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at City of Lompoc

Posted: 10/1/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2586946
Keywords: emergency, response

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Overall Job Objective



THIS RECRUITMENT IS TO ESTABLISH AN ELIGIBILITY LIST FOR A CURRENT FULL-TIME VACANCY.  Interested applicants must submit on-line application -- NO paper applications will be accepted.
The City reserves the right to stop accepting applications prior to the posted deadline, if sufficient numbers of qualified applications are received. Therefore, applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible. The recruitment is officially closed once it has been removed from the City's website.

Under general supervision, the technical and professional classification of Safety Officer coordinates the City safety programs, makes inspections and conducts safety training, recommends safety policies, practices, and procedures; acts as the City's Dangerous Animal Hearing Officer; and performs related work as required.
EXAMINATION PROCESS:  Based upon screening of the City application, résumé, and responses to supplemental questions, applicants whose qualifications best meet the requirements of the position will be invited to the examination process.  This process may include, but is not limited to: panel interview and/or written examination, which consists of an evaluation of some of the essential knowledge, skills, abilities, and job related experience listed below. Those candidates who pass the examination process are placed on an eligibility list from which the final selection will be made.
SELECTION PROCESS:  As authorized by City policy, applicants being considered for hire in this position are subject to fingerprinting for purposes of investigating criminal history background, as part of the employment screening process.  Appointment is subject to successful completion of a pre-employment medical examination (based upon job-related physical standards) by a City-designated physician.
Failure in any one part of the examination or selection processes will disqualify a candidate from further consideration.



The following duties are typical of this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.
Inspects facilities, construction sites, equipment, work practices, and safety devices for conformance with legal requirements; reports findings and recommends changes to establish safer working conditions; makes follow-up inspections to ensure compliance; meets with employees and managers to study safety problems and develop policies and procedures which will decrease the risk of injury or loss; serves as staff adviser to the City safety committee and serves on other safety-related committees; develops and administers safety incentive programs; recommends City safety policies and procedures regarding emergency management response planning and workplace safety; monitors employee industrial accident absences, claims, and the administration of industrial accident claims by the carrier; reviews job related injury/illness reports to identify hazards and recommends action to resolve or reduce hazards; communicates with and advises carrier and City management regarding claims administration; confers with administrators, employee organization representatives and community representatives in meetings, and by correspondence and telephone relative to employee safety; conducts and participates in a variety of meetings; administers the City's DOT Drug and Alcohol Program; acts as the City's Dangerous Animal Hearing Officer and adjudicates claims; reviews and coordinates department response to federal, state, and local hazardous material handling safety regulations and recommends, with departmental input, policies and procedures to comply with these regulations; advises management on environmental and safety matters, laws, and regulations effecting the City; develops and provides on-site and classroom training to supervisors and employees on safety practices and policies, accident prevention techniques, and accident reporting; develops safety training materials and newsletters; conducts safety meeting on requirements of federal, state, and local regulations; may process, investigate and negotiate settlements on claims below $5,000.00 against the City; and performs related work as required.
If you are unable to perform the essential functions of the position for which you are applying, either with or without reasonable accommodation, please notify Human Resources at (805) 875-8208. 


Include any combination of training, education and experience which demonstrates an ability to perform the duties of the position. The typical qualifying entrance background is:
  • Bachelor's degree, with coursework in occupational health and safety, industrial hygiene, environmental engineering or related field;  AND
  • Two (2) years experience in safety inspection and safety program coordination. 
SUBSTITUTION: Additional experience may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for up to a maximum of two (2) years of the required college coursework.

LICENSE REQUIRED: Possession of a valid and appropriate California driver's license.
KNOWLEDGE OF: Principles and practices of industrial safety; safety and occupational health laws and procedures; methods of assessing safety hazards and controls; hazardous materials storage and transfer procedures; emergency preparedness activities; basic federal and state laws related to workers' compensation and benefit administration; DOT Drug and Alcohol Program Regulations; and English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
ABILITY TO: Identify health and safety hazards and determine proper courses of action to mitigate hazards; conduct accident investigations and identify unsafe conditions, equipment, and practices; analyze situations accurately and adopt timely and effective recommendations; interpret safety and environmental laws and regulations; plan and present safety training programs; make effective oral presentations; write clear, accurate, and comprehensive reports; read, interpret, and apply moderately complex written materials, including personnel policies and procedures; maintain confidentiality of records and information; and establish and maintain effective working relationships.


PHYSICAL AND MENTAL/PSYCHOLOGICAL DEMANDS: The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
PHYSICAL: Strength: Medium-exert force of 20-50 pounds occasionally, 10-25 pounds frequently, or up to 10 pounds constantly to lift, carry, push pull or move objects. Frequent walking, standing and sitting, depending on the day's duties. Occasional bending, stooping, crouching, kneeling, pushing, pulling, twisting at the waist, handling, gripping, grasping, fingering, typing, climbing stairs and ladders, reaching at, above and below shoulder level, extending neck upward, downward and side to side. On rare occasion, crawling, climbing scaffolding. Vision: visual acuity sufficient to perform the essential functions of the position; average depth perception needed. Hearing: effectively hear/comprehend oral instructions and communication.
MENTAL/PSYCHOLOGICAL: Work cooperatively and interact appropriately with those contacted in the course of work, including the general public, without exhibiting extreme responses; respond appropriately to criticism from supervisor. Utilize complex reading, math and writing skills; understand, remember and carry out complex job instructions; respond quickly to changing priorities; communicate effectively orally; work under pressure; work within deadlines; train other workers.
ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS: Frequently works both indoors and outdoors. Frequently uses a computer, drives motorized equipment/vehicles. Frequently works both alone and with others. On rare occasion: is exposed to extreme temperatures, works at unprotected heights. works around machinery; is exposed to dust, fumes, smoke, gases, odors, chemicals, excessive noises, electrical energy, solvents, grease or oil, slippery or uneven walking surfaces.