The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) is seeking a Supervisory Safety and Occupational Health Specialist. The position is located in the Labor Standards Bureau, within the Office of Wage-Hour which manages the Office of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH). The office is responsible for assuring worksite safety for all persons employed in the private sector in the District of Columbia. The office prepares safety and health policy, and issues directives, standards and procedures for which District of Columbia private sector employers are accountable. In addition, the office conducts training sessions, with a major portion of the curriculum directed towards educating supervisors and employees in the areas of preventing employee accidents and injuries at the worksite.
This position is responsible for planning, organizing, developing, and administering an extensive occupational safety and health program. The program covers all work activities by private sector employees in the District of Columbia, including all program management, accident prevention and controls, safety education and prevention, and accident investigation, analyses and reporting.
The Office of Occupational Safety and Health provides free consultations for District employers to establish safety and health programs and guidelines to ensure the safety of employees in the workplace. The DC OSH Consultation program targets high hazard industries, primarily small residential construction and renovation companies, to promote and encourage use of the consultation service.
The Safety Manager reports to the Associate Director for the Office of Wage-Hour, who relies heavily upon her/him for selecting and presenting technical data necessary for ensuring appropriate compliance with safety codes and regulations. The Safety Manager plans and administers office operations with virtually complete freedom and independence but discusses both policy and programmatic matters with the supervisor. The Safety Manager
- Serves as the key authoritative source of information and is the recognized expert in the field of occupational safety and health in the District of Columbia and acts as advisor and consultant on safety problems to personnel in the private industry and other agencies of the DC Government.
- Serves as the Director’s liaison pertaining to all risk management, safety and health, and emergency preparedness matters. Also serves on the District of Columbia Risk Council and local and national safety committees.
- Responsible for developing and administering the safety education and promotional program. Confers with top-management, employer representatives, educators and government officials. Directs the development of formal training courses, which are conducted by subordinate staff members, and the preparation and production of various safety charts, photographs, slides, and displays designed to promote safety education.
- Plans, schedules and conducts inspections within the District of Columbia of privately owned industrial, commercial and other types of business establishments which employ specialized, complex work practices.
- Investigates complaints of work-related physical and health hazards, injuries and accidents.
- Conducts exit critiques/conferences after consultations have been completed to apprise the Associate Director of alleged violations.
- Testifies as a witness under oath in contested court cases and is subject to examinations conducted by attorneys. Provides advisory services to the medical and legal communities on occupational safety and health issues.
- Reviews all cases where voluntary abatement of serious hazards or violations has not occurred. Prepares case for submission to the federal government’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for compliance enforcement.
- Meets with officials of private industry, labor union and government agencies to discuss and exchange material on occupational safety and health.
- Upon request, gives speeches and assists in the conduct of safety and health clinics for education purposes and dissemination of office policies and procedures to employers, employees, labor representative and other interested groups.
- Prepares and submit all reports through the Department of Labor (DOL) OSHA – Information System (OIS) data system.
- Serves as the primary liaison with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) administering the District’s grant.
- Serves as the agencies expert as it relates to grant preparation, reporting and compliance.
- Manages a staff consisting of Safety Specialist and Industrial Hygienist ensuring compliance with both OSHA regulations, federal and local laws.
The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in EHS, Safety, Emergency Management, Engineering, or related field from an accredited college or university, and seven (7) years of experience associated with a construction environmental health and safety program inclusive of five (5) years of managerial experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience. The successful candidate will also have expert knowledge of the OSHA Act of 1970, Public Law 91-596, and the ability to interpret other laws, regulations, policies, procedures and standards relating to matters involving occupational safety and health. Expert knowledge of construction practices, materials, chemicals, equipment and personal protective devices, and exceptional skill in the interpretation of construction designs and specifications sufficient to detect potentially hazardous conditions and to recommend new methods to private sector employers that will minimize or eliminate hazardous operations, conditions and practices. Highly qualified applicants will possess a certification from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (CSP), OSH, CIH, CHP, PE, and/or other EHS related certification. Along with the ability to communicate orally, and in writing, strong analytical, planning, and organizations skills are required. Extensive knowledge of hazard/risk analysis to apply EPA, OSHA, and NFPA regulations to address moderate to highly complex health/safety issues is highly desired.
For consideration, please submit a cover letter detailing your qualifications, and your resume to: DOES_Safety_Manager@polihire.com. Resumes will be screened in relation to the criteria outlined in this announcement. Candidates with relevant qualifications will be given preliminary interviews by POLIHIRE. Those candidates deemed qualified will be referred to the District of Columbia. Please include only your name (Last, First) in the subject line when submitting these materials.
*The Government Employee Residency Act of 2017 requires that new employees deemed highly compensated (salary of $150,000+) become a resident of the District of Columbia.