5177 Safety Officer

Recruitment #PBT-5177-096819


4/1/2020 Update: Announcement deadline has been extended to continuous opening.  Applicants who are interested are encourage to apply as soon as possible since the announcement may close at any time.  

March 24, 2020: This announcement has been amended to extend the filing date and allow for additional applications. Applicants who already applied will be included in the applicant pool and need not reapply.

This is a Position-Based Test conducted in accordance with Civil Service Rule 111A. The eligible list resulting from this examination may be utilized for future positions in this class in other City departments.

Who are we?
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)
Headquartered in San Francisco, we have 2,300 employees working in seven counties with a combined annual operating budget of over $900 million.

Our Mission: To provide our customers with high quality, efficient, and reliable water, power, and wastewater services in a manner that values environmental and community interests and sustains the resources entrusted to our care.

Our Vision: We are an innovative utility leader, recognized for excellent results in service, safety, stewardship, and inclusiveness.

We are an award-winning and industry-leading utilities organization committed to our customers, community interests, and the environment. To learn more about our organization, please visit our website at www.sfwater.org

We are proud of our infrastructure and programs, but most importantly, we value our highly qualified and dedicated workforce which ensures that this vision becomes a reality. As you explore career opportunities with us, download our career guide and learn about what you can expect during the hiring process.


The Safety Officer is responsible for directing a comprehensive program for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Wastewater Enterprise (SFPUC WWE), which may include elements of occupational, operational and/or industrial safety and loss control. 

Essential functions include: developing and implementing an occupational health and safety management system; evaluating the effectiveness of Occupational Safety programs; analyzing injuries and costs to target injury prevention programs; monitoring compliance with Cal/OSHA and other agency regulations; monitoring Workers’ Compensation claims and advising management on cost containment and injury prevention strategies; developing and revising safety procedures and training; evaluating and selecting personal protective equipment; developing or monitoring reports for Cal/OSHA, senior management and other regulatory agencies; providing safety coordination between WWE Operations and construction efforts; and providing safety training, technical information and advice to departmental personnel. Performs other duties as required.


  • Promotes safety through direct interaction with employees regarding the importance of safe work habits; manages day-to-day safety issues and works with staff to support SFPUC WWE operations.
  • Directs and participates in investigations and surveys of plants, facilities and buildings and field worksites; evaluates fire, electrical, mechanical, structural or other potentially hazardous conditions; observes work activities on an ongoing basis for potentially hazardous work methods and procedures and recommends corrective actions and risk mitigation to supervisors; implements appropriate and approved corrective actions for compliance with Federal, State, and local safety, health, and environmental regulations, as well as industry best management practices.

  • Identifies key performance indicators and implements metrics to track progress and proactively identifies areas of concern from a safety standpoint. Oversees corrective action reporting and works with division managers to ensure all findings are addressed within agreed upon deadlines.

  •  Develops, maintains, reviews and revises occupational policies and procedures; approves standard operating procedures from a safety perspective; communicates and coordinates regularly with others to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of SFPUC WWE operations and activities.
  • Oversees the various types of construction work throughout the WWE to ensure safety requirements are followed as specified in the SFPUC procedural and contractual documents.
  • Coordinate between construction safety and WWE operating functions to prevent Cal/OSHA multi-employer citations for Sewer System Improvement Program (SSIP), Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and Job Order Contracts (JOC).
  • Establishes SFPUC WWE-wide safety training programs for all operations, maintenance, engineering, and collection systems personnel including supervisors, stationary engineers, and other workers; provides for appropriate courses of instruction in safety procedures; develops a variety of safety training materials, including manuals, bulletins and written procedures. Organizes, conducts and participates in regularly scheduled safety meetings with workers, supervisors and management personnel.
  • Maintains functional safety-related manuals and other documentation such as Codes of Safe Practice, including preparing and distributing appropriate communications. Evaluates the effectiveness of occupational safety programs, including Injury and Illness Prevention, Confined Space, Lockout/Tagout, Fall Protection, Respiratory Protection, Hazard Communication, and Emergency Response, and recommends modifications to comply with legal requirements, prevent injuries, minimize Workers’ Compensation costs and reduce liability.
  • Obtains, maintains, and analyzes occupational safety and health data to identify trends, develop and recommend corrective actions, track Workers’ Compensation costs, prepare management reports, and comply with regulatory recordkeeping requirements.
  • Maintains current information in the field of industrial and occupational safety as it applies to work activities; keeps informed on State, Federal and local legislation relating to transportation, industrial and occupational safety and advises SFPUC WWE management regarding the impact of regulations on WWE operations.
  • Develops and maintains SFPUC WWE facility Hazardous Material Business Plans (HMBP) and petroleum storage tank permitting in compliance with Environmental and local Fire Department Regulations; ensures proper inventory handling of hazardous chemicals and processing, storage, and transportation for waste disposal; hosts local and state inspectors; addresses and resolves any findings. 
  • Participates in the investigation of accidents along with operating and management personnel to determine causes of accidents; recommends appropriate corrective action; prepares reports of investigations for management, legislative bodies and industrial safety agencies.
  • Drafts and maintains emergency response plans and procedures and leads exercises for emergency preparations; directs inspections of specified areas to ensure the presence of fire prevention equipment, safety equipment, first-aid supplies and other emergency supplies. Serves as a site member of the crisis management team during times of serious incident by directing efforts when requested, offering recommendations, interpreting regulations, and completing communication, including government regulators or agencies. 
  • Participates in new processes, equipment design reviews, and facilities design reviews for safety input.
  • The 5177 Safety Officer performs other related duties as required.

Nature of Work

Nature of work requires driving a vehicle to various work locations, work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions, work indoors or underground in a variety of work conditions including exposure to raw sewage, and work overtime as needed.

Equal Employment Opportunity:  The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.

Minimum Qualifications

If you are interested in a job like this, we are looking for people that have the following:

1. Possession of a Master’s Degree in Safety, Occupational Safety and Health, Safety Management or equivalent degree in a closely related field from an accredited college or university; AND

2. Four (4) years of professional industrial or occupational safety experience, which must include work safety assessments, engineering design review, accident investigation, safety program development and safety management; AND

3. Certification as a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) by the American Board of Certified Safety Professionals; AND

4. Possession of current valid California Driver License; AND

5. Ability to wear personal protective equipment, such as respirator and the ability to climb ladders, bend, squat and crawl in tight spaces to safely access work sites. Note: a medical examination and the probationary period will be used to evaluate this qualification.


A. Combination of a baccalaureate degree in one of disciplines specified in MQ #1 and six years of experience as described in MQ #2 may substitute for qualifications #1 and #2.

B. Combination of baccalaureate or graduate degree in Engineering, Physical or Natural Sciences from an accredited college or university and seven years experience as described in MQ #2 may substitute for qualifications #1 and #2.

C. Combination of any baccalaureate or graduate degree from an accredited college or university and eight years experience as described in MQ #2 may substitute for qualifications #1 and #2.

D. Registration as a Professional Engineer in Safety by the State of California Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors may be substituted for the certification MQ #3.

E.    A graduate degree as described in MQ #1 and six years experience as described in MQ #2, without a CSP, is qualifying.

Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted. All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included in the “Education” and “Training and Employment Record” sections of the City and County of San Francisco online application by the filing deadline. A resume does NOT substitute for this section of the City application and will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.


Upon appointment to employment, and then on an annual basis, employees will be required to pass a State-mandated Respirator Medical Examination and be clean-shaven as required for use, and at least annually for respirator and self-contained breathing apparatus fitting.


The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring.

  • 2 years of qualifying work experience with health and safety issues in the wastewater industry 


Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at https://sfdhr.org/how-verify-education-requirements

Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at http://sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=456.

Verification of required work experience typically must be on the employer’s letterhead, and must include the applicant’s name, job title, description of job duties, dates of employment, hours per week, and signature of the employer, supervisor, or appropriate representative. 

Employees of the City and County of San Francisco may submit performance evaluations showing duties performed to verify qualifying City experience. City employees will receive credit for the duties of the class to which appointed. Credit for experience obtained outside of the employee's class will be allowed only if recorded in accordance with the provisions of Civil Service Commission Rules. CCSF employees will not receive credit for experience obtained outside of their classification unless recorded in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Service Rule 110.9.1/111A.11.2. 

Experience claimed in self-employment will only be accepted if supported by documents verifying income, earnings, business license and experience comparable to minimum qualifications above. Copies of income tax papers or other documents listing occupation and total earnings must be submitted.     

Verification of required valid licensure/certification typically must be a photocopy of the license/certificate including the name of the issuing agency as well as the name of the license/certificate holder, license/certificate number, and expiration date.

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

§  Select the desired job announcement

§  Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information

§  Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”

§  Follow instructions on the screen

Need help completing the application?

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

We Communicate by email

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org, @famsf.org, @ccsf.edu).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

Word of advice

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline.  Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

Have questions about the application process?

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, David Jung, by telephone at (415) 554-1628, or by email at djung@sfwater.org 

Selection Procedures

Minimum Qualifications Supplemental Questionnaire (MQSQ) - (Weight: Qualifying)

Applicants will be prompted to complete a Supplemental Questionnaire as part of the online application process. All applicants must complete the Supplemental Questionnaire and it must be submitted with the application by the final filing deadline. The information provided on the Supplemental Questionnaire must be consistent with the information on the application and is subject to verification. Applicant responses to the Supplemental Questionnaire will be used to assist in determining if applicants meet the minimum qualifications for the position.

Supplemental Questionnaire Examination (100%)

Applicants will be prompted to complete a Supplemental Questionnaire examination that must be submitted during the online application process. All applicants must complete the supplemental examination. The purpose of the Supplemental Questionnaire Examination is to evaluate the experience, knowledge, skills and abilities that candidates possess in job-related areas, which have been identified as critical for this position and may include, but are not limited to:

1.     Knowledge of the theory, principals, and practices of occupational safety and health, and Cal/OSHA regulations and requirements.

2.     Specific knowledge of California occupational injury and workers’ compensation reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

3.     Ability to plan, revise and carry out a comprehensive program in occupational and industrial safety including personnel training, inspection and correction of unsafe conditions.

4.     Ability to deal effectively with employees, supervisors and managers in carrying out safety programs and procedures.

5.     Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, and to work independently.

6.    Ability to investigate to obtain necessary information to determine root cause of accident.

7.    Ability to maintain, develop, and document manuals and policies and procedures.

8.    Skill to analyze data to identify trends and make recommendations.

Certification Rule:
The certification rule for the ranked eligible lists resulting from this examination will be Rule of 10 Scores. The department may administer additional position-specific selection procedures to make final hiring decisions.

Eligible List:

A confidential eligible list of applicant names that have passed the civil service examination process will be created and used for certification purposes only. An examination score report will be established, so applicants can view the ranks, final scores and number of eligible candidates. Applicant information, including names of applicants on the eligible list, shall not be made public unless required by law. However, an eligible list shall be made available for public inspection, upon request, once the eligible list is exhausted or expired and referrals resolved. The eligible list/score report resulting from this civil service examination process is subject to change after adoption (e.g., as a result of appeals), as directed by the Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission. 


The duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be 6 months and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director. 

Upon approval of the Human Resource Director (see Civil Service Rule 111A.26.5), the eligible list/score report resulting from this announcement may be used by other departments that also use this classification or a similar classification. To find other Departments which use this classification, please see https://sfdhr.org/sites/default/files/documents/ASO-Level-Chart.pdf?documentID=21246.

Conviction History

As a selected candidate for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a selected candidate. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


Terms of Announcement and Appeal Rights:

Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods, and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules, or regulations. Clerical errors may be corrected by posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at www.jobaps.com/sf.

The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 111A.35.1. The standard for the review of such appeals is ‘abuse of discretion’ or ‘no rational basis’ for establishing the position description, the minimum qualifications, and/or the certification rule. Appeals must include a written statement of the item(s) being contested and the specific reason(s) why the cited item(s) constitute(s) abuse of discretion by the Human Resources Director. Appeals must be submitted directly to the Executive Officer of the Civil Service Commission within five business days of the announcement issuance date.

Reasonable Accommodation Request: Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#applicantswithdisabilities

Veteran’s Preference: Information regarding requests for Veterans Preference can be found at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#veteranspreference

Seniority Credit in Promotional Exams: Information regarding requests for seniority credit can be found at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#senioritycredit

General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20

Copies of Application Documents: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#copies  

Right to Work: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#identification. All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.

Exam Type: Combined Promotive and Entrance
Issued: February 26, 2020; amended March 10, 2020; amended March 24, 2020; amended April 1, 2020
Micki Callahan, Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID: PBT-5177-096819
PUC/DJ (415) 554-1628


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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