Senior Health & Safety Specialist - Safety
SALARY: $74,030.00 - $92,537.00 Annually
CLOSING DATE: 03/18/18, 5:00 PM
Under general direction of the Employee Health and Safety Manager, oversees, supervises, and coordinates Agency-wide safety programs, functions, and operations for the Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority; develops and implements programs to reduce the frequency, severity, and cost of occupational injuries and illnesses; analyzes new and existing jobs, tasks, processes, or systems to determine the existence, severity, probability, and outcome of hazards; manages and oversees various health and safety programs; develops and recommends safety processes and procedures to upper management; coordinates assigned activities with other programs, Departments/Offices, and outside agencies; leads and directs Health and Safety Specialists; and provides administrative and technical support to the Employee Health and Safety (EHS) Group.
This job posting may be used to fill multiple positions.
The following duties ARE NOT intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed by all employees in this classification, only a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.
• Administers health and safety programs for all Agency employees; coordinates with various workgroups, including Tacoma Link and Facilities Maintenance, on safety processes/procedures, training needs, and review of standard operating procedures (SOPs); provides technical advice and assistance to various managers and supervisors on all aspects of employee health and safety.
• Conducts various facility safety inspections and spot checks as needed to ensure worker safety and compliance with regulatory requirements.
• Leads and works with Health and Safety Specialists to ensure effective program management; works collaboratively with other EHS Group staff; serves as a resource on development of the Agency Accident Prevention Program and related programs; develops and provides on-line and on-site safety trainings as needed; conducts job hazard analyses; may assist with addressing industrial hygiene issues and concerns; provides technical safety assistance in hazard identification and control.
• Serves as the program manager of various health and safety programs, such as Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout), Electrical Safety, Fall Protection, Accident/Incident Investigation and Reporting, and others as assigned. Provides support and follow-up in the investigation of employee accidents/incidents and assists in the development/implementation of corrective actions to prevent re-occurrences.
• Provides support to the Employee Health and Safety Manager on matters as directed; interfaces with other Safety and Quality Assurance staff; participates on a variety of committees; prepares and presents reports and other necessary correspondence; attends and participates in professional group meetings; maintains awareness of new trends and developments in the fields related to area of assignment; ensures processes, policies and practices are interpreted and applied consistently and effectively; ensures accountability and compliance with all current and applicable state and federal laws, Agency policies and procedures, rules and regulations.
• It is the responsibility of all employees to follow the Agency safety rules, regulations, and procedures pertaining to their assigned duties and responsibilities, which could include systems, operations, and/or other employees.
• It is the responsibility of all employees to integrate sustainability into everyday business practices.
• Other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience:
Bachelor's Degree in occupational health and safety, industrial hygiene, environmental health, or closely related field AND three years of experience in health and safety program management and coordination including safety reviews, assessment and training functions in a medium to large organization; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Required Licenses or Certifications:
Possession of a valid Washington State Driver's License.
Preferred Licenses or Certifications, Education, and Experience:
• Certified Safety Professional (CSP)
• Master's Degree in occupational health and safety, industrial hygiene, environmental health, or closely related field
• Experience in the transit/rail industry
Required Knowledge of:
• Operational characteristics, services, and activities of a safety program area.
• Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.
• Methods and techniques used in the performance of safety duties and responsibilities.
• Principles and practices of industrial hygiene and occupational health and safety programs.
• Methods and techniques of work design solutions to health and safety issues, assessing safety hazards and implementing corrective measures.
• Use of standard industrial hygiene equipment used in monitoring physical, chemical, and biological exposures, and knowledge of standard methods for conducting these evaluations.
• Occupational health and safety standards, including construction safety standards and rail system safety requirements.
• Methods and techniques of developing and conducting safety program training sessions.
• Recent developments, current literature, and information related to safety rules and regulations.
• Modern office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and statistical databases.
Required Skill in:
• Utilizing personal computer software programs affecting assigned work and in compiling and preparing spreadsheets and reports.
• Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other division staff, management, vendors, outside agencies, community groups and the general public.
• Interpreting and administering policies and procedures sufficient to administer, discuss, resolve, and explain them to staff and other constituencies.
• Applying principles and practices of health and safety.
• Managing and administering various health and safety programs, including Hazard Communication, Confined Space, Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout), Bloodborne Pathogens, Respiratory Protection Program, Indoor Air Quality, and others as assigned
• Understanding technical and/or industry concepts of safety management.
• Performing a variety of industrial hygiene and occupational health and safety duties.
• Developing and conducting safety training programs.
• Public speaking and in developing and delivering presentations and presenting ideas and concepts orally and in writing.
• Monitoring safety program performance and recommending adjustments.
• Identifying safety training needs.
• Evaluating operational area safety requirements.
• Responding effectively to employee safety concerns and inquires.
• Working cooperatively with other divisions, Agency officials, and outside agencies.
Physical Demands/Work Environment
• Work is performed both in a standard office environment and may include up to 50% of time in an outdoor environment.
• Subject to standing, walking, bending, reaching, stooping, and lifting of objects up to 50 pounds; may occasionally be exposed to dangerous machinery, extreme weather conditions, physical harm, hazardous chemicals, infectious disease, and extreme noise when working in the field.
• Must be able to wear a respirator.
The Agency promotes a safe and healthy work environment and provides appropriate safety and equipment training for all personnel as required.
It is the responsibility of all employees to follow the Agency safety rules, regulations, and procedures pertaining to their assigned duties and responsibilities, which could include systems, operations, and/or other employees.
Apply online: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/soundtransit/jobs/2004078/senior-health-safety-specialist-safety
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and value workplace diversity. We seek to create an environment and culture that embraces the differences of our employees. You will find an exceptionally diverse group of people at Sound Transit with regard to culture, beliefs, communication styles, and life and work experiences.
All qualified applicants are considered in accordance with applicable laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, marital status or veteran status or any another legally protected status.