Develops and administers a comprehensive safety program, establishing and maintaining a safe work culture and a safe work environment. Under the direction of the chief general counsel/HR, the safety manager is responsible to ensure the cooperative is in compliance with Federal and State OSHA, WISHA, NECA, and cooperative safety policies. This position provides training, guidance, and support to all employees for safety and compliance matters.
Coordinate employee safety awareness program:
Accident Prevention Program.
Maintains Inland Safety Manual.
Establishes emergency response procedures.
Educates employees on safety/compliance issues.
New employee orientation
Conducts safety investigations when notified of the existence of unsafe equipment and working conditions and corrects, or recommends corrective actions.
Conducts random safety inspections in the field and offices.
Provides monthly safety report to management and Board of Trustees.
Accident investigation and reporting:
Investigate accidents, near misses, and fires.
Maintain OSHA 300 & 301 injury and illness reports.
Administer public safety awareness programs for law enforcement, EMTs, fire departments, state & county employees, farm & construction equipment dealers, city & county building officials, and contractors.
Administer state/federal regulated compliance programs:
Act a liaison for the cooperative with state and federal inspectors.
Maintain safety record keeping system ensuring compliance with applicable rules and regulations.
Administer Worker Right to Know program:
Maintain MSDS program.
Coordinates and directs the monthly safety meetings including the agenda, annual schedule, topics, speakers and minutes.
Provide OSHA required compliance training to employees:
Update & maintain OSHA records.
Conducts analysis of the frequency and severity of losses and develops goals to reduce future losses.
Coordinate CDL training and licensing.
Maintains PPE Program (rubber goods, hot sticks, FR clothing, etc.)
Participates in annual planning and has budget responsibility for safety.
The foregoing position description is not all-inclusive of the duties to which the employee may be assigned. In order to ensure maximum flexibility and efficiency employees will be assigned additional duties deemed necessary or desirable as requested by the cooperative.
A high school diploma or equivalent is required. An Associate’s degree or a Bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in a related field (safety management, business administration engineering, etc.) is preferred. A recognized professional safety designation is desirable such as NRECA’s Loss Control Professional (LCP), the Associate Safety Professional (ASP), or the Certified Safety Professional (CSP).
Additional education or training in electric utility operation and/or safety engineering will be considered. Successful completion of the NRECA Loss Control Internship Program within three years will be required if the successful candidate does not possess a recognized professional safety designation.
Closely related job experience and/or specialized vocational training may substitute for a part of the educational requirements.
Five years of progressive experience and responsibility in the field of safety and/or risk management experience and/or five years of experience as an electrical line worker are required.
Knowledge of safe line work practices and knowledge of materials and equipment used in electric utility distribution.
Excellent personal safety record as a line or production worker.
Knowledge & Skills:
Must be able to communicate effectively both orally and written, with the capability to design and effectively teach educational materials using various media devices. Must relate well with all types of people, especially in stressful situations. Listens well and is able to explain circumstances and results.
Must be able to work independently and possess the ability to formulate detailed programs and policies from concept to implementation. Must be self-motivated to complete assigned and routine tasks on time.
Must have, or be able to acquire, sufficient technical knowledge to understand and relate government regulations and safety issues to achieve the requirements of the position.
Must proficiently operate personal computers and common business software and other office equipment. Must possess and maintain valid Washington driver’s license and First Aide/CPR certificates.
Mental Demands/Working Conditions:
Strong verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to work independently with minimal guidance and supervision.
Ability to manage diverse work functions while balancing and adjusting priorities in accordance with changing requirements.
Ability to process paperwork effectively.
Ability to use a computer accurately and rapidly enter and retrieve data.
Ability to respond quickly and effectively to a rapidly changing work environment.