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Operations Safety Specialist

Effective: 10/18/05
Range: S-71
Respirator Class: 1

Definition

Assist in the development and implementation of District Safety Programs, train Plant Operations Division or Collection System Operations Division personnel in safety and safe work procedures and precautions, test and maintain a variety of District safety equipment, administer general training in support of the Plant Operations Division or Collection System Operations Division and perform other duties as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

The use of respiratory equipment [including self-contained breathing apparatus (S.C.B.A.)] may be required for this position. Therefore, the Operations Safety Specialist will be required to be free of facial hair that would interfere with the use of a respirator at all times to comply with the District's respiratory program and Cal/OSHA standards.

Supervision Received and Exercised

  • Receive general direction from the Safety and Risk Management Administrator or higher-level management personnel.
  • Exercise technical supervision over others in safety-related procedures and training functions and may exercise immediate or general supervision over subordinate personnel or contractors in the areas of safety.

Examples of Essential Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Coordinate and implement District safety program within the Department; plan and develop programs to meet the special health and safety regulations for the Department.
  • Participate in the investigations of work-related accidents/injuries; analyze causes; obtain and review reports; recommend and implement measures to prevent their recurrences.
  • Instruct personnel via formal classroom safety training.
  • Initiate, write, review, and revise Department Safety Directives, procedures or guidelines; maintain records on safety equipment maintenance.
  • Perform job-site safety audits and/or inspections.
  • Maintain compliance with Cal/OSHA Industrial Safety Orders; develop safety training to comply with Cal/OSHA standards as they apply to the Department, and act as a resource person regarding state and federal safety requirements.
  • Perform or assist with new employee and contractor safety orientations.
  • Conduct qualitative testing of District personnel for face seal of respirators.
  • Administer safety audit program, including all aspects of fire safety.
  • Assist maintenance and operations supervisors and other departments in safety and/or training-related matters.
  • Represent the District during inspections or enforcement actions by regulatory agencies.
  • Conduct safety meetings and participate in Safety Committee meetings.
  • Establish and maintain safety principles for employees and the public on the Plant or C.S.O. site.
  • Administer the Injury and Illness Prevention Program.
  • As assigned, supervise and monitor Department activities or contractors in a variety of safety-related tasks.
  • Perform related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of:

  • Principles, practices, and methods of safety, occupational health, and industrial hygiene programs.
  • Safety hazards and appropriate precautions applicable to work assignments.
  • Cal/OSHA and ANSI regulations and general industrial safe work practices including the safe handling and storage of hazardous chemicals and materials.
  • Methods, materials, equipment, and tools used in the operation and maintenance of industrial machinery and equipment.
  • Principles, practices, and techniques of supervision and training.
  • Basic processes of wastewater treatment.

Ability to:

  • On a continuous basis analyze, understand, and interpret regulations, identify unsafe practices, know and problem solve work activities, and remember calibration procedures. Intermittently observe job sites and explain rules and procedures.
  • Intermittently sit at desk, walk around job sites performing inspections, bend to handle equipment, squat, climb, and kneel to inspect job sites, write or use keyboard to communicate through written means, perform simple and power grasping, pushing, pulling, and fine manipulation, use feet to operate equipment, lift or carry weight of 50 pounds or less. May be required to communicate via mobile communication device.
  • Plan, direct, and supervise the work of others.
  • Personally perform training and safety development.
  • Prepare and implement safety training programs, safety directives, safety inspections, audits, and procedures.
  • Review contractor health and safety work plans for District projects.
  • Perform radiation monitoring and noise level surveys.
  • Obtain licenses and permits required for safe use of District equipment.
  • Develop sound recommendations and courses of action regarding both the safety practices and programs, and evaluate potentially dangerous situations.
  • Perform a variety of safety-related tests and maintenance tasks on District equipment.
  • Maintain and repair self-contained breathing apparatus and respiratory equipment.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Learn and observe all appropriate safety precautions as required by the District including, but not limited to, Cal/OSHA General Industry Safety Orders, the District's Respiratory Protection Program, and District Safety Directives.

Special Physical Requirements:

  • May be required to respond in an emergency.  Must be able to wear and perform emergency response duties in an air purifier or S.C.B.A. weighing 32 pounds.

Experience and Education

Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience:

  • Four years of experience as a safety professional in a process-related industrial setting.  Experience must include safety-related employee training.

Education:

  • Equivalent to the completion of an Associate of Science degree supplemented by courses in various aspects of industrial safety including industrial hygiene, first aid, confined space entry, hot work, and handling of hazardous materials.

Licenses and Certificates

  • Possession of a valid California Driver's License.
  • Possession of certification as a Certified Safety Professional is desirable.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain within one year of appointment, a manufacturer's certificate for repair of the Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus.

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