The Safety Specialist will be responsible for the continuous development, implementation and monitoring of an effective strategy to mitigate risk, maintain continuity of operations, and provide for the safety of all employees. The position will provide development of safety programs, accident investigation, safety data analysis, regulatory interpretation, safety training, OSHA and ADOSH, inspections, in alignment with the power delivery and corporate functions. Responsible for site safety leadership, ensure facilities comply with corporate safety standards, implement safety directives, improve safety performance, and ensure safety guidelines and procedures are aligned with governmental regulations. Provides input on strategic direction for safety and safety training. Develop and deliver safety training programs to power delivery and corporate employees. This position will be primarily based out of Apache Generating Station in Cochise, AZ although on occasion the position will conduct limited work at the Benson office.
Develops a Safety Program that is effective and creditable.
Develop and implement guidelines, procedures and lead continuous improvement initiatives to reduce work process risks, raise safety awareness, and improve safe work practices.
Facilitate a work environment that supports a safe and healthy culture.
Conducts safety meetings, audits, and inspections to ensure compliance, evaluate safety performance, identify corrective action, and implement follow up assessments. Provide technical advice, coaching, guidance, and mentoring to employees and work teams on safety initiatives and work practices and institute necessary changes.
Maintain and update the cooperatives’ current safety and security guidelines and procedures.
Manage the activities for all contractors working on our properties from a safety perspective.
Preparation and filing of related required federal and state regulatory reports.
Order and maintain facility safety inventory including supplies and equipment.
Development, implementation and monitoring of appropriate metrics to track and assess the performance of the Safety department.
Organize and provide leadership to the Joint Health and Safety Committee.
Bachelor’s degree in occupational health, industrial safety, industrial hygiene, or related field.
3 - 5 years of experience working in a utility or industrial safety department
Strong working knowledge of regulatory requirements which include but are not limited to OSHA, ADOSH, DOT, NEC, NESC, ANSI, NFPA, and all applicable industry standards.
Must have or be able to obtain First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor Certification.
OSHA Training Certification preferred (i.e. OSHA 501, etc.).
Professional designations are preferred: Certificate in Safety Management (CSM), Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and/or applicable OSHA or NESC safety certification. Strong analytical skills and the ability to propose solutions to problems.
Excellent communication skills and the ability to work with and obtain the support from a variety of stakeholders.
Demonstrated knowledge of instructional design process and excellent presentation skills.
Excellent computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office programs.
Ability to effectively interact with all levels of the organization.
Must have, or be able to obtain, a valid Arizona’s Driver license.
Any equivalent combination of related education, training, and/or experience can be substituted for requirements listed above.
We are Member-owned, not-for-profit electric generation and transmission (G&T) cooperatives. Working together, our employees fulfill the joint mission of providing reliable, affordable power to electric coops across the Southwest.
Arizona G&T Cooperatives provide power to more than 160,000 electric meters and 400,000 people in Arizona, California and New Mexico through six Class A Member distribution cooperatives. One of 63 G&T electric coops in the nation, we own and operate Apache Generating Station near Cochise, east of Benson. The plant has a combined gross generating capacity of 605 megawatts. We also purchase power to meet member energy needs during peak summer energy use.
Our transmission system operates and maintains more than 622 miles of electric power transmission line and 27 substations reaching out from our Apache Generating Station, across Arizona to the northwestern corner of the state. We also operate more than 30 telecommunications towers used for phone and data relay services by our member cooperatives and customers.