CLACKAMAS COUNTY

CLASSIFICATION NO. 423
Established: 01/97
FLSA: Exempt
EEO: 2

SAFETY AND LOSS CONTROL COORDINATOR

CLASS CHARACTERISTICS

Under direction, plans, organizes, coordinates, and administers a safety program for a department or a division; acts as liaison to Risk and Benefits Division staff on safety, liability, policy development, and loss control issues; conducts safety inspections and investigates accidents; arranges and conducts training to maintain compliance with safety regulations of various state and federal agencies; and to perform related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

The Safety and Loss Control Coordinator is responsible for ensuring a safe working environment and complying with safety regulations, rules, policies, and procedures within a department or division. This position coordinates with Risk and Benefits Management Division regarding development of policies and procedures related to liability, casualty, and loss control issues for the department.

The Safety and Loss Control Coordinator differs from the Risk and Benefits Manager which administers a County wide program to protect County assets and personnel against financial loss from physical damage or legal liability; and from the Worker's Compensation Claims Examiner which is responsible for all activities related to the prevention, investigation and claims administration of job related accidents as well as implementing County wide safety programs.

TYPICAL TASKS

Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Plans, organizes and coordinates department or division safety management program and develops procedures to ensure compliance with safety regulations of State and Federal regulatory agencies; evaluates the safety program and monitors incident and loss data to improve the effectiveness of the program; maintains safety files and records as required by the regulations.
  2. Coordinates department's loss control program with Risk and Benefits Management Division to reduce risks and liabilities by investigating incidents and accidents, collecting data, developing summaries, and providing reports to Risk and Benefits Management staff for resolution of liability, casualty, and loss claims; coordinates with the Worker's Compensation Coordinator on early return to work program; acts as liaison with Risk and Benefits Management staff in the development of policies related to loss control and safety within the department.
  3. Coordinates the Hazmat team; schedules and coordinates appropriate training for the Hazmat responders; develops and implements methods for identifying, controlling, and reducing hazardous materials in the workplace; identifies and coordinates proper disposal of hazardous materials; coordinates disposal of hazardous materials with other jurisdictions.
  4. Conducts on site safety inspections to ensure proper safety equipment is utilized and safety procedures are followed; recommends and implements corrective action; responds to employee complaints and concerns regarding safety; accompanies Federal and State inspectors on inspection tours.
  5. Assesses safety training needs of the department; coordinates and conducts safety and occupational health training programs for regular and temporary employees; performs research; reviews and selects safety and health training materials to update employees on new or revised safety laws or regulations; conducts or arranges training sessions; trains supervisors and employees in safety procedures, accident investigation, and work site inspection.
  6. Facilitates regular safety meetings and accident review board meetings; establishes topics for department or divisional safety meetings; collects, compiles, and presents information on work place hazards, accidents and other safety related issues; videotapes maintenance projects for review and analysis; follows up with supervisors to ensure that safety committee suggestions or decisions are implemented.
  7. Reviews, investigates, and documents accidents and incidents occurring within the department; interviews participants and witnesses; consults with Sheriff's traffic team; prepares documentation of incidents, accidents, and near misses.
  8. Serves as department safety consultant; prepares and maintains safety manuals and material safety data sheets (MSDS); provides technical assistance in the selection of materials, equipment, and safety devices; assists in developing and implementing emergency preparedness program.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

Thorough knowledge of: Federal, State, and local safety agency regulations and rules applicable to department operations, including Occupational Health and Safety Act, Accident Prevention Division, Department of Motor Vehicles, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Environmental Quality, and Department of Transportation; principles and practices of industrial safety; accident prevention, occupational hazards, hazardous materials identification and disposal methods.

Working knowledge of: Basic principles and practices of liability and loss control methods; materials, methods, tools, and equipment used in road, bridge, and traffic control construction and maintenance; methods and tools used in vehicle maintenance and repair; basic principles and practices of safety training, safety program evaluation and development; principles of research and report development; principles and practices of interviewing; basic math; English grammar; standard office practices; personal computers including word processing, spreadsheet, and database computer applications.

Skill to: Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; interpret and apply safety regulations and policies; identify hazardous working conditions and practices; conduct interviews; investigate and analyze accidents, summarize results of investigations, coordinate with Risk and Benefits Management staff, and recommend corrective action; maintain accurate records; operate standard office equipment; operate video camera, recorder and editing equipment; speak effectively before groups; conduct training sessions; establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, other department personnel, and the public.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Duties require on-site visits and exposure to loud noises, heavy equipment, hazardous materials, busy road traffic, and adverse weather conditions.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Must possess or be able to obtain Hazmat First Responder certification and Flagger certification within three months of hire; and possess or be able to obtain First Aid/CPR Instructor certification within 6 months of hire.

Driving is required for County business on a regular basis or to accomplish work. Incumbents must possess a valid driver's license, and possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.

MINIMUM RECRUITING STANDARDS

Any satisfactory combination of experience and training that demonstrates possession of the required knowledge and skills.