Safety Officer, City of Lynnwood

 SALARY – $40.81-$52.55 Hourly

LOCATION – Lynnwood, WA

JOB TYPE – Regular Full-Time Benefitted

JOB NUMBER – 2023-00049


OPENING DATE – 09/08/2023

CLOSING DATE – Continuous


The City of Lynnwood is seeking a dedicated, highly motivated, self-starter Safety Officer to join our Human Resources (HR)team! In HR, our most valued asset is our team members.

You will play an integral role in a busy, fast-paced environment with a group that strives to exceed our customers’ expectations. The Safety Officer will work as part of a team of six that supports nearly 300 regular full-time employees across the city and up to 170 more seasonal/part-time staff. We offer fulfilling work with the opportunity to make a significant positive impact on the City, its employees, and residents. You’ll energize our safety-first mentality regarding our employees and work environments.

The ideal candidate will support our HR values of Service, Collaboration, Respect, and Welcoming by:

being self-motivated, adaptable, responsive, friendly,

a great multi-tasker, willing to constantly learn, and be resourceful.

possess follow through on issues to resolution,

customer service focused, valuing equity and respect,

taking initiative, and ownership in all projects assigned,

have broad experience administering and leading safety programs for the public sector or in medium to large companies with local, state, and federal safety reporting requirements,

have experience coordinating or administering functions of ADA Title II

have a passion for public service.

Under general direction, this position serves as the City’s Safety Officer to develop, implement, oversee, and administer comprehensive employee occupational safety, health, testing, and training programs. This position also serves on the Emergency Operations Team, and functions as the City’s ADA Title II Coordinator. This position is required to ensure the city complies with applicable local, state, and federal safety laws, ordinances, codes, and regulations.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED: The Safety Officer reports and is responsible to the HR Director. Performance is evaluated through observation of daily activities, program effectiveness, and degree of harmony with citizens, coworkers, and vendors.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED: No formal employee supervision is exercised. However, self-leadership, peer leadership, change leadership, and professional collaboration are expectations of the position.

Essential Functions

The job duties and responsibilities represented in this job description in no way imply that these are the only duties to be performed. The employee occupying this position will be required to follow other job-related instructions and perform other job-related duties requested by the supervisor. This job description reflects general details as necessary to describe the principal functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required, and the scope of the position.

Administers all aspects of safety programs within departments and/or across the City, including a Drug-FreeWorkplace, Safe-Driving program, Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Compliance program, Respirator program, FallProtection program, Man Down program, Lockout/Tagout program, Confined Space program, and safety risk management programs (gaseous Chlorine RMP).

Coordinates and leads the City Safety Committee and other safety-related committees or workgroups. This includes coordinating safety drills, and safety training which may require collaboration with various departments, and outside agencies.

Maintains all safety records required by law, including Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), training, and health testing.

Serves as return-to-work coordinator for on-the-job injuries, and light-duty assignments.

Coordinates the City’s ADA Title II obligations, including intake, investigation, response, and resolution tracking. Review plans for safety and ADA compliance. Serves on the City’s emergency/disaster response team and performs duties in the Emergency Operations Center as assigned.

Possesses knowledge of accident investigation techniques; common hazards and accident prevention methods and standard principles and practices of occupational and industrial hygiene; including testing, training, and mitigation programs.

Reads, interprets, and applies technical and reference manuals, standard operating policies and procedures; policy review, and implementation of compliance measures.

Regularly engages with City staff, consultants, contractors, and state and federal officials to analyze and resolve unsafe practices and conditions which includes tracking of safety improvements progress.

Researches, interprets, and applies occupational health and safety ordinances, codes and rules, and federal and state laws.

Gathers and interprets data related to work and safety practices Investigates and evaluates safety conditions and accidents; and makes recommendations for workplace safety to conform with occupational safety standards. Ensures enforcement of safety regulations through line supervisors.

Maintains up-to-date knowledge of safety rules and procedures for a variety of settings, including public works, utilities, wastewater treatment facilities, recreational facilities, pools, and other environments.

Works with other City staff to develop and monitor the budget for the Safety program.

Attends occupational safety and health seminars to update job knowledge and enhance skills.

Maintains confidentiality of work-related issues, client records, and City information. Works with City staff on the investigation of safety incidents.

Performs related work, as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Requires three years of experience in an occupational safety or health-related field and an Associate’s Degree or higher in environmental or Occupational Health and safety, Safety Management, Toxicology, Industrial Hygiene, Biology, Construction, Engineering, or related field; OR a combination of education, certification, training and/or experience which provides an equivalent background required to perform the work of the class. 

A valid Washington State Driver’s License and a driving record acceptable to the City’s insurance carrier.Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. 

Additional Information

Job Location and Equipment Utilized:

Work is performed in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings. Work may be performed in an outdoor environment in seasonal heat, cold, and all other weather conditions.

Exposure to toxic or potentially hazardous substances, vibrations, airborne particles, dirt, fumes, and traffic may occur.

Equipment utilized includes environmental testing equipment, standard office equipment, and personal computers with associated software and peripherals. Required to wear protective equipment, follow safety procedures, and exercise caution during inspections and monitoring.

May require being on call and/or occasional night, evening, or weekend assignments.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of current State and Federal rules, laws, codes, trends, principles and practices in safety administration, reporting, and management, including workplace violence, on-the-job injury, and return-to-work requirements.

Knowledge of National Incident Management System (NIMS) Emergency Management principles, and ability to obtain ICS Emergency Management certification(s) to serve on the City’s Emergence Operations Team.

Knowledge of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Title II.

Knowledge of the principles, concepts, methods, and knowledge of research methods, data collection, sampling techniques, and statistical analysis relevant to the administration of a safety program.

Knowledge and expertise with Microsoft Office products including, Outlook, Word, Excel PowerPoint, and SharePoint mobile office applications.

Knowledge of recordkeeping best practices and ability to produce required safety reports to state and federal agencies.

Provide excellent customer service and develop and maintain positive working relationships with a diverse population.

Prepare training materials, and communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Interprets, applies, and explains safety policies, procedures, laws, and regulations.

Ability to work both independently and collaboratively; prioritize work and adapt to changing customer needs.

Research, compile, and objectively analyze data; analyze problems and recommend solutions.

Physical Demands:The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. This position must be able to operate a variety of office equipment and audio-visual equipment. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to read, sit, talk, hear, stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle, or operate objects, tools, or controls, and reach with hands and arms; reach overhead or above the shoulders. The employee may occasionally climb, balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch, and maneuver over rough, uneven, wet, or slippery surfaces. The employee may occasionally need to lift, push, pull, and carry objects up to 50 pounds, and stand for extended periods of time. This position is covered by the General Salary Ordinance. This position is non-represented, and FLSA overtime eligible. 

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