Plant Safety and Health Administrator IV - Wastewater Treatment Division

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Management
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Posted on October 15, 2020

Under the direction and supervision of the Wastewater Treatment Division Safety, Hazardous Materials & Emergency Programs Manager, this position performs specialized plant safety coordination & safety compliance training associated with the WTD's treatment plants and construction projects involving the Division's Wastewater Treatment and Conveyance facilities and structures.

Who is Eligible: This position is open to all qualified applicants. First consideration will be given to qualified employees who are employed by the Wastewater Treatment Division and are a member of SEIU Local 925.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday; 40 hours per week. This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and is not eligible for overtime.

Job Duties

This position performs critical essential functions in the comprehensive administration, development, coordination, planning, implementation, management and performance analysis of the Wastewater Treatment Division's Safety, Hazardous Materials and Emergency Programs, as required by following standards and regulations; United States Department of Labor – Occupational Safety and Health Act 29 CFR 1910 and 1926, Washington State Department of Labor and Industries: Division of Safety and Health (DOSH) Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act (1973), Uniform & Local Jurisdiction Fire Safety Codes, National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) codes, American National Safety Institute (ANSI), National Institute of Safety and Health (NIOSH, International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) and Water Environment Federations (WEF) Best Practices.

The responsibilities of this classification include reviewing and evaluating the safe work conditions, practices and procedures of WTD employees, consultants, contractors and workplace systems ensuring consistency by accurately interpreting safety policies, national consensus standards, safe work procedures and contract language, as well as providing expertise as a specialist in safety associated with work performed at wastewater treatment plants, pump stations, conveyance systems, construction projects, or other similar industrial environments. The purpose of the work is to manage, facilitate, mitigate, review, consult and advise various parties and audiences on the requirements for wastewater industry and construction safety.

The position is also responsible for providing necessary assistance with the administration, development, coordination, evaluation, implementation and presentation of employee training as associated with the WTD Safety and Hazardous Materials Program Requirements, Hazardous Energy Control Procedures, Electrical Safety, Arc Flash Hazards, Electrical Personal Protection Equipment, Contractor Accident Prevention Programs, Site-Specific Health and Safety Programs.

Duties include: 
• Onsite facility coordination of various WTD Safety Programs, e.g., Hazardous Energy Control Program, NFPA 70E Electrical Safety, Arc-Flash Analysis, Safe Work Procedures, Consultant & Contractor Accident Prevention Programs, Site-Specific Health * Safety Programs, Chemical Safety, Confined Space Entry, Fall Protection, Process Safety Management, Crane Safety, Powered Industrial Lift Trucks, Personal Protective Equipment, etc.
• Ensure conformance to WTD safety-related design specifications and requirements, safety regulation compliance and adherence to industry standards.
• Maintain high level, daily coordination, communication and problem-solving with established matrixed safety staff, Supervisors and Managers.
• Technical review and detailed analysis of contract specifications and the related contract submittals associated with WTD Construction and Contracted work projects. This includes reviewing and evaluating the work of WTD employees, consultants and contractors and ensuring consistency by accurately interpreting policies, procedures and contract language, as well as providing expertise as a specialist in contractor and construction safety associated with contracts involving construction, technical, professional, engineering and/or architectural consulting services and contracts, e.g., maintaining, renovation or building public works infrastructure, capital improvement projects, major equipment purchases, etc.
• Construction project site review inspections and property insurance inspections.
• Safety Compliance Training; responsible for providing necessary assistance with the administration, development, coordination, evaluation, implementation and presentation of employee training.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

• Possess a minimum of 5 years of progressive experience in an industrial or wastewater environment; including specific experience with industrial electrical power distribution systems, electrical components & devices, biological, environmental, construction, industrial equipment and explosive hazards both above and below ground.
• Computers and Software: Must be proficient in the use of PC based workstation environments utilizing Microsoft Windows and Office Software
• Instrumentation: Must be familiar with the use of portable air monitoring equipment, fixed fire suppression systems and fixed LEL detection systems.
• Safety equipment: Must be familiar in the use of the following safety equipment: Electrical Safety Equipment, NFPA 70E PPE, Hazardous Energy Control Equipment & Energy Isolating Devices, Respiratory Protection Equipment (Air-purifying and Supplied Air Systems), Fall Protection and Fall Prevention Equipment, Confined Space Entry, Rescue and Retrieval Equipment, Personal Protective Equipment, Powered Industrial Trucks & Heavy Equipment, Aerial lifts, Overhead Cranes, Cranes, and Rigging equipment.
• Advanced troubleshooting skills for complex safety issues associated with wastewater treatment, conveyance systems, construction projects and or industrial work environments.
• Demonstrated experience in developing, coordinating and presenting in-person and virtual safety training classes.

Highly Desirable:
• Possess a minimum of 5 years experience in the operation, maintenance and construction of publicly owned treatment works (POTWs) and/or wastewater collection and conveyance systems.
• Demonstrated experience in providing instruction on Electrical Safety Work Procedures and Arc Flash Analysis Safety.
• Demonstrated experience in providing instruction on Hazardous Energy Control Procedures (Lockout and Tagout Procedures).
• Demonstrated experience with treatment plant and pump station power distribution systems and alternate power sources.
• Demonstrated knowledge of federal, state and local industrial safety and health regulations, including OSHA, and DOSH regulations; industrial hygiene surveying and sampling principles; general Washington State motor vehicle laws and commercial drivers license laws; relevant construction project site environmental and traffic hazards; accident prevention and loss-control principles; accident investigation protocols and techniques, including applying regulatory intent; industrial insurance law (Revised Code of Washington and Washington Administrative Code); disability issues and Americans with Disabilities Act requirements.

Highly Desired Recognized Training, Certification or Licensing:
• Recognized/Accredited College Degree equivalent to a Bachelor of Science
• Recognized/Accredited training or certification in the Operation, Maintenance and Construction of Wastewater Treatment Plants, Pump Stations or Conveyance Systems
• NFPA/NEC Certified 70-E/70-B Electrical Safety Specialist or Arc Flash Specialist
• NFPA/NEC Certified Electrical Safety Worker (CESW)
• NFPA/NEC Certified Electrical Safety Technician (CEST)
• NFPA/NEC Certified Electrical Safety Compliance Professional (CESCP)
• Certified OSHA 10/30 Hr Construction Safety
• Certified Utility Safety Professional (CUSP)
• Certified 40-Hour OSHA/DOSH Hazardous Materials Operations Responder
• Certified OSHA/DOSH Industrial Lift Truck or Aerial Lift Instructor 
• Certified Medic First-Aid/CPR First-Aid Instructor
• Certified Overhead Crane Instructor
• WDOE Wastewater Treatment Operator Certification - Group I, II, III, and IV

Physical Requirements:  Some physical skill and effort is required during site visits.

Working Environment: Working at a Wastewater Treatment Plants, Conveyance System Facilities and Construction Projects. Work includes working within NFPA/ NEC Class 1, Division 1 / 2 hazardous locations.


Supplemental Information

Application and Selection Process: Application materials will be screened for clarity, completeness including online application, cover letter and resume, and responsiveness to the list of qualifications, skills, and abilities. The most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in one or more panel interviews. Applications without the following required materials may not be considered for this position. 

  • King County application
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter detailing your background and what you can bring to this position

Union Representation: This position is represented by S.E.I.U. Wastewater Local 925

For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:
Rodney O. Dungo
Human Resource Analyst

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King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
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NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

Are you applying to this position as a Priority Placement Program Participant And Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff AND Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County AND I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. AND The position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff
Are you currently a S.E.I.U. Wastewater Treatment Local 925 member?
  • Yes
  • No
Do you have demonstrated experience with industrial safety hazards associated with Wastewater Industry Operations, Maintenance and Construction?
  • Yes
  • No
Are you currently in the classification series of this position?
  • Yes
  • No
This position requires frequent travel to locations throughout King County. Do you have a valid, unencumbered driver's license from the state of Washington or another state and the ability to travel around the county in a timely manner?
  • Yes
  • No
Do you understand that this position will report to the WTD Director's Office – WTD Safety, Hazardous Materials & Emergency Programs Manager and will physically report to the treatment plants?
  • Yes
  • No
The Plant Safety and Health Administrator IV position will be located on site at one or more of our regional wastewater treatment plants. Brightwater Treatment Plant is located at 22505 State Route 9 S.E., Woodinville, WA 98072; South Treatment Plant is located at 1200 Monster Road S.W., Renton, WA 98057 and West Point Treatment Plant is located at 1400 Discovery Park Blvd. W., Seattle, WA 98191. Do you understand that you must be available to report to all plant locations?
  • Yes
  • No
Which certification(s) do you currently have? Please check all that apply
  • NFPA/NEC Certified 70-E/70-B Electrical Safety Specialist
  • NFPA/NEC Certified Electrical Safety Worker (CESW)
  • NFPA/NEC Certified Electrical Safety Technician (CEST)
  • NFPA/NEC Certified Electrical Safety Compliance Professional (CESCP)
  • OSHA 10/30 Hr Construction Safety
  • Certified Utility Safety Professional (CUSP)
  • Certified 40 - Hour OSHA/DOSH Hazardous Materials Operations Responder
  • Certified OSHA/DOSH Industrial Lift Truck or Aerial Lift Instructor
  • Certified Medic First-Aid / CPR First-Aid Instructor
  • Certified Overhead Crane Instructor
  • WDOE - Wastewater Treatment Operator Certification - Group IV, III, II or I
  • Other – Please List Below
  • None
Do you have experience with Electrical Safety, Hazardous Energy Control Procedures and Energy Isolating Devices?
  • Yes
  • No
Do you have experience with Construction Safety, Accident Prevention Programs, and Site-Specific Health and Safety Plans?
  • Yes
  • No
I certify that the statements made by me on the application and supplemental questions are, to the best of my knowledge, true, complete and correct. I understand that any misrepresentation or material omission of fact on this or any other document required by King County may constitute grounds for rejection, or if employed by King County, for disciplinary measures, including dismissal.
  • Yes
  • No

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