Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) Coordinator

Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) Coordinator


Gaston College
201 Highway U.S. 321
Dallas, NC 28034
Phone: 704-922-6200

Job Location

Dallas, NC


$40,000 / Grade 8



Job Category

  • Technical/Paraprofessional

Application Period

Opens: Thursday, February 21, 2019
Closes: Sunday, March 31, 2019

Target Start Date

Monday, April 15, 2019

Expected Work Hours

Typically 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Reports to

Manager-Human Resources, EHS, and Professional Development

Employment Type

Full-Time, Regular Staff

Minimum Qualifications

  • Associate degree from a regionally accredited college required.
  • Minimum of 2 years’ safety program coordination experience required.
  • Knowledge of OSHA General Industry/Contractor Standards and related safety standards/regulations (e.g., EPA, NFPA, and/or NIOSH) required.
  • Strong problem solving and planning skills required.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills required.
  • Strong organization skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) required.
  • Valid driver’s license required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution preferred.
  • Certification for the OSHA 30-Hour Training for General Industry preferred.

Position Description

Open until filled - review of applications begins March 6, 2019

Gaston College is an award-winning community college in North Carolina that is dedicated to providing Opportunities for Life. With three campuses located in Gaston and Lincoln counties, we have an exciting opportunity for an Environmental, Health, & Safety Coordinator to join our dynamic team. 
We are looking for a person who wants more than just a job in safety! 

If you are a results-oriented person who wants an opportunity to build strong relationships, cultivate a world-class safety program, help and train others, and contribute to the long-term success of our College in meeting its mission, then this is the position for you!
Our ideal candidate is highly energetic, passionate about safety, has at least two years of safety program coordination experience, and is willing to advance his or her knowledge, skills, and abilities in this dynamic and growing field. 


Position Summary

The Environmental, Health, & Safety Coordinator provides leadership, direction, and coordination for the College EHS program to promote continuous improvement.  Responsible for developing, implementing, coordinating and maintaining EHS programs, procedures, and training that meet or exceed compliance with all applicable federal, state, local laws/regulations and College standards. Reports to the Manager of Human Resources, EHS, and Professional Development.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Lead, develop, maintain, and coordinate the College's Environmental, Health, and Safety program, including cultivating employee engagement, promoting safety awareness, and conducting or coordinating EHS training and education.
  2. Conduct and coordinate inspections/audits of facilities, grounds, new or modified equipment, and safety equipment (e.g., fume hood, eye-wash, AEDs) including hazard analysis and the implementation of improvement or hazard mitigation/prevention strategies.
  3. Coordinate emergency exercises such as fire, evacuation, and shelter-in-place drills.
  4. Conduct thorough accident/incident and near-miss investigations to determine root causes and make recommendations for corrective and/or preventive measures.
  5. Coordinate various activities associated with the College’s Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) including facilitating tabletop and other emergency preparedness exercises and training.
  6. Lead a College Safety Committee by organizing and conducting regular meetings.
  7. Develop, maintain, and communicate Job Safety Analyses and assist with determining physical requirements for all positions.
  8. Coordinate the College’s Chemical Management Program, including, but not limited to training, maintaining the Safety Data Sheets (SDS) system, testing, and managing chemical procurement, chemical inventory and storage, and hazardous material disposal per applicable regulations.
  9. Maintain EHS Key Performance Indicators (e.g., recordable incident rate, loss-time accidents) and use data to formulate safety awareness, training, and loss prevention strategies.
  10. Prepare and submit EHS-related reports per federal and state reporting requirements and maintain OSHA 300, 300A, and 301 reporting and/or posting.
  11. Assist with College health and wellness initiatives.
  12. Coordinate and manage the College’s workers’ compensation (WC) program including investigating and documenting claims, handling the claim filing process, acting as a communication liaison between employees, physicians, WC representatives, and supervisors, and assist with managing cases to facilitate timely return to work, as appropriate.
  13. May assist with preparing and maintaining forms and records for employee medical testing, drug testing, and vaccinations.
  14. Develop and maintain various EHS procedures, guidelines, and manuals including the College’s EHS manual and assist with updating the Annual Security Report (ASR).
  15. Maintain a current working knowledge of EHS regulations and laws to provide expertise for EHS assessments, capital projects, and general EHS-related strategies.
  16. Develop and implement EHS strategies and programs to meet or exceed safety goals and objectives.
  17. As applicable, collaborate with other internal College functions and departments and serve as a liaison to applicable external safety-related agencies by coordinating any associated activities and follow-up to ensure compliance.
  18. Conduct, coordinate, and/or develop general or specific EHS training for current employees (supervisory and non-supervisory) and new hires, which includes, but is not limited to: safety compliance training, EHS programs and procedures, workers ’ compensation procedures, emergency response procedures, and various EHS-related topics based on need. Manage and maintain the EHS training matrix and safety-related training via the College’s Learning Management System.
  19. Manage, maintain, and promote EHS communications through various avenues, including required and promotional postings, email, and intranet/internet communications.
  20. Assist with maintaining and training emergency response plans for the campuses per the Emergency Response Guide (ERG).
  21. Collaborate with the NC Community College Environmental, Health, and Safety Institute.
  22. Serve as a back-up for various departmental functions as part of the HR, Professional Development, and EHS team.
  23. Maintain a high standard of professional and ethical practice in representing the College. Maintain confidentiality of relevant information.Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the field or discipline with continued adherence to professional accountability. Provide a high level of service to customers by establishing and maintaining effective working relationships and partnerships. Accept responsibility for managing situations and problems. Work cooperatively with team members and colleagues and contribute positively and constructively to the achievement of team and College objectives. Adhere to the College’s policies, procedures, and other established guidelines.
  24. Perform other duties as assigned, including special projects.

Physical Demands

  • Generally works in an office environment, but may sit, stand, or walk for long periods of time. 
  • Occasional bending, stooping, and reaching with the ability to lift and maneuver items weighing up to 25 pounds required.
  • Occasional exposure to elements such as weather, noise, dust, and odors.
  • Evening and weekend hours and some overnight travel required.
  • Work environment can be stressful at times in dealing with a wide variety of challenges and deadlines.

How to Apply

Apply online only at www.gaston.edu > Employment Opportunities

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Job Post Contact

June Stromberg