Contractor Safety Officer

  • Posted on 3 March 2020

Job Description

Cardno is currently seeking a qualified Contractor Safety Officer (CSO) for a USAID-funded project in Vietnam.

The CSO will serve as the on-site safety and health supervisor during fieldwork. The upcoming fieldwork is expected to last six-weeks and consist of a geotechnical and chemical site investigation at multiple sites with known dioxin contamination. Level C PPE is required at sites with known dioxin contamination. Additional fieldwork between two to six weeks is also expected. During the fieldwork, the CSO will act as the on-site expert in site safety and monitoring in conformance with approved Site-Wide Health and Safety Plan (HASP) and fieldwork specific Supplemental HASP (SHASP). The CSO will implement provisions of the Site-Wide HASP and fieldwork specific SHASP with the main objective of maintaining a safe work environment. Notable provisions of the Site-Wide HASP and fieldwork specific SHASP that the CSO will implement include:

  • Heat stress biological monitoring,
  • Decontamination procedures
  • Site exposure monitoring (including personal air/dust monitoring and perimeter air/dust monitoring), and
  • Proper use, maintenance, and storage of PPE.

The CSO is expected to be on site with the field crew either in the exclusion zone or contaminant reduction zone throughout the duration of fieldwork. Additional responsibilities are listed below.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Review the Site-Wide HASP;
  • Review the fieldwork specific SHASP;
  • Maintain copies of the Site-Wide HASP and fieldwork-specific SHASP on site during field activities;
  • Implement provisions of the Site-Wide HASP, fieldwork specific SHASP, and the Project safety and health program and enforce compliance;
  • Ensure that Project Contractor personnel meet training and medical surveillance requirements;
  • Conduct site orientation training, Site-Wide HASP and fieldwork specific SHASP review, and daily safety meetings including a daily safety inspection;
  • Emphasize safety and hold Project Contractor personnel accountable for safe work performance;
  • Review site hazards and establish safety control measures;
  • Maintain a hazardous substance inventory list and provide to the A&E Bien Hoa Contractor LSECS;
  • Maintain copies of each SDS and provide updates to the A&E Bien Hoa Contractor LSECS;
  • Maintain safety equipment and supplies;
  • Establish site control work zones and boundaries;
  • Report safety violations or safety and health concerns promptly to the SCPM and A&E Bien Hoa Contractor LSECS;
  • Ensure correction of unsafe work conditions and/or unsafe work practices; and
  • Communicate with the A&E Bien Hoa Contractor LSECS regarding site activities and Site-Wide HASP compliance.


Minimum Training, & Certifications

  • 40-Hour OSHA HAZWOPER certification
  • 8-Hour OSHA HAZWOPER Supervisor certification
  • 8-Hour OSHA HAZWOPER annual refresher
  • 30-Hour OSHA Construction Safety
  • Medical Monitoring including blood serum dioxin monitoring program
  • CPR and First Aid

Preferred Training and Certifications

  • B.S. in Occupational Safety, Industrial Hygiene, Toxicology, Biology, Geology, or other related science
  • CSP and/or CIH
  • US Army Corps of Engineers EM 385-1-1 Training
  • Professional registration as an engineer or geologist in the United States
  • 3-day hands-on on-site training in PPE, decontamination, and general site safety provisions

Minimum experience

  • Minimum 5 years of field and administrative experience in the management of health and safety programs for construction and hazardous waste mitigation sites.
  • Experience in data collection and report preparation related to environmental site assessment and remediation.

Competencies, Knowledge and Skills

  • Personal air/dust monitoring
  • Perimeter air/dust monitoring
  • Experience with level C PPE
  • Working with UXO escort for UXO avoidance
  • Decontamination of heavy equipment, PPE, field equipment, and personnel at hazardous sites requiring level C PPE (Tyvek or Saranex with full or half-face respirator)
  • Ability to take responsibility for assignments, work independently, with minimal supervision, and effectively manage multiple, competing priorities.
  • Experience with USAID or other donor-funded programs.
  • Monitoring of heat stress associated with high ambient temperature and humidity with Level C PPE to include blood pressure, temperature and pulse.
  • Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills.
  • Proficiency in MS Office suite, including Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • Ability and willingness to travel with previous overseas health and safety, environmental, and/or engineering experience;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Fluency in English.

Familiarity with the following fieldwork activities and associated hazards:

  • Low-flow groundwater sampling,
  • Piezometer installation and gauging,
  • Soil sampling from test pits with an excavator,
  • Working around heavy equipment,
  • Sampling for sediment and subsurface soil from a boat, and
  • Multi-incremental sampling for soil and sediment at multiple depths.

Position Location & Travel: Remote with travel to Bien Hoa, Vietnam

Assignment duration: Ability to travel to Vietnam for periods up to 6 weeks. Will include 6-day work weeks.

Special Notes: Candidate will also be part of the blood serum dioxin monitoring program (administered by Dr. Greaney) and needs to have a current medical surveillance “Fit for Duty” statement within the last eleven months. Person must be in good shape, as they will be working in Level C PPE in 100-degree heat.

About the Organization

Cardno Emerging Markets USA, Ltd., is part of Cardno’s Emerging Markets Division with international development assistance companies in Brisbane, Brussels, Jakarta, Melbourne, Nairobi, Oxford, Port Moresby, and Washington, DC. Cardno Emerging Markets USA, Ltd. was formerly Emerging Markets Group, Ltd. and brings nearly a 30-year history serving the objectives of bilateral and multilateral donors and private clients. The Emerging Markets Division brings together a broad range of experience and talent; a rich history of innovation, passion and commitment to international development and an established reputation for high quality demand and client driven services. Cardno’s Emerging Markets Division manages more than $750 million in current contracts and grants, brings together over 90 years of collective experience, and engages over 3,700 professionals in more than 100 countries. Cardno’s Emerging Markets Division currently implements over 130 projects globally.

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