Develop, manage, implement, and lead a comprehensive safety and health programs for City employees. Interpret complex state and federal safety laws and policies. Interact with management and employees in City departments, and act as a technical advisor on safety issues. Direct the administration of safety training to employees and departments. Identify, analyze, and minimize exposure to personnel and property losses; serve as an ambassador for the City to promote safe work procedures.
Develop and implement safety and health standards, programs, and guidelines for City departments and employees. Develop, recommend, and implement policies and procedures related to safety and health programs. Ensure compliance and consistency in citywide programming. Develop written programs and other materials, and work with the various City departments to tailor them to their programs and needs. Manage the City health and safety budget; monitor usage and make recommendations, within departmental policy, on services, equipment, materials, and supplies.
Research and interpret safety and hygiene regulations to develop procedures that meet federal, state and City requirements. Provide technical assistance, consultation, and guidance to personnel, supervisors and management on safety programs and projects.
Conducts safety and industrial hygiene audits. Evaluate work sites for compliance with federal, state and local laws. Examine work stations, equipment, materials, and storage facilities to ensure safety to employees. Recommend corrective actions for detected hazards and unsafe working conditions. Drive a City vehicle in a safe and appropriate manner between worksites.
Evaluate accident and injury records to determine financial impact; complete post-accident investigations into serious accidents and near-miss accidents. Conduct root cause analysis and make recommendations to management on corrective actions and preventative measures.
Develop, recommend, and implement programs such as safety awards and recognition programs to promote a culture of safety. Maintain positive and proactive relationships with managers, employees, partners, and regulatory agencies.
Direct the coordination of safety training for all departments throughout the City and partner with department level safety contacts in conducting and coordinating training. Work with internal and external stakeholders to determine needs or requirements for safe procedures and practices. Lead the development, revision, and distribution of comprehensive safety training programs, guides, manuals, and presentations on a variety of related subject matter.
Collaborate with the workers’ compensation specialist to track incidents and accidents, maintain required OSHA reporting, and create and present safety metrics. Input data into risk management information system.
Assist in organizing and participate in the City’s safety committees to reduce frequency and severity of safety and hygiene incidents and injuries.
Five (5) years of related experience in principles and practices of accident prevention, loss control, industrial hygiene and safety programs.
Bachelor's Degree in occupational health and safety or related field.
Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS), Certified Health and Safety Technician (CHST), and/or Certified Safety Professional (CSP) preferred.
Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered.
About City of Vancouver
The City of Vancouver looks for people who are passionate about serving and supporting a community for those who live, work and play in the City. We value diversity in every form - from race, to gender, to ethnicity and belief system. These collective contributions are what make us an exceptional place to work and grow. As public servants, we value employees who are adaptable, innovative, and collaborative and hold themselves to the highest standard of excellence.
In every way, our business is at the center of people’s lives. Here, more than 1,100 talented people from diverse backgrounds and subject matter expertise come together to create solutions and outcomes that exceed the expectations of the citizens we serve. From the roads people drive on, the buildings they live and work in, the parks they play in or the water they drink – no one in the City of Vancouver is untouched by our work.
Vancouver, Washington sits on the north bank of the Columbia River directly across from Portland, Oregon. The Pacific Coast is less than 90 miles to the west. The Cascade Mountain Range rises on the east. Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument and Mt. Hood are less than two hours away.... The spectacular Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area lies 30 minutes to the east. Vancouver combines the excitement of a major metropolitan area with small-town charm and abundant recreational opportunities.
The City offers an excellent benefits and compensation package for its employees - including medical, dental, vision, prescription and life insurance coverage, generous paid leave, Washington Public Employees Retirement system enrollment, long-term disability insurance, short-term disability insurance and more.
Unlike a private company, we’re not here for profit, we’re here for community. And, at the City of Vancouver, there’s a place for everyone! From engineers to police officers, urban planners to swim instructors – nearly every passion, background and skillset has a place here.