Job Title:Safety Officer
Company:City of Lynnwood
Location: Lynnwood, Washington - USA

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Job Description:

The City of Lynnwood is seeking a dedicated, highly motivated, self-starter Safety Officer to join our Human Resources (HR) team! In HR, our most valued asset is our team members.

You will play an integral role in a busy, fast-paced environment with a group that continuously strives to exceed our customers’ expectations. The Safety Officer will work as part of a team of six that supports nearly 300 regular full-time employees across the city and up to 170 more seasonal/part-time staff. We offer fulfilling work with the opportunity to make a significant positive impact on the City, its employees, and residents.
You’ll energize our safety-first mentality when it comes to our employees and work environments.

The ideal candidate will support our HR values of Service, Collaboration, Respect, and Welcoming by:

  • being self-motivated, adaptable, responsive, friendly,
  • a great multi-tasker, willing to constantly learn, and be resourceful.
  • possess follow through on issues to resolution,
  • customer service focused, valuing equity and respect,
  • taking initiative, and ownership in all projects assigned,
  • have broad experience administering and leading safety programs for the public sector or in a medium to large size company with local, state, and federal safety reporting requirements,
  • have experience coordinating or administering functions of ADA Title II
  • have a passion for public service.

Under general direction, this position serves as the City’s Safety Officer to develop, implement, oversee, and administer comprehensive employee occupational safety, health, testing, and training programs. This position also serves on the City’s Emergency Operations Team, and functions as the City’s ADA Title II Coordinator. This position is required to ensure the City complies with applicable local, state and federal safety laws, ordinances, codes, and regulations.

The Safety Officer reports and is responsible to the HR Director. Performance is evaluated through observation of daily activities, program effectiveness and degree of harmony with citizens, coworkers, and vendors.

No formal employee supervision is exercised. However self-leadership, peer leadership, change leadership and professional collaboration are expectations of the position.

Essential Functions
The job duties and responsibilities represented in this job description in no way imply that these are the only duties to be performed. The employee occupying this position will be required to follow other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties requested by the supervisor.
This job description reflects general details as necessary to describe the principal functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required, and the scope of the position.

  • Administers all aspects of safety programs within departments and/or across the City, including a Drug-Free Workplace, Safe-Driving program, Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Compliance program, Respirator program, Fall Protection program, Man Down program, Lockout/Tagout program, Confined Space program, and safety risk management programs (gaseous Chlorine RMP).
  • Coordinates and leads City Safety Committee and other safety-related committees or workgroups. This includes coordinating safety drills, safety training which may require collaboration with various departments, and outside agencies.
  • Maintains all safety records required by law, including Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), training, and health testing.
  • Serves as return to work coordinator for on the job injuries, and light duty assignments.
  • Coordinates City’s ADA Title II obligations, including intake, investigation, response and resolution tracking. Reviews plans for safety and ADA compliance. Serves on City’s emergency/disaster response team and performs duties in Emergency Operations Center as assigned.
  • Possesses knowledge of accident investigation techniques; common hazards and accident prevention methods and standard principles and practices of occupational and industrial hygiene; including testing, training, and mitigation programs.
  • Reads, interprets and applies technical and reference manuals, standard operating policies and procedures; policy review and implements compliance measures.
  • Regularly engages with City staff, consultants, contractors and state and federal officials to analyze and resolve unsafe practices and conditions which includes tracking of safety improvements progress.
  • Researches, interprets and applies occupational health and safety ordinances, codes and rules, federal and state laws.
  • Gathers and interprets data related to work and safety practices Investigates and evaluates safety conditions and accidents; and makes recommendations for workplace safety to conform with occupational safety standards. Ensures enforcement of safety regulations through line supervisors.
  • Maintains up-to-date knowledge of safety rules and procedures for a variety of settings, including public works, utilities, wastewater treatment facilities, recreational facilities, pools, and other environments.
  • Works with other City staff to develop and monitor budget for Safety program.
  • Attends occupational safety and health seminars to update job knowledge and enhance skills.
  • Maintains confidentiality of work-related issues, client records and City information. Works with City staff on investigation of safety incidents.
  • Performs related work, as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
Requires three years of experience in an occupational safety or health related field and an Associate’s Degree or higher in Environmental or Occupational Health & Safety, Safety Management, Toxicology, Industrial Hygiene, Biology, Construction, Engineering, or related field; OR a combination of education, certification, training and/or experience which provides an equivalent background required to perform the work of the class.

A valid Washington State Driver’s License and a driving record acceptable to the City’s insurance carrier.

Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Additional Information
Job Location and Equipment Utilized:

  • Work is performed in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings. Work may be performed in an outdoor environment in seasonal heat, cold, and all other weather conditions.
  • Exposure to toxic or potentially hazardous substances, vibrations, airborne particles, dirt, fumes, and traffic may occur.
  • Equipment utilized includes environmental testing equipment, standard office equipment and personal computer with associated software and peripherals. Required to wear protective equipment, follow safety procedures and exercise caution during inspections and monitoring.

May require being on call and/or occasional night, evening, or weekend assignments.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of current State and Federal rules, laws, codes, trends, principles and practices in safety administration, reporting, and management, including workplace violence, on-the-job injury and return to work requirements.
  • Knowledge of National Incident Management System (NIMS) Emergency Management principles, and ability to obtain ICS Emergency Management certification(s) to serve on City’s Emergence Operations Team.
  • Knowledge of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Title II.
  • Knowledge of the principles, concepts, methods and knowledge of research methods, data collection, sampling techniques and statistical analysis relevant to administration of a safety program.
  • Knowledge and expertise with Microsoft Office products including, Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint, SharePoint and mobile office applications.
  • Knowledge of recordkeeping best practices and ability to produce required safety reports to state and federal agencies.
  • Provide excellent customer service and develop and maintain positive working relationships with a diverse population.
  • Prepare training materials, and communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Interprets, applies and explains safety policies, procedures, laws and regulations.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively; prioritize work and adapt to changing customer needs.
  • Research, compile and objectively analyze data; analyze problems and recommend solutions.

Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This position must be able to operate a variety of office equipment and audio-visual equipment. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to read, sit, talk, hear, stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle, or operate objects, tools, or controls, and reach with hands and arms; reach overhead or above the shoulders. The employee may occasionally climb, balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch, maneuver over rough, uneven, wet or slippery surfaces. The employee may occasionally need to lift, push, pull and carry objects up to 50 pounds, and stand for extended periods of time.

This position is covered by the General Salary Ordinance. This position is non-represented, and FLSA overtime eligible.

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