a) To efficiently and effectively assist the management of Mountrail-Williams Electric Cooperative (MWEC) by researching, planning, developing, and implementing the programs and procedures necessary to meet the Cooperative’s compliance and safety needs. Provides for training and maintains a safe work environment for the Cooperative’s employees, and the general public by:
b) To develop and direct the Risk Management and Safety programs for the Cooperative, which would prevent or minimize injuries, illnesses, and health risks, for employees. To plan for safety, security and loss control measures that will protect the Cooperative's physical plant, property, and personnel. To efficiently handle and process insurance claims and procedures such as Worker's Comp, vehicle incidents, property damage, liability and certificate of insurance.
c) To plan programs and training, in conjunction with state and local agencies, that will educate employees on accident prevention, safety procedures, and loss control. To provide information to consumers and the general public concerning the hazards of electricity concerns other safety matters, and environmental issues.
d) To function as a member of the Operational team and interact with employees as needed in carrying out the goals and objective of the safety plan.
e) To conduct and supervise the safety program and Workers Compensation program for Cooperative employees. To assure compliance of safety standard and provide maximum service to the membership by accurately and effectively managing the activities of safety in accordance with established objectives, policies, and plans.
2 ESSENTIAL Duties & rESPONSIBILITIES
a) Identifies and recommends procedures and equipment that would correct deficiencies and therefore be in compliance with rules and standards.
b) Is responsible to see that necessary recommendations are followed through in a timely manner with a management-approved corrective course of action.
c) Develops and recommends to the General Manager an annual work plan and budget necessary for achieving the purposes of the position.
d) Ensures that the Cooperative meets the current compliance requirements including, but not limited to the following areas:
(1) OSHA Regulations
(2) Utility Regulations
(3) North Dakota Rural Electric Cooperatives Safety Manual
(5) Other regulations as may be required by law
e) Conducts safety investigations when notified of the existence of unsafe equipment and working conditions and corrects, or recommends corrective actions for any unsafe conditions.
f) Is available, as needed, outside normal working hours in order to conduct possible after hours accident investigation. If unavailable, alternative arrangements should be made with the Operations Supervisor and/or other qualified MWEC employee.
g) Conducts monthly safety inspections in the field and offices across all of MWEC’s service area.
h) Is responsible for the monthly and annual reporting of:
(1) DOT Pre/Post trip inspections on trucks and trailers
(2) AEDs (trucks and buildings)
(3) First Aid Kits (trucks and buildings)
(4) Fire Extinguishers (trucks and buildings)
(5) Blood Borne Pathogen Kits
(6) Safety Glass Stations
i) Keeps abreast of and communicates to the proper management personnel new or changing laws, regulations, or technical developments, which could affect the Cooperative.
j) Composes, and/or reviews for final approval by management on a timely basis all correspondence, reports, filings, etc. concerning compliance reporting.
k) Provides and presents safety programs to the members of the Cooperative and the general public.
l) Develops, and implements steps necessary for the Cooperative to become, and continue to be, NRECA Safety Accredited.
m) Develops and implements special safety projects as assigned by management.
n) Maintains all necessary compliance, safety and training records and files.
o) Develops and maintains accident investigation procedures and ensures proper response is taken in the event of accidents will go to an accident site to perform the investigation. Responsibility for the documentation and recording of all such accidents.
p) For billing purposes must keep accurate records including, but not limited to, mileage driven, time, expenses, and supplies.
q) Planning and Controls (Safety):
(1) Plans monthly safety programs for all personnel.
(2) Assures that MWEC records and reports are complete. Supervises and assures compliance with other standards and regulations that the Cooperative is subject to (i.e. DOT regulations, EPA requirements, hazardous chemical communication regulations, etc.
(3) Coordinates on-site inspection of crews and field personnel to assure compliance with safe working procedures. Inspects warehouses, offices, storage yards and substations to determine that they are maintained in a safe and orderly manner.
(4) Recommends corrective action when unsafe acts or conditions are observed.
(5) Conducts indoctrination of all new employees in safety policies, procedures, and regulations.
(1) Reviews monthly the progress and status of safety documentation, trainings, and procedures Managers.
(2) Organizes and schedules training programs for CPR, first aid, defensive driving, haz-communication, and other training requirements as needed in coordination with AT&S.
(3) Conducts the overall Safety Program in such a manner that all employees are involved and motivated to adopt the attitudes and desires that enable personnel to want to work safely and efficiently either as a group or independently.
(4) Organizes emergency evacuation plans and procedures.
(1) Cooperates with Risk/Safety Management personnel from the North Dakota Rural Electric Cooperatives and the National Rural Electric Cooperatives or assists them with special programs, training, inspection, and crew visitations. Provides the Association with monthly reports of MWEC's safety performance.
(2) Maintains and compiles documents, photos, and information for submission to the Safety Accreditation Committee of NRECA.
(3) Advises and assists departments in selecting and obtaining necessary personal protective equipment.
(4) Prepares monthly safety activity and status report for the General Manager and the Board of Directors.
(5) Works with the in-house safety team in reviewing changes or additions to the North Dakota Safe Work Practices Manual and when necessary recommends updates the safety manual.
(6) Evaluates the lineman development program for safety and compliance factors.
(7) Responsible for the documentation of the testing all system Personal Protective Equipment; including grounds, hot sticks, extension sticks, and other equipment, as required.
(8) Provides needed assistance in emergency situations.
(9) Safety violations are reported and documented.
(10) Conducts monthly on-site inspections and observations of Operations’ employees and provides documentation of individual safety practices.
(11) Improve the effectiveness of monthly safety meetings.
(1) Keeps current list of training schools available to all departments.
(2) Keeps training records current on all MWEC employees and available to all departments.
(3) Safety meetings and trainings are communicated and promoted as real opportunities to enhance the safety culture and improve employees’ skills.
u) Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and operate a motorized vehicle without the assistance of another employee.
v) Provides community outreach safety education to schools and businesses in MWEC’s service area.
w) Must be able to effectively run an effective, all-encompassing safety program that fits the Coops needs.
x) Performs any other duties assigned in order to fulfill the objective of the Cooperative.
3 Knowledge & Skills
a) Must be able to communicate effectively both orally and written to all levels of Coop personnel, with the capability to design and effectively teach educational materials using various media devices. Must relate well with all types of people and have the ability to listen, as well as to present and explain circumstances and results. Must be able to work independently and possess the ability to formulate detailed programs, policies, etc. from a conceptual basis. Must be self-motivated to complete assigned and routine tasks on time.
b) Must have, or be able to acquire, sufficient technical knowledge to safety issues to achieve the requirements of the position. Must proficiently operate personal computers and common business software and other office equipment. Must possess and maintain valid North Dakota driver’s license and first aid/CPR certificates.
c) Working Conditions: Time spent will be in an office environment at the Cooperative, in the field, traveling, and attending various meetings and training sessions.
d) Must be able to consistently and fairly enforce the safety rules of the Cooperative with no favoritism or prejudice shown towards any person at any level of the organization.
e) Must be able to work with employee safety team and listen to and act on individual employee suggestions and criticisms.
f) The ability to keep priorities in perspective is required.
g) This position requires knowledge of National Electric Safety Codes, OSHA Rules and Regulations and cooperative policies and procedures. This position also requires basic technical utility knowledge, skills, and the ability to effectively read and follow operations and safety manuals. Must have the ability to give directions and work with other employees as assigned. Must have the ability to communicate with employees and the public and work with people to solve problems is required. Should be skilled in areas of planning, controlling, and scheduling projects, and in determining material, and equipment needs. Ability to project a favorable image for the Cooperative.
h) Must believe in, be sympathetic with, and be interested in furthering the Cooperative's objectives. Must possess a strong desire to promote and produce good safety practices to employees and public in general.
i) Prior experience in the supervision, management, implementation, teaching and monitoring of OHSA and Workforce Safety training or relevant safety program is preferred.
4 Reports to
The Safety Coordinator Supervisor and/or Operations Supervisor
5 WORKING CONDITIONS
a) Percentage of the individual’s time will be spent in a typical office setting conducting meetings, providing training and organizing safety reports.
b) Individual will be required to travel throughout MWEC’s entire service area for crew and equipment inspections of outside work in various weather conditions and terrain.
(1) Keeps the General Manager and Operations Managers informed concerning the overall status of the Safety Management program and immediately inform them of any serious injuries, vehicle accidents, incidents, or security matters.
(2) Cooperates with Managers and Directors in ensuring that their personnel are informed and trained in the procedures and rules adopted by the Cooperative. Informs management when safety violations or security problems are observed so that corrective action can be taken.
(3) Works with Directors, crew foreman, department supervisors, and all personnel to assure adherence to safety regulations in order to prevent injury, loss or damage. Encourages reporting of unsafe conditions and submission of ideas and suggestions to improve the Cooperative's Safety program.
(4) Communicates with Managers as needed to provide information on serious injuries, accidents or losses. Also provides articles or materials on safety and security issues for power lines and cooperative living. Assists in presenting safety programs requested by consumers or organizations in our service area.
(1) Presents programs that will educate the general public concerning activities of the Cooperative, informing them of the hazards of electricity and providing other safety and security information as requested.
(2) Maintains contact information for emergency services coordinators, law enforcement personnel, and the Coop attorney. Communicates with and develops good working relationships throughout the area served by the Cooperative.
(3) Cooperates with and maintains good relations with regulatory bodies.
This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive; an employee will also perform other reasonably related job responsibilities as assigned by immediate supervisor and other management as required.
MWEC reserves the right to revise or change job duties as the need arises. This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment. Management reserves the right to change job descriptions, job duties, or working schedules based on its duty to accommodate individuals with disabilities.