City of Moab, UT
  • Moab, UT, USA
  • 22.16-27.70
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

General Purpose

The Safety Specialist performs a variety of skilled and semi-skilled duties, pertaining to Safety in the Public Works Department and other City Departments.

Reporting Relationships

Supervision Received: The Safety Specialist receives general guidance and direction from the City Engineer.

Supervision Exercised: N/A

Essential Functions

  • Coordinates City-wide, Parks and Recreation, and Public Works Department-specific safety programs.
  • Performs education/training programs to ensure compliance and appropriate risk management.
  • Arranges, coordinates and teaches a variety of safety oriented classes, defensive driving, and general safety compliance.
  • Prepares/Administers safety equipment budget.
  • Tracks safety related information, preparing periodic reports for management.
  • Reads and interprets risk management related information and assists departments in applying that information in reducing liability.
  • Works with the city's liability carrier in developing and implementing risk management policies.
  • Reviews and analyzes all vehicle accidents, near accidents, first report of injuries and supervisor's accident investigation reports.
  • Arranges post incident drug testing.
  • Submits first report of injury to Human Resources for claim filing and works closely with Human Resources with return to work compliance.
  • Meets with department safety representatives and supervisors to analyze problem areas and determine corrective actions that will reduce high frequency accidents.
  • Presides at monthly safety committee meetings; Attends and/or presents at various department safety meetings.
  • Organizes and inspects the condition of Traffic Control Equipment.
  • Oversees the repair and maintenance of Traffic Control Equipment.
  • Inventories and distributes safety equipment.
  • Works directly with department safety representatives to ensure that all applicable signage, TTC (Temporary Traffic Control) devices, trenching and other pertinent safety/safety zone devices and PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) are available and used on all Public Works projects.
  • Implement/maintains all safety, health and risk prevention training required by City, State and Federal Agencies.
  • Provides education in the areas of safety and fire prevention, accident/injury prevention, including giving talks, demonstrations, and presentations.
  • Performs Safety inspections within the City.
  • Maintains a variety of data and records regarding fire inspection or prevention activities.
  • Coordinates with the Construction Inspector on the inspection of agency and contractor working conditions, job sites and safety procedures.
  • Resolves employee safety complaints and develops, promotes and implements safety programs.
  • Coordinates with the Construction Inspector on testing materials for compliance to specifications; following uniform testing procedures related to earthwork; aggregate production, asphalt, concrete, etc.; Monitors test equipment and ensures proper working condition and accuracy.
  • Assists with the preparation, maintenance and monitoring of the installation of signs and warning devices.
  • Responsible for maintaining compliance with the City Sign Retro-reflectivity Policy and monitoring signage practices to ensure compliance with State and Federal regulations and other applicable standards.
  • Coordinates with the Construction Inspector and the Public Works Director on inspections of City infrastructure installed by developers and contractors to ensure compliance with the Cities Design Standards and Public Improvement Specifications as well as other State and Federal regulations and other applicable standards and requirements.
  • Works closely with the Construction Inspector and Public Works Director in managing the City's Confined Space Entry Program.

Performs related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and experience:

  • Associates Degree in a related field, and
  • Three (3) years of experience in investigating and/or analyzing Occupational and/or traffic safety practices or teaching occupational and/or traffic safety courses, or
  • An equivalent combination of training and experience.


  • Upon employment must possess a valid Utah driver's license.

Must obtain within one year of hire:

  • Certification as a Traffic Control Technician
  • Certification as a Traffic Control Supervisor
  • Certification in Playground Equipment Safety
  • Certification in First Aid and CPR

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • OSHA Rules and Regulations
  • Basic Traffic Control operations
  • Proper use of PPE

Ability to:

  • Operate modern office equipment including computer equipment and software.
  • Develop, implement and administer goals, objectives, and procedures for providing effective and efficient safety services.
  • Prepare and present in safety meetings.
  • Conduct accident/injury investigations.
  • Prepare and administer budget and allocate limited resources in a cost effective manner.
  • Prepare clear and concise safety reports.
  • Exercise good judgment, flexibility, and creativity in response to changing situations and needs.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish, maintain, and foster positive working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Work Environment and Physical Demands

The Safety Specialist works in variable weather and traffic conditions. The Safety Specialist performs light and heavy labor. Tasks regularly involve working in traffic with the use of safety equipment. Tasks regularly include walking, standing, stooping, sitting, reaching, climbing and lifting. Talking, hearing and seeing are necessary for performing most essential duties. Common eye, hand and finger dexterity is required for most essential functions.

Selection Guidelines

Formal application; interview with hiring authority. Successful completion of a pre-employment drug and alcohol screen test and background check.

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