Purpose of the Position: The Safety Administrator coordinates the planning, development, and implementation of safety programs, safety orientation and emergency preparedness programs. Provides safety leadership and training, controls or eliminates hazardous conditions that may lead to human injury and/or property damage. Develops, monitors and ensures compliance with KEC’s safety policies and regulatory requirements.
1. Identifies, analyzes and controls occupational hazards. Develops, stewards, and implements programs which facilitate lowering the number of recordable injuries experienced by KEC employees.
a. Researches and interprets OSHA, ANSI, NESC, DOT, WAC, and other requirements as they relate to all working environments of the Cooperative and initiate steps to ensure compliance.
b. Conducts routine safety evaluations to identify potentially unsafe equipment and working practices. Conducts random safety assessments and ergonomic audits.
c. Directs and conducts accident, incident, and near-miss investigations, preparing and maintaining appropriate documentation. Reports findings and makes recommendations as appropriate or needed.
d. Oversees flame retardant clothing and other protective measures necessary to mitigate exposure to arc flash.
2. Designs, organizes and conducts safety meetings and programs for all cooperative employees to meet regulatory requirements and strategic goals.
a. Recommends and communicates safety procedures for the cooperative, citing safety policies and clarifying regulatory requirements.
b. Keeps employee safety manual updated.
c. Oversees all safety programs, documenting actions and recommendations.
d. Responds to inquiries from government agencies and employees regarding the cooperative’s safety programs.
e. Assists affiliated organizations with special compliance needs as requested.
f. Plans, coordinates, and conducts in-house training programs once training needs are identified. Selects and coordinates the use of safety training consultants, training specialists, employment labor counsel and other outside sources.
g. Ensures all employees have received proper safety training. Documents employee safety training and attendance.
3. Conducts a continuing study of all safety policies, programs, and practices to keep management informed of new developments.
4. Keeps HR manager (or in HR Manager’s absence the General Manager) informed of significant safety or liability related issues which may jeopardize the achievement of objectives as well as those not being addressed adequately at the line management level.
5. Maintains full understanding of all employee safety and worker’s compensation benefits.
6. Develops and oversees budgetary requirements for safety section.
7. Develops and maintains an Emergency Action Plan for employees and the Emergency Response Plan for the cooperative.
8. Prepares various reports as needed.
9. Coordinates inspection of crews and field personnel to assure compliance with safe working procedures. Inspects equipment, facilities, vehicles, personal protection equipment, tools and fire resistant clothing to determine they are maintained in a safe and orderly manner, maintaining appropriate records.
10. Maintains tool inspection records (hot sticks, grounds, rubber goods, winch lines, slings, etc.) and other safety related records, logs and hazard communication records.
11. Maintains safety section of intranet including but not limited to Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and Safety Manual.
12. Maintains NRECA’s safety achievement program, taking all steps to seek and/or maintain such achievement.
13. Works in conjunction with the Human Resources Administrator to implement wellness program initiatives which serve to enhance safety.
14. Keeps up to date on PCB regulations; attends related meetings. Reviews the Federal Register (FR) as needed for any potential new rules and regulations applicable to the electric utility’s business as they might pertain to existing and future environmental and safety issues.
15. Supports employee safety teams and committees.
16. Keeps informed about safety and security trends by attending training and conferences on local, state and national levels.
17. Recommends and reviews safety policies and procedures.
18. Serves as a resource for safety related questions and information.
19. Performs other duties as assigned.