Safety Officer

Under the direction of the Risk and Safety Manager, lead, manage, develop and implement 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.

This is a full-time, regular, exempt position. The schedule for this position is M-F, 8am-5pm.

Job Details

Essential Functions:

  • Leads in the development and implementation of safety and health standards, programs, and guidelines for City departments and employees.
  • Research and interpret safety and hygiene regulations to develop procedures that meet Federal, State and City requirements.  Provides technical assistance, consultation, and guidance to personnel, supervisors and management on safety programs and projects
  • Conducts Safety and Industrial Hygiene Audits.  Evaluates work sites for compliance with Federal, State and local laws.  Examines workstations, equipment, materials, and storage facilities to ensure safety to employees.  Makes recommendations for corrective actions of detected hazards and unsafe working conditions.
  • Evaluate accident and injury records to determine financial impact, conduct 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.
  • Promotes a culture of safety through the ability to work with employees and management to achieve cultural change. Maintain positive and proactive relationships with managers, employees, partners and regulatory agencies.
  • Directs the coordination of Safety Training for all departments throughout the City and partners with department level Safety Coordinators in conducting and coordinating training.  Works with multiple organizations to determine needs or requirements for safe procedures and practices.  Leads in the development, revision and distribution of comprehensive safety training programs, guides, manuals, and presentations on a variety of related subject matter.
  • In collaboration with Workers’ Compensation Specialist, track incidents and accidents, maintain required OSHA reporting, and create and present safety metrics.  Input data into Risk Management Information System (RMIS).
  • Assists in organizing and participating in the City’s safety committees to reduce frequency and severity of safety and hygiene incidents and injuries.
  • Assure that proper safety devices have been installed on City property and in work areas;
  • Select and recommend the purchase safety equipment;
  • Track and update inspections.
  • Conduct fire drills and other occupational safety audits and drills.
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


Experience and Education

  • Three (3) years of related experience in principles and practices of safety programs, accident prevention, industrial hygiene, and loss control.
  • Equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Health & Safety or related field.           
  • Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered.

Computer Skills

  • Basic skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint.

Required Licenses and/or Certifications

Possession of:

  • Valid driver’s license
  • Preferred certifications: Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS), Certified Health and Safety Technician (CHST), Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM), Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and/or Associate Safety Professional (ASP).


  • Federal Occupation Safety and Health regulations
  • Washington State safety and insurance regulations
  • Applicable National Fire Protection Association codes and standards
  • Applicable Building Codes and National Electric Code (NEC)
  • Safety engineering
  • Industrial hygiene regulations and practices
  • Principles and practices of training
  • Principles of research
  • Computer systems and various application programs
  • City policies, procedures and regulations
  • Safe work practices, occupational hazards and necessary applicable precautions
  • Safety education programs
  • Inspection practices
  • Community right to know regulations
  • Washington state hazardous waste regulations
  • Washington state pollution prevention regulations
  • Maintain safety committee meeting minutes
  • Pertinent federal, state and local laws that pertain to this position
  • Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment
  • Use of personal computers and basic software


  • Develop and conduct presentations for safety training purposes
  • Prepare clear and concise administrative and technical reports
  • Interpret and apply federal, state and local policies, procedures, laws and regulations
  • Analyze and interpret safety records and reports and recommend procedures for improving areas or divisions that have poor safety records
  • Plan, coordinate, and conduct safety inspections, audits and investigations
  • Ability to develop and foster a safety culture
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Travel from site to site
  • Effective verbal and written communication
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, the public, and governmental and private agencies
  • Knowledge of some industrial hygiene equipment (examples: confined space meters, noise dosimeters, portable air quality meters)
  • Knowledge of at least one of these programs (fall protection, confined space entry, hearing conservation, respiratory protection)
  • Operate a personal computer and appropriate software
  • Work in a manner consistent with the City of Vancouver’s Operating Principles
  • Work and act as a team player in all interactions with other City employees
  • Provide a high level of customer service at all times
  • Project and maintain a positive image with those contacted during work
  • Develop and maintain collaborative and respectful working relationships with team members and others
  • Consistently provide quality service
  • Maintain regular and dependable attendance

This position is subject to successful completion of a pre-employment reference check, a criminal background check and a driving abstract.