Class Code:
Occupational Area:
01 Professional
Probationary Period:
12 mo.
Effective Date:
Last Action:

Safety/Environmental Compliance Associate

Function of Job

Employees in this classification plan, develop, and implement elements of safety, environmental or related compliance programs to fulfill regulatory requirements. They work under the administrative and technical direction of designated administrators and technical leaders.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities

A(n) Safety/Environmental Compliance Associate typically -

  1. implements and monitors operations of a unit, program, process or a facility related to environmental, safety or compliance functions or programs; inspects, evaluates and/or advises on facilities, equipment, materials, activities, and processes for compliance with university, local, state, and federal codes, standards or regulations;
  2. researches, analyzes, interprets, and communicates local, state, and federal regulations pertaining to compliance of environment and safety management programs; develops, maintains, and/or updates programs, policies, procedures, and initiatives that preserve compliance with codes, standards or regulations, in coordination with designated university-level safety, environmental or related compliance organizations; monitors emerging legislation and regulations with potential impact on university personnel, workplaces, and environmental, safety or compliance programs and related activities;
  3. serves as a point of contact and liaise with university-level compliance organizations and as authorized, local, state, and federal agencies to ensure unit, facility and/or university compliance with codes, standards, or regulations;
  4. performs testing, sampling or surveys of equipment, materials or environments;
  5. collects and maintains required documentation and records of activities; compile and assess information (e.g., data, results, findings, methodologies) and prepare various reports or briefings; evaluate and develop data management procedures, resources and tools;
  6. develops, organizes, directs, and/or participates in meetings, conferences, seminars, training/compliance programs, and committees; provides consultation to unit staff or university as necessary on compliance programs, policies, standards or regulations;
  7. communicates and/or disseminate information on programs, policies, standards or regulations; develops, prepares, and/or approves training materials or communications related to compliance efforts and programs, including online;
  8. coordinates active efforts and plans to identify, isolate, or eliminate hazardous operations, materials, or processes; coordinate and/or participate in responses to spills of hazardous materials;
  9. implements, maintains, and updates emergency management response plans and procedures; participates in mandated drills and investigations; fulfills emergency management roles in the event of a crisis;
  10. assists in the investigation, response and/or reporting of complaints, injuries, and incidents; directly liaises with and provides information to outside local, state, and federal regulatory agencies as authorized by university-level compliance authority;
  11. performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Acceptable Qualifications


  1. Bachelor’s degree in occupational health and safety, environmental engineering, environmental health, safety engineering, industrial hygiene, or a closely related field.
  2. Two (2) years (24 months) of professional work experience in a safety or compliance related field.
  3. Based on position requirements, additional education, training, and/or work experience in the area of specialization inherent to the position, may be required.

    List additional education, training, and/or work experience in the area of specialization.
NOTE: Master’s Degree in an area consistent with the duties of the position may be substituted for one (1) year (12 months) of work experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)

  1. Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  2. Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  3. Knowledge of environmental health and safety regulations, equipment, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  4. Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  5. Knowledge of uses of chemical and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
  6. Skill in verbal and written communication.
  7. Skill in instructing/teaching others.
  8. Ability to enter, track, analyze databases and develop rational and realistic conclusions based on relevant information to resolve issues brought to his/her attention.
  9. Ability to develop and implement new environmental and safety programs.
  10. Ability to supervise personnel and/or projects.