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The Environmental Health and Safety Department (EH&S) works in partnership with the University’s organizational units to meet occupational and environmental safety standards to provide a healthy and safe place of employment, and to protect our environment. This position will directly contribute to and be accountable for creating and sustaining a culture of service, accountability, and excellence within the Department. Additionally, this position will help to adopt strategic planning initiatives and support data gathering for metrics and performance monitoring to ensure organizational efficiencies and desired outcomes are met. This position will adopt and align work processes and practices to support the values of the EH&S department including: accountability, collaboration, diversity, efficiency, and excellence.
EH&S has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time public health specialist (PHPS). The EH&S Public Health Program oversees and manages food safety, drinking water safety, pest control and zoonotic disease prevention, and pool and spa safety for the three UW campuses. In addition, the Public Health Program provides subject matter expertise and guidance to University units. In addition, this position participates in department-wide efforts to respond to emergencies and incidents that have public health implications, including communicable disease outbreaks. The PHPS’s primary role is ensuring food safety at UW food service establishments, large athletic events, and temporary food events. In addition, the public health program specialist works closely with the public health program manager to develop and implement food safety program protocols, contributes public health expertise to emerging and emergency situations, and supports all aspects of the EH&S Public Health Program. The public health specialist is supervised by the EH&S public health program manager.
Food Safety •Inspect food services at University campus locations, including more than 250 food service establishments, large temporary food events, three hospital-based food services, food concessions at athletic events, and other University events and locations. •Collaborate with food service managers to ensure compliance with food safety standards and mitigate risk for UW students, faculty, staff, and visitors. •Assess and determine if regulatory violations have occurred, document violations, determine corrective actions, and establish schedule for corrections; and make recommendations for follow up to public health manager based upon investigation findings. •Provide education, technical assistance, and regulatory compliance advice to campus food service establishments. •Assist campus food partners understand and implement requirements and best practices identified in the University’s Food Safety Program. •As needed, temporarily close food service establishments to reduce the risk of foodborne illness. •Interpret and convey public health and environmental codes, regulations, policies, and technical regulatory information and how they apply to University workplaces to a variety of diverse audiences (e.g., staff, faculty, managers, the general public, senior leaders). •Ensure food safety in unique circumstances, such as a communicable disease outbreak or a natural disaster. (For example, in the current COVID-19 situation, ensure social distancing for employees and customers, frequent and adequate employee hand-washing, and that ill employees stay home.) •Respond to reports of potential foodborne illness and assist with investigations, potentially in collaboration with local, state, and federal food safety officials. •Review, approve, and issue temporary food permits. •Issue and maintain operating permits for permanent food establishments. •Maintain and use program-based computerized systems, write reports, and maintain accurate field records. •Maintain program records, including food service inspections and temporary food permit applications. •Help write and update the Food Safety Program’s procedures and practices. •Identify education and outreach opportunities that improve the Food Safety Program and its implementation. •Develop communication, education, and training materials, and conduct training. •Communicate risk and safety information to the campus community. •Conduct or support the review of construction/renovation plans for food establishments.
Other public health and EH&S duties •Respond to complaints or concerns of a public health nature where there are environmental health risk factors and take appropriate corrective actions. •Provide continuous surveillance over environmental health hazards. •Share information about emerging environmental health concerns with EH&S leadership and partners. •Assess general public health and safety needs of UW work locations and help ensure they are adequately addressed. •Investigate environmental health risk factors associated with disease outbreaks on campus whenever necessary, and cooperate with state and/or local health officials to implement needed environmental health programs to control identified diseases. •Assist with after-hours public health and/or disease investigation and response activities. •Assist in the development and delivery of environmental and occupational health and safety education and training. •Conduct public health activities, such as contact tracing, collaborating with the local health department, communicating and collaborating with UW departments, and ensuring public health precautions and guidelines are followed. •Respond to reports of pests and wildlife on UW campus that have a public health implication. •Help ensure pools and spas are maintain in a healthy and safe manner, in compliance with applicable regulations. •Assist with water testing, as needed. •Support and actively coordinate with other EH&S sections to support campus needs, requests for service, and efforts regarding public and environmental health that impact the work environment (e.g., workplace safety, zoonotic disease field research, lab research safety, and drinking water quality). •Provide information requested regarding workload, environmental health indicators, and public health performance measures.
Other duties •Participate in Environmental Health & Safety teams, meetings, and trainings. •Participate in program development projects as needed. •Other related duties, as assigned.
REQUIREMENTS: •Bachelor’s degree in public health, environmental health, biological sciences, or a related field •Two years of experience in public health and/or food safety regulations •Experience with public health program planning, implementation, and evaluation •Demonstrated knowledge of public health, food safety principles, or a strong interest in learning about food safety and other aspects of environmental health and safety •Excellent oral communication skills, including the ability to be articulate, diplomatic, and customer service-oriented •Demonstrated written communication skills, including the ability to prepare concise and accurate correspondence and reports conveying professionalism and diplomacy •Demonstrated ability to use sound judgement while interacting with colleagues and clients •A collaborative, consultative approach to compliance adherence •Demonstrated ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment with competing and shifting demands and deadlines •Strong desire for ongoing technical and professional learning
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
DESIRED EXPERIENCE •Registered Sanitarian certificate from the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) or the Washington State Environmental Health Association (WSBRS) •Five years of experience in public health and/or food safety regulations •Knowledge of federal, Washington state, and local environmental health regulations •Demonstrated knowledge of water and food sampling techniques, including sample handling procedures and protocols •Two years of experience, collecting, analyzing and interpreting program data
Working Conditions This position requires both field and office work. It also requires occasional evening and weekend work to inspect food services at large intercollegiate athletic events and other campus events.
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