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Safety And Risk Management Administrator

Effective: 10/19/06
Range S-77
Respirator Class: 2


Administer and supervise the activities of the Safety and Risk Management Division including Occupational Health and Workers' Compensation Program; assist in the development and implementation of risk management programs; and perform liability and property claims adjusting.

Distinguishing Characteristics

The use of respiratory equipment [including self-contained breathing apparatus (S.C.B.A.)] may be required for this position. Therefore, the Safety and Risk Management Administrator will be required to be free of facial hair that would interfere with the use of a respirator for annual fit tests and for any occasion, which requires the use of respiratory equipment to comply with the District's respiratory program and Cal/OSHA standards.

Supervision Received and Exercised

  • Receive general supervision from the Director of Administration or designated representative.
  • Exercise direct and general supervision over assigned staff in the Safety and Risk Management Section.

Examples of Essential Duties

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

  • Oversee the District’s safety program and security, review work practices and make recommendations to ensure compliance with safety and security standards, laws, ordinances, as well as safe work techniques.
  • Plan, organize, coordinate, review, and improve, as appropriate, Safety, Security, Emergency Response, Occupational Health, and Workers' Compensation Programs.
  • Provide information to District personnel regarding changes in laws and regulations, including the Cal/OSHA program and federal and state regulations related to safety issues; act as a resource person regarding mandated state and federal safety requirements.
  • Administer claims; coordinate response activities to minimize litigation risk to the District. Assist in the litigation caseload for District Counsel and outside service providers.
  • Assist departments to determine appropriate safety standards for their staffs and assess potential loss control problems in order to develop a continuous and comprehensive loss prevention program; recommend plans for meeting legal requirements as well as for establishing and maintaining safety principles for District employees and the public.
  • Supervise, coordinate, and interface the District Safety, Security, Emergency Response, and Workers' Compensation programs; integrate these with risk management activities.
  • Gather, review, and evaluate data and prepare a variety of periodic and special reports.
  • Review engineering plans and specifications for safety elements; review work practices and make recommendations to ensure compliance with safety standards, laws, and ordinances, as well as safe work techniques.
  • Conduct safety orientations for District project contractors.
  • Investigate work-related accidents/injuries, analyze causes, obtain and review reports, recommend and implement measures to prevent their recurrences.
  • Recommend and draft District-wide safety and health safety directives; prepare and present periodic status reports.
  • Oversee and draft District-wide security and emergency response; prepare and present periodic status reports.
  • Audit effectiveness of safety and security programs.
  • Attend meetings of the District Board, District staff and such additional committee meetings, conferences, and hearings as necessary.
  • Inform District management of safety, security, and risk exposures that need to be responded to; and legal developments, opinions, and trends that may have possible District ramifications.
  • Conduct District loss control inspections and make recommendations to minimize District liability.
  • Conduct claims adjusting activities on property, liability and automobile claims.
  • Develop, conduct and/or assist in the presentation of training programs for District personnel on Safety and Risk Management topics. Secure and coordinate necessary instructors, equipment, training aids, and facilities.
  • Develop safety and occupational health programs for loss control, which can be integrated into the overall District risk management activities.
  • Administer the Workers' Compensation program; perform claims management; act as District liaison with carrier, legal, and medical personnel in resolution of Workers' Compensation claims; represent District at Workers' Compensation Appeals Board hearings.
  • Oversee security and emergency response programs, act as District liaison with vendors and coordinating agencies.
  • Assist in the preparation of the Division budget.
  • Prepare and conduct special projects as assigned.
  • Perform related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of:

  • Principles, practices, and methods of safety, security, occupational health, and loss prevention programs.
  • California laws relating to claims administration; related records, reports and procedures.
  • Applicable features of the California Occupational Safety and Health Act and the California Workers' Compensation Insurance Laws.
  • Workers' Compensation claims management, applicable Workers' Compensation procedures, statutes and processes.
  • California traffic safety laws, fire prevention and suppression techniques, and equipment/systems.
  • Emergency response planning and associated drills.
  • Principles and techniques of employee training.
  • Safety hazards and appropriate preventive measures applicable to construction projects.
  • Hazardous materials as may be found at sanitation agency facilities.

Ability to:

  • On a continuous basis analyze safety standards, understand and interpret regulations, identify unsafe practices, know industrial hygiene and safety practices, and problem solve work activities. Intermittently observe job sites, and explain rules and procedures.
  • Intermittently walk around job sites, bend to handle equipment, squat, climb, and kneel to inspect job sites, perform simple and power grasping, pushing, pulling, and fine manipulation, and lift or carry weight of 50 pounds or less. May be required to communicate via mobile communication device.
  • Plan, organize and supervise area of responsibility.
  • Plan, organize, direct, train, supervise, and review the work of assigned staff.
  • Plan, promote, and implement effective safety, security, emergency response, loss prevention, and workers' compensation programs.
  • Negotiate and settle claims against the District.
  • Maintain attention to detail and work under deadlines while coordinating several concurrent projects and activities.
  • Analyze safety, security, and occupational health programs, and their operation and procedures; develop sound conclusions and recommend appropriate changes and improvements.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, with all units of the District organization.
  • Organize, assemble, and interpret statistical data.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with District staff, the public, and contractors.
  • Learn and observe all appropriate safety and security 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 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:


  • Four years of professional experience in safety, loss control, claims adjusting, and risk management, of which two years should involve experience in developing and implementing a comprehensive safety and loss prevention program, preferably in a water, wastewater, or industrial facility.


  • Equivalent to a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major study in occupational health, safety, risk management, physical or biological sciences, engineering, or a related field.

Licenses and Certificates

  • Possession of a valid California Driver's License.
  • Possession of a certificate as a Certified Safety Professional or be able to obtain certification within the first year of employment.

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