Safety Officer, Divisional
Salary: $21.33-$26.04 hourly / $3,709-$4,528 monthly / Range:
DEFINITION: Under general supervision, coordinates a divisional
safety program within a large, diversified department; makes
inspections and conducts safety training; and performs related
duties as required.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This class serves as the technical
safety specialist in a division. This class differs from the Safety
Officer, Departmental by the latter's responsibility for
coordination and implementation of a department-wide safety program.
It is further distinguished from the Safety Officer by the latter's
responsibility for the Countywide safety program.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
1. Investigates and prepares reports of injury, property damage, and
claims involving the division; inspects facilities, equipment, work
practices, and safety devices for conformance with legal
requirements; conducts industrial and environmental sampling,
including but not limited to atmospheric testing in confined spaces,
water testing, and noise monitoring; maintains and calibrates
sampling equipment; reports findings and recommends changes to
establish safer working conditions; makes follow up inspections to
2. Meets with employees and managers to study safety problems and
develop policies and procedures which will decrease the risk of
injury or loss; responds to employees' concerns about on-site safety
and health; coordinates and runs monthly divisional safety meeting.
3. Assists with the development of divisional safety policies
including but not limited to Emergency Action Plan, Hearing
Conservation, Respiratory Protection, Confined Space, Bloodborne
Pathogen, and Lock-Out/Tag-Out Program; assists with the development
of 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.
4. Develops and provides individual, on-site, and classroom
counseling and training to division staff on safety practices and
policies, including but not limited to CPR and First Aid, accident
prevention techniques, and accident reporting; develops safety
training materials and newsletters; conducts safety meetings on
requirements of applicable federal, state, and local regulations;
coordinates with Safety Officer, Departmental to conduct general
safety training across divisions; coordinates safety training
including but not limited to Hazardous Materials Awareness,
Hazwoper, Defensive Driving, Confined Space, and Confined Space
Supervisor; keeps records of safety training.
5. Serves as the divisional representative on departmental and
Countywide committees related to safety such as Risk Management and
6. Advises management on environmental and safety matters, laws, and
regulations affecting the division; represents the interests of the
division to the department's Deputy Director; advises and informs
Deputy Director of safety problems and trends in the division;
develops with managers a safety budget for the division.
7. Writes, maintains, and educates division employees about work
procedures, manuals, protocols, operation plans, etc. for safe and
consistent performance of division-specific activities.
8. Serves as the primary on-site liaison with OSHA and other
regulatory agencies; accompanies inspectors during visits to work
sites; communicates results of inspections to department and
recommends substantive procedural changes to ensure conformance to
requirements when necessary.
1. One year of experience performing safety inspections, monitoring
and promoting workplace safety, or conducting safety training; or,
2. equivalent combination of education, training, and experience
that would provide the required knowledge and abilities.
College-level coursework in Occupational Health and Safety,
Industrial Hygiene, Environmental Engineering, or a related field is
Additional Qualifications: Possession of a valid California Class C
Driver's License may be required.
Knowledge of: accident prevention and industrial safety practices
related to the assigned division; safety and occupational health
laws and procedures (i.e. Cal OSHA and California Labor Code, or
another state's equivalent); methods of assessing safety hazards and
controls; hazardous materials storage and transfer procedures;
emergency preparedness activities; record-keeping practices; basic
First Aid; CPR.
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; write
policies and procedures pertaining to safety issues; communicate
effectively orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective