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City of Reno, NV Safety & Training Specialist in Reno, Nevada

Safety & Training Specialist



Class Title

Safety & Training Specialist

Class Code



$60,085.94 - $84,530.65 Annually

  • Definition

  • Benefits

Classification Description Summary

To develop and administer programs to ensure employee, contractor and visitor safety within the Public Works Department; to ensure facility compliance with safety and health regulations, policies and procedures; to provide approaches and solutions to managerial and supervisory personnel for safety/health problems encountered in any/all areas of the Department; review and research, and provide safety training programs.

Essential Functions

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

Design, coordinate, organize, implement, schedule, and/or provide a variety of safety and training programs for Public Works employees including flaggers training, heavy equipment training, training on the proper operation of equipment and personal protection equipment, OSHA required training, and other training related to public works safety.

Review and research training programs for the Public Works Department; collect, compile, and review information from various sources; make recommendations to supervisors and management based upon effectiveness, time commitment, location and cost; implement new programs as necessary.

Assist in overseeing public works safety programs to protect employees against harm and to maintain safe working conditions; suggest and help implement work safety standards; make recommendations concerning compliance with applicable state and federal safety (OSHA) requirements. Collect safety data, statistically analyze that data, and prepare reports making recommendations for improvement.

Conduct equipment and commercial vehicle inspections; evaluate physical conditions, safe work practices, and hazardous operations; make written recommendations for corrective action as required.

Conduct facility and work place inspections; evaluate physical conditions, safe work practices, and hazardous operations, as well as HAZMAT and HAZWASTE handling, communication and storage. Ensure Public Works is in compliance with state and federal laws and regulations and environmental health and safety practices; make written recommendations for corrective action as required.

Coordinate training programs and activities with outside agencies and organizations as necessary.

Maintain a variety of records and files related to safety and training programs, ensuring all OSHA and other required documentation is up-to-date, organized and easily retrievable when requested; prepare reports and other correspondence as appropriate and necessary.

Maintain awareness of new developments in the field of safety and training programs; incorporate new developments as appropriate; attend training as necessary.

Maintain compliance with applicable environmental health and safety regulations, permits and safety programs; maintain regulatory records, training records, reports and correspondence; prepare reports and maintain written correspondence to regulatory agencies.

Participate in the development and implementation of emergency and disaster response plans; including ICS certification.

Ensure all Public Works operations (both in-house and contracted by Public Works) have proper safety programs, including (but not limited to) safety orientation, workplace safety, hazard communication, lock out/tag out, confined space entry, hearing conservation, blood borne pathogens, hot work permits, respirator programs (including fit testing and physicals), forklift training and compliance, electrical safety, ergonomics, etc.

Help responsible parties within Public Works to develop Job Hazard Analyses (JHAs) for various routine and special maintenance procedures; provide input for Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

Independently shut down a job or work site in the event of imminent danger or significant threat to safety or health; document and investigate incident and near miss accidents, and identify potential accident causes and hazards; make recommendations for preventative action.

Investigate safety and health complaints, accidents, injuries, incidents or other violations of safety policy or regulations; evaluate and discuss possible solutions with management, recommend best solution, document findings and recommendations, implement approved solution and communicate solution to affected employees.

Lead safety discussions in management meetings.

Draft safety policies for approval by management.

Maintain CPR/AED and fire extinguisher training and maintain the AED devices, first aid kits and fire extinguishers in Public Works facilities and equipment.

Perform related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:

Pertinent federal (OSHA), state and local safety laws, codes and regulations related to public works (industrial) operations.

Basic operations, services, and activities of a public works safety and training program.

Basic principles and practices of training program development and implementation.

Operational characteristics and safety requirements of a variety of public works maintenance and repair vehicles, equipment and tools.

Basic methods and techniques of conducting public works related safety inspections.

Methods and techniques of safety training and teaching.

Recent developments, current literature, and information related to public works, construction and industrial safety regulations.

Basic research techniques, methods, and procedures.

Basic office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and common software.

Occupational hazards and standard safety practices.

Ability to:

Coordinate and direct public works safety and training programs.

Coordinate and administer public works safety training to staff.

Collect, compile, and research information and data.

Identify improper operation of a variety of vehicles, heavy and light power driven tools and equipment, and hand tools required for the work.

Research, compile, and review a variety of information and make recommendations.

Maintain and organize accurate records and prepare basic reports.

Operate office equipment including computers, using Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, Target Solutions (Training Program) SDS tracking systems and electronic safety programs.

Work independently in the absence of supervision.

Identify unsafe conditions and work practices and ensure adherence to safe work practices and procedures.

Understand and follow oral and written instructions.

Work in a team based environment to achieve common goals, helping fellow employees to understand the benefits of working safely through encouragement and cooperation.

Coordinate multiple projects and complex tasks simultaneously.

Meet the physical requirements to safely and effectively perform the assigned duties.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Prepare clean and concise written training materials, reports, and correspondence.

Use sound independent judgment within regulatory and procedural guidelines.

Work outside of regular hours, when, necessary to provide safety services to Public Works.

Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by specialized or college level course work in safety, occupational health and safety, or a closely related field.


Five years of increasingly responsible safety and training experience related to public works, construction, or general industrial safety programs.

License or Certificate:

Possession and maintenance of an applicable, valid driver's license on the date of appointment.

OSHA 10 hour certification is required at the time of appointment and OSHA 30 hour certification must be obtained within six months of appointment.

Certification in one or more of the following areas is strongly preferred: Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), Occupational Health and Safety Technologist (OHST), Construction Health and Safety Technologist (CHST)

Supplemental Information


The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Work is performed in both indoor and outdoor environments; travel from site to site; exposure to noise, dust, grease, smoke, fumes, noxious odors, gases, raw sewage, and all types of weather and temperature conditions; exposure to hazardous traffic conditions; work and/or walk on various types of surfaces including slippery or uneven surfaces and rough terrain.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in indoor and outdoor environments; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull moderate to heavy amounts of weight; to operate assigned equipment and vehicles; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction.

Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

Other Requirements

Local 39 Supervisory


Last Update: 9/2018

JD 11/2018


Please Note: The following benefits are currently under review and subject to change at any time.

No state income tax.

Nevada PERS retirement plan. Vesting in 5 years.

No social security participation (1.45 % Medicare deduction required).

City paid medical, dental, and vision insurance coverage for employee. City pays a substantial amount towards dependent coverage.

City paid long term disability insurance and life insurance.

Twelve paid holidays.

Deferred compensation plans 457 and 401(a) available.

Vacation leave accrued at 5 hours per bi-weekly pay period.

Sick leave accrued at 4 hours per bi-weekly pay period.

Credit Union available.