Under general supervision, this mid-management position designs, coordinates, implements, and participates in the administration of the Glendale Water & Power (GWP) Safety program, including ensuring regulatory compliance with federal, state, and local regulations related to safety, injury and accident prevention, identifying safety improvement opportunities, developing and tracking training programs, and reducing department liability due to safety issues. Coordinates assigned activities with the City-wide Safety program and provides responsible staff assistance to the Chief Assistant General Manager of GWP and City’s Safety Administrator.
Essential functions of the job include, but are not limited, to the following:
Design, develop, and oversee the department’s safety/health program, recommend and participate in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and procedures for the safety program, identify resource needs and work with department management to develop a safety strategic plan for the utility.
Provide highly responsible staff assistance to executive management and the Chief Assistant General Managers; report safety program results to the General Manager, Chief Assistant General Managers, and the City’s Safety Administrator; provide quarterly statistics regarding including frequency and severity rates for both industrial and vehicle accidents; assist in identifying areas for improvement and recommend appropriate course of action.
Establish and implement a safety training plan; provide and/or coordinate staff training; develop new safety programs as needed to ensure Cal-OSHA compliance.
Direct and coordinate the Injury & Illness Prevention Program and Wellness Program; audit and maintain a record keeping system of program activities; meet with department staff to address deficiencies.
Coordinate and preside over the Accident Review Committee; and provide an analysis regarding preventability and mitigation.
Manage and conduct safety incident investigations; review, interpret, and apply safety regulations to injuries, accidents, and incidents involving employees and the general public; ensure that investigations are completed within a timely manner in accordance with the department’s safety manual.
Respond to incidents involving injuries; property damage related to the department; investigate employee accidents to determine causes and prevention methods; analyze accident reports to determine frequency and trends; recommend measures for mitigation.
Identify safety improvement opportunities with respect to work processes, procedures, personal protective equipment, devices and tools; review with appropriate management and staff; implement and track improvements.
Review and evaluate third-party liability claims; make recommendations to lessen and/or eliminate the frequency and severity of third party incidents; monitor progress.
Conduct specialized studies; prepare and present reports related to safety and injury prevention programs.
Review, interpret and apply complex safety regulations; oversee department safety/health regulatory actions; accompany regulatory agency personnel on investigation and enforcement inspections.
Develop and implement safety audit programs to identify recognized safety and health hazards; recommend and coordinate corrective actions; conduct independent audits of department facilities/work locations to ensure compliance and identify potential safety hazards and/or unsafe working conditions; recommend mitigation measures; research, evaluate, and recommend the purchase of safety equipment.
Oversee the mandatory random drug/alcohol testing of department employees that are required to drive City and personal vehicles during work; serve as a professional safety resource to the City’s Safety Administrator; assist with safety and fire inspections of the department’s facilities with insurance carriers as needed.
Coordinate annual evacuation drills with the City’s Safety Administrator and Safety Coordinators.
Maintain records including safety meeting minutes, attendance at training classes, tailgate meetings, and other records to demonstrate compliance to mandated safety requirements.
Develop and administer the safety program budget; forecast additional funds needed for equipment, materials, training and supplies; recommend adjustments as necessary.
Develop and manage contracts for vendors to conduct safety training for departmental staff.
Attend and participate in professional group meetings; oversee monthly department safety committees; maintain awareness of new trends and developments in the field of safety and health as well as new Cal/OSHA regulations and requirements; incorporate new developments as appropriate.
Drives on City business.
Ensures Department services are provided with the highest customer service and ethical standards.
Perform other duties as assigned or as the situation requires.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Principles and practices of safety program administration.
OSHA regulations, legal processes, liability, and risk assessment.
Principles of industrial hygiene, ergonomics, toxicology, and the health effects of chemical exposure.
General principles and procedures of engineering, construction, and design.
Practices of fire prevention and protection.
Budgeting principles and cost control.
Principles of contract administration and project administration.
Computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets and databases.
Pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations.
Familiarity with the National Electric Safety Code.
Skills and Ability to:
Effectively design, develop, implement and administer a comprehensive safety training and injury prevention program.
Read, analyze and interpret laws and regulations.
Analyze records and develop recommendations; prioritize risks.
Foresee accident-causing conditions and develop proactive prevention measures.
Effectively communicate program priorities.
Make sound decisions and effectively solve problems and negotiate effective solutions.
Manage and facilitate meetings and processes.
Monitor and determine effectiveness of safety and health processes.
Present ideas, manage conflict and gain agreement.
Represent the department effectively in meetings, including making presentations.
Create and maintain an effective record keeping system.
Manage a program or contract within budget constraints.
Accurately outline scope of work for contracts.
Communicate and interface with outside vendors.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Work overtime as requested.
Assume responsibility for maintaining a safe working environment.
Respond to emergencies to assess risk pertaining to safety, accidents and injuries.
Be part of a team and work as a member of a team.
Cooperate with and abide by all Division rules and regulations.
Five years of increasingly responsible experience in the development and administration of a department specific safety and loss prevention program with at least three years in a supervisory/managerial capacity. Experience in utility safety is highly desirable.
A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in occupational safety, industrial hygiene, business administration or a related field.
A valid Class "C" California driver's license required.
Certification as a safety professional or industrial hygienist is desirable.
Special Conditions and Requirements
Environmental Conditions: Work is performed both in an office and field environment; travel from site to site; exposure to electrical hazards, chemicals, and loud noises; work in confined spaces; extensive public contact.
Physical Conditions: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office and field environment; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.
An equivalent combination of experience, education, and/or training may substitute for the listed minimum requirements.
The examination will consist of an evaluation – qualifying and/or an oral interview worth 100%. All applications, resumes and submitted reference materials will be reviewed and evaluated and only the best-qualified candidates based on applicable experience will be invited to the examination. Any evaluation will be based on the candidate’s education and experience as related to the position. Any examination will be to evaluate the candidate’s education, experience, knowledge and skills for the position. The City of Glendale reserves the right to modify the above stated examination components and/or weights. Should this be necessary, the candidates will be notified of the specific examination components and weights prior to the administration of any examination. TIME AND PLACE OF THE EXAMINATION WILL BE ANNOUNCED. The City of Glendale conforms with State and Federal obligations to make reasonable accommodation for applicants and employees with disabilities. The Human Resources Division asks that it be advised of special needs at least five days prior to the first test part so that a reasonable accommodation may be made. The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an express or implied contract. In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the City of Glendale requires that all new employees provide documentation to establish both work authorization and identity.
| APPLICATIONS MAY BE OBTAINED AND FILED ONLINE AT:
APPLICATIONS MAY BE OBTAINED AND FILED AT:
613 E. Broadway, Room 100,
Glendale, CA 91206
UTILITY SAFETY OFFICER