Travis County Texas Safety Specialist (Pilot Program) in Austin, Texas

Job Summary

Performs professional safety management duties and responsibilities, reviews of workers compensation injuries, reviews of the return to work program/employees, and safety training. Assists with safety statistical reporting and trend analysis, education and training, and awareness through research and observations. Provides assistance with the administration of safety programs at department level. Follows standard practices and procedure in analyzing safety situations. Develops safety procedures for Facilities Management Department (FMD) employees based on OSHA and other regulatory entities.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is a job classification within the Human Resources job family. It is an entry level Safety Specialist position.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintains a comprehensive database for utilizing safety assessment tools, reviews of financial reports and on-site inspections/observations.
  • Assists management with the development of job-related policies and procedures. Updates and revises existing policies and procedure, as required.
  • Develops FMD departmental safety manual.
  • Provides technical assistance regarding safety issues and provides information, as required.
  • Assists with the development of safety training for FMD employees, (forklift safety, office safety, lifting safety, CPR and First-aid, vehicle safety) along with other safety issues and trends. In addition, training related to safety around mechanical, electrical and plumbing equipment. Provides safety training to the FMD Department workforce. Develops training materials and handouts.
  • Conducts FMD safety meetings and safety training.
  • Assists with periodic safety reviews and identifies any areas of non-compliance with the safety issues and audit reports outlining findings.
  • Identifies safety issues and provides information needed to support FMD department position.
  • Assists with the administration of safety information to include data entry, accuracy validation, and weekly data download for FMD departmental reports.
  • Assists FMD's divisions with safety inspections.
  • Assists with FMD vehicle and equipment safety inspections.
  • Assists with the inspection of FMD construction projects to ensure safety of personnel and property and compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations. (Safety meetings, site inspections, and accident investigations).
  • Assists with Safety Program Maintenance: Implements department's work safety programs in coordination with management. Implements associated safety related procedures and requirements to ensure compliance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations, County policies and procedures.
  • Evaluates specific activity job tasks, determines safety related needs and incorporates process safety criteria, personal protective equipment and other safety related requirements, as required.
  • Maintains database for recording and reporting safety incidents, and safety training.
  • Schedules and presents monthly, quarterly and other required safety training sessions for FMD employees, supervisors and managers. Incorporates preventative measures to communicative procedures to utilize to minimize recurrence of similar safety incidents.
  • Documents and takes action regarding any unsafe practices by FMD employees.
  • Completes organizational paperwork, as required.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements

Education and Experience: Bachelor's degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, Safety Engineering, or directly related field AND two (2) years of directly related demonstrated experience;


Any combination of education and experience that has been achieved and is equivalent to the stated education and experience and required knowledge, skills, and abilities sufficient to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities of this job.

Licenses, Registrations, Certifications, or Special Requirements: Valid Texas Driver's License.

Preferred: Bilingual in English and Spanish Certified Safety Professional

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of:

  • County policies, procedures and terminology.
  • Federal, State, and Local laws, statutes, and regulations relating to the field.
  • Occupational Health & Safety Administration.
  • Workers compensation procedures and practices.
  • Investigative methods, procedures and techniques.
  • Work management and work leadership concepts and skills.
  • Compiling data and generating reports.
  • Negotiating, interviewing and investigative practices and techniques.
  • Computer equipment to include word processing, spreadsheets, databases and a variety of software packages.
  • Business letter writing, grammar and punctuation, and report preparation.
  • Construction, maintenance and operation safety. Skill in:

  • Problem-solving and decision-making.

  • Customer service delivery.
  • Explaining complicated technical problems in simple non-technical language.
  • Prioritizing work assignments.
  • Both verbal and written communication. Ability to:

  • Analyze and evaluate data and identify trends.

  • Operate photographic equipment.
  • Operate personal protective equipment.
  • Work independently as well as in a team environment.
  • Interpret, conduct research, analyze and develop programs and policies, practices, and procedures.
  • Manage time well, perform multiple tasks and organize diverse activities.
  • Network and interact with a diverse workforce, community and customer population.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with County employees and officials, representatives of outside agencies, construction safety management, construction safety subcontractors, and the general public.

Work Environment & Other Information

Physical requirements include the ability to lift/carry 50 pounds occasionally, visual acuity, speech and hearing, hand and eye coordination and manual dexterity necessary to operate a computer and office equipment. Subject to standing, walking, sitting, repetitive motion, reaching, climbing stairs, bending, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, pushing, pulling, balancing, client/customer contact, squatting to perform the essential functions. Subject to dust, extreme temperatures/weather change, extreme heat, extreme cold, humidity, dangerous machinery, and hazardous chemicals.

This job description is intended to be generic in nature. It is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities. The essential duties, functions and responsibilities and overtime eligibility may vary based on the specific tasks assigned to the position.

Work Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM; Monday through Friday

This is a Pilot Program expected to last until 9/30/19.

Department: Facilities Management

Location: 700 Lavaca St., Austin

Driving, Education and Employment Background Check Required

Salary: $39,615.06 - $49,518.98 Annually

Location: Austin, TX

Job Type: Full Time

Department: Facilities Management

Job Number: 18-04282

Closing: 3/27/2018 11:59 PM Central

Agency: Travis County

Address: 700 Lavaca Street, Suite 420 Austin, Texas, 78701

Phone: 512-854-9165