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Safety Officer, Departmental

Salary: $23.56-$28.77 hourly / $4,098-$5,003 monthly / Range: 5668

DEFINITION: Under general supervision, coordinates a departmental safety program; makes inspections and conducts safety training; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This class serves as technical safety specialist in a department. This class differs from the Risk Analyst by the latter's responsibility for coordination and implementation of a countywide safety program.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:

1. Investigates, prepares and reviews reports of injury, property damage and claims involving the department; inspects facilities, construction sites, equipment, work practices and safety devices for conformance with legal requirements, reports findings and recommends changes to establish safer working conditions; makes follow up inspections to ensure compliance; meets with employees and managers to study safety problems and develop policies and procedures which will decrease the risk of injury or loss; coordinates the record keeping of industrial injuries and safety training.
2. Assists with the development of departmental safety policies and procedures regarding emergency management response planning and workplace safety; reviews Federal, State and local hazardous materials handling and safety regulations and recommends policies and procedures to comply with these regulations; advises management on environmental and safety matters, laws and regulations affecting the department.
3. Develops and provides individual counseling, on-site and classroom training to staff on safety practices and policies, accident prevention techniques and accident reporting; develops safety training materials and newsletters; conducts safety meetings on requirements of applicable Federal, State and local regulations.
4. Serves as the departmental representative on countywide committees related to safety.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS:

1. Two years of experience in safety inspection, promotion or training; or,
2. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

College-level course work in Occupational Health and Safety, Industrial Hygiene, Environmental Engineering or related field is highly desirable.

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

Knowledge of: accident prevention and industrial safety practices; safety and occupational health laws and procedures; methods of assessing safety hazards and controls; hazardous materials storage and transfer procedures; emergency preparedness activities.

Ability to: identify health and safety hazards and determine proper courses of action to mitigate hazards; conduct accident investigations and identify unsafe conditions, equipment and practices; analyze situations accurately and adopt timely and effective recommendations; interpret safety and environmental laws and regulations; plan and present safety training programs; communicate effectively orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships.
 



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