Safety and Risk Specialist



Class Description

Job Title: Safety and Risk Specialist Reports to: Director of Human Resources FLSA Status: Exempt

General Description:

This position is responsible for developing and administering the City's safety, workers' compensation, and liability/risk management programs. The person in the role works to ensure that the City is protected from risk exposures that would have adverse consequences to the City's staff, operations, finances, and reputation. Serves as the primary contact in the functions of safety and workers' compensation.

The position requires a broad knowledge of City operations and services and works under general supervision, independently developing work methods and sequences.

Duties and Responsibilities

The functions listed below are those that represent the majority of the time spent working in this job. Management may assign additional functions related to the type of work of the job/class as necessary.

Essential Functions:

Coordinates safety programs, recommends loss prevention measures, plans fire and emergency drills, and coordinates industrial hygiene and environmental testing as needed.

Observes field employees as they perform their job duties; ensures staff is wearing all required personal protective equipment and following safe work practices; educates staff when applicable and intervenes to prevent injury.

Coordinates or presents training in workplace safety and loss prevention, CPR and AED, defensive driving, First Aid, Bloodborne Pathogens, etc. Creates lesson plans and conducts safety training; defines specific OSHA, MOSH, DOT required training; chooses best delivery method, researches material, develops handouts, creates presentations or visual aids.

Manages the AED program.

Investigates accidents and injuries; interfaces with insurance companies about each case; recommends preventive actions.

Manages the Workers' Compensation program; conducts claims management with adjustors, Loss Control Specialist, and attorneys; assists employees when intervention is necessary; attends hearings at Workers' Compensation Board; prepares reports for insurance carriers; coordinates the Return to Work Program for injured employees.

Manages the LGIT Insurance claims for accidents, property losses, lawsuits, and equipment breakdown. Facilitates loss control visits for our annual inspection with LGIT staff to assure inspection thoroughness and completion. Follows up on recommendations made by the carrier during an inspection.

Coordinates the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse program for CDL drivers. Notifies the Clearinghouse of issues when applicable.

Conducts safety orientation for each new employee.

Conducts routine worksite occupational safety and health inspections to identify and eliminate potential hazards.

Coordinates and retains records for the City's random drug and alcohol testing program. Maintains confidentiality as required.

Schedules driver physicals, medical and follow-up appointments; works with injured staff, doctors, worker's compensation, and nurse case managers on treatment decisions.

Prepares and submits accurate OSHA 300 log reports annually.

Maintains a driver qualification file for each employee authorized to drive a City vehicle, including all DOT required records for Commercial Driver's License (COL) holders; monitors the driver's record from the issuing state and advises management of problems and risks based on those records. Monitors driver's license expirations dates and DOT Medical Certificates.

Chairs the Safety Committee and Accident Review Board; keeps minutes and prepares agendas and training; follows up with appropriate department heads.

Maintains records mandated by OSHA and MOSHA (MOSH), including Safety Data Sheets.

Keeps HR Director and relevant others informed of issues in a timely fashion.

Other Key Functions:

Assists the Director of DPW and the IT Tech with issues relating to user code and password of employees to alarm monitor station; troubleshoots alarm problems;

schedules repair and maintenance; may be notified for after-hour notification and response.

Administers Safe Driver Program and Safety Awards program.

Responds in-person to employee accidents and injuries as needed and be outside of regular working hours, requiring a flexible schedule.

Assists HR Staff as needed. May also assist DPW staff when requested.

Cultivates and maintains positive relationships with insurers, City staff, and the public. Keeps informed on current and new regulations on safety in the workplace.

Recommends new and enhanced practices and policies to reduce risk exposure.

Responsibilities, Requirements, and Impacts

Data Responsibility:

Data Responsibility refers to information, knowledge, and conceptions obtained by observation, investigation, interpretation, visualization, and mental creation. Data are intangible and include numbers, words, symbols, ideas, concepts, and oral verbalizations.

Gathers, organizes, analyzes, examines, or evaluates data or information and may prescribe action based on these data or information.

People Responsibility:

People include co-workers, workers in other areas or agencies, and the general public.

Acts as a role model by maintaining harmonious relations and promoting safety and efficiency.

Asset Responsibility:

Assets responsibility refers to the responsibility for achieving economies or preventing loss within the organization.

Requires responsibility and opportunity for achieving major economies and/or preventing significant losses through managing the City's safety program.

Mathematical Requirements:

Mathematics requires the use of symbols, numbers, and formulas to solve mathematical problems.

Uses addition and subtraction, multiplication and division and/or calculates ratios, rates, and percent.

Communications Requirements:

Communication involves the ability to read, write and speak.

Reads journals, manuals, and professional publications; speaks informally to co-workers, staff in other organizational agencies, the general public, and people in other organizations; presents training; composes original reports, training, and other written materials, using proper language and punctuation, grammar, and style.

Judgment Requirements:

Judgment requirements refer to the frequency and complexity of judgments and decisions given the stability of the work environments, the nature and type of guidance, and the breadth of impact of the judgments and decisions.

Responsible for guiding others, requiring frequent decisions, affecting the individual, co­ workers, and others who depend on the service; work in a somewhat fluid environment with rules and procedures and many variations from the routine.

Complexity of Work:

Complexity addresses the analysis, initiative, ingenuity, concentration, and creativity required by the job and the presence of any unusual pressures present in the job.

Performs skilled work involving rules/systems with frequent problem-solving. Requires normal attention with short periods of concentration for accurate results and occasional exposure to unusual pressure.

Impact of Errors:

Impact of errors refers to consequences such as damage to equipment and property, loss of data, exposure of the organization to legal liability, and injury or death for individuals.

The impact of errors is extremely serious - could affect any or all units in the organization and may affect citizens, or loss of life and/or damage could occur.

Physical Demands:

Physical demands refer to the requirements for physical exertion and coordination of limb and body movement.

Performs sedentary work that involves walking, driving, or standing some of the time and involves exerting up to 10 pounds of force on a regular and recurring basis or sustained keyboard operations.

Equipment Usage:

Equipment usage involves responsibility for materials, machines, tools, equipment, work aids, and products.

Handles or uses work aids involving some latitude for judgment regarding attainment of a standard or in selecting appropriate items.

Unavoidable Hazards:

Unavoidable hazards refer to the job conditions that may lead to injury or health hazards even though precautions have been taken.


Safety of Others:

Safety of others refers to the level of responsibility for the safety of others, either inherent in the job or to ensure the safety of the general public. (Does not include safety of subordinates).

Requires responsibility and authority for the development of policies regarding continuous enforcement of safety standards.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

Requires an associate degree or specialized courses and training equivalent to the satisfactory completion of two years of college in safety, risk management, or closely related field.

Requires a minimum of three years in safety, risk management, or other closely related experience.

Special Certifications and Licenses:

Degree or certification in Safety and Risk Management is preferred.

Must possess a valid driver's license in the state of residence and maintain an excellent driving record.

American with Disabilities Act Compliance

The City of College Park, MD, is an Equal Opportunity Employer. ADA requires the City to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified persons with disabilities.

Prospective and current employees are encouraged to discuss ADA accommodations with m

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