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Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Job Specification

SAFETY SPECIALIST

 

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Pay Grade
H1K ($72,529.60 - $90,646.40 - $108,763.20)
Job Summary

Performs a wide range of duties in the review, administration, and implementation of Metro's operations, construction, and industrial safety programs; enforces contract requirements; provides support to management; and sets safety provisions to ensure safe bus and rail operations and working conditions, ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local safety regulations, and ensure reduction or elimination of occupational accidents, injuries, hazards, and/or financial losses to Metro.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Conducts safety audits on Metro's facilities, operating divisions, construction sites, work practices and equipment, and safety devices to ensure regulatory safety compliance and reduce accidents, injuries, and losses
  • Investigates and reviews incident reports of injuries, property damage, industrial accidents, unsafe work conditions and practices, and claims involving Metro; determines the cause and provides solutions
  • Conducts collision trends analyses and makes recommendations for reducing the more frequent types of collisions
  • Makes recommendations to departmental management on findings, purchases, and changes to facility, equipment, methods, or procedures to correct unsafe conditions, including ordering the termination of any unsafe operations
  • Evaluates various contracts, requests for proposals (RFP), engineering drawings, and plans for future transit lines for regulatory compliance, potential safety issues, and liability exposure
  • Prepares scope of work statements for RFPs, proposals for transit research projects, and safety information for dissemination to employees and public
  • Reviews project safety submittals
  • Conducts reviews of the hazard management program and follows up on any deficiencies
  • Represents Metro in external and internal safety and project meetings and committees to provide comprehensive technical advice and assistance ensuring accuracy of accident/injury reports and compliance with current or new applicable laws and regulations
  • Prepares and presents reports to supervisor, including jobsite specific daily reports, observations, analysis of contaminants, and recommendations for control and corrections of hazards
  • Determines training needs; recommends, develops, and conducts training to diverse group of Metro and Contractor employees on various safety awareness, prevention, and investigation programs; may provide safety training on-site
  • Reviews the operating divisions' Cal/OSHA (California Occupational Safety and Health Administration) 200 logs for accuracy and prepares or leads the preparation of required federal and state regulatory reports
  • Acts as liaison with Metro departments, labor and insurance representatives, contractors/consultants, and various outside agencies, including safety technical professionals, to provide technical assistance and to ensure accurate accident/injury reports and compliance with current applicable rules and regulations
  • Conducts job site safety and hazard analysis, including performing tests on noise, ventilation, illumination, and gas release to determine compliance and sources of hazardous substances
  • Conducts project tours to ensure the safety of those visiting, as well as the workers performing their duties
  • Reviews and analyzes data relating to accidents, injuries, and illnesses; identifies trends and prepares recommendations based on findings for management evaluation and decision making
  • Participates in the formulation of departmental safety plans, policies, and procedures and ensures their implementation based on proper application of required safety regulations
  • Contributes to ensuring that the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policies and programs of Metro are carried out


    May be required to perform other related job duties

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of (defined as a learned body of information that is required for and applied in the performance of job tasks)

  • Theories, principles, and practices of industrial, operations, and construction safety, system safety, risk management, and engineering
  • Applicable local, state, and federal laws, rules, regulations, and ordinances governing traffic, bus and rail operations, vehicle operations, health and safety, facilities, construction projects, and local building codes, including those promulgated by California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Cal/OSHA, Federal-OSHA, California/Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Air Quality Management District (AQMD), and local Fire Departments
  • Fire, accident, and noise control prevention techniques, equipment, and practices
  • General construction safety
  • Public and employee safety training and education
  • Data organization and reporting


Skill in (defined as the proficient manual, verbal, or mental utilization of data, people, or things)

  • Performing professional safety work related to construction and operations projects
  • Developing and implementing safety program plans and procedures
  • Analyzing situations, identifying problems, and recommending solutions
  • Exercising sound judgment and creativity in making conclusions
  • Communicating effectively orally and in writing
  • Interacting professionally with various levels of Metro employees and outside representatives
  • Using applicable business software applications


Ability to (defined as a present competence to perform an observable behavior or produce an observable result)

  • Give presentations
  • Schedule assignments
  • Manage time to meet deadlines
  • Manage safety projects from conception to culmination
  • Perform investigation and reconstruction of safety-related incidents
  • Prepare comprehensive reports and correspondence
  • Analyze, interpret, and apply laws, rules regulations, policies, procedures, and contracts
  • Compile and analyze complex data
  • Read, write, speak, and understand English
Minimum Qualifications

A combination of education and/or experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the position. Additional experience, as outlined below, may be substituted for required education on a year-for-year basis. A typical combination includes:

Education

  • Bachelor′s Degree in Occupational Health and Safety, Safety Engineering, or a related field


Experience

  • Three years of relevant experience in heavy construction, fleet safety, system safety, industrial safety, or loss prevention; some positions in this class may require specialized experience in area of assignment


Certifications/Licenses/Special Requirements

  • A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions
  • Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST) or Occupational Health and Safety Technician (OHST) preferred
Special Conditions

The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Metro provides reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Working Conditions

  • Typical office situation
  • Close exposure to computer monitors and video screen
  • High dust, dirt, and/or grease environment
  • High noise environment
  • Work on elevated surfaces or below ground level Work in awkward or confining/enclosed spaces
  • Work in darkness or with poor lighting Exposure to moving machinery and/or vehicles
  • Exposure to radiant or electrical energy (e.g., ionizing radiation, overhead catenary or contact rail power distribution, etc.)
  • Extensive safety training and/or use of protective devices and personal protective gear
  • Work irregular hours, split shifts, weekends, holidays, or 24-hour-a-day on-call assignments
  • Work after designated regular hours in case of special assignments or emergencies


Physical Effort Required

  • Sitting at a desk or table
  • Operate a telephone or other telecommunications device and communicate through the medium
  • Type and use a keyboard and mouse to perform necessary computer-based functions
  • Standing
  • Walking (distance 5' to 100')
  • Bending or twisting at the neck, waist and/or knees
  • Intermittently sitting, standing, stooping
  • Climbing (e.g., ladders, scaffolds, stairs, poles, into vehicles, etc.)
  • Communicating through speech in the English language required
  • Good distance vision and/or depth perception to judge distances
 

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Job GroupJob Class CodeFLSA StatusDate OriginatedDate Revised
Non-Contract8006Exempt03-JUN-9921-AUG-19

Disclaimer
This classification is at-will and the incumbent serves at the pleasure of the hiring authority when classified as an Intermittent, Emergency, or Temporary employee and/or is assigned to the Office of Inspector General (OIG) or Board Clerk's Office.

This job specification is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.

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