City of Garland, TX

Safety Specialist - Environmental Waste Services

2 weeks ago(12/1/2017 10:10 AM)
Job ID
# of Openings Remaining
EWS - Delivery
Job Family
Program Coordinator
USD $47,486.00/Yr.
USD $57,741.00/Yr.
Regular Full-Time
Job Code Category

Position Summary

Are you a workplace safety guru with a passion for protecting people and assets?  Apply online to be Garland’s next Ambassador in the Environmental Waste Services (EWS) Department as a Safety Specialist! The Safety Specialist is responsible for developing and implementing an engaging safety training program, educating staff at all levels on best practices, and creating performance metrics, and monitoring and evaluating progress. The ideal candidate is a self-starter with knowledge in various types of heavy equipment, experience in conducting safety and environmental risk assessments, and has an interest in sustainability. The successful candidate will also have excellent interpersonal skills; comfortable in leading training classes and highly innovative in meeting the needs of the department. As the EWS Safety Specialist, you have the opportunity to implement safety measures from top to bottom which ensures compliance and preserves the health and well-being of our team members. The City offers competitive benefits, retirement, professional development opportunities and much more. Come grow with us and see where your career takes you!


Responsible for promoting a safe work environment by analyzing accident trends, developing policies and training to reduce accidents and injuries. Also, responsible for investigating accidents and customer complaints regarding property damage.


Essential Job Functions

  1. Serve as case manager for workplace injuries from point of incident through return to full duty. Determine probable causes by reviewing and recording accident scenes, interviewing witnesses and compiling reports.
  2. Observe employees on the job for safe/unsafe activities and recommend discipline for continual unsafe behavior.
  3. Research, administer and update the Debris Management Plan. Compliment safe behaviors. Provide suggestions on improving unsafe behaviors and council employees as needed.
  4. Review, write and develop training and tailgate meetings material; conduct training as necessary.
  5. Continuously evaluate department safety status and write needed safety policies and procedures.
  6. Communicate with citizens to resolve problems and/or discuss property damage.
  7. Plan, coordinate and chair weekly Safety Review Committee meeting to review accidents and injuries.
  8. Establish and maintain a heightened awareness within the department of industry safety standards and accident prevention measures.
  9. Field assessments during inclement weather for workforce safety and safe operation of equipment.
  10. Oversee license review for EOI and EOII equipment operators (retention of Class A license status).
  11. Schedule annual fire extinguisher inspections at all EWS facilities.
  12. Ensure first aid kits and cabinets at all EWS facilities are available and stocked for use.
  13. Collaborate with Risk Management to conduct random drug testing, identify important safety measures and communicate safety trends to the department.

Preferred Knowledge - Abilities & Skills

Education/ Experience:     

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Safety Administration, Industrial Hygiene or related area of study
  • 3-5 years experience in safety administration or similar field

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:           

  • Extensive knowledge of current safety practices
  • Comprehensive knowledge on properly investigating accidents
  • Skill in Microsoft Office including Excel, Access, Outlook and Word
  • Skill writing procedures, policies and memos
  • Skill developing constructive training programs
  • Strong prioritization and presentation skills
  • Ability to communicate professionally and effectively with managers, co-workers and citizens
  • Ability to make ad hoc decisions

Licenses & Certifications

 Certified Safety Professional preferred
 OSHA General Industry and Construction Certification preferred
 American Red Cross or other CPR Instructor Certification preferred
 DOT Workzone Instructor Certification preferred
 Defensive Driving or other driver safety instructor certification preferred
 Valid Class C Texas driver's license

Physical Tasks & Working Conditions

The incumbent works in a typical office environment; occasional exposure to unpleasant environmental conditions or hazards. Frequent site visits and outside work required.


Customer Focus
Customer Service
Interpersonal Skills
Managing Conflict
Project Management
Results Focus
Team Leadership

Minimum Education & Work Experience

 Four-year college degree
 3 years related experience
Or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.


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