Occupational Health and Safety Specialist

City of Palm Springs


$6,161 – $8,291
per month

Plan, organize, manage, and coordinate the City's occupational programs, policies, and procedures to ensure compliance of City departments with federal, state, and City workplace safety and health laws, regulations and policies; identify program needs and recommend program priorities. Perform safety surveys, job hazard risk assessments, and inspections; inspect work sites to ensure safe work procedures are
being followed and appropriate safety equipment are being used; and recommend necessary corrective actions. Make joint inspections with federal, state, and local agencies as required; conducts noise surveys and studies and follows up on
complaints. Identify citywide health and safety training needs; determine training content, prepare curriculum, evaluate, and modify training objectives; facilitate and coordinate training workshops. Conduct ergonomic assessments of employee work locations and work sites; make recommendations to employees and supervisors on changes as appropriate to comply with applicable regulations and to ensure that employees work in a safe manner to avoid injury. Coordinate City staff in providing work site health and safety investigations; assist and coordinate in the development of
hazardous materials programs; maintain, update, and analyze inspection findings and other related data. Develop citywide accident prevention and occupational health control measures and programs; assist in the preparation of specific activity guidelines, regulations, and master plans. Plan, organize and administer the City's workers compensation program, including the review and processing of claims, guiding
staff on worker's compensation issues, and ensuring compliance with applicable laws and regulations; oversee the City's return-to-work program; and monitor citywide cost containment strategies to prevent and minimize losses as they relate to worker's compensation. Administer drug and alcohol testing program for employees covered by the Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991 and related federal regulations for employees covered under DOT and the CA pull programs. Review, evaluate, and write reports on the progress of program goals and objectives; analyze and prepare reports on cost and control activities including workers' compensation loss data, OSHA 300 reporting, and training data; assist and advise management and supervisory staff on the development and implementation of effective and efficient safety strategies. Advise and assist City staff in interpreting and implementing administrative policies, rules and regulations, provisions, and laws relating to safety, OSHA, the City's Injury Illness and Injury Plans, and ADAAA; oversee related programs such as first aid and safety shoes; advocate in promoting a safe workplace. Research, evaluate, and recommend goals and objectives; assist in the development and implementation of policies, procedures, programs and services, budget, and related functions. Serve as a resource to employees, management staff, outside agencies; respond to inquiries, request for information and assistance; prepare letters, agendas, and reports; provide guidance on sensitive personnel issues; develop and maintain effective relationships.
Provide support for assigned boards and commissions, labor processes, and other activities as assigned; conduct research and gather and analyze data; develop and recommend cost analyses as required. Review, analyze, and process various personnel forms consistent with policies, procedures and applicable provisions of
Memorandum of Understanding; coordinate personnel status, transactions and position control functions with payroll, budget, and other staff; conduct basic investigations and assist in gathering information and documentation. Stay abreast of new trends and innovations, legislation, regulations and policies, in the field of health and safety, employee wellness, workers compensation, and ADAAA to recommend and adjust procedures to maintain current knowledge and ensure compliance with prevailing laws.
Attend and participate in meetings, make presentations at interdepartmental, interagency, committees and professional meetings, as assigned. May serve as a lead to other staff on assigned projects. Perform related duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

Minimum requirements must be clearly demonstrated on the application to be considered, however, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee an invitation to compete further in the selection process. Experience requirements must be demonstrated in the "Work Experience" section of the application, other sections of the application will not be used to determine experience qualifications. (One year of work experience is the equivalent of 12 months of full-time work. "Full-time work" means at least 36 hours of work over a period of one week or 1,872 hours of work over a period of at least 12 months.) Qualifications noted as "desirable" or "preferred" are not included as part of the minimum requirements.

Four (4) years of increasingly responsible direct experience administering occupational health and safety, risk management, workers' compensation, or similar programs involving the identification, evaluation and control of safety hazards in work places
is required. Previous experience working in a Public Agency environment is preferred.
JobAdvanced proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook is preferred.
A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in occupational health and safety, industrial hygiene, safety engineering, public health, or a related field, or any combination of education and experience that provides equivalent knowledge, skills, and abilities is required. License or Certificates:
Possession of, or the ability to obtain, and maintain a valid California driver license, with a satisfactory driving record is required. (Incumbent will be enrolled in the California Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) Pull Notice Program. The DMV Pull
Notice Program provide information on the incumbents's driving record and driving record status on a periodic basis to the City.)
Possession of, or ability to obtain (within 60 days of appointment) and maintain, a valid C.P.R. Certificate is required.
Possession of, or ability to obtain (within 60 days of appointment) and maintain, a valid First Aid Certificate is required.
Possession of an OSHA 30-hour safety certification is preferred.
Certified Safety Professional designation is preferred.
Special Requirements
Due to the nature of the responsibilities, while this position typically works Monday - Thursday 7am - 6pm, applicants must be
willing and able to work various hours that may include early mornings, evening, Fridays, weekends and holidays as required.
Per City Personnel Rules incumbents in this position may not be related to any person(s) currently working for the City.
Must successfully complete a pre-employment background investigation and a physical and drug screen.
Working Conditions:
This position works in an office and field environment with exposure to computers and other office equipment; travel from site to site; exposure to noise, dust, grease, smoke, fumes, gases, inclement weather conditions; may work at heights on scaffolding and
ladders or on slippery or uneven surfaces and may require maintaining physical condition necessary for sitting, walking or standing for prolonged periods; light and moderate lifting pulling, pushing, kneeling, bending, climbing with both legs and arms; operating motorized equipment and vehicles; talk or hear, in person and by telephone; use hands to finger, handle, feel, or operate standard computer; specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus; driving a vehicle for limited periods.

How to Apply

A completed application, supplemental questionnaire, resume, and letter of interest are required by the closing date and time. As a candidate for the position, you will want to be sure your application accurately reflects your skills and abilities as they relate to the
position to achieve maximum opportunity. Applications will be reviewed carefully and only those who appear to have the best qualifications will be invited to continue in the selection process. Minimum requirements must be clearly demonstrated on the application to be considered as this information will be used to determine minimum qualifications. Experience requirements must be demonstrated in the "Work Experience" section of the application, other sections of the application will not be used to determine experience qualifications. Resumes and other documents may be submitted, however, they will not be used to determine minimum qualifications, please do
not use phrases such as "see attached" or "see resume" as they will not be considered. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee an invitation to compete further in the process. Minimum requirements must be met at the time of application submission
unless stated otherwise. The selection process for this position may include one or more of the following: application review, qualification review, written
exam, practical exam, oral panel exam and department interview.
Candidates must successfully pass each stage of the selection process above in order to continue to the next step. This process may be modified or changed depending on the number of qualified candidates. Please remember to submit all your application materials by the closing date and time. Incomplete or applications received after the
closing date and time cannot be considered. All information on the application is subject to investigation and verification. For more information on completing your application materials click here. If you are ready to join the exciting Team Palm Springs and you meet the requirements detailed above, please click the apply button. For more information contact Human Resources at:
The City of Palm Springs
3200 East Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262