The safety and compliance coordinator administers the Association’s safety programs for the employees and the public and assures compliance with regulations generated by various agencies. This is a salaried position that is exempt from overtime.
The job may be performed outdoors in all weather conditions or inside in an office environment. It requires the ability to operate computers, office machines, and Association vehicles. Public speaking and presentation skills are required for audiences generally limited to about 50 people. Physical requirements include the ability to negotiate all types of outdoor terrain in all types of weather. The employee may be required to walk, snowshoe, or in other ways move through outdoor terrain for as many as three miles. The position may require extended periods of standing. Other physical requirements include lifting up to 60 pounds, eyesight adequate to perform functions including driving of Association vehicles, and speech and hearing adequate to perform clear and understandable verbal communications in English by radio, phone and in person. Higher than average writing, spelling, and grammar skills are required for written communications in English. Some travel out of Association territory may be required for participation in associated organizations or training. This employee may be shared with other rural electric cooperatives, requiring additional travel and regular periods of time out of Association territory.
The safety and compliance coordinator position requires a valid Colorado driver’s license for fieldwork. Safety eyewear, hardhat and other personal protection equipment supplied by Sangre de Cristo will be worn as required by Association safety rules.
PRIMARY DUTIES - These duties encompass the primary purpose of this position.
Ensures the Association meets the current compliance requirements at all federal, state, and local levels including but not limited to:
OSHA regulations, DOT regulations, Association regulations, RUS specifications, Adopted safety manual regulations, Other regulations as required by law or the prudent operation of the Association
Retains the authority to immediately shut down a job that is being performed in an unsafe manner or in a manner that could result in an OSHA violation or Operating Procedures.
Develops and presents monthly employee safety programs, as well as programs for the member/consumers, and the public when called for.
Maintains all necessary compliance, safety and training records and files.
Participates on the Safety Operating Committee.
Participates in accident investigations and is responsible for documenting investigations. Is responsible for OSHA accident reporting.
Advises management about new or changing laws and regulations affecting the Association’s safety program or compliance and their effect on Association policies and procedures. May draft new policies and procedures or propose revisions to current policies and procedures.
Advises management on safety manual adoption and revisions; oversees distribution of safety manuals and new employee orientation to the safety manual.
Performs and documents new employee orientation including but not limited to hazard recognition, ingress and egress, fire extinguishers, and blood-borne pathogens.
In addition, the safety and compliance coordinator is expected to deal with consumers, the public, business contacts, and other Association employees in a cordial, business-like manner in order to maintain positive public relations within and outside of the Association. The employee will treat all consumer and employee information as confidential. This employee is expected to know Association construction and safety guidelines in order to fulfill the required job duties. The safety and compliance coordinator is required to properly maintain and use all personal protective equipment required by law, by the Association, and by regulatory agencies.
SECONDARY DUTIES In addition to the above primary duties, this employee will be expected to work extra hours if the workload or emergency situations require. This employee will be required to perform other duties as assigned.
SAFETY The safety and compliance coordinator is:
Responsible for the Association’s safety program and for personal safety and is expected to follow all Association safety rules and regulations.
Expected to report, investigate, advise management of, and assist in correcting any hazardous or potentially hazardous situations within the system.
Responsible for safety meeting content and presentation.
A college degree in industrial safety, communications, or any field applicable to the position is desired. Journeyman lineman certification may be considered in lieu of a college degree.
Familiarity with line work, RUS specifications, Association policies and procedures, and National Electric Safety Code/National Electric Code is desired.
NRECA’s Certified Loss Control Professional credential or similar safety accreditation is desired.
Proficiency with personal computers is desired.
Proficiency with Outlook, Microsoft Word and PowerPoint is desired.
Experience in public speaking and presentations is desired.
The safety and compliance coordinator will:
Maintain a good reporting relationship with the Chief Operations Officer and report any pertinent developments.
Cooperate closely with the Line Superintendent and other personnel for development and administration of safety programs for line personnel and in accident investigation.
Cooperate closely with the Safety Operating Committee, Operations Clerk and Chief Administrative Officer for program development and record keeping.
Work closely with consumers and prospective consumers to give service in the best way consistent with Association policies.
Work closely with consumers and the general public to promote safe use of electricity.
Work closely with regulatory agencies regarding permits and reporting.
About Sangre de Cristo Electric Association
Sangre de Cristo Electric Assn., Inc is based in Buena Vista, Colorado with a service warehouse in Westcliffe, Colorado. SDCEA provides electricity to more than 13,000 accounts in the spectacular Rocky Mountains of central Colorado. For more information about SDCEA, visit the company’s website, myelectric.coop.