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Douglas County  1510
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Pay Range GC18


This classification assumes responsibility for management and coordination of county-wide safety functions in assessing county needs, developing, implementing and evaluating programs that promote and affect safe behaviors of employees. Develop and provide or arrange for training. Serve as liaison to Oregon-OSHA.


(Duties assigned to this classification include, but are not limited to, the following examples.)

1. Coordinate county-wide accident prevention and safety programs; recommend elimination of potentially unsafe work conditions and practices. Develop plan to limit expected losses and reduce possible losses.

2. Audit safety functions of each department; attend safety committee meetings on a scheduled basis; provide input. Ensure department is in compliance with OSHA laws, rules and regulations. Conduct environmental tests. Evaluate and recommend appropriate safety equipment.

3. Develop and either conduct or assist with safety training which includes new programs, annual retraining and as needed.

4. Provide guidance, consultation and assistance to department heads and employees in safety areas. Research, interpret policy, procedures and regulations. Serve as liaison to Oregon-OSHA.

5. Serve as chair for central safety committee. Assure committee members are trained and actively represent safety in their respective departments.

6. Direct the activities of the public works accident review board. Investigate accidents, provide research and supporting documents to board for determination.

7. Provide backup to human resources staff.


Knowledge of: Considerable knowledge of principles and practices of administrative functions and program management techniques in areas of organizational skills, research, data collection, developing training programs; considerable knowledge of federal and state occupational health and safety statutes governing public employers; considerable knowledge of safety principles, equipment, techniques and processes. Skill in: Interviewing techniques; analyzing and resolving problems in a logical manner; research, compiling and analyzing data and making recommendations; use of automated equipment and systems. Ability to: Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms; perform research, compile and analyze internal and external data and make recommendations; utilize problem identification and resolution techniques and implement a plan of action; interpret policies and procedures to employees and the public; provide leadership role with many employees to gain cooperativeness; adjust to priority changes; make decisions independently in accordance with established policies and use initiative and judgment in carrying out tasks and responsibility; work independently and manage time efficiently; remain calm and use good judgment during confrontational or high pressure situations; establish and maintain records, reports and statistical data; meet and deal effectively with other employees, department heads, public agencies, committees, vendors, consultants and the public.

Education, experience and training: Six years experience of a technical nature which includes program management, experience in the safety field OR a satisfactory equivalent combination of experience and training. At time of appointment, must possess a valid Oregon driver's license.


Work is performed under the general direction of the human resources senior analyst. Recurring routing assignments are independently performed by employee on basis of past experience. The employee receives general instructions regarding the scope and approach to projects or assignments, but procedures and problem resolution are left to employee discretion and interpretation. Employee estimates and manages time efficiently. Work is reviewed periodically to ensure determinations and decisions made are in compliance to department policy and procedures.


Work is performed using established departmental policy and procedure, federal and state statutes, rules and regulations; OSHA regulations; safety reference materials; personnel rules and union contracts; interviewing, technical writing and safety equipment reference manuals. Employee uses initiative and judgment in independently interpreting and applying guidelines.


Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Work is primarily performed in an office environment and secondarily in the field when visiting work sites and satellite offices; may require bending, gripping with hands, hearing voice conversation, keyboarding, lifting up to 15 pounds, standing, twisting and walking. A reasonable amount of driving is required.

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