Safety Specialist

  • Sacramento County, CA
  • Sacramento, California
  • May 16, 2019
Sanitation and Solid Waste
  • Salary: $78,968.16 - $95,985.36 Annually

Job Description

The Position

The Safety Specialist is a professional level class. Under general supervision, incumbents assist in the program administration of the Countywide Safety Program, and may perform as a program staff specialist or as a department safety specialist coordinating the safety programs and having functional responsibility for safety activities within a County department. This class is characterized by a high degree of independence in the application of program responsibilities and requires a thorough knowledge of applicable laws, procedures, and regulations affecting safety operations.
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Examples of Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of
  • The principles and techniques involved in organizing and conducting a well-rounded safety program;
  • The Safety Orders of the Division of Industrial Safety of the State Department of Industrial Relations, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and other State and federal laws relating to safety and occupational health standards.
  • Principles and techniques of accident prevention.
  • The types of occupations found in the public service and the kinds of equipment, operations, and hazards involved.
  • Statistical methods as applied to safety administration.
  • Safety education and training methods and techniques.
  • Instructional methods, training aids and materials necessary for developing, coordinating and implementing safety education and training programs.
  • Communication skills and techniques required for gathering, evaluating and transmitting information.
  • Effective interviewing.
  • Preparation and presentation of oral or written inspection or investigative reports and research projects relating to safety and accident prevention programs.

Ability to
  • Investigate and analyze accidents and safety hazards, determine proper course of action, and effectively communicate and implement recommendations.
  • Introduce and effectively carry on campaigns for the prevention and reduction of accidents.
  • Detect unsafe conditions and practices.
  • Develop and analyze accident statistics.
  • Train others.
  • Speak and write effectively.
  • Supervise other employees.

Employment Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

1. Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelors degree in industrial engineering, safety engineering, occupational safety and health, or other closely related field.And
Experience: One year of professional level experience in industrial engineering, safety engineering, or occupational safety and health inspection.

Substitution: Additional qualifying professional level experience in industrial engineering, safety engineering, or occupational health and safety inspection may substitute for the college education on a year-for-year basis.


2. Experience: Four years experience equivalent to a Safety Technician for Sacramento County.


3. Education: Completion of the University of California at Davis certificate program in Health and Safety.And
Experience: Three years of professional level experience in industrial engineering, safety engineering, or occupational safety and health inspection.

Note: The word "experience" referenced in the minimum qualifications means full-time paid experience unless the job announcement states that volunteer experience is acceptable. Part-time paid experience may be accumulated and pro-rated to meet the total experience requirements.

Note: If the minimum qualifications include an educational or certificate/license requirement, applicants must submit proof of requirements with the application. Failure to submit proof of requirements may result in disqualification from the examination. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. For guidelines on submitting acceptable proof of educational requirements, please click here or speak to someone in our office before the cut-off date listed in this notice.

General Qualifications

Driver's License:
Possession of a valid Class C or higher California Driver's License is required prior to appointment. Failure to maintain the appropriate driver's license may constitute cause for disciplinary action. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to a physical disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Physical Requirements:
Ability to stoop and kneel to conduct inspections; inspect equipment, climb fences, stairs, and ladders, walk rough terrain and muddy fields; climb into and out of close spaces; wear protective clothing and breathing masks; visually distinguish between colors; read gages and meters, and see in dimly lit areas, lift and carry up to 50 pounds.

Working Schedule and Conditions:
Incumbents are subject to work in adverse weather conditions, emergency situations, and perform duties during other than normal working hours as necessary.

Desirable Qualification:
It is desirable that candidates for the Safety Specialist class possess certification as an ASP (Associated Safety Professional) or equivalent.

Probationary Period
The probationary period for this classification is Twelve (12) months.

Application and Testing Information


Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. All applicants must complete and submit an online County of Sacramento employment application by 5:00 PM on the posted cut-off date. Click here to apply.

County of Sacramento
Department of Personnel Services
Employment Services Division
700 H Street, Room 4667
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone (916) 874-5593; 7-1-1 California Relay Service

Inter-Office Mail Code: 09-4667

  • Employment applications and all documentation requested in this announcement must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date.
  • Employment Services is not responsible for any issues or delays caused by an applicant's computer or web browser. Applicants will be automatically logged out if they have not submitted their applications and all documentation prior to 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date.
  • Your application should highlight all relevant education, training, and experience, and clearly indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications for the position as of the cut-off date.
  • Application information must be current, concise and related to the requirements in this job announcement. You may only apply for this recruitment once. Duplicate and incomplete applications will be disqualified.
  • A resume may be included with your application, however it will not substitute for the information requested on the application.


Applicants are required to provide a full and complete response to each supplemental question. The Supplemental Questionnaire is located in the tab marked "Supplemental Questions". Please be descriptive in your response.

Note: Responses of "See Resume" or "See Application", or copy and paste of work experience are not qualifying responses and will not be considered.
  • Supplemental Questionnaires must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date. Employment Services is not responsible for any issues or delays caused by an applicant's computer or web browser. Applicants will be automatically logged out if they have not submitted their applications and all documentation prior to 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date.
  • The supplemental questions are designed to elicit specific information regarding a candidate's experience, education, and training. Responses should be consistent with the information on your application and are subject to verification.
  • Please provide place of employment, pertinent dates, and concise, descriptive and detailed information for each question.
  • If a job included responsibilities applicable to several questions, separate the different functions of the job to answer all the questions completely.
  • Resumes or referral to the application or other questionnaire responses will not be accepted in lieu of completing each question.
  • If you have no experience, write "no experience" for the appropriate question.
  • For many individuals, it is more efficient to develop responses to the supplemental questions in a word processing document and then paste them into the final document to be submitted. Changes or corrections to your Supplemental Questionnaire cannot be made once your application packet has been submitted.
  • If the Supplemental Questionnaire is used in the Formula Rate exam, failure to complete all of the questions or incomplete responses will result in a lower score. While scoring the Supplemental Questionnaire, the candidate's application and/or attachments will not be reviewed , therefore, a candidate's responses to the questions should be accurate, thorough, detailed, and complete.


All candidates meeting the minimum qualifications by the cut-off date will have their Supplemental Questionnaire scored in the Formula Rate Examination.

This examination will evaluate the relevance, level, recency, progression and quality of candidate's education, training and experience. The candidate's application or other materials will not be included in this examination. Therefore, the candidate's responses to the supplemental questionnaire should be thorough, detailed and complete. The score from the Formula Rate Examination will determine the ranking on the eligible/employment list for this job.

All candidates competing in the testing process will receive written notice of their examination results by email. Notices can also be accessed in their inbox. Applicants achieving a passing score will be placed on the eligible list in rank order. The rank is determined by the test score attained from the examination.


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For information regarding County jobs:
Closing Date/Time: 7/3/2019 5:00 PM Pacific