Safety Specialist II, Port of San Diego

Mar 04, 2019

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The Risk Management and Safety team is looking for a Safety Specialist II who has a passion for creating safe work environments to provide expertise in the following Focus Areas:

Implement and evaluate safety efforts and effectively communicate, support and enforce organizational safety policies in a consistent manner with a key focus on accident/injury prevention and loss abatement.
Effectively communicate and consult with all levels of the organization regarding safety activities, initiatives, and employee training.
Maintain knowledge of safety regulations at all levels of government, including federal, state and local and possess the ability to evaluate, document, and report on compliance with policies, procedures, rules and regulations to ensure operational compliance.

Professional certification, such as Certified Safety Professional (CSP) or Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS) or similar, is preferred.


Under general supervision, participates in developing, implementing and administering a comprehensive safety management program for the District; conducts field audits, investigations and job safety analyses; develops and conducts safety, hazardous materials and safety training programs and meetings; and performs related work as assigned.


An incumbent in this class participates in developing, implementing and administering the District’s safety and environmental programs by performing a variety of investigative, analytical and training assignments that range from moderately difficult to advanced in scope and complexity.

Safety Specialist II is distinguished from Safety Specialist I in that incumbents in the latter class perform the more routine to journey-level duties in the development and administration of the District’s comprehensive safety management program.

Safety Specialist II is further distinguished from Manager, Safety in that an incumbent in the latter class manages and supervises the work of the Safety section and serves as an advisor to District directors and managers on methods and techniques for ensuring safe work practices in a work place free from safety and environmental hazards.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

1. Participates in developing, implementing, coordinating and administering a comprehensive safety program, including industrial safety, occupational health and safety, hazardous materials and hazard abatement, to ensure compliance with all federal and state laws and regulations for employee occupational health and safety.

2. Implements the District’s health and safety education and accident prevention programs for assigned departments; assists department managers in ensuring department and employee compliance with federal and state occupational health and safety regulations and codes; coordinates and administers Return-to-Work activities on behalf of assigned departments; oversees administration of the Commercial Driver License program, including performing random drug and alcohol tests.

3. Drafts and prepares new safety policies, procedures and guidelines; reviews engineering specifications, plans and drawings for compliance with federal and state occupational health and safety regulations and codes; enforces District safety and health policies and procedures.

4. Participates in the development of safety and environmental training programs for managers, supervisors and employees; coordinates and conducts a variety of training classes and programs to ensure employee compliance with District safety measures, including confined space, air monitoring, personal protective equipment, respiratory protection, construction and work zone traffic safety, fall protection, alcohol and drug awareness, lifting techniques, CPR and first aid, hearing protection, hazard communications, hazardous waste operations and emergency response and others; develops lesson plans; evaluates vendor safety and environmental training programs and materials; recommends the purchase of training materials; tracks dates and schedules required annual retraining classes; conducts manager and supervisor training on managing employee health and safety; conducts and participates in safety meetings with departments.

5. Conducts special and periodic health and safety inspections of District facilities, operations and tidelands to identify safety and environmental hazards; performs advanced job safety, employee hazard and risk management hazard analyses of facilities, equipment, work areas and work practices and prepares reports of findings and recommendations; observes employees performing job function to ensure safety compliance; performs industrial hygiene and noise monitoring of specific work sites and locations and takes samples of materials to determine hazard content; performs ergonomic evaluations of employee work stations and processes; performs periodic special inspections and investigations, including noise level analyses, indoor air quality and others; follows up to ensure action on safety and other abatement notices; coordinates with environmental management to provide hazardous waste operations site services and provide site safety and health plans; monitors asbestos abatement and clean up by General Services employees.

6. Responds to the scene of employee personal injury accidents and environmental related incidents and conducts accident/incident investigations; analyzes details, devises effective countermeasures and prepares detailed reports of findings and recommended remedial actions; prepares incident documentation and necessary reporting; maintains departmental safety-related data and accident statistics for reporting purposes.

7. Conducts contractor safety and health program reviews; provides workplace safety and health information to District departments and contractors.

8. Maintains departmental records for federal and state occupational health and safety regulatory compliance.

9. Recommends and approves District safety equipment; develops and distributes specifications for District safety equipment; periodically checks the operation of safety equipment to ensure conformance with District standards in use.

10. Assists Risk Management with the handling of Worker’s Compensation claims to include injury investigations, scheduling medical appointments, handling work restrictions as ordered by medical staff and return to work assignments.

Knowledge of:

1. Practices and methods for developing and administering a comprehensive safety program.

2. Federal and state laws, regulations and standards for employee health and safety and hazardous materials programs.

3. Methods and practices for conducting accident and work place safety audits and investigations.

4. District Injury and Illness Prevention programs and its safety and environmental policies and practices.

5. District operations and associated safety and chemical/hazardous materials issues.

6. Standard safety equipment used in public works occupations.

7. Basic research methods and statistical analysis techniques.

8. Practices and methods in designing employee safety training programs.

9. Principles and practices of sound business communication.

Ability to:

1. Operate computer and standard word processing and spreadsheet software.

2. Understand, explain, interpret and apply complex federal, state and District requirements regulating work place health and safety and the use, storage and disposal of chemical and hazardous substances.

3. Evaluate work place safety programs and practices and make sound recommendations for improvement.

4. Conduct accident and workplace safety investigations.

5. Conduct effective employee training programs.

6. Exercise sound independent judgment and initiative within policy guidelines.

7. Communicate clearly, logically and persuasively, orally and in writing.

8. Prepare clear, concise and comprehensive investigative reports and other materials.

9. Establish and maintain highly effective working relationships with managers, supervisors, employees, vendors and others encountered in the course of the work.


Education, Training and Experience:

Graduation from high school or GED equivalent and three years of increasingly responsible experience in occupational health and safety programs, including conducting accident or safety investigations or designing and conducting employee safety training programs or graduation from a four-year college or university with major course work in occupational health studies, environmental studies, industrial health and two years of increasingly responsible experience in occupational health and safety programs, including conducting accident or safety investigations or designing and conducting employee safety training programs. Experience in a governmental setting is preferred. Time served as a District Intern counts towards the years of experience.

Licenses; Certificates; Special Requirements:

A current, valid California Class C driver’s license at time of appointment and maintained at all times thereafter in order to operate a vehicle on District business.

Current valid CPR Red Cross Instructor and Advanced First Aid certificates must be obtained within one year of appointment and maintained on a continuing basis.

Current certification as an Asbestos Supervisor/Contractor is highly preferred.

Current certification as a Lead Abatement Supervisor/Contractor is highly preferred.

Professional certificate in Occupational Health and Safety is preferred.

Supplemental Information

Persons with disabilities may be able to perform the essential duties of this class with reasonable accommodation. Reasonable accommodation will be evaluated on an individual basis and depends, in part, on the specific requirements for the job, the limitations related to disability and the ability of the hiring department to accommodate the limitation.

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