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Safety Specialist I or II

6/16/2022

PURPOSE OF POSITION:


Under the general direction of the Supervisor – Safety or designee, assists with the development, administration, coordination, and implementation of City Utilities’ (CU) multiple safety and health programs (in all commodities: Gas, Water, Electric, Power Generation, Telecommunications, SpringNet and Transit and Fleet Management), including related training activities. Assists with administration and coordination of workers compensation programs and works with workers compensation Third Party Administrator (TPA).


ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

-Coordinates and administers the identification and analysis of loss exposure to CU employees and property and to the general public.

-Coordinates and administers the comprehensive loss control program and safety observation program to prevent or reduce injury and loss to CU employees and property and to the general public.

-Promotes safety awareness for the purpose of reducing injury to CU employees and property and to the general public.  

-Assists with administering workers’ compensation program, including directing and authorizing care, working closely with the Workers’ Compensation TPA.

-May coordinate light duty assignments with affected department management. 

-Drafts and prepares recurring statistical reports including Quarterly Safety Reports, NCCI Reports, Vehicle Accident Reports, Departmental Injury Reports and maintains records related to workers’ compensation claims.

-Responds to emergency calls such as serious accidents and injuries, Haz-Mat incidents, environmental monitoring, or other situations where a safety representative is needed.  Conducts vehicle and equipment damage investigations. 

-Conducts and/or assists with conducting safety investigations within CU departments when needed.

-Performs scheduled and unscheduled inspections of work sites, structures, equipment, and tools to identify safety discrepancies.  Consults with safety committees, supervisors, and other employees as may be necessary to assist in the resolution of safety problems and the abatement of hazards. 

-Performs necessary environmental monitoring and interpretation of results and prescribes necessary work practices or corrective actions.

-Assist in the development, administration, and evaluation of safety recognition programs to further enhance safety awareness.  

-Advises management and employees of current codes, regulations, rules, and standards; and collaborates with them in the evaluation of existing and proposed safety procedures.

-Assists in administering the Department of Transportation’s drug and alcohol misuse program.

-Assists with conducting accident investigation interviews with employees and management to determine causes and makes recommendations for corrective action. Leads or assists with root cause analyses (RCAs). 

-Assist with the preparation of reports and compiles and analyzes statistics to evaluate additional safety training requirements or to improve Safety Operating Procedures.

-Assist with the Hazard Communication Program and responsible for ensuring compliance with the Global Harmonization program/Safety Data Sheet Program.  

-Assists with developing and conducting customized or prepackaged safety, compliance, and technical training programs structured to provide effective and timely development of CU employees.  Maintains appropriate records of these training programs.

-Conducts or supervises classroom training sessions when appropriate.

-Conducts safety orientations for new employees.

-Monitors work area conditions and recommends measures or protective devices to ensure the safety of our employees.

-Assists in the development and updating of Safety Operating Procedures to include current information, procedures, and requirements applicable to the Utility. 

-Evaluates new safety equipment prior to purchase to ensure compliance and improved performance.

-Assists with compiling information and writing articles for the quarterly safety report.

-Serves on and provides necessary consultation to safety committees, supervisors, and other employees as may be necessary to assist in the resolution of safety problems and abatement of hazards Serves as a member of the Joint Safety and Health Committee.

-Asist with administration of a Hearing Conservation Program and conducting audiograms.

-Performs other related duties as required or assigned by management.


QUALIFICATIONS:


Education and Experience:

Safety Specialist I:

Bachelor’s degree in Safety Management, Industrial Hygiene, or related field is required.  Exceptional experience in safety and health, may be considered in lieu of a college degree on a year-for-year basis. Minimum of two or more years’ recent experience related to safety and/or health programs or safety training is required.    Master’s degree may be considered in lieu of one year of the experience requirement.  Experience in utility safety programs is preferred.  Knowledge and experience in Workers Compensation processes and procedures is preferred. 


Safety Specialist II:

In addition to the requirements for the Safety Specialist I, this position requires a minimum of five or more years’ recent experience related to safety and/or health programs or safety training is required. Experience in utility related safety and health programs will be given preference.


Licensing/Certification: 

Safety Specialist I:

Certified Utility Safety Professional (CUSP), Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST), or similar Safety Certification is preferred. Valid Missouri driver’s license (minimum Class F) required.  


Safety Specialist II:

Certified Utility Safety Professional (CUSP), Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST) or similar Safety Certification or ability to obtain within two years is required. Valid Missouri driver’s license (minimum Class F) required.  


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

-Good interpersonal skills in order to relate to all types and levels of employees.  

-Knowledge of professionally recognized teaching methodologies and capability to learn quickly and become familiar with technical utility trade subjects is required.  

-High degree of planning and organizational skills and capable of handling multiple tasks at once.  

-Skilled in presenting effective classroom instruction of a variety of subjects to small and large groups.  

-Excellent oral and written communication skills.  

-Able to maintain strict code of confidentiality.  

-Knowledge of computer applications.  

-Knowledge of occupational safety and health programs.

-Physical Requirements:


Must be able to visit construction and industrial work sites which may include climbing into and out of equipment and pits, climbing stairs to multiple elevations, walking on uneven surfaces, and walking and working on wet or muddy surfaces and surfaces with construction debris.  Must be able to remain calm, confident, and knowledgeable in a crisis situation. Ability to express or exchange ideas by means of the spoken word and receive detailed information through oral communication. Substantial movements of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers, and close visual acuity to operate a computer. Must wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment. Work within the rated capacity of the Utility’s aerial lifts, ladders, fall restraint devices, and/or other related equipment.


Working Conditions:

Duties are performed in both an office environment and outside on construction sites in all weather conditions.  Must be available to respond to after hours in emergencies.


Miscellaneous Requirements: 

Must be able to work successfully with diverse groups of people.


TESTING:

Testing may be required. 

Job Type : Full-Time
Education Level : Bachelors Degree
Experience Level : Entry Level
Job Function : Administrative
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