County of Alameda

Supervising Safety Officer, HCSA (#2118)

Bargaining Unit: ACMEA - General Mgmt (R15)
$48.16-$58.54 Hourly / $3,852.80-$4,683.20 BiWeekly /
$8,347.73-$10,146.93 Monthly / $100,172.80-$121,763.20 Yearly

Under general supervision, develop, implement, manage, monitor, and coordinate comprehensive health, safety, and accident prevention programs in the Health Care Services Agency (HCSA); develop related policies and procedures; monitor and ensure compliance with federal, state, and local laws, codes, policies, and regulations pertaining to safety and accident prevention; and to perform other related duties as required.


This is a single-position classification located in HCSA that reports to HCSA’s Chief Departmental Human Resources Administrator or designee and is responsible for supervising and directing all aspects of HCSA’s safety program, including safety policies, procedures, pre-employment and recurrent medical testing, and safety practice training.  This classification provides supervision of a multidisciplinary team and serves as a consultant to staff responsible for or engaged in safety-related activities. This class is distinguished from the lower-level classification of Safety Officer in that the Supervising Safety Officer, HCSA, is responsible for supervising the day-to-day functions of the safety operation unit in the Agency, while the Safety Officer is the professional-level classification responsible for working on safety duties and processes.



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 field directly related to occupational health and safety.


Additional experience, as outlined below, may be substituted for education on a year-for-year basis.


The equivalent of four (4) years of 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. At least two (2) years of experience must be supervising or leading a team in a health care, environmental health, or emergency preparedness setting. Supervision of an occupational safety team is highly desirable.


A master’s degree in industrial hygiene or occupational health may be substituted for the two (2) years of required general experience.  


Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's license. Certificated Industrial Hygienist or Certified Associate Industrial Hygienist issued by the Board for Global EHS Credentialing.

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:

  • Principles and practices of employee supervision. 
  • Occupational health, safety, and accident prevention principles and practices.
  • Workplace safety, health & security procedures.
  • 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 Code of Regulations Title 8: 3203 Injury and Illness Prevention Program; 3220 Emergency Action Plan; 5144 Respiratory Protection; 5199 Airborne Transmissible Disease; 5183 Bloodborne Pathogen Control Plan.
  • 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.
  • Computer applications and hardware and software related to the work.
Ability to:

  • Plan, supervise, review, and evaluate the work of others. 
  • Train others in work procedures.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrate interpersonal sensitivity.
  • Organize, assemble, and analyze statistical data.
  • Facilitate meetings and task forces.
  • Demonstrate effective leadership.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Provide effective service delivery to diverse customers.
  • Deal and respond to requests and situations tactfully.

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, revises, and implements Agency/Department safety programs, policies, procedures, guidelines, promotional materials, and trainings to ensure conformance with County, State, and Federal regulations to promote safety concepts, reduce accidents and overall costs due to health and safety issues.
  2. Plans, directs, supervises, reviews, and evaluates the work of a multidisciplinary team responsible for agency-wide and department-specific health and safety issues; provides for the training and professional development of staff.
  3. Participates in recruiting, interviewing, and selection of staff; recommends and implements discipline as required.
  4. Coordinates the effective provision of services and utilization of resources for pre-employment and recurrent medical screenings, testing, immunization, and safety-related programs; coordinates planning, budgeting, and informational activities for the HCSA Health and Safety Unit.
  5. Reviews accident and injury reports, conducts investigations associated with health and safety concerns; develops and reviews statistics and provides briefings to advise management regarding potential and emerging safety, occupational health, and loss control issues; determines cause and methods of preventing recurrences; evaluates the overall effectiveness of the safety program.
  6. Identifies employee safety training needs and designs and implements effective training programs in collaboration with respective Department Workforce Development units.
  7. Conducts survey and safety inspections and prepares reports including corrective action plans or recommendations of safety solutions to control and/or reduce workplace health risks or hazards.
  8. Reviews, evaluates, and recommends safety practices in the field.
  9. Investigates complaints of unhealthy conditions and makes recommendations to reduce hazards or potential hazards; collaborates with respective programs/departments to ensure resolution. 
  10. Assesses and evaluates ergonomic needs for the Agency/Department, including ergonomic requests and subsidies.
  11.  Develops and implements guidelines for Agency/Department Safety Committee; convenes periodic and as-needed site-specific Safety Committee meetings.
  12. Acts as principal liaison with Alameda County Risk Management, Emergency Operation Centers, and other safety/risk management organizations; coordinates with Agency/Department Employee Development to integrate safety awareness and training programs with Agency/Department’s overall training program.
  13. Coordinates Agency/Department’s response to health and safety concerns; collaborates with the Environmental Health Department to respond to chemical spills and hazardous waste disposal; advises Agency/Department personnel on equipment purchases and facility changes necessary to implement safety and security goals.
  14. Provides Technical Assistance to department-level leadership, managers and supervisors, and Safety Officers or personnel assigned to safety coordination responsibilities in providing a safe and healthful work environment; conducts seminars, workshops, and other training on occupational safety and health.
  15. Prepares and maintains mandatory Agency/Department health and safety plans and procedures, such as but not limited to the Injury and Illness Prevention Plan, Emergency Action Plan, and COVID-19 Prevention Plan as well as any required training and record keeping requirements.
  16. 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/Department safety library.
  17.  Keeps abreast of workplace health and safety trends and helps tailor and implement such based on Agency/Department needs.
  18. May perform other duties as assigned.

SK:saa 09/15/23
CSC Date:11/29/2023


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

  • 12 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.

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