Public Works Safety, Health & Training Officer

JOB CODE: 1916


SALARY RANGE: $39,157 - $66,662

Office of Business Operations and Capital Programs

Under the direction of the Public Works Safety, Health & Training Coordinator, performs responsible professional and administrative work in planning, developing, and implementing a comprehensive safety program for departments performing public works functions. Work involves responsibility for managing a safety program designed to eliminate potential hazards or dangerous conditions affecting employees, the public, and property. Performs other work as requested.

Assists in planning and developing the safety program and recommends applicable directives and regulations concerning accident prevention. Participates in developing and maintaining the Disaster Response Plan; serves as employee trainer for safety and health/ emergency response; may serve at the Activated Command Center during emergency situations. Identifies and reduces exposure through educational safety programs concentrating on areas with the highest exposure level; presents safety training programs to employees and their supervisors. Performs periodic inspections of facilities, equipment, and job sites to identify and prevent safety hazards; performs field audits of employees engaged in equipment operation to ensure safety and procedural compliance; authorizes work stoppages for safety and environmental violations; submits reports of findings with recommendations for corrective action to the department leader or other administrative officials. Assists in investigating unsafe working conditions and practices generated by possible illegal use or abuse of drugs and/or alcohol by employees; schedules drug and/or alcohol testing if deemed necessary. Analyzes work practices and assignments to determine conformance to established safety codes, practices, and principles. Supervises and participates in the investigation of incidents involving property, equipment, or personnel to determine the cause and possible corrective action. Assists employees with Employee Assistance Program (EAP) referrals; works with administrative officials and supervisors in determining employee impairment and orders fitness for duty, clearance for duty, and other special medical examinations needed to determine an employee's medical or other functional restrictions in the work environment. Assists employees and their supervisors in matters dealing with the employee's health and in maintaining a healthy work environment.

Knowledge of principles and practices utilized in administering comprehensive safety, loss prevention, and occupational health programs. Knowledge of the laws, rules, and regulations applicable to local government agencies in the area of safety. Knowledge of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Knowledge of investigative procedures and methods. Knowledge of the various types of equipment and machinery used in the City-Parish government. Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely, orally and in writing, to groups and to individuals. Ability to perform moderately complex mathematical calculations, especially in the area of statistical analysis. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, superiors, and the public. Ability to apply good work habits such as punctuality, reliability, preciseness, and dependability in order to effectively complete assigned tasks and contribute to the smooth operation of the department and division.


Associate's degree in safety management, occupational safety, public health, or a related field, and one year of experience in safety management or life safety.

Any equivalent combination of education and experience.

(Unless otherwise specified below, must possess at the time of appointment and must be maintained current throughout employment in this classification.) Must have a valid Louisiana driver's license at the time of appointment and must be maintained throughout employment in this classification.


The work examples described in this specification are intended only as an illustration of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from job performance requirements if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the job.