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Safety Officer

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DEFINITION: Under general direction, develops, implements, and manages the County-wide occupational safety and health program; conducts safety inspections and training; serves as consultant to departments on safety issues; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is a single position management class. This class is distinguished from the Safety Officer, Departmental by its responsibility for managing the County's overall safety program, including development of Countywide safety policies, and the latter's responsibility for the safety program of one department. This class is distinguished from the Risk Analyst series by the latter's emphasis on the management of workers' compensation and other claims.


1. Develops, implements, and manages the County's Injury/Illness Prevention Program and directs and coordinates the participation of departments within that program; creates or modifies safety policies and updates County Safety Manual as needed.
2. Conducts regular safety audits of County departments including the inspection of facilities, worksites, equipment, work practices, and safety devices to ensure compliance with required workplace safety standards, regulations, and County policy; reports findings to department and recommends changes to establish safe work conditions; may compel cessation of work in order to address potential imminent hazards; monitors changes and/or makes follow-up inspections.
3. Coordinates, plans, and implements the actions and recommendations of the County Safety Committee; provides technical assistance and advice to the Committee.
4. Prepares monthly, quarterly, and annual reports; maintains proper documentation to conform with record-keeping requirements of Cal OSHA and California Labor Code.
5. May serve as safety consultant on construction and space planning projects; conducts workplace or site assessments and reviews work activities such as trenching that require permits to ensure safe performance; reviews safety program (IIPP) of contractors; periodically performs site inspections as needed to ensure safety of construction sites.
6. Investigates serious accidents and/or incidents of injury or property damage at County worksites to ascertain cause and need for corrective action; develops and implements measures and strategies to prevent their recurrence in order to meet long-range loss-reduction goals; advises departments as to the keeping of records and coordinates the compilation of information necessary for Risk Management files and reports.
7. Serves as safety resource to all departments and assists departments in complying with County safety standards; provides consultation, guidance, and technical assistance on matters related to workplace safety and security, including assisting in the development of department-specific safety manuals and forms and advising of proper recordkeeping requirements; assists departments in establishing standards and developing controls or work processes specific to departmental operations in order to minimize or eliminate hazards and maintain consistency with County safety policy.
8. Monitors County's compliance with applicable laws and regulations; evaluates and determines impact of changing regulations; serves as the primary representative of the County with regulatory agencies; accompanies inspectors during significant visits or delegates duties to departmental safety representatives; determines, plans, and implements necessary follow-up action to comply with laws; disseminates information to departments as appropriate.
9. Meets regularly with Risk Management staff to ensure appropriate action is taken in compliance with County safety policies to correct hazardous conditions which result in workers' compensation claims.
10. Develops newsletter or contributes to other County publications to communicate County safety standards, policies, and goals to departments, improve awareness of safety issues, and keep departments informed of developments within the safety program.
11. Develops and provides individual counseling, and on-site and classroom training to staff on safety topics such as ergonomics, driving safety, personal protective equipment, and lifting/back safety; provides training to departmental safety coordinators on safety practices and policies, accident prevention techniques, and accident reporting; coordinates the keeping of records of safety training.
12. May represent the Risk Management Division before community groups or official government bodies to discuss or present County safety policies; may appear in court as an expert on safety issues or to testify about specific incidents.


1. Possession of a bachelor's degree in safety or industrial engineering, and three years of experience in coordinating safety and loss prevention activities for an insurance company, independent administrator, or large employer with diverse work environments; or,
2. possession of a bachelor's degree in social sciences, human resources, or a closely related field with supplemental training in safety, industrial hygiene, or ergonomics; and three years of experience in coordinating safety and loss prevention activities for an insurance company, independent administrator, or large employer with diverse work environments; or,
3. possession of a bachelor's degree in social sciences, human resources, or a closely related field with supplemental training in safety, industrial hygiene, or ergonomics; and three years of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Safety Officer, Departmental with Santa Barbara County; or,
4. equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities.

Additional Qualifications: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License.

Desirable Qualifications: Designation as a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) by the American Board of Certified Safety Professionals or possession of other applicable certification [i.e. designation as an Associate Safety Professional (ASP), Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), or possession of the National Safety Council's Advanced Safety Certificate (ASC)].

Knowledge of: Principles and practices of evaluating and implementing a comprehensive safety program; training techniques; basic principles of risk management; techniques of accident prevention; laws and regulations applicable to employee safety and occupational health (i.e. Cal OSHA and California Labor Code, or another state's equivalent); principles, practices, and methods of safety, occupational health, and loss prevention programs; application of statistical methods to management analysis including benefit analysis; industrial safety practices; methods of assessing safety hazards and controls; techniques for conducting accident investigations and safety inspections; English grammar and usage.

Ability to: Investigate and evaluate complex safety problems and issues; learn relevant aspects of involved industries and operations of various County departments; choose between alternatives and act on decisions; communicate effectively orally and in writing; gather, organize, and analyze data and complete comprehensive reports; establish and maintain effective working relationships with people at all levels of the organization; analyze situations accurately and make timely and effective recommendations; interpret safety and environmental laws and regulations; plan and present safety training programs; use persuasion to obtain compliance and cooperation from those over whom one has no direct authority.

Supplemental Information: This position may require the ability to wear personal protective equipment such as a respirator; meet physical demands of position such as walking, standing, lifting up to 40 pounds, climbing ladders, bending, squatting, and crawling in tight spaces to safely access work sites.

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