Safety Manager
City of Atlanta, GA - Atlanta, GA

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This position will close at midnight on July 1, 2014.

General Description and Classification Standards:

A Safety Manager plays an integral role in achieving the mission and goals of City of Atlanta by providing all the city’s employees with a safe and secure place to work. Specifically, the position recommends and executes policies, structures, and systems that promote a safe and orderly environment city. The position works closely with department directors, deputy directors, managers, supervisors and employees to help ensure the physical safety of employees in an assigned department/office/agency. This position may also be responsible for other duties as assigned.

This is a safety essential position during both normal, emergency and disaster circumstances. The position also has the authority to halt, suspend or terminate activities that have the clear likelihood of causing bodily injury.


A Safety Manager reports to the Executive Director of Workforce Safety and coordinates directly with the department/office/agency to which she/he is assigned. The position will oversee the day-to-day operations of assigned personnel. This position may be embedded in the department/office/agency.

The position has direct reports including safety/training supervisors, safety training officers and other positions as determined by the Executive Director of Workforce Safety.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: These are typical responsibilities for this position and should not be construed as exclusive or all inclusive. May perform other duties as assigned.

A Safety Manager will support the city’s Safety Management System in a managerial capacity including:
  • Develop safety policies and procedures for the Department/office/agency that align with the Mayor's vision and meet applicable state and federal requirements
  • Ensure that all City of Atlanta employees have access to relevant safety-related information, which includes the provision of training for department/office/agency staff and dissemination of other available of resources
  • Establish an actionable strategic plan for workplace safety that that aligns with the Mayor’s vision for the city
  • Oversee the accurate and timely completion of required local, state and federal reports
  • Assist with the preparation and administration of a budget
  • Make recommendations on the hiring and development a team of high-functioning professionals dedicated to the city's core values and committed to providing employees with a safe working environment
  • Support a culture across the departments/offices/agencies that reinforces a sense of community and the importance of safe working environments
  • Work effectively with other city departments/offices/agencies to foster workplace safety and health.
In his/her safety capacity:
  • Oversees or performs safety audits, inspections, and testing in the areas of fire/life safety, safety certifications, and transit operations safety devices;
  • Ensures safe department/office/agency operations and working conditions, and compliance with applicable federal, state, and local safety regulations;
  • Promotes the reduction or elimination of occupational accidents, injuries and financial losses;
  • Advises management of safety operational requirements and obtains concurrence from management to meet regulatory safety compliance and reduce accidents and losses;
  • Investigates incidents and accidents involving the department/office/agency , determines the cause and provides solutions and reports as required;
  • Conducts job site safety and hazard analysis, including performing tests on noise, ventilation, illumination, and gas release to determine compliance and sources of hazardous substances;
  • Formulates or participates in the formation of departmental safety policies and procedures and ensures their implementation;
  • Performs related duties as required.
Knowledge and Abilities:

Knowledge of:
  • Correct usage of English grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy
  • City policies, procedures, and structure; applicable local, state and federal laws, codes, regulations, and ordinances
  • Management and supervisory principles and practices including program planning budgeting, direction, coordination and evaluation
  • National Incident Management System (NIMS)
  • Occupational Safety and Health regulations and standards
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • applicable local, state, and federal safety laws and regulations governing rail operations
  • Principles of safety, environmental health, and accident prevention program administration;
  • Fire, accident, and noise control prevention techniques, equipment, and practices;
  • Principles of accident investigation;
Ability to:
  • Apply appropriate safety regulation, standards and practices
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Develop safety related policy recommendations, and procedures based on applicable policies
  • Foster an environment of collaboration among safety professionals
  • Function in a NIMS compliant supervisory position as assigned
  • Oversee department/office/agency wide safety and health related supervisors, safety/training officers or safety representatives
  • Perform investigation and reconstruction of safety-related incidents;
  • Develop and implement safety program plans and procedures;
  • Perform professional safety work related to department/office/agency projects;
  • Maintain compliance with Federal and State laws and regulations pertaining to safety and environmental health;
  • Analyze, interpret, and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, and contracts;
  • Monitor compliance with hazardous materials training, labeling, handling storage, removal, and disposal requirements;
  • Work independently;
  • Develop and implement training programs;
  • Interact professionally with various levels of management, union representatives, employees and regulatory agency personnel;
  • Exercise judgment and creativity in making conclusions;
  • Manage safety projects from conception to culmination;
  • Analyze situations, identify problems, and recommend solutions.
Education and Expertise:

Bachelor’s degree that includes academic study in leadership or management with emphasis in safety, health, or emergency preparedness in the public or private sector. A combination of academic progress and expertise in one or more disciplines may be an alternative consideration.

A minimum of three years experience in safety or occupational health is required with five years experience preferred.

Previous experience in a supervisory or managerial role is preferred.

Licenses and Other Requirements:
  • A valid driver’s license required.
  • Certification as Safety Manager (CSM), Safety Administrator (CSA), Master Safety Administrator (MSA), Licensed Safety Professional (LSP) or equivalent certification