Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Occupational Safety Officer

Recruitment #210913-5973AR-001

Introduction


Do you have experience providing consultation on occupational safety standards? Are you looking to put that experience to use to help your neighbors? If this sounds like you, we invite you to check out this exciting opportunity with the State of Connecticut, Department of Labor (DOL)!

The DOL is committed to protecting and promoting the interests of Connecticut workers. In order to accomplish this in an ever-changing environment, we assist workers and employers to become competitive in the global economy. We take a comprehensive approach to meeting the needs of workers, employers, and the other agencies that serve them. We ensure the supply of high-quality integrated services that serve the needs of our customers. 

DOL's Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CONN-OSHA) enforces state occupational safety and health regulations as they apply to state and municipal employees. CONN-OSHA also offers free consultation services to Connecticut employers both public and private. CONN-OSHA has two current opportunities for Occupational Safety Officers located in Wethersfield, CT. These are first shift, 40 hours per week positions. '
  • However, work schedule flexibility is required in order to meet the demands of the job
As an Occupational Safety Officer, we would entrust you to provide consultation services to Connecticut employers to help ensure they are in compliance with OSHA laws. Additionally, along with other duties, we would have you:
  • Conduct comprehensive safety inspections of public employer work sites
  • Interview and investigate submitted safety violation complaints 
  • Conducting testing to ensure standards are followed
As a state employee, you will be open to a terrific work life balance and competitive benefits package. This includes; excellent health care, generous leave policies, a retirement plan, a deferred compensation program, and more!

We hope you take this opportunity to continue your career with us and make an impact by serving your state!

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Selection Plan

All State employees shall follow the guidelines as listed in Executive Orders 13F (3a) and 13G (3a) .

Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening and must specify their qualifications on their application. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified. 

Please note you will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps systemInterviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the positionThe immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.

Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process. 

Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account.   

Note:  At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position.  These documents may include:  a cover letter, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.  Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position. 

This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board  (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the question's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam. 

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Ethan Ives at Ethan.Ives@ct.gov.

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In the Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Division, this class is accountable for providing consultative services to all employers regarding occupational safety or for inspecting and investigating public employers for compliance with the State Occupational Safety and Health Act.

In the Department of Correction, Engineering Services, this class is accountable for providing consultative services or inspecting and investigating all correctional facilities for compliance with the State Occupational Safety and Health Act.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

COMPLIANCE: Conducts comprehensive occupational safety inspections of public employer work sites or Correctional facilities including inspections of all types of equipment, construction and personnel to ensure compliance with State Occupational Safety and Health Act; interviews managers, employees, union officials and others to obtain information; investigates accidents in the public sector or within Correctional facilities to determine cause and possible violation of Connecticut OSHA; investigates complaints of alleged violations of Connecticut OSHA by public employers; calibrates technical instruments; conducts tests with technical and scientific instruments; conducts occupational safety related research; recommends the issuance of citations, monetary penalties and time abatements; prepares comprehensive reports; audits employer records of injuries and illnesses; may testify at hearings and in court; may address employer and employee groups; performs related duties as required.

CONSULTATION: In response to either public or private employers' or Correctional facilities' requests for technical assistance with occupational safety issues conducts inspections of the work site and equipment used; conducts tests with technical and scientific instruments; conducts occupational safety related research; provides off site technical assistance; makes recommendations to correct safety hazards; provides training, information and materials to employers and employees; assists employers in correcting occupational hazards; promotes the consultation services offered by the division; prepares comprehensive reports; audits employer records of injuries and illnesses; may perform compliance inspections; may address employee and employer groups; performs related duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Considerable knowledge of principles and practices of occupational safety; considerable knowledge of State and federal Occupational Safety and Health Acts and standards; considerable knowledge of inspection and investigation methods and techniques; knowledge of engineering and production methods; knowledge of instrument use and calibration; knowledge of research methods and techniques; considerable oral and written communication skills; interpersonal skills.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Seven (7) years of experience in mechanical, manufacturing, mercantile or construction fields.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE

Two (2) years of the General Experience must have included conducting safety inspections or accident investigations at or above the level of Occupational Safety and Health Officer.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED

College training in occupational safety, chemistry, mechanical engineering or a closely related field may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Preference will be given to applicants who possess the following: 
  • Experience identifying apparent safety hazards in general industry and construction activities
  • Experience utilizing different safety processes and equipment used in general industry (i.e. machinery, electrical) and construction (i.e. fall protection, scaffolding, trenches) operations
  • Experience utilizing appropriate equipment to document violations of OSHA standards (i.e. measurement devices, electrical testers, cameras)
  • Experience working independently to prepare and issue citations and consultation reports in a timely manner
  • Experience interviewing employers, employees and union personnel to determine and make informed decisions on violations, etc.
  • Experience using virtual platforms (i.e. Microsoft Teams, Zoom, etc.)

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Incumbents in this class may be exposed to some risk of injury due to climbing and working with electrical panels and unguarded equipment.

Conclusion

AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.







The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.