Fire & Safety Officer (Environmental Site Assessment Tech)

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Work type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Amherst
Department: Environmental Health & Safety
Pay Grade: 15
Categories: Environmental Health & Safety

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.


Job Summary

Working under the direction of the Department of Environmental Health and Safety, the Environmental Site Assessment Technician provides support and oversight of hazardous building materials including asbestos inspections, lead in construction, PCB’s, heavy metals, mold awareness, and asbestos monitoring functions related to campus asbestos management program operations. Acquires and maintains Commonwealth of Massachusetts related certifications, including but not limited to functioning as an Asbestos Abatement Project Monitor and Asbestos Inspector. 


Essential Functions

  • Serve as a certified asbestos inspector and certified asbestos project monitor on asbestos containing material [ACM] related activities.
  • Authorized to review building records, perform visual inspections, collect samples, prepare written inventories, and conduct other forms of investigation necessary to determine and document the presence and condition of known or suspect ACM, lead, PCBs and other hazardous building materials in facilities.
  • Apply current concepts and state-of-the-art knowledge to evaluate the conditions and accessibility of ACM and shall otherwise conduct their activities according to procedures described in current EPA guidance documents or applicable federal laws or rules and regulations.
  • Authorized to function as the on-site representative of the University in interpreting project specifications or asbestos management plans and monitoring and evaluating contractor or employee compliance with applicable rules, regulations, or specifications, including collection of the air samples at asbestos project sites.
  • Able to perform limited asbestos analytical services under close supervision and, upon request, able to obtain Class B certificate or NIOSH 582 Equivalent Training Course thereto within 90 days of request.
  • Maintain and calibrate air sampling equipment.
  • Operate motor vehicle to travel to work sites. 


Other Functions

Perform other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • A high school diploma or equivalent in a technical program which includes a math and science curriculum.
  • Certification as an Asbestos Inspector per M.G.L. c. 149, § 6-6F and 453 CMR 6.07.
  • Certification as an Asbestos Abatement Project Monitor per M.G.L. c. 149, § 6-6F and 453 CMR 6.07.
  • Successful completion of the applicable initial and refresher training requirements per 453 CMR 6.10(2), 6.10(4) (d), and/or 453 CMR 6.10(5).
  • Minimum of six (6) months experience in an occupation comparable to that of asbestos inspection; or two months field experience under the direct supervision of a certified Asbestos Inspector or Management Planner, per 453 CMR6.07(2)(a)1.
  • Minimum of six (6) months employment experience in the asbestos abatement field, or two (2) months field experience under the direct supervision of a certified Asbestos Project Monitor, per 453 CMR 6.07(2)(d)1.
  • Able to pass a medical history and pulmonary function test and to pass a respiratory fit test.
  • Must obtain Lead in Construction per 29 CFR 1926.62(1) and/or Lead Renovator, Repair and Painting per 40 CFR Part 745.225 training certificate within two (2) years of hire.
  • Massachusetts Class D Driver’s License (or CDL with hazardous materials endorsement if required).
  • Pass medical surveillance program requirements for respiratory protection program.
  • State asbestos certification as asbestos inspector and asbestos project monitor.
  • Able to pass an EH&S competency assessment evaluation specific to hazardous building materials health and safety matters.


Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

Class B Certificate or NIOSH 582 Equivalent Training Course to provide asbestos analytical services [within 90 days of request to obtain certification].


Physical Demands/Working Conditions

Physically able to wear personal protective equipment (PPE).


Additional Details: 

Ability to provide Asbestos Analytical Services. These services include, but are not limited to, the counting or enumeration of asbestos fibers in the air (air monitoring analysis) (must have a class C certificate for air samples) and the identification and quantification of asbestos in materials (bulk sample analysis) in connection with any asbestos hazard assessment, building inventory, exposure measurement, abatement project or associated project.


Work Schedule

Monday – Friday; 8:30am – 5:00pm (40 hours per week).


Salary Information

Grade 15


Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants must complete online application, submit a resume and provide contact information for three (3) professional references. 


UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, caste, creed, sex, age, marital status, national origin, disability, political belief or affiliation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related condition(s), veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, natural and protective hairstyle and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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