The work involves responsibility for planning, developing and implementing a comprehensive Safety and Accident Prevention Program. An employee in this class performs duties related to the administration, development and supervision of programs for the safety of all personnel in the Department of Water Environment Protection, and for the maintenance of security and protection of plants and properties of the department. Work is performed in accordance with established policies and procedures, with considerable latitude exercised in the planning and carrying out of all aspects of the programs. General supervision is received from the Department's Training Officer who reviews work through conferences and reports. Supervision of personnel is not a typical function of this classification. Does related work as required.




Develops and carries out safety policies, rules and regulations for Laboratory, Plant Personnel, Flow Control, Office and Engineering Staff and supervisors.

Plans, develops and conducts safety seminars for Supervisors, operating personnel, maintenance personnel, laboratory personnel, field personnel and engineers and office personnel.

Institutes a program to ensure compliance with the Federal Right-to-Know Law and the Community Right-to-Know Law (SARA, Title IV).

Participates as an instructor in both classroom and on-the-job safety training.

Assists the Training Officer in performing other training duties as required.

Forms safety committees of personnel in all areas of the department and directs their activities.

Serves as Co-chairperson of the department’s safety committee.

Makes inspections of all facilities to discover potential hazards or unsafe conditions and to recommend corrective action.

Recommends changes in job procedures to eliminate safety hazards.

Investigates all accident and health hazards to determine causes and preventive measures.

Supervises the maintenance of records, reports, and cost analyses on safety programs.

Recommends action to be taken in cases of violation of safety rules and regulations.

Assists in the review of new construction plans and specifications to eliminate potential built-in hazards.

Reviews all requests for safety equipment to determine whether they meet Federal and State standards. Makes recommendations on new purchases.

Provides periodic safety statistics and progress reports for evaluation of the safety program and improvement in safety performance.

Maintains Department’s Safety Issue/Response database.

Conducts an educational program for off-the-job safety for employees.

Assists the Training Officer in coordinating the receipt and review of Operations & Maintenance Manuals and Manufacturer's Manuals both within the department and with outside consultants.

Conducts semi-annual reviews of driver's licenses for compliance with the New York State Motor Vehicle Regulations.




Inspects all plant sites to insure that they are physically secure from unauthorized personnel.

Plans, develops and implements a security plan for treatment plants, pumping stations and other work sites to protect the equipment and interests of the division and the safety of the general public.

Recommends changes in planned or existing facilities to provide site protection.

Maintains roster of all visitors to the treatment facilities.

Coordinates fire and police protection for plants and facilities with local Fire departments, Sheriff's Department and local Police Departments.




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Thorough knowledge of Federal, State and local laws, rules and regulations pertaining to industrial safety and health standards.

Good knowledge of the methods, equipment and principles used in the construction and operation of municipal sewage treatment plants and related facilities such as wastewater systems, pumping stations, pollution control facilities, and laboratories.

Good knowledge of recent developments, current literature, and sources of information relating to industrial safety programs.

Good knowledge of safety practices within the wastewater collection and treatment industry.

Working knowledge of fundamental safety procedures including first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, sight and hearing protection, fire protection, toxic gases (chlorine) and oxygen deficiency.

Ability to make detailed inspections and to recognize potential safety, health or security hazards.

Ability to enforce regulations firmly, tactfully, and objectively.

Ability to keep accurate records and prepare clear and concise reports.

Ability to instruct and train others in operations, maintenance, safety and supervision.




Six (6) years of work experience, or its part time equivalent, in the inspection of heavy industrial projects or in supervising either the construction, operation or maintenance of such projects or industrial facilities; or in developing or implementing an official safety program or safety education program. Six (6) years performing a combination of the described work experience is also qualifying.


Note: Graduation with a Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees may be substituted for four (4) years of the required work experience.


Graduation with an Associate’s Degree from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees may be substituted for two (2) years of the required work experience.



03/2016 Revised