County of Alameda

Safety Officer (#2117)

Bargaining Unit: ACMEA - General Mgmt (R15)
$42.30-$51.42 Hourly / $3,384.00-$4,113.60 BiWeekly /
$7,332.00-$8,912.80 Monthly / $87,984.00-$106,953.60 Yearly

Under general direction, to plan, implement and monitor a comprehensive Agency safety and accident prevention program; and to perform other related duties as required.


This class is located in the Public Works Agency and the Probation Department, and is responsible for all aspects of the Agency's safety program, including safety policies, procedures and training. This class is distinguished from the class of Occupational Health Specialist in that the latter class has responsibility for the County-wide safety/accident program and provides assistance to all County Departments regarding safety activities.

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Develops and revises Agency safety policies, procedures, guidelines, promotional materials, training programs to ensure conformance with County, State, and Federal regulations to reduce accidents and overall costs due to safety problems.

2. Reviews injury reports, accident investigations, safety grievance reports; develops and reviews statistics providing briefings to advise management about potential and emerging safety, occupational health and loss control issues; evaluates overall effectiveness of the safety program.

3. Reviews, evaluates and recommends safety practices in the field.

4. Assesses and evaluates ergonomic needs for the Agency, including ergonomic requests and subsidies.

5. Develops and implements guidelines for Agency Safety Committee.

6. Acts as principal liaison with Alameda County Risk Management, Emergency Operation Centers and other safety/risk management organizations; coordinates with Agency Employee Development to integrate safety awareness and training programs with Agency's overall training program.  Acts as liaison to Juvenile Facilities' leadership to ensure compliance with Title 15 and Title 24 regulations pertaining to building, staff and client safety, including but not limited to maintaining current evacuation plans.

7. Coordinates Agency's Hazard Communication and Response Program, including response to chemical spills and hazardous waste disposal; advises Agency personnel on equipment purchases and facility changes necessary to implement safety and security goals.

8. Compiles information, writes, and submits County/State/Federal mandated reports covering such areas as accident investigations, chemical spills and hazardous waste disposal, and vehicle safety inspections; maintains Agency safety library.


Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in public health, occupational health, industrial hygiene, environmental health or a closely related field.



The equivalent of four years’ full-time experience in a position responsible for a comprehensive safety and accident prevention program in an organization with a large and diverse employee group.

License: Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's license.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Occupational health, safety, and accident prevention principles and practices.
• Applicable features of the California Occupational Safety and Health Act, the California Worker's Compensation Insurance Laws, and County, State and Federal Hazardous Waste Disposal Regulations.
• California and local traffic laws.
• Fire Prevention and suppression techniques and equipment.
• Methods of investigating accidents and conducting hearings.
• Red Cross First Aid.
• Current ergonomic practices.

Ability to:

• Plan, promote, implement and evaluate a comprehensive health and safety program.
• Analyze and identify hazardous operations, conditions and equipment and develop corrective measures.
• Display good use of management control.
• Use good judgment in making decisions.
• Organize, assemble and analyze statistical data.
• Facilitate meetings and task forces.
• Demonstrate effective leadership.
• Communicate effectively orally.
• Communicate effectively in writing.
• Establish and maintain effective work relationships with staff and the public.
• Deal and respond to requests and situations tactfully.


Old document: 1143h

TAT:ara 1/91

New doc: Jobspecs/2117.doc


CSC Date: 1/30/91

RC:pf Rev. 4/28/03

CSC Date: 5/28/03

RE:kl  Revised/Retitled 10/04/19

CSC Date: 11/20/19

Old Title:  Safety Officer, Public Works


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.