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Requisition Number 16-0319
Post Date 11/8/2016
Title Safety Specialist
City La Serena-Cerro Pachon
Description Job Title: Gemini South Safety Specialist
City: La Serena, Chile


If you interested to become part of the world’s leading observatory in safety, there is an exciting opportunity at Gemini South observatory in Chile. This position is expected to further contribute to the success and pioneering work to tailor safety to the observatory environment: enabling forefront science combined with a world-class safety environment. Gemini telescope forms part of AURA that manages and runs several other telescope programs in Chile. Safety is an area where we’re actively seeking for further integration and cross-fertilization between the different programs. Gemini has played an important role in that so far that we would like to continue to expand. This position is expected to seek and develop further opportunities to enhance safety and integration between programs.

This position will work closely and will communicate with Gemini Engineering Operations Manager and local site managers to manage safety priorities, safety work, and physical safety oversight
The Safety Specialist will be responsible for the verification of safety compliance at Gemini operations on Cerro Pachon, Chile. The Safety Specialist will also assist in the implementation and management of Gemini’s safety, health, and environmental programs.
The Safety Specialist will provide site and personnel inspections, audits, and investigations to verify compliance with Chilean, AURA, and Gemini’s safety, health and environmental regulations, policies, and procedures.


Essential functions include, but are not limited to:
Provides inspections, audits, investigations, consultation, and analysis at the site of safety management systems and taking action when necessary by Gemini and site procedures.
examples include, but are not limited to, reviewing fall protection equipment and programs, rigging and lifting practices, scaffold assembly and use, PPE and use, equipment operator’s certifications, confined space evaluation, lockout tagout use, welding safety, and fire prevention measures.
Provides reports and documents as agreed and meets with the Engineering Operations Manager to discuss progress and issues on a regular base.

Assists and performs site job incident and accident investigations, post-incident and accident paperwork, and reporting paperwork in coordination with the AURA-O Safety Manager, and participate in post-incident reviews and follow-up activities.

Interprets and advises the Gemini Directorate and local management of safety regulations affecting the operations of Gemini including, but not limited to Chilean Regulations (Chilean “normas”), company adapted US OSHA regulations, AURA-O requirements, and Gemini safety, health and environmental policies. Reviews and updates periodically Chilean and international legislation on Safety applicable to the activity of Gemini.
Verifies that orientation, general, and specific safety lectures to employees and contractor employees are conducted.

Reviews contractor safety representative inspections, and audits contractor Obligations to Inform (ODI’s). When needed, assists Gemini and personnel with the development of ODI’s. Verifies that Gemini and ODI’s are in place and are being followed.

When needed, assists the managers with the development and implementation of safety, health, and environmental policies, standards, procedures, and practices.

Interfaces with the AURA-O Safety Manager, on matters related to AURA-O requirements and Chilean governmental requirements and interactions.

Ensures necessary reporting requirements are met regarding safety, health, workers compensation, security, and environmental compliance.

Attends regular AURA safety committee meeting, to represent Gemini safety interests.

Assists local management to maintain and update the response plan to emergency situations.

Maintains a central archive of documents on Safety, Health and Environment to dispose mode in case of an audit.


Bachelor’s degree in engineering, mechanical, industrial, electrical, civil or other related field.

Safety requirements and qualifications include a Diploma in Safety Management or related field with at least two to five years’ experience in occupational safety experience or equivalent.

Must be or willing to become, registered as a Risk Prevention Expert with the Chilean Ministry of Health. Experience in construction safety and knowledge of observatory facilities infrastructure experience is desired.
Must have the ability to interact effectively with all AURA safety personnel, all levels of management, staff, and contractors, legal counsel, insurance carriers, physicians, governmental agencies, vendors, and others, in carrying out responsibilities of the position.
Ability to make independent, and often expedient recommendations and decisions, involving safety regulations, environmental and other regulatory and legislative matters.
Must maintain confidential information and records in accordance with regulations, company policy, and good judgment.
English and Spanish both written and fluently spoken is required to enable interaction and training of our international work force and contractors. As well there is a need to translate Normas, OSHA standards, AURA and policies, procedures, and other documents and to interact with our international hires and contractors.
Proven communication and team are constructing abilities/skills.
Ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships and articulate objectives.
Experience in implementing or participating in the implementation of a Safety Management System in an international environment company highly desirable.
Ability to meet the physical aspects of performing inspections, audits, surveys, equipment evaluations, etc. including walking, climbing, lifting, carrying, etc. at altitudes below 9000 feet.
Candidate must demonstrate knowledge of basic negotiation techniques and methods.
Candidate must be innovative and creative, and must show experience in developing new EH&S processes.
Candidate will be a professional with great capacity to adapt to new environments and operate in a multicultural work environment.
Candidate must have experience in handling and processing data and statistical information.
Proficient in personal computer software applications, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.
Valid driving license and ability to drive 4x4 vehicles in adverse weather conditions.


Part A - Must possess:

Ability to lift 35 pounds, or as job conditions dictate.
Ability to climb stairs, ladders and catwalks to get to areas inaccessible by any other means. May work at heights up to 150 feet from the ground and must utilize personal fall protection equipment.
Ability to access enclosures dictated by the structural design of the telescopes, for routine and nonroutine inspection of operational and construction safety.
Sits - up to 2-hours per day. Standing/Walking - up to 6 hours per day. Climbs stairs – frequently. Climbs ladders – occasionally. Climbs Scaffolding – rarely. Bending – frequently. Crouching – frequently. Squatting – frequently. Kneeling – occasionally. Crawling – occasionally. Reaching overhead – frequently. Handling/Fingering - frequently, up to 2 hours per day, not continuously. Reading – frequently. Lifting up to 15 lbs. - frequently. Lifting up to 35 lbs. - occasionally. Carrying up to 20 lbs. – frequently. Carrying up to 35 lbs. - occasionally.
Ability to read and understand instructions, drawings, safety guides, and other written materials necessary to perform job.
Sufficient visual capacity to perform the applicable functions without assistance of visual aids other than eye contacts or eye glasses.
Sufficient spoken aural capacity to hear and understand instructions, warning bells, horns or shouted instructions without assistance of auditory aids other than a hearing aid.
Ability to impart information orally so that others understand and can respond appropriately.

Part B - Must possess – 1)ability to read and understand instructions, drawings, safety guides, and other written materials necessary to perform job; 2) sufficient visual capacity to perform the applicable functions without assistance of visual aids other than eye contacts or eye glasses; 3) sufficient spoken aural capacity to hear and understand instructions, warning bells, horns or shouted instructions without assistance of auditory aids other than a hearing aid; 4) ability to impart information orally so that others understand and can respond appropriately; 5) current and valid license.

Part C – Must be able - to work efficiently at high altitude; to drive a 4-w drive vehicle and possess a clean driving record; to take and pass high altitude physical; to travel internationally (must possess or be able to obtain a valid passport.)

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