City of Grand Rapids Safety Technician

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The purpose of this job is to provide and ensure safe leadership and compliance with the City’s safety policies. Implements safety policies and directives and improves safety performance. Coordinates safety training and ensures the safety policies and procedures are aligned with governmental regulations.

  • Conducts or coordinates worker safety and health training; identifies need for training through reviewing job duties, discussions with supervisors and employees, reviewing industry’s best practices and reviewing safety and health rules
  • Provides technical advice, coaching, guidance and mentoring to all City employees on safety initiatives and necessary changes
  • Performs safety audits and inspects facilities, machinery and safety equipment to identify and correct potential hazards and to ensure regulatory compliance
  • Identifies best practices and promotes continuous improvement initiative to reduce work process risk, raise safety awareness and improve safe work practices
  • Coordinates and reviews the employee safety program to determine adequacy; reviews short and long term strategic safety planning and development
  • Conducts investigations or reviews of injuries and illnesses; determines root causes of the event; develops and implements measures to prevent reoccurrences
  • Facilitates a work environment that supports a safe and healthy culture; develops and implements safety and health policies and procedures.
  • Acts as a liaison with contractors on safety issues when needed; reviews safety programs submitted for compliance with contracts
  • Performs job task analysis, ergonomic assessment and ADA investigations in response to requests for reasonable accommodation
  • Prepares a variety of correspondence and reports; attends a variety of meetings
  • Performs related work as required

Minimum Training and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in occupational safety or related field
  • At least three (3) years of progressively responsible experience in employee safety programs or related work
  • Any equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities

Other Necessary Qualifications

Knowledge of:

  • Occupational Safety and Health rules
  • Resources available, equipment and training locations
  • Principles, theories and practices of employee safety and environmental hazards in the workplace
  • State and federal laws, regulations and standards related to employee safety and environmental hazards
  • Effective safety training methods, procedures and practices
  • Accident investigation procedures and practices
  • English grammar, spelling, punctuation
  • Principles and practices of basic bookkeeping
  • Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment

Skill in:

  • Interpersonal skills necessary to develop and maintain effective and appropriate working relationships
  • Performing a variety of duties, often changing from one task to another of a different nature
  • Performing basic mathematical functions such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, percentages, and ratios

Ability to:

  • Present and/or review safety training programs
  • Recognize and correct safety and health hazards
  • Develop and manage safety and health programs
  • Maintain records and prepare reports
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Meet schedules and deadlines of the work
  • Understand and carry out oral and written directions
  • Accurately organize and maintain paper documents and electronic files
  • Maintain the confidentiality of information and professional boundaries