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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.


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.


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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