Occupational Health and Safety Specialist

Sep 06, 2018

Position Title

Occupational Health & Safety Specialist


Honolulu, HI, US

Department / Division

VP Enterprise Operation Services / Corporate Safety

Job Functions

Coordinates and implements Hawaiian Electric’s Occupational Health, Industrial Hygiene, and Safety and Fire Services Programs to meet corporate objectives and to ensure regulatory compliance.

Brief Description

The Corporate Safety Division of the VP Enterprise Operation Services Department at Hawaiian Electric Company has one (1) Management vacancy available. (Role: Professional)

Fundamental Responsibilities

Serves as a liaison to departments in resolving industrial hygiene, health, fire, and safety concerns and facilitate compliance with existing rules and regulations, including Company mandates.


Conducts safety inspections, industrial hygiene related monitoring and investigations, and ergonomic surveys of work crews, facilities, vehicles, and equipment for compliance with governmental standards and company policies. Prepares related reports and makes appropriate recommendations.


Coordinates, schedules, and conducts safety, health, and fire related training for employees (i.e. first aid, CPR, fire brigade, new employee safety orientations, etc.). Maintains necessary records of attendance.


Investigates industrial, vehicle, and general public accidents/complaints. Files formal reports and makes recommendations to reduce occurrences and provides assistance in litigation matters as necessary.


Conducts personal and environmental monitoring of asbestos and/or lead exposure at various company locations, performs analyses, functions as “competent person” as required by law. Maintain required records as well as maintain pumps and accessories for monitoring work. These and other activities may require special safety and/or industrial hygiene certification and/or program completion in such areas as asbestos, lead, CPR, etc.


Conducts respirator fit testing. Compiles and maintains required records. Maintains all testing supplies and equipment.


Researches, develops, and analyzes safety statistics for management and others to aid in evaluating the company accident prevention and reduction program. Compiles and maintains required records to comply with existing regulations.


Performs testing of employees covered by the Annual Employee Screening Program such as spirometry, audiometry, and blood pressure. Compiles the necessary records to ensure compliance with existing regulations.

Other Responsibilities

Fundamental Requirements

Knowledge Requirements

  • Working knowledge of relevant HiOSH, Federal OSHA, DOT, DOH, PUC, NIOSH rules, regulations, and guidelines related to safety issues, the National Fire Safety Code, various ANSI standards, and general electrical utility safety and health practices.
  • Working knowledge of policies and procedures contained in such documents as Company/Union agreement, General Information Manual, and Substance Abuse Manual, etc.
  • Thorough knowledge of Accident Prevention Manual.
  • Associate’s degree in Occupational Safety and Health or Fire Science or equivalent experience.
  • Working knowledge of basic fire suppression techniques including fire systems and equipment.
  • Working knowledge of asbestos and lead programs and techniques.
  • Working knowledge of industrial hygiene principles and techniques.
  • Working knowledge of personal computers and/or mainframe systems and related software application.
  • Special safety and/or industrial hygiene certifications and/or program completions may be required in such areas as asbestos, lead, CPR, and spirometry, etc.

Skills Requirements

  • Ability to become certified as a first aid and CPR instructor, crane inspector, hearing conservationist, possess a certificate in spirometry, and complete NIOSH asbestos fiber course or equivalent, and the McCrone asbestos identification course or equivalent.
  • Ability to function at accident scenes, at various company facilities (fuel oil tanks, mountain trails, manholes) which may be graphic. Ability to ride helicopters and to respond to callouts at all hours, including weekends and holidays (including 12-14 hour shifts).
  • Leadership skills including oral, written, listening, communications skills including report writing, capability of developing audio/visual training programs, technical writing, conflict resolution, and the willingness and ability to train.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with all levels of bargaining unit and management personnel within the Company and with various federal, state, and county officials, and with union representatives.
  • Must have or be able to qualify for a State of Hawaii driver’s license and a CDL, in order to travel to various field sites to inspect work sites and investigate accidents. Must meet the standards for frequent required driving positions as stated in the Hiring Standards for Required Company Drivers policy. These standards may be adjusted periodically to meet business and safety objectives.
  • Ability to be a self-starter and to meet deadlines. Must be innovative and creative in approach to problem solving. Ability to participate as effective member of a “team”.
  • Demonstrated ability to remain flexible in a demanding work environment and adapt to rapidly changing priorities.

Experience Requirements

  • Several years (3-5) industrial safety experience.
  • Few years (1-2) experience in electric utility or construction industry or equivalent or several (3-5) years in the general work environment.

How To Apply


Employees of affiliate companies who meet the minimum requirements should submit intent to apply or resume to the HR Service Center via email at HRServiceCenter@hawaiianelectric.com, or interoffice mail at CP7-FH or call toll-free at 1-855-652-4848.


All others who meet the minimum qualifications should click on the “Apply Now” icon to submit an online application.


Submittal of an application for the position:

1. Authorizes Hawaiian Electric Company to share any and all information regarding previous or present employment, educational training or personal information from their records and from any other source with the hiring department or subsidiary company;

2. Releases and waives Hawaiian Electric Company from any and all liability for any damage which may be claimed as a result of furnishing such information to the hiring department or subsidiary company; and

3. Authorizes release and transfer of all personnel records to be maintained by the hiring company in the event of an inter-company transfer.



a) To the extent permitted by law, Hawaiian Electric Company may conduct a criminal conviction record inquiry for the past 10 years.

b) Hawaiian Electric Company is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer. We actively seek diversity among our employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender/sex, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, arrest and court record, sexual orientation, veteran status, or other protected categories in accordance with state and federal laws.

c) If you require accommodations during the application process, please contact the HR Service Center at (808) 543-4848.

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