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ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TMWA) is a not-for-profit, community-owned water utility, overseen by elected officials and citizen appointees from Reno, Sparks and Washoe County. TMWA has a highly skilled workforce who ensure the around-the-clock treatment, delivery and availability of high-quality drinking water for more than 400,000 residents of the Truckee Meadows.
We are looking to hire a Safety and Risk Coordinator, to join our Human Resources Department.
ABOUT THE POSITION
The Safety and Risk Coordinator is responsible for the planning, development, organization, integration implementation, and coordination of TMWA’s employee health and safety programs, which include: industrial safety, occupational health and safety, fire protection, accident prevention and investigation, and training to prevent injury, occupational illnesses, damage to company property and to ensure compliance with TMWA, local, state and federal occupational health and safety laws and regulations. Evaluates on an on-going basis the effectiveness of safety and training programs and incorporates this analysis into future program revisions.
This position works closely with department managers and employees to administer workers’ compensation and liability claims management programs. Processes insurance claims submitted, monitors accepted claims prior to closure, provides information to claimants, attorneys, and carriers, and assists employees and claimants in resolving claims related issues.
Drafts and recommends company-wide safety, health and risk mitigation programs, directives, policies, and procedures; maintains TMWA’s safety handbook, including the preparation and distribution of appropriate updates. Provides technical expertise and prepares reports evaluating the impact of current and proposed environmental and workplace health and safety regulations on the Authority’s operations; recommends, develops, and implements solutions to difficult problems; provides written and oral interpretation of new or revised regulatory agency rules and supporting data.
We believe that each employee makes a significant contribution to our success. That contribution should not be limited by the assigned responsibilities. Therefore, this job description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications, and job scope, but not limit the incumbent nor TMWA to just the work identified. It is our expectation that each employee will offer his/her services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of our endeavors.
- Conducts special and periodic inspections of TMWA facilities, operations, equipment and work practices to identify and analyze potential hazards, risks, and exposure to loss; conducts and trains supervisors and employees to conduct job hazard analyses, and other evaluations to identify hazards and potential risks; examines and recommends alternative risk management or loss control techniques.
- Responds to vehicle, personal injury, on-the-job injury, and property damage incidents; conducts a thorough investigation, including interviewing witnesses, taking measurements, photographing the scene or site, and analyzes conditions or circumstances surrounding each incident; secures the scene to ensure no further injury or damage in accordance with established safety procedures and policies. Develops findings and recommendations, prepares required reports on employee accidents and accident trends.
- Coordinates and administers company-wide safety, accident prevention, accident investigation and analysis, operations analysis and training needs assessment activities to workplace health and safety and ensure compliance with relevant regulations; evaluates employee accident and injury reports, recommends remedial action and follows up to ensure action is taken; responds to inquiries regarding safety practices, environmental hazards, equipment including proper use, safety procedures, and practices in use of equipment, vehicles, heavy equipment, forklifts, and other machinery.
- Reviews safety events to identify causal factors; analyzes causes of work-related accidents and injuries; consults with supervisors and employees to make recommendations for implementing safety changes including developing controls or work practices to prevent, minimize, and/or eliminate identified hazards to reduce potential for future incidents.
- Drafts and recommends changes to TMWA’s safety policies; maintains company safety handbook, including preparation and distribution of appropriate updates.
- Serves as a subject matter expert and provides guidance to employees and management in interpreting and implementing state and OSHA health and safety regulations and identifies proactive opportunities for improving safety methods; represents TMWA in inspections and hearings conducted by OSHA and other regulatory agencies; compiles and posts/submits required regulatory reports.
- Oversees/chairs accident review, risk, and safety committees; conducts regular safety meetings; conducts safety orientation for new employees.
- Responsible for coordinating the development, scheduling and communication of required safety related training and meetings; maintains records and database of employee training and evaluates training needs.
- Oversees and advises on the development of specifications for the purchase of safety and safety related equipment; may periodically check the operation or use of safety equipment to ensure conformance with required standards; ensures fire extinguishers, safety related instrumentation, and AED machines are serviced on a routine basis and in a timely manner.
- Ensures all TMWA PPE meets or exceeds all regulatory standards; provides training on proper use of PPE; administers company fire resistant clothing program.
- Conducts ergonomic evaluations and coordinates the adoption of recommendations including recommendations for chairs, computer peripherals, keyboard, mouse, and related equipment.
- Oversees workers’ compensation program, develops, and recommends program design and oversees the timely investigation of accidents and injuries and the evaluation of claims; works with human resources and department managers to coordinate workers’ compensation injury management, including light-duty and return-to-duty directives and programs to minimize lost time; identifies and recommends mitigation measures.
- Acts as liaison between third-party administrators, insurance carriers, employees and TMWA management; provides information and answers questions from managers, supervisors and injured employees regarding return to duty, work limitations, and workers’ compensation claims adjudication issues.
- Receives, investigates, and processes all claims filed by TMWA or members of the public and other organizations for property damage, personal injury, vehicle accident or other losses; prepares reports with findings and recommendations; coordinates with claimants, attorneys, other insurance carriers and TMWA staff; compiles regular reports to executive management.
- Ensures employees meet and maintain the requisite licensing and certification necessary to perform their assigned job functions, including professional licensing and certifications, driver licensing, TMWA’s MVR requirements for insurability purposes; maintains license and certification records.
- Oversees and administers various safety related programs, plans and or policies including: Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) Record Pull Program, DOT, Post-accident and Return to Duty Drug and Alcohol testing Programs, Respiratory Protection Program, Hearing Conservation, Ergonomics, Fall Protection, Personal Protective Equipment (purchase and availability), Chemical Hygiene, Blood-borne Pathogens, Lockout/Tag-out, Confined Space, First Aid/CPR, OSHA Emergency Action Plan and Injury and Illness Prevention Program; provides guidance, counseling and training to TMWA management and employees on all related programs.
- Coordinates training, testing, and appropriate medical examinations for all safety related programs; sends notifications to appropriate parties, coordinates medical appointments as necessary, monitors program compliance, maintains all databases and files and keeps accurate records.
- Conducts compliance inspections, identifies safety related training needs, prepares and maintains required technical documentation to ensure compliance with state, federal and local laws, and regulations.
- Maintains all related safety, health and medical records, files and databases.
- Conducts research regarding updates in federal and state laws and regulations pertaining to safety and workers’ compensation programs.
- Evaluate and recommend for selection, safety and risk consultants and vendors.
Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the minimum requirements is:
Experience: Three (3) years of progressively responsible experience in the occupational health and safety, risk management or emergency planning work; experience in a water or wastewater utility is desirable. Additional experience may be substituted for the education on a year-for-year basis.
Education & Training: Graduation from high school or G.E.D and equivalent to the completion of a BA or BS degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in industrial safety, occupational health, business administration or related field.
Must have working-level knowledge of the English language including reading, writing, and speaking English.
CERTIFICATIONS, LICENSURE & SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
A valid Nevada (or California – depending on state of residency) Driver License at time of hire and continuing thereafter and ability to maintain insurability under TMWA’s vehicle insurance policy.
Certification as a Associate Safety Professional (ASP), Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), Occupational Health and Safety Technologist (OHST), and/or Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST) is highly desirable.
State of Nevada Grade II Water Distribution certification is preferred upon hire or preferred within two (2) years of incumbency.
Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation during hire and periodically thereafter during employment.
This position is considered a safety sensitive position and employment is contingent upon the results of drug and/or alcohol testing which includes screening for marijuana. The presence of marijuana or other screened for substances on any employment related substance test may result in a refusal to hire or termination of employment.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Common technical safety programs; principles and practices of industrial and occupational safety and health program administration; construction practices and procedures for work above and below ground; principles and practices of assessment and inspections as related to job responsibilities; applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulatory codes, ordinances and procedures relevant to assigned area of responsibility such as NV/OSHA regulations including the Injury and illness Prevention Program, construction practices, excavation safety, and hazard communication; methods and practices for conducting accident and workplace safety audits and investigations; principles and practices of risk management and loss prevention; principles and techniques of conducting environmental health and safety inspections and studies, evaluating alternatives, making sound recommendations, and preparing and presenting effective technical reports; principles and procedures of record-keeping and preparation of reports and correspondence; Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by dealing with the public, vendors, contractors and TMWA staff; The structure and content of the English language, including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar; Modern equipment and communication tools used for business functions and program, project, and task coordination, including computers and software programs relevant to work performed.
Coordinate and implement various safety-related programs including assisting in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, procedures, and priorities; work collaboratively with staff to identify and implement environmental health and safety solutions to ensure regulatory compliance and prevent, minimize, and/or eliminate identified hazards; research, analyze, interpret, summarize, and present technical environmental health and safety solutions to ensure regulatory compliance and prevent, minimize, and/or eliminate identified hazards; research, analyze, interpret, summarize, and present technical environmental health and safety information and data in an effective manner; prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence, presentations, and other written materials; make accurate mathematical and statistical computations; read understand and interpret technical documents related to area of responsibility; establish and maintain a variety of filing, record-keeping, and tracking systems; understand, interpret, and apply all pertinent laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures, and standards relevant to work performed; independently organize work, set priorities, meet critical deadlines, and follow up on assignments; Effectively use computer systems, software applications, and modern business equipment to perform a variety of work tasks; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, using appropriate English grammar and syntax; use tack, initiative, prudence, and independent judgement within general policy, procedural and legal guidelines; keep abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of industrial safety, occupational safety and risk management.
TMWA is an equal opportunity employer. It is TMWA’s policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race (including traits associated with race, such as hair texture and protective hairstyles), color, gender, religion, age, national origin, social or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy, disability, military and/or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. TMWA’s commitment to equal opportunity includes all terms, conditions, and privileges of employment, including but not limited to recruiting, hiring, job placement, training, compensation, benefits, discipline, advancement, and termination.
All decisions affecting any terms and conditions of employment, including recruitment, hiring, assignment, training, compensation, promotion, salary, disciplinary action, and an employee’s caregiving responsibilities, will be made without regard to race (including traits associated with race, such as hair texture and protective hairstyles), color, gender, religion, age, national origin, social or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy, disability, military and/or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.