City of Tampa

Health & Safety Specialist (#056200) N33

$33.18-$49.77 Hourly / $5,751.20-$8,626.80 Monthly / $69,014.40-$103,521.60 Yearly


This is responsible work in the development and delivery of health, safety and wellness programs for the City.

Nature Of Work

The employee in this class of work is assigned to the Safety Division and is responsible for a variety of activities relating to health, safety and wellness programs for the City. Under general supervision, the employee will conduct the necessary research and analysis of records such as accident reports and workers’ compensation files in order to develop and present recommendations for reduction in occurrences. Work is of considerable difficulty and requires the exercise of reasonable initiative and independent judgment in performing surveys, searches for best practices, and development of relationships with outside service providers such as gyms and weight loss programs for the development of wellness programs. The individual will also be engaged in training other employees with one goal being a decrease in workers’ comp injuries and serving as a liaison to the City’s Third Party Administrator. Work is reviewed through conferences, reports submitted and evaluation of programs’ impact.

Examples of Duties

The position is responsible for the following duties throughout the City of Tampa:

  • Gathering and analyzing statistical reports, both workers’ compensation and medical, to inform our development of Safety and Health and Wellness programs.
  • Designing and coordinating safety programs with the goal of reducing accidents and injuries.
  • Working with the city’s Third Party Administrator concerning workers’ compensation claims; acting as liaison with employees concerning workers’ compensation.
  • Designing and coordinating programs that support the Healthy City initiative, such as discounted gym memberships, smoking cessation, weight loss programs for city employees; these may include but are not limited to wellness fairs, lunch and learn seminars, and flu shots.
  • Overseeing “for cause” drug testing when accidents occur.
  • Assisting with health insurance programs for city employees and retirees.
  • Teaching AED, CPR and First Aid to City of Tampa employees.
  • Evaluating indoor air quality incidents and coordinating remediation if necessary.
  • Conducting job site inspections as they relate to ergonomics issues, safety or other matters concerning the health and well being of employees.
  • Conducting and evaluating ergonomics surveys.
  • Teaching ergonomics as it applies to specific jobs both in office settings as well as at job sites throughout the City.
  • Providing feedback to department regarding specific issues relative to accident, injuries and work site safety.
  • Making recommendations and preparing reports.

Performs related duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Working knowledge of: principles and practices of loss control techniques; work place safety and accident prevention techniques; effective training techniques; safety rules and regulations mandated by law; current issues and trends in employee wellness programs and products.

Ability to: review reports and conduct inspections to determine root cause of accidents and injuries; conduct research and analysis and prepare reports and recommendations based on the findings; communicate effectively both orally and in writing; develop and conduct training for groups; establish and maintain effective working relationships with department representatives, Third Party Administrators, vendors, employees and others.

Skill in: training of others; use of safety equipment.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in a health sciences discipline, business, math or a related field and a minimum of three (3) years of experience in health insurance, workers’ compensation, or health and safety program development including wellness; must possess proven analytical skills; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Licenses or Certifications

Possession of: a valid Florida driver’s license; certification as an instructor for AED, First Aid and CPR or the ability to obtain.


Employees may be required to work rotating shifts, including nights, weekends, holidays and overtime as needed. During periods when the Mayor issues an emergency declaration for the City of Tampa, all employees may be required to work in preparation, response or recovery activities related to the stated emergency.

CLASS: 056200; EST: 8/15/2013;