Occupational Safety Specialist 2 – Salem, OR
This is a permanent position with a closing date of 6/17/2018.  Salary range is $4,144-$6,050 per month. The Oregon Health Authority is expanding the Oregon State Hospital’s infrastructure and currently has a fantastic opportunity for a Occupational Safety Specialist 2 with experience to join an excellent team and work to advance their operations.

The Oregon Health Authority promotes health equity by developing policies and programs to eliminate health disparities and reach health equity for all Oregonians.

The Oregon State Hospital (OSH) provides patient-centered psychiatric treatment for adults with mental illness from throughout the state. The hospital’s primary goal is to help people recover from their illness and return to their lives in the community. Employees play an essential role in achieving the hospital’s vision to be a psychiatric hospital that inspires hope, promotes safety and supports recovery for all.

What you will do!
This position is responsible for ensuring the health and safety of Oregon State Hospital – Salem staff, patients, and visitors by conducting fire and life safety inspections, evaluating safety program effectiveness and compliance with the state, federal and applicable regulatory standards. Formulate policies and design operational system to enhance the hospital health and safety program, and provide training and education to hospital staff to ensure compliance with regulatory standards. Communicate and provide recommendations to hospital leadership to improve safety policies and programs through committee involvement.

What’s in it for you?
Collaboration in an open office with a team of bright individuals to work with and learn from. We offer full medical, vision and dental with paid sick leave, vacation, personal leave and ten paid holidays per year. If you are a Clinical Psychologist with experience, don’t delay, apply today!

This is a permanent, full time position and is represented by a union.
This position will be located at 2600 Center Street NE in Salem, Oregon. 

The Oregon Health Authority is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer committed to work force diversity.

This recruitment announcement will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates to fill the current vacancy and may be used to fill future vacancies as they occur.

Please note that if you apply for this position, Oregon State Hospital is a 24 hour, 7 days a week facility. If you are offered a position the shift could be a day, swing, night or weekend shift based upon the facility’s needs at that time.

Duties & Responsibilities

Major duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Analyze, interpret and apply laws, rules or agency policies related to occupational health and safety.
  • Subject-Matter-Expert on Occupational health and safety standards.
  • Coordinate the occupational health and safety program at OSH.
  • Develop policies and procedures related to occupational health and safety.
  • Train OSH staff on occupation health and safety topics.
  • Collaborate with regulatory agencies such as OSHA to identify problem areas and improve conditions.
  • Assist management in correcting regulatory deficiencies related to Occupational health and safety.
  • Conduct ergonomics assessment of OSH staff and work areas.
  • Conduct on-site fire and life safety evaluations of workplaces to identify health and safety hazards, and author FLS reports.
  • Manage documents related to fire drill exercises and ensure accountability as required by regulatory standards.
  • Author reports and present findings to appropriate committees and hospital leadership.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Work is performed within an office environment and inspections of OSH areas and includes issues of a confidential and sensitive nature. Instate travel may be required. Non-Traditional work hours may be required. Must have the ability to operate a personal computer and tools associated with the health and safety field. Must have a valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record or an alternative transportation method.Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills


One year of experience performing duties of an industrial safety representative or safety officer; OR

A Bachelor’s degree in industrial safety or occupational safety and health; OR

An Associate’s degree in industrial safety or occupational safety and health and two years of industrial safety or regulatory enforcement program experience; OR

Four years of industrial safety or regulatory enforcement program experience.

Note: At this level, a knowledge of industrial safety codes or regulatory enforcement experience is needed. Acceptable experience which demonstrates the industrial safety code knowledge would include having the major responsibility for devising or administering safe work practices by using the industrial safety codes as a basis. An example of such experience is being a lead worker with responsibility, similar to a supervisor, for safe working practices. If the responsibility for administering industrial safety measures was less than full-time, describe the time spent working on these activities.

  • Experience analyzing, interpreting and applying laws, rules or agency policies related to occupational health and safety.
  • Experience developing policies and procedures related to occupational health and safety.
  • Experience training.
  • Experience promoting a culturally competent and diverse work environment.

Applicants that meet the minimum qualifications and most closely match the requested skills will be invited for an interview.

Additional Information

To apply, please follow these steps.

  1. Complete the application. We will not accept a resume or position description in place of a completed application. Because of the volume of applications we receive, we do not review any attachments that we do not ask for.
  2. The work experience and/or education section of your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet all of the minimum and special qualifications listed above. If it does not, we are required to disqualify it.
  3. Complete the supplemental questions. Answers to the supplemental questions must be substantiated with the experience you listed in the work experience section of the application. If you say you have 10 years of experience in customer service, but don’t show 10 years of experience in the application, you may be disqualified.

Caution: If you fail to follow these instructions, your application will be disqualified. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

If you are offered employment, the offer will be contingent upon the outcome of a reference check, an abuse check, criminal records check and driving records check. The information shall be shared with the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Office of Human Resources (OHR). Any criminal or founded abuse history will be reviewed and could result in the withdrawal of the offer or termination of employment.
Candidates who are offered employment at the Oregon State Hospital must satisfactorily pass a pre-employment drug test.

If you are an eligible veteran and wish to claim veterans’ preference points AND you also meet the minimum qualifications for this position, the points will be added to your score. To receive veterans’ preference points you MUST attach the following required documentation to your electronic application.

>  A copy of your DD214/DD215 form; OR a letter from the US Dept. of Veterans Affairs indicating you receive a non-service connected pension for the five (5) point preference.
> A copy of your DD214/DD215 form; AND a copy of your veterans’ disability preference letter from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs for the ten (10) point preference.

For more information on veterans’ preference points visit www.oregonjobs.org, and select veterans’ preference.

If you need assistance to participate in the application process, you are encouraged to call Luke Curtis at 503-945-2887 (voice) 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Pacific Time) Monday through Friday. TTY users please use the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service: 1-800-735-2900.

For technical support, please call toll free 1-855-524-5627, for customer service assistance.

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) includes most of the state’s health care programs, including Public Health, Health Policy and Analytics, Health Systems Division, and Oregon State Hospital. Incorporating the state’s health care programs within one agency gives the state greater purchasing and marketing power to begin tackling the issues of cost, quality, and access to care.

OHA strives to create inclusive environments that welcome and value the diversity of the people we serve. OHA fosters fairness, equity, and inclusion to create workplace environments where everyone is treated with respect and dignity regardless of race, color, religion, sex, disability, physical stature, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, political affiliation and any other factor applicable by state or federal law.


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