|The Position (One Vacancy)
Under general direction, the Safety Manager oversees and administers the District’s comprehensive occupational health and safety program, including emergency preparedness, safety training and environmental programs in compliance with federal, state and local occupational and industrial safety requirements and environmental regulations, as well as industry standards. Develops, implements, and administers safety policies, procedures and directives; evaluates the effectiveness of safety programs, implements new programs/procedures as needed.
This position serves as the District’s Safety Manager and provides consultation and expertise to District management and staff. Performs other related duties as assigned.
Primary Job Duties:
Safety Program Administration
- Develop, coordinate and supervise the implementation and maintenance of a comprehensive District-wide occupational health and safety program designed to prevent injury, occupational illness and damage to property and ensure compliance with relevant regulations.
- Develop and maintain District-wide safety and health policies, procedures and directives in accordance with state and federal rules and regulations; and maintain District safety-related manuals and documentation, including preparation and distribution of appropriate communications and updates.
- Determine applicability of administrative and regulatory requirements and other health and safety laws and implement applicable regulations and standards. Maintain current knowledge of legislation, regulations and practices in safety and health and advise District management regarding the impact on District operations.
- Represent the District in inspections and hearings conducted by Cal/OSHA and other regulatory agencies.
- Perform safety audits and investigate work-related accidents/injuries and recommend measures to prevent occurrences.
- Conduct and supervise facility and site inspections, job hazards analyses and other evaluations to identify hazards and potential risks. Make recommendations to managers as required and implement appropriate corrective actions. Conduct audits of corrective actions to ensure compliance with regulations and corrective action.
- Conduct safety reviews and investigations. Make recommendations for changes in equipment and/or processes to correct unsafe conditions. Assess incident statistics to determine requirements for new or modified training.
- Review and comment on safety plans and permits for compliance with applicable standards and regulations. Provide consultation and expertise in essential matters of safety and health.
- Maintain on-site safety equipment and first aid supplies.
- Prepare and present reports and information to the General Manager and the Board of Directors on the District’s Safety Program, and make recommendations for changes and/or modifications to assure District operates a professional and supportable safety program.
- Work with District Buyer to develop the RFP specifications, scope of work, and selection criteria for the procurement of janitorial, landscape maintenance, street sweeping and other similar service contracts. Monitor and supervise execution of service contracts ensuring work compliance, safety, and reliability.
- Review and approve invoices for accuracy. Submit for processing.
- Establish and implement safety training objectives. Plan, develop, schedule, conduct or arrange for regulatory and other safety/health related training for all new and existing employees. Maintain database and physical records of employee health and safety training and certifications.
- Regularly audit and review training program to ensure regulatory compliance, appropriateness and effectiveness of the training program to meet District goals and needs.
- Chair the District-wide Safety Committee and serve on site safety committees.
- Conduct basic workstation evaluations for new hires and existing employees as requested.
- Coordinate any follow-up evaluations or requests for equipment/furniture with Human Resources and the department. Maintain ergonomic files and records as required.
- Work with Human Resources to investigate and/or conduct workers’ compensation injury and illness investigations as required.
- Develop and maintain the District’s Hazardous Materials Business Plan and submit annual reports.
- Manage the Hearing Conservation Program; coordinate and schedule annual hearing tests for personnel in the Program.
- Serve on the District’s emergency planning task forces or committees providing consultation and expertise on business continuity and workplace violence prevention issues.
- Work with Human Resources to coordinate and schedule required medical examinations for specialized certifications (i.e., crane operator, etc.).
- Ensure accident investigation kits and updated insurance information are maintained in all District vehicles.
OTHER ASSIGNED DUTIES
Assumes responsibility for covering a part of the work assignments of co-workers during short absences as assigned based on their knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position. Respond to inquiries and requests from the public, customers, and outside organizations. Participate in teams engaged with process and customer service improvements, cross-training, and team performance evaluations. Participate in District related civic events, and activities of community and professional organizations; attend meetings and makes presentations. Participate in District committees and staff functions. Performs other assigned work which is consistent with the responsibilities assigned to the classification and necessary for the effective operations of the department and the District.
QUALIFICATIONS: A combination of training and experience that demonstrates an individual has obtained the required knowledge and is able to perform the required work (with reasonable accommodation, if needed). An individual with the following combined training and experience would typically qualify to compete in a selection process:
EDUCATION: A Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent combination of work experience, training, and education) with major course work in occupational safety and health science, environmental safety, industrial hygiene, ergonomics, or a closely related field from an accredited college or university; and
EXPERIENCE: Five (5) years’ experience as an industrial and/or field safety professional, including at least two years of which have involved administration of a comprehensive safety and accident prevention program. Hands-on experience inspecting facilities and equipment, conducting safety investigations, developing and facilitating safety training, and enforcing safety codes and regulations. Experience in water or wastewater utility is desirable.
REQUIRED LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS AND REGISTRATIONS:
- A valid California State Class C driver’s license and the ability to be insured under the District’s insurance program is required. Continued maintenance of certificate and driver’s license is a condition of employment.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Effective September 26, 2021, external applicants are required to be fully vaccinated* for COVID-19 as a condition of employment with the District. Requests for a reasonable accommodation due to medical or disability reasons or for a sincerely held religious belief will be considered on a case-by-case basis. *Fully Vaccinated means a person’s status two weeks following the person’s receipt of a single-dose COVID-19 Vaccine or the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 Vaccine.