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Gainesville Regional Utilities Safety Specialist in Gainesville, Florida

Safety Specialist

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Safety Specialist

Salary

$60,408.00 - $87,592.00 Annually

Location

Gainesville, FL

Job Type

Full-Time Regular

Department

RISK MANAGEMENT

Job Number

09042

Closing

8/14/2020 11:59 PM Eastern

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The City of Gainesville currently has an opening for a qualified Safety Specialist to join our team to perform advanced professional and technical work assessing, planning, developing, coordinating, implementing, and conducting the General Government occupational safety and health programs.

A typical work day may include: Spending at least fifty percent of the day spent in the field assisting employees with safety and inspecting job sites for safety compliance. Review safety policy and procedures for compliance with state and federal regulations. Provide appropriate safety training.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in occupational safety and health, industrial engineering, safety engineering, or related field, and four (4) years of experience in occupational safety and health; or an equivalent combination of education and experience which provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

Possession of an OSHA 500 or 501 Authorization with one (1) or more years of instructor experience may substitute for the required education.

Certifications:

  • Valid driver license required upon appointment. Valid Florida Driver License required within thirty (30) days of appointment and at all times while employed in this classification.

  • CPR certification following American Heart Association (AHA) Guidelines, required within six (6) months of appointment.

  • OSHA 500 Construction Industry Train the Trainer or 501 General Industry Train the Trainer authorization to conduct both 10 and 30 Hour Outreach Programs within six (6) months of appointment.

  • Occupational Hygiene and Safety Technician (OHST), Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST), Associate Safety Professional (ASP) or Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certifications desirable.

Notes:

  • May Require Assessment(s).

  • May fill multiple positions.

  • May establish an eligibility list.

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Job Description

SUMMARY

This is advanced professional and technical work assessing, planning, developing, coordinating, implementing, and conducting the General Government occupational safety and health programs.

Positions allocated to this classification report to a designated supervisor and work under general supervision. Work in this class is distinguished from other classes by the use of independent judgment and professional knowledge to ensure the safety of all City of Gainesville employees through safety education and investigations.

EXAMPLES OF WORK*

*This section of the job description is not intended to be a comprehensive list of duties and responsibilities of the position. The omission of a specific job function does not absolve an employee from being required to perform additional tasks incidental to or inherent in the job. Performance of lower level duties may be required.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

Depending on the area of assignment:

Designs, develops, and coordinates the implementation of safety and/or technical training programs.

Reviews safety policies and procedures for compliance with applicable laws.

Advises and assists Department heads and Safety teams with administering active and effective department safety procedures.

Assists with the planning, coordination and evaluation of the General Government occupational safety and health programs.

Evaluates changes in job procedures to meet new safety requirements and recommends changes in the occupational safety and health programs.

Conducts job safety analyses, prepares reports for departments and makes recommendations for changes in occupational safety and health procedures.

Coordinates safety and technical training programs with appropriate City staff.

Researches potential resources and teaching methodology to effectively design and deliver training.

Conducts job hazard analyses, prepares reports for departments or management, and makes recommendations for changes in occupational safety equipment or work practices.

Conducts facility, nature parks, playgrounds and work site safety inspections to assure compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), State and City directives, and safety manual. Takes immediate corrective action if deficiencies are observed. Informs Department heads or designees of potential violations and safety concerns.

Issues safety violation forms to employees when unsafe acts or safety violations are observed.

Investigates public and/or employee complaints concerning safety. For valid complaints, provides a written plan on how to eliminate or mitigate the safety concern.

Designs and conducts occupational safety and health training courses for City employees, crew leaders, and supervisors to educate safe work environments and industry’s best practices.

Reviews and researches safety equipment, tools, equipment, and materials. Recommends purchase of such items.

Coordinates and maintains the General Government Safety Awards program, including accident tracking, event scheduling and communications and award procurement and administration.

Investigates workplace incidents and accidents to determine root cause and recommends corrective actions to prevent future incidents and accidents.

Tracks departments’ incidents and accidents on a monthly basis, analyzes for trends, and recommends corrective actions to prevent future incidents and accidents.

Retrieves and prepares video surveillance files for internal and external legal counsel.

Works with the City’s third-party administrator and Workers Compensation Manager to ensure compensability of claims and assists with case management.

Makes recommendations on Safety budget.

Performs annual quantitative respirator fit testing for City employees.

Conducts indoor air quality investigations, coordinates with facility maintenance to make necessary corrections or repairs to HVAC systems.

Attends work on a continuous and regular basis.

NON-ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

Depending on the area of assignment:

May assist in the production of safety training videos.

May be required to respond in the case of accidents or emergencies.

May serve as a member of the City of Gainesville Safety Committee, e.g., a Public Works Safety Representative.

May serve as a member of Emergency Operations Alpha team.

May serve as a member of the City’s Emergency Management System.

May act in the absence of supervisor.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job function satisfactorily. Below are the required education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

Bachelor degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in occupational safety and health, industrial engineering, safety engineering, or related field, and four (4) years of experience in occupational safety and health; or an equivalent combination of education and experience which provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

Possession of an OSHA 500 or 501 Authorization with one (1) or more years of instructor experience may substitute for the required education.

CERTIFICATIONS OR LICENSES

Licenses

Valid driver license required upon appointment. Valid Florida Driver License required within thirty (30) days of appointment and at all times while employed in this classification.

Certifications

CPR certification following American Heart Association (AHA) Guidelines, required within six (6) months of appointment.

OSHA 500 Construction Industry Train the Trainer or 501 General Industry Train the Trainer authorization to conduct both 10 and 30 Hour Outreach Programs within six (6) months of appointment.

Occupational Hygiene and Safety Technician (OHST), Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST), Associate Safety Professional (ASP) or Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certifications desirable.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Thorough knowledge of and ability to carry out occupational safety and health programs.

Intermediate level knowledge of personal computers and related departmental software.

Thorough knowledge of accident investigation procedures and analysis.

Thorough knowledge of Workers’ Compensation Act safety requirements.

Knowledge of safety training and education principles.

Knowledge of personal protective equipment and procedures and other related occupational safety and health program areas.

Ability to operate indoor air quality meter, confined space gas detection monitor, noise dosimeters, respiratory testing equipment, speed sensors, and other equipment required to perform job tasks.

Strong critical and creative thinking skills to assess and resolve problems or issues by gathering and assessing information, taking advice, and using judgment that is consistent with standards, practices, policies, procedures, regulations or law.

Excellent analytical and research skills as demonstrated by the ability to develop, assess, and blend information and recommendations from a wide variety of sources.

Excellent written and oral communication skills as demonstrated by the ability to translate and articulate complex technical data and information and issues clearly, concisely, and persuasively.

Strong interpersonal skills as demonstrated by the ability to interact collaboratively and productively and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with individuals of diverse backgrounds including elected and appointed government officials, Charter Officers, City employees, union representatives, representatives of other agencies, and the general public.

Ability to teach, motivate, and influence others in order to accomplish safety goals.

Ability to exercise sound judgment in analyzing facts and trends.

Ability to prepare reports and maintain records.

Ability to speak in public and to conduct training sessions on safety risk factors and accident prevention.

Ability to plan emergency procedures.

PHYSICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL REQUIREMENTS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must possess certain physical abilities and be able to withstand work related environmental conditions.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is often required to sit for prolonged periods of time.

Work may require the use of personal protection equipment, including hearing protection, eye protection, foot protection, hand protection, heat protection and use of respiratory protection including self-contained breathing units. This position requires the ability to use respiratory protection equipment in compliance with Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) regulations. Work requires physical strength and agility sufficient to safely perform all essential job functions including the ability to lift, carry, push, or pull 50 pounds without assistance.

Must communicate orally, see physical surroundings, listen, hear others, respond to oral commands, and demonstrate good communication skills.

Ability to climb and descend stairs and ladders.

Work requires continuous situational awareness.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

May require working outside regular business hours, including weekends, and holidays.

Work may require exposure to hazardous conditions and noxious chemicals.

Work may require exposure to prolonged high noise levels.

Work may require performance of tasks outdoors under varying climatic conditions.

Work may require performance of tasks in extreme heat and confined areas requiring the use of special equipment.

To learn more about benefits available to eligible City of Gainesville / Gainesville Regional Utilities employees, please CLICK HERE.

01

Please select from the option below where you initially learned about this employment opportunity:

  • City of Gainesville Website

  • Governmentjobs.com

  • Career Source

  • Word of Mouth

  • College Job Posting

  • Other

  • Prefer not to disclose

  • Guardian

  • Recruiter

  • Professional Diversity Network PDN

02

If you selected "Other" from the above option, please identify the event, activity or source where you initially learned about this employment opportunity. Please type N/A if this question does not apply to you.*

03

While the City considers related education and experience of each candidate for this position, the hiring manager anticipates an offer not to exceed the midpoint. By selecting "yes", you are indicating that you have read and understand that a job offer will typically not exceed the midpoint.

  • Yes

  • No

04

Please select the option below that best describes your highest level of education.

Proof of the required education for this position will be requested at the time of appointment. You may attach the documentation as part of your application for review and consideration should you be selected to move forward in the hiring process.

  • High School Diploma

  • Associates Degree

  • Bachelor's Degree

  • Master's Degree

05

How many years of experience do you have in occupational safety and health?

All relevant work experience must be clearly listed and shown in your application for consideration.

  • 1 year - Less than 2 years

  • 2 years - Less than 4 years

  • 4 years - Less than 6 years

  • 6 years- Less than 8 years

  • More than 8 years

06

Please select all current certifications from the list below that you possess.

  • A Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) certificate

  • OSHA 500 Construction Industry Train the Trainer and 501 General Industry Train the Trainer authorization to conduct both 10 and 30 Hour Outreach Programs

  • Occupational Health and Safety Technologist (OHST)

  • Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certification

  • None of Above

    Required Question

Agency

City of Gainesville

Address

222 E. University Ave

PO BOX 490

Gainesville, Florida, 32627

Website

http://www.cityofgainesville.jobs

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