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Health and Safety Specialist II

Department: Research and Collective Bargaining
Location:Washington, D.C.
Grade:USU Grade 9
Salary:Starts at $76,649
Benefits:List of benefits
Posting Date:January 31, 2017


  • Researches health and safety topics and prepares responses to requests from affiliates.
  • Develops materials and conducts various health and safety educational and training for AFSCME staff and rank and file members including instruction in first aid/CPR.
  • Preparation for training involves the translation of highly technical information into a format that is easy to understand and use.
  • Upon request, conducts inspections of work-sites and makes recommendations for abatement of hazardous, unhealthy and unsafe conditions.
  • Acts as a technical resource for affiliates at meetings with management representatives concerning matters related to occupational health and workplace safety.
  • May serve as staff liaison to one or more advisory committees, and develops and presents the union's position on health and safety issues before city councils, county officials and state legislatures, and with the media.
  • Reviews specific issues and concerns and helps develop programs to address specific needs.
  • Identifies and works with other international unions and organizations to form coalitions to advocate issues/topics of mutual interest and concern.
  • May help prepare proposals to request funds, or renew existing grants to establish/continue activities and programs designed to improve health and safety conditions in the work place and takes responsibility for administering grants, including preparing budget and activity reports.
  • Writes occasional articles, manuals and fact sheets on program areas of concentration and reviews and comments upon state and federal legislative and regulatory proposals related to occupational safety and health and workers compensation programs.
  • May monitor one or more specialty issues or topics of importance to AFSCME.  Serves as the resource person in these areas for both affiliate and AFSCME staff including serving in an advisory role during negotiations and organizing campaigns.

Education Requirements:

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with course work in health, industrial hygiene, environmental issues, or related field.

Experience and Skill Requirements:

Three (3) to five (5) years’ experience related to occupational health and safety and/or industrial hygiene.

  • Thorough knowledge of unsafe workplace conditions and remedies.
  • Experience in a variety of occupational safety and health topics and in arranging and presenting workshops and training programs for a large number of students.
  • Strong oral and written communications skills.
  • Ability to travel to affiliates and councils, and on occasion may require working extended hours and weekends.
  • Experience with grant application and administration, and CPR instruction preferred.

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