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Lead Safety Specialist


City of Fort Collins


Fort Collins




$61,200 to $102,000


Full Time


SUMMARY: Partner with and serve as Safety and Security technical advisor to City of Fort Collins personnel and the City Safety & Security Manager to facilitate a culture of Safety and Security excellence and innovation. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The following duties and responsibilities are illustrative of the primary functions of this position and are not intended to be all-inclusive. Partner to develop site-specific Safety and Security strategies. Work closely with City Health, Safety and Security Manager to develop and maintain a culture of safety within the City. Facilitate City Safety Teams, ensure minutes are documented and follow up is occurring. Interpret, administer and apply Safety Services programs, rules and policies. Assist partners to prevent injury, reduce and manage risk and assure compliance by integrating actionable, sustainable, efficient and effective Safety Services processes into their business. Assess and trend Safety performance through leading indicators, data review, incident history, and audits. Drive the necessary behavioral or environmental changes, creatively, efficiently and cost-effectively. Assist with citizen-related issues. Partner with various business units to help target improvements and reduce/manage risks. Participate in the project review process to drive Safety and Security improvements in the design and concept phase. Attend project review meetings and walks. Know the importance of and engage appropriate partners in troubleshooting, projects, plans and goal-setting. Inform and advise leader of local, global and industry issues and Safety Services best practices that can impact business performance. Monitor legislation and pro-actively develop safety and training policies and programs with regard to OSHA regulations and divisional safety issues. Serve as vital member of the Safety, Security and Risk Management team and seek to engage and support other members of the team in a positive manner. Understand and embrace City business, it’s culture and challenges. Seek out opportunities to regularly attend meetings, shadow partners, and experience the work. Understand the day-to-day challenges in producing “safe outcomes” for the City. Understand the internal processes that can be utilized to incorporate Safety and Security initiatives. Integrate appropriate Safety and Security messages into the existing communication vehicles. Conduct necessary technical assessments and analyses in support of the daily operations including site audits. Provide daily incident log and investigation review/feedback. Take an active role with incident accident forms for department. Conduct incident investigations and after action reviews. Attend Safety Team Meetings. Conduct site walks with partners. Conduct/facilitate job safety analyses. Conduct/facilitate slip tests, light tests, indoor air quality investigations, noise surveys and other technical monitoring, as-needed. Provide partners with content/guidance for safety evaluations. Participate in field duty work in the construction, operation, and maintenance of the city systems at times during regular work hours, as well as after work hours and during emergencies. Mentor and provide leadership to SH&E interns. Coordinate safety training, administer yearly re-certifications to all divisional employees, and update and maintain records. Develop course content, and conduct division and department safety meetings. Obtain resources and materials for training. Maintain Talent/Reward records. Monitor and update the Department's/Cities Operation and Safety Manual. Administer the department's outreach programs to schools, companies, organizations, and the general public. Participate as member of the City’s Safety Committee. Help purchase and distribute personal protective equipment (PPE) as well as the proper use of PPE. Assist in maintaining Safety Data Sheets (SDS). Work with department designee to monitor Commercial Driver’s License/Department of Transportation (CDL/DOT) regulations. Work in conjunction with the City Sustainability Goals.


 QUALIFICATIONS: The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the necessary functions of this position. Working knowledge of safe work procedures and hazard abatement. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Proficient in the use of a computer and applicable software. Ability to teach, communicate, and coach safe work practices and training procedures, both verbally and in writing. Ability to instruct others on Occupational Safety and Health Administration Requirements. Working knowledge of Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Regulations, the Departments Safety and Operation Manual. EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s degree preferred) in a business, safety/health, chemistry, engineering related field. Three to five years direct technical occupational health and safety experience. LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information, training and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public. REASONING ABILITY: Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instruction in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables. CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS: Safety Certification preferred, such as OHST, CHST, ASP or CSP. Valid driver’s license. May be required to obtain a CDL. Current CPR Certification or ability to achieve in 90 days. The following certifications/licenses will be required within two years from hire: Certified Safety Professional (CSP) or ability to attain within 2 years of employment. PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; traverse ladders and uneven terrain; talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; sit; and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is occasionally required to wear a respirator (restriction on facial hair), to climb and balance. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds unassisted and 50 pounds assisted. WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee would encounter while performing the essential functions of this job. This position requires a great deal of work in the field. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to work safely in confined spaces and at elevated heights. The employee is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts, working outside in all weather conditions, and vibration. The employee works occasionally in environments with protection where fumes or airborne particles and toxic or caustic chemicals may be present. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate and when in high noise levels, with protection. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. In response to the values of our customers and the numerous challenges facing utilities today, Utilities managers and staff launched a comprehensive sustainability program --Utility for the 21st Century. The stated purpose of this initiative is “Inspiring community leadership by reducing environmental impact while benefiting customers, society and the economy. “ The ideal candidate will have the ability to work within the context of this sustainability program, and will have the communication, organizational and interpersonal skills necessary to develop trust and cooperation with and customers, consultants and City staff. The City of Fort Collins will make reasonable accommodations for access to City services, programs and activities and will make special communication arrangements for persons with disabilities. Please call (970) 221-6535 for assistance. The City of Fort Collins is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants are considered for positions for which they have applied without regard to race, religion, gender, age (40 years or older), national origin, color, creed, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, or other characteristics protected by law. BACKGROUND CHECK/MOTOR VEHICLE CHECK AND DRUG TEST REQUIRED.