries to identified employees.
- Recommend and identify workstation furniture and work area configurations in all County facilities to ensure a safe ergonomic environment.
- Develop and implement individual strengthening, stretching, and postural programs for employees at high risk for injury.
- Research new technological equipment to support ergonomic practices in the County.
- Work directly with vendors, Facilities, Information Management Service's Department, telecommunications, and Department supervisors to coordinate ergonomic controls and modification to individual or department functions to eliminate hazardous environments.
- Develop and implement safety, ergonomic, material handling programs, policies, procedures, and training.
- Manage capital and non capital budget for engineering changes.
- Order ergonomic equipment and deliver and install to individuals or Departments.
- Attend seminars, conferences, workshops, classes, lectures, etc., as appropriate, to enhance and maintain knowledge of trends and developments in field; review professional journals, attend association and professional meetings, and otherwise maintain contacts with professionals to facilitate exchange of information.
- Perform special studies and projects as assigned and required.
- Perform other duties as appropriate or necessary for performance of the job.
- Scope and application of laws and regulations pertaining to risk management programs including, but not limited to, industrial hygiene, occupational health, Workers' Compensation Act and Rules of Procedure, ADA, FMLA, WC disability management, OSHA, NIOSH, ANSI, and MSHA.
- Infectious diseases, ergonomics, anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics of the human body.
- Principles, practices, and objectives as related to ergonomics in an occupational health program.
- Principals of occupational health and industrial hygiene.
- Read and comprehend department and County rules, regulations, policies, procedures, and standard operation procedures.
- Operation of standard office equipment including fax machines, copiers, and computers.
- Routine software and business applications including but not limited to, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, and databases.
- Modern office practices and procedures.
- Identify and help abate occupational safety hazards.
- Prepare clear and precise reports and to interact effectively with relevant regulatory agencies and other County departments.
- Demonstrate leadership experience with ability to build a positive, motivated, results oriented environment for occupational health.
- Communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
- Maintain sensitive and confidential information.
- Follow written and verbal instructions.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other County employees, representatives of other agencies and organizations, and members of the community.
- Three years of experience in occupational health or other related field.
- Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Industrial Hygiene, Environmental Health, Occupational Health, or other related health profession.
- Current Colorado license and relevant professional certification as Certified Industrial Hygienist, Registered Occupational Physical Therapist, and/or Certified Safety Professional.
- Advanced ergonomic training.
- Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Colorado Driver's License.