A class incumbent conducts safety inspections and provides consultation services to private employers to eliminate or reduce safety hazards in the workplace.
Works with 80+ employers annually, with emphasis on those with 2-50 employees engaged in a designated high hazard industry.
Nature and Scope
The class incumbent reports to an administrative supervisor, and provides consultative safety inspections and program assistance which enables employers to comply with prescribed safety standards. Also reporting to the administrator is the Industrial Hygienist. Work is generated by marketing and communicating agency's services, through telephone, mail and in-person presentations. Upon the request of employers, the class incumbent conducts on-site consultations that include identifying, assessing, and recommending corrective action for safety hazards. Consultations also include reviewing job safety and health programs, and interviewing employees regarding their knowledge of safety rules and procedures. Work also includes meeting with employer to note conditions and programs which are in compliance, and to discuss identified hazards, provide information, OSHA materials, and additional services which correct deficiencies cited. The incumbent writes reports evaluating safety conditions at sites and recommending corrective procedures and timetables. The class incumbent may refer an employer who will not comply with recommended corrective procedures to federal OSHA personnel for further action. Typical contacts include federal, state and local health and safety agencies, business associations and unions, and private employers for the purpose of transmitting information and providing guidance on compliance with occupational health and safety rules and regulations.
Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.
Contacts industrial plants, businesses, medical offices, and construction sites, to explain and obtain requests for voluntary consultation services.
Conducts on-site walk-through inspections of facilities: reviews safety procedures, plans and programs, required postings, notices, forms, and documentation; tests various machinery and equipment, reviewing weight, size and noise requirements and limitations; talks with employees regarding their knowledge of safety rules and procedures; examines building systems to identify deficiencies and hazards. Operates and maintains testing equipment used during inspections.
Meets with employers to discuss tentative findings, including areas of compliance, non-compliance, and provides information for establishing health and safety programs and correcting hazards, according to OSHA and other safety standards. Explains OSHA consultation benefits, i.e., accident/injury reduction/prevention and potential insurance reductions, resulting from abatement of hazards found during inspection.
Prepares written report of findings which include standards, violations and recommendations on corrective action; submits to employers.
Discusses possible health hazards with Industrial Hygienist so that Hygienist can determine whether additional consultation, testing and/or site monitoring is needed.
Responds to general inquiries regarding safety hazards and standards; provides assistance in establishing safety and health programs, solving safety problems through research of regulations, standards and conferring with OSHA specialists and other safety experts.
Provides on-site demonstrations and training in the use of safety procedures and products for workers, upon request of employers; provides safety forms, posters and other required materials to employers.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
The intent of the listed knowledge, skills and abilities is to give a general indication of the core requirements for all positions in the class series; therefore, the KSA’s listed are not exhaustive or necessarily inclusive of the requirements of every position in the class.
Knowledge of applicable federal and state laws, rules, regulations, and standards pertaining to occupational safety and health.
Knowledge of the methods and techniques used for conducting occupational safety inspections.
Knowledge of the health hazards caused by exposure to blood borne pathogens, toxins, pesticides and their effect on employees and the work area.
Skill in conducting occupational health and safety inspections.
Skill in operating applicable tools and test equipment.
Ability to promote unit's services and persuade employers to utilize them.
Ability to effectively assess an employer's Safety and Health Program; recommend corrections to deficiencies, and develop a good, on-going program.
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with government officials, health and safety experts, employers, employees and the general public.
Ability to cite and recommend corrective measures to hazards through utilization of safety manuals, literature and software.
Ability to prepare reports and keep accurate records.
Ability to train employers and employees in an informal setting.
Ability to maintain equipment in proper operating condition.
JOB REQUIREMENTS for OSHA Safety Consultant
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:
Possession of a Bachelors degree or higher in Occupational Safety, Hygiene Management or related field.
Six months experience in conducting health and safety inspections to identify hazards or deficiencies.
Six months experience in using tools and test equipment to conduct occupational safety inspections such as air pressure tester, voltage tester, sound level meters, combustible gas indicator, smoke tubes, or explosive meters.
Six months experience in interpreting laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies, and procedures.
Six months experience in narrative report writing.
Knowledge of presenting training courses such as using a variety of training methods such as lecture, structured exercises, role play or group discussion as well as the use of training materials such as overheads, PowerPoint, handouts or videos.