Health & Safety Officer

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April 23, 2019

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POSITION:                           Health & Safety Officer

DEPARTMENT:                    Human Resources

WORK SCHEDULE:            7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., M-F, on call 24 hours for emergencies

JOB CATEGORY:                PAT(Professional, Administrative, Technological)

SALARY:                              $41,020.20-$45,578.00 Annually

STATUS:                              Full-time

FLSA STATUS:                    Non-exempt


To perform this position successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed in this document are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  The City of Richmond provides reasonable accommodation to qualified employees and applicants with known disabilities who require accommodation to complete the application process or perform essential functions of the job, unless the accommodation would cause an undue hardship.



Incumbent serves as Health & Safety Officer for the City of Richmond employees and facilities. Responsible for developing and maintaining health and safety programs for the City of Richmond.


Develops, maintains, and updates a variety of health and safety programs, including, but not limited to, medical surveillance; hearing conservation; fire safety; chlorine and sulfur dioxide;welding, cutting, and brazing; confined space entry; lockout/tagout;excavation; CPR/first aid training; slips, trips, and  falls; traffic control; power industrial truck; snow removal; electrical safety; respirator safety; hazardous communication/right to know; emergency action plan; chemical hygiene; and bloodborne pathogen.

Performs Sara Title III/MSDS reporting, including completing proper documentation concerning extremely hazardous chemicals and submitting it to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),Wayne County Emergency Management, and City Fire Department.

Develops and maintains risk management plan, ensuring updated fire and emergency plans and forwarding copies of plan to EPA. Works with insurance company to reduce costs and audit safety.

Conducts ongoing safety training and prepares plans and procedures in accordance with state and federal regulations.

Conducts defensive driving class for employees with driving and/or license related problems.

Oversees CDL random drug testing,CDL tracking, and faxes CDL physicals to Indianapolis.  

Oversees contractor safety,verifying contractors are performing tasks according to OSHA standards and contractors and employees are not exposed to unsafe conditions.

Performs inspections of City facilities, reports any problem concerning codes and regulations, and submits work orders to be completed to departments. Checks status of problem after correction to verify that it meets codes and regulations.

Assists with preparation and administration of capital safety budget.

Develops, maintains, and updates household hazardous waste program.

Performs job hazard assessments,including assessing each job to ensure hazards are recognized and policies and procedures are established to minimize hazards, and updating assessment when job duties change or new jobs are created.

Recommends purchases of safety equipment for the City, including assessing needs of departments, researching applicable codes and regulations, evaluating equipment, completing proper purchasing requirements, expediting orders, checking equipment for proper operation, and ensuring employees’ working knowledge and proper maintenance of equipment.

Conducts quarterly City Safety Committee meetings, including developing safety policies and recommending changes to improve conditions throughout City.

Performs related duties as assigned by supervisor.

The above statements reflect the general details considered necessary to describe the principal function of the job and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the job.



Baccalaureate Degree in Occupational Health and Safety, Administration or related scientific or technical field and/or experience.   

Possession of, or ability to obtain, required certifications, including Defensive Driving (train the trainer), Hazardous Materials Transportation, Power Industrial Trucks, Self Contained Breathing Apparatus, OSHA Instructor, Hazardous Waste, Red Cross CPR and First Aid,Confined Space Entry, Competent Person, Gauge and Playground Safety Inspector Qualification.    

Ability to meet all hiring requirements, including passage of a physical exam and drug test.   

Working knowledge of standard office practices, and ability to apply such knowledge to a variety of interrelated processes, tasks,and operations. 

Working knowledge of standard English grammar, spelling and punctuation, and the ability to prepare written reports as required.

Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing with co-workers, other City departments,supervisors, sanitary district employees, contractors, and the public, including being sensitive to professional ethics, gender, cultural diversities and disabilities. 

Ability to provide public access to or maintain confidentiality of department information and records according to state requirements. 

Ability to comply with all employer and department policies and work rules, including, but not limited to, attendance, safety, drug-free workplace, and personal conduct. 

Ability to competently serve the public with diplomacy and respect, including occasional encounters with irate/hostile persons. 

Ability to operate standard office equipment, including computer, printer, and calculator. 

Ability to file,post, and mail materials and copy data from one document to another. 

Ability to understand, memorize, retain, and carry out oral or written instructions. 

Ability to work alone with minimum supervision and with others in a team environment. 

Ability to work on several tasks at the same time, often under time pressure. 

Ability to count and make simple arithmetic additions/subtractions. 

Ability to read detailed prints, layouts, specifications, and maps. 

Ability to plan and present public speaking presentations and trainings. 

Ability to regularly work extended hours and occasionally work evenings, weekends, and travel out of town for the purpose of training and seminars, sometimes overnight. 

Ability to regularly respond to emergencies on 24-hour basis. 

Possession of a valid driver’s license and demonstrated safe driving record.



Incumbent performs a broad range of regular duties, which involve consideration of several variables.  

Analysis and independent judgment is needed in selecting appropriate guidelines,instructions, or rules to apply to specific tasks.  Decisions made are restricted by only the broadest policy and/or guidance from supervisor.



Incumbent ensures proper implementation of employee health and safety programs according to technical specifications and standard practices of the profession.  Incumbent develops own objectives for areas of responsibility and establishes major departmental policies, procedures, and performance standards.  Work is periodically reviewed for soundness of judgment, compliance with departmental policy and legal requirements, and adherence to instructions/guidelines.



Incumbent maintains frequent contact with co-workers,other City departments, supervisors,sanitary district employees, contractors,and the public for the purpose of exchanging information, explaining and interpreting policies and procedures, and presenting subject matter to others through explanation and demonstration. 

Incumbent reports directly to Human Resources Director.



Incumbent performs duties in a laboratory environment,involving sitting and walking at will, sitting for long periods,standing/walking for long periods, walking on uneven terrain, lifting/objects weighing less than 25 pounds, pushing/pulling objects, crouching/kneeling,bending at waist, reaching, keyboarding, close and far vision, color and depth perception, handling/grasping/fingering objects, speaking clearly, and hearing sounds/communication.  Incumbent is exposed to normal hazards associated with wastewater and hazardous materials,including odor, fumes, dust, and noise. Incumbent may be required to work in confined areas for training and wear protective clothing, such as gloves, steel toed boots, safety jacket, and safety goggles. 

Incumbent regularly works extended hours and occasionally works evenings, weekends, and travel out of town for the purpose of training and seminars, sometimes overnight. Incumbent is required to respond to emergencies on 24-hour basis.

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