Director of Safety
DIRECTOR OF SAFETY
Director of Safety supervises the safety of company workers, community, customers and all other stakeholders. Their role is a combination of understanding legal safety requirements and setting standards for the company’s workforce and ensuring compliance with applicable laws (OSHA) state and federal health and safety regulations. The director’s knowledge is used to help train workers to understand safety procedures and requirements. The safety staff must know how to maximize safety by communicating and training the workforce. The safety director must be open to receiving safety concerns from workers either in person or anonymously and ensuring a non-retaliatory environment.
It is also their duty to monitor working conditions and ensure that rules are being followed, using methods such as performing (at a minimum monthly documented) random inspections or quizzing employees about their knowledge of the rules. In the event of problems, it is the director’s job to file reports so that the issues may be fixed. A safety director will assist to facilitate the required drug testing dictated by company policy, maintain random testing pools with our testing facility, DOT & OSHA requirements and customer requests. Additional responsibilities include taking precautions against emergencies by setting up response plans to deal with issues, hazards and other potential emergency situations. Emergency plans must be communicated and posted on each jobsite.
JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS
- PowerPoint: Develop training, presentations and present the material as the subject matter expert and be able to train the trainers.
- Communication Skills: You will be collaborating with co-workers, management, and customers. You will need to be able to listen and communicate effectively.
- Attention to Detail: Establishing a safe working environment or making necessary changes, rules, or consequences to ensure highest level safety at all times
- Problem Solving Skills: Good judgment, analytical and problem solving skills. Ability to make logical decisions.
- Ensure high levels of customer satisfaction through excellent service, working closely with field managers to keep a project and workforce safe and running on schedule, while never sacrificing safety to meet a deadline.
- Adaptability and foresight to prevent dangerous and/or unexpected situations.
- No recent moving or driving violations and a valid driver’s license.
- Willingness to submit to an initial background/drug check and periodic random drug screenings and provide previous employment recommendations.
- Strong written and communication skills. Detail oriented and unbiasedly accurate.
- Computer literacy.
- Ability to lead by example, display initiative, and exercise good judgment.
- Completion of Blood Borne Pathogen Training
- Completion of OSHA required training.
- Knowledge of MSDS chemical safety and OSHA requirements for record keeping.
- Knowledge of construction safety that includes inspection methods, procedures and practices, modern training and teaching methods and health and safety guidelines.
- Ability to develop and deliver safety and health training programs.
- Establishing and maintaining an effective working relationship with representatives from regulatory organizations.
- Demonstrate good interpersonal skills and strong ethical makeup to uphold confidentiality in regards to company and employee sensitive information.
- Demonstrate ability for working independently under minimal supervision.
- Travel, participation in captive insurance bi-annual safety summits and monthly webinars.
- Observe report, resolve safety violations immediately and uphold company standards of operation.
- Serve as a brand advocate and ambassador in every interaction with clients and the public.
- Comply with all DOT, and all regulatory bodies and standards (including OSHA, EPA etc.) and in-house safety instructions, regulations, and rules.
- Research environmental regulations and policies and institute changes to ensure compliance.
- Ensure the development, implementation and updating of required written safety and health programs and plans. These may include, as needed (but are not limited to):
- Hazard Communication Program
- Exposure Control Program (Blood borne Pathogens, TB)
- Job Hazard Assessment (JHA) and Personal Protective Equipment Program (PPE)
- Site Specific Safety Plan
- Respiratory Protection Program
- Good Catch/Near Miss Program
- Hazard Communication Program Lockout/Tag out (LOTO)
- Confined Space Entry Program
- Emergency Action Plan
- Supervise employee activities and conduct periodic safety and health walk-through inspections of all workplace facilities and ensure projects are completing weekly safety walks.
- Ensure that quarterly safety training and all other specifically required training is provided for all employees.
- Conduct hazard identification walk through on projects prior to start to identify and mitigate knows hazards prior to job start.
- Work with consultant annually to review and update risk control assessment.
- Ensure that OSHA300 log of occupational injuries and illnesses is maintained. Post the annual data at each work location.
- Conduct accident/injury investigations and recognize unsafe or potential illness exposure and root cause analysis.
- Develop and maintain (annually) company health and safety plans and policies, and manage programs that ensure safe working conditions.
- Conduct trainings informing employees of company health and safety plans and promote safe practices.
- Establish and monitor a program for reporting and investigating “good-catch/ near-miss” situations.
- Handle accident reports, make sure records are properly filed, and identify strategies for preventing future accidents. Report such suggestions to the safety committee so business strategy and processes can be created or altered.
- Conduct investigations into employee inquiries, suggestions and complaints. Reviews injury/illness and non-injury incident investigation reports and follows up as necessary.
- Maintain required safety and health documents/files.
- Ensure periodic inspections of all motorized vehicles to ensure compliance with health and safety standards i.e. Equipped with fire extinguisher, first aid kit etc.
- Visit job sites to conduct safety audits on personnel, equipment and materials
- Assisting management to enforce the safety policy and environmental health guidelines.
- Research and implement new materials handling processes; Update the necessary documentation.
- Continuing education encouraged and preferred.
- Track and present incident metrics and report findings to Senior Management periodically.
- Participates in company occupational safety committee.
- Monitors lost-time injuries/illnesses and worker’s compensation claims.
- Maintains corporate safety library (e.g., videos, regulations, reference manuals).
- Perform yearly safety audit in consultation with emergency service providers and insurance agent.
- Conduct annual emergency evacuation drill including muster points.
- Comply with insurance company recommendations regarding reduction in workforce injury rates. Attend Webinars to remain current and in compliance.
- Follow up on changes, implementation and field compliance based on safety audits
- Ensure all injuries and accidents are reported to insurance.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
SUMMARY / OBJECTIVE
The safety director provides safety and health support to production and personnel. Develops corporate safety and health programs and objectives and then creates safety training programs. Monitors safety and health regulations and provides support to personnel to ensure compliance with federal and state safety and health regulations.
Policy Development Safety directors work with executives, supervisors, insurance company, third party vendors and employees to create policies to protect employer property and keep employees safe. These safety policies should clearly outline what is expected of managers, supervisors and employees with regard to safety. Safety policies cover topics such as hazard reporting processes, accident investigation procedures and basic safety rules.
Accident Investigation Any time an accident occurs in the workplace, the safety director conducts an investigation. The main reason for an investigation is to determine the cause of the accident, but this process also helps determine whether the employees involved were following established safety policies or government safety regulations. Once safety directors complete accident investigations, they report their findings and work with supervisors and employees to develop plans to prevent similar accidents. The safety director also has a role in implementing the revised plan and monitoring the results.
Safety Training The Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires that employers provide safety training on several topics. These topics include fire prevention plans, fire protection and hazardous materials communication. OSHA has additional safety training requirements for employers in high-risk industries, such as construction and logging. Safety directors deliver this training and document that each employee has completed the requirements. A safety director may also administer post-training tests and review training feedback from employees.
Safety Inspections Conducting safety inspections help identify workplace hazards and correct them before they cause accidents. A safety director may conduct these inspections alone or as part of a group that includes managers and supervisors. Safety inspections may also help safety directors determine whether any employees are using unsafe safety practices and may need more training. During an inspection, the safety director should look for hazards. This is also a good time to ensure that first-aid kits are well-stocked and fire extinguishers are easily accessible to employees. Exits clearly marked and unobstructed guards in place on equipment to mitigate the potential for slips, trips and falls.
Safety Policies Developing and implementing safety policies helps employers reduce accident-related costs and prevent losses due to a decline in productivity. The safety director determines what policies are needed and solicits input from managers and workers. Once a policy has been finalized, the safety director alerts workers about the change and monitors compliance. He may also ask each employee to sign a statement acknowledging receipt of the information. All policies should be reviewed and approved by the Safety Director prior to publication or dissemination throughout company.
Workplace Inspections Safety directors inspect interior and exterior work areas to determine if there are any safety hazards. During these inspections, a safety director looks for broken equipment and damaged equipment, slip-and-fall hazards and other potential hazards. The officer also observes workers to ensure that they are wearing required personal protective equipment and following company safety policies. Safety directors should check the stability of scaffolding, ensure that workers use hard hats and protective footwear, and check to make sure employees operate construction equipment in a safe manner. Teaching safety office to properly conduct workplace inspections.
Accident Investigations When a workplace accident occurs, a safety director conducts an investigation to determine why the accident happened. The officer may question witnesses, inspect the accident scene and take pictures of any property damage. Once the cause is determined, he/she writes a report detailing the cause and provides recommendations that can help prevent future accidents.
Documentation OSHA requires THG to complete form 300, titled the log of work-related injuries and illnesses. A safety director has to determine whether an injury or illness meets the recordkeeping requirements issued by OSHA, then fill in the relevant information for each incident. Safety directors also ensure that safety-related training records, accident reports and other documents are completed and stored properly, and submitted as required by law to the department of labor.
Regulatory Compliance Employers must comply with regulations published by OSHA and state occupational safety agencies. This involves reviewing standards, implementing plans to meet those standards and following all record-keeping requirements. Safety directors complete the injury logs required by OSHA and submit OSHA form 300, which is a summary of all injuries that resulted in lost work time, restricted duty or job transfer. They also ensure that the poster entitled “Job Safety and Health: It’s the Law” is displayed in a conspicuous place in the workplace, as required by OSHA.
Instruct safety personal to perform daily walk through inspections including visual inspection of jobsites, shop, office, employees, and signage to insure adherence to safety standards. Insure compliance with OSHA, DOT, EPA and all other relevant safety regulatory offices.
Develop/review/revise company safety manual, policies and procedures. Assist in developing workplace safety procedures and monitor for compliance. Recommend changes in safety operations based on current industry knowledge and results of company safety reviews.
Serve on the safety committee, and make recommendations as needed for safe and orderly projects and provide ongoing employee safety training.
Perform other responsibilities as assigned by upper management.
Promote a positive image of the company and enforce a safe working environment at all times.
- Collaboration Skills.
- Communication Proficiency.
- Customer/Client Focus.
- Decision Making.
- Learning Orientation.
- Personal Effectiveness/Credibility.
- Problem Solving/Analysis.
- Teamwork Orientation.
All members of the safety division report to the Safety Director. The Safety Director manages all employees within the department and is responsible for the performance management and hiring / firing of the employees within that department.
Safety takes superiority over all company positions when an individual is not in compliance or a worksite has safety violations. However, generally this position has no supervisory responsibilities outside the division. This position primarily serves as a coach and mentor for other positions in the company.
HUMAN RESOURCE DETAILS
This job operates in a professional environment whether in-house or in remote locations. Candidate is expected to perform in a professional manner in accordance with THG policies. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines. While performing some duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to fumes or airborne particles, moving mechanical parts and vibration. The noise level in the work environment and job sites can be loud.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
This is a full-time position. Hours of work and days are Monday through Friday 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Some weekends (when necessary).
Travel is to jobsites is required. Travel is generally local and during the business day, although some out-of-area and overnight travel may be expected.
Required Education and Experience
- At least 6+ combined years of previous experience in the natural gas or hazardous liquid industry and civil construction industry.
- Training certification relevant to position.
- Experience in a fast-paced environment.
- Strong construction and heavy equipment knowledge.
- Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of the organization including but not limited to customers, insurance officers, safety regulatory offices, third-party safety vendors, and team members.
- Must be able to pass a mandatory pre-employment and random drug screens and background check.
- Knowledge of DOT, OSHA, FMCSA and EPA standards with regard to construction.
- Ability to train, influence and motivate team members
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.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
Must be able to fulfill essential job functions in a consistent state of alertness and in a safe manner.
This job description has been approved by all levels of management: