Safety and Loss Control Specialist
- Summary of Job Duties
The Safety and Loss Control Specialist provides professional expertise in the development, implementation and administration of the City's occupational safety and health program. This position will focus primarily on planning, organizing, implementing the City-wide Department of Transportation/Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (DOT/FMCSA) program for the City's Commercial Drivers' License (CDL) holders. Additionally, the Safety and Loss Control Specialist measures and evaluates citywide performance and programs which maximize Safety and Health objectives for the City in order to ensure compliance to applicable federal, state, local laws, regulations and standards as well as to improve the overall safety and health of employees.
The City of Aurora will conduct ongoing screenings of applications on a first come-first serve basis; as soon as we determine to have a qualified pool of applicants, this position may close quickly and without notice.
It is an exciting time to work for the City of Aurora, we're growing and looking for dedicated and collaborative individuals to join our team of talented and valued employees. Excellent organizations have a set of principles, or core values, that are used to implement their mission and vision. Those values represent the touchstone for the organization, guiding the decisions of the individuals and the organization. At the City of Aurora, we demonstrate our excellence by modeling the CORE 4 Values of: Integrity, Respect, Professionalism, and Customer Service, and we welcome all who share these values to apply.
Why Work for Aurora?
- Make a difference in the lives of real people every day
- Diverse community
- Competitive total compensation package
- Well-Funded General Employees Retirement Plan
- Light rail station minutes away
- On-site fitness center and overall employee well-being programs
- Internal educational programs to assist with career advancement
- Access to innovation work space
- PRIMARY DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
- Develops City policies and internal standard operating procedures (SOPs) in accordance with the DOT/FMCSA regulations. Ensures compliance with DOT/FMCSA through training for and communication with employees who operate or service Commercial Motor Vehicles and their supervisors.
- Maintains files and official CDL employee records with all documentation to be compliant with DOT/FMCSA regulations including Driver Qualification Files and completed CDL Skills Test Exams.
- Collaborates with management, front line supervisors and employees to construct, deliver and promote programs and services to enhance workplace safety. Provides guidance to management, supervisors and staff on implementation of various safety and health programs to mitigate worker injury and associated costs.
- Ensures that city policies and procedures are followed by developing and administering health and safety programs designed to reduce the risk of occupational injury, minimize business disruption and damage of property.
- Consults with City departments at all levels including front-line staff, supervisors, managers and directors acting as a safety and health subject matter expert. Directs the review of operating procedures, job design and work processes making recommendations to ensure department/agency safety goals are achieved.
- Responds to inquiries and requests for assistance on SH matters, completes code compliance reviews, presents SH information at meetings and assists in resolving SH concerns and problems. Acts as back-up for other safety team members.
- Develops, recommends and implements accident prevention and safety training programs (often specific to a department or work group), including but not limited to: fire safety, ergonomics, falls, personal protective equipment selection and usage, accident and injury investigation, violence in the workplace, heavy equipment usage, safe driving and hazardous materials compliance.
- Identifies potential hazards and hazardous conditions affecting employees, the public, and the environment to determine specific causes and effects. Develops and implements workplace exposure monitoring plans and control measures to minimize injuries.
- Conducts safety and health compliance audits of city facilities and field work sites to identify unsafe conditions, verify that appropriate safety and health programs are in place and ensures specific corrective actions are taken.
- Develops, implements and administers accident prevention and safety programs for the City of Aurora. Evaluates adherence to legal and internal safety requirements, compiles reports documenting improvement opportunities and recommendations for achieving compliance and/or continuous improvement.
- Develops and delivers training to employees to ensure knowledge of applicable standards and regulatory requirements, as well as safe driving and work habits.
- Analyzes submitted Supervisory Investigation Reports, to develop, plan, and conduct accident prevention and safety training targeted to specific hazards and occupations.
- Conducts and participates in Accident Review Committee meetings to determine causal factors and recommend preventive action as well as present safety and health information.
- Performs special project technical work including loss control for Risk Management, construction work-site surveys and other loss control activities as requested by Risk Management.
- Chairs and supports the Safety Officer Program activities. Serves as representative to Emergency Operations Center.
- Maintains files and records related to investigations, writes technical reports to summarize research and analysis, and submits paperwork to the proper authorities for case resolution.
- Serves as a recognized expert for safety and health related concerns and building-related safety and health issues which may include support for construction and maintenance activities, fire and life safety, and indoor air quality assessments.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Education: Bachelors' Degree in occupational safety/health management, business, risk management, education, or a directly related field.
Experience: At least 3 years (preferably 5 years) progressively responsible safety and/or DOT program related experience including experience developing and implementing safety and compliance programs in accordance with federal, state and local regulations.
An equivalent combination of education, training and experience that demonstrates required knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered.
Knowledge: Knowledge of the principles and practices of Federal, State and Local laws, DOT/FMCSA, occupational health and safety (OSHA/NIOSH) laws, regulations and standards as well as environmental laws and regulations is required. Knowledge of Workers' Compensation and return to work programs is helpful, but not required. Knowledge of best practices associated with the recognition, evaluation and control of hazards. Knowledge of emergency preparedness, business continuity or continuity of government plans. Working knowledge of Microsoft Suite, including PowerPoint programs is required.
Abilities: Establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees; handle sensitive situations with tact and diplomacy; communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; speak before large groups; make effective verbal and visual presentations; establish, implement, and evaluate goals and objectives; and network and build rapport with others. Develop multi-media presentations for employee training and for marketing new or existing programs.
Skills: Strong interpersonal, written, verbal, and computer skills
- WORKING CONDITIONS
Physical Demands: Moderate physical work requiring ability to lift a maximum of 20 pounds; occasional lifting, carrying, walking and standing; speech communication and hearing to maintain communicate with employees and citizens; vision to read and interpret reports and other written documents; hand/eye coordination for operation of computer keyboard.
Work Environment: Half of the time, works in a clean, comfortable office environment. May work outside at a job site in all types of weather conditions; may work in a noisy environment, with exposure to dust, chemicals odors and fumes.
Equipment Used: Standard business and professional tools and equipment including various assessment equipment which measures and monitors safety standards.