Construction Safety Liaison Officer

Location
Washington D.C
Posted
Apr 16, 2021
Closes
Apr 24, 2021
Ref
210278
Hours
Full Time
Join a dynamic team at the center of WMATA's ongoing Safety program transformation.

As a member of the Department for Safety and Environmental Management (SAFE), you will be leading efforts to engage our workforce and customers to advance our Safety Management System (SMS).

Metro's Safety Program is experiencing a transformation to become the industry-leader in the development and implementation of a robust SMS. The SMS is composed of four fundamental components: Safety Policy, Safety Risk Management, Safety Assurance, and Safety Promotion.

This subject matter expert role includes developing and interprets effective safety concepts for new construction projects, investigates major incidents/accidents, researches/analyzes high-risk conditions, and recommends timely solutions to project managers and contractors to control hazards.

Ideal candidates should have subject matter expertise in the areas of compliance, oversight, and management of workplace safety rules designed to meet Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration Regulations (OSHA) as they apply to construction activities of the Authority. Excellent written and oral communication skills as well as critical thinking skills are considered essential.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, or related field
    • In lieu of Bachelor's degree, high school diploma or GED with four (4) years' experience in hands-on planning, development, administration and/or monitoring the effectiveness of construction safety programs

Experience
  • A minimum of six (6) years extensive experience in the hands-on planning, development, administration and monitoring the effectiveness of construction safety programs

Certification/Licensure
  • Possession of a valid motor vehicle operator license issued from the jurisdiction of residence

Preferred
  • Certification as a Certified Safety Professional with a specialty certification in construction
  • Five (5) years' experience providing safety expertise to contractors on construction projects that interface with rail and bus operating systems

Medical Group:

Satisfactorily complete the medical examination for this position, if required. The incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of this position either with or without reasonable accommodations.

SUMMARY

The Construction Safety Liaison Officer is responsible for Construction safety management. The incumbent is accountable for effectively monitoring and evaluating contractors' safety programs to certify compliance with OSHA regulations, the WMATA System Safety Program Plan and contract specifications. The control covers the Authority's new construction, capital improvement and adjacent construction projects. The incumbent collaborates with various internal departments and contractors to ensure the safety of customers, revenue operations, contractors' employees and the general public, during construction projects that interface with the operating systems.

The Construction Safety Liaison Officer develops and interprets effective safety concepts for new construction projects, investigates major incidents/accidents, researches/analyzes high-risk conditions, and recommends timely solutions to project managers and contractors to control hazards. The incumbent develops construction safety policies, procedures, safety training programs, and contract specifications. Evaluates the implementation by WMATA contractors engaged in new, adjacent and capital improvement construction projects.

The incumbent establishes annual construction safety goals with management, works with project managers and contractors in attaining the goals. Performs quality control tasks and serves as an internal consultant on construction safety issues. The incumbent develops criteria for and supervises the performance of site inspections, evaluations, and audits to identify safety and industrial hygiene hazards on construction projects.

The individual monitors the development of effective engineering and administrative controls by contractors to mitigate or control identified hazards. Performance is measured on the effective and efficient performance of assigned duties. The Construction Safety Liaison Office has considerable latitude for independent judgment and action within established guidelines.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
  • Develops and administers the Authority's Construction Safety Program by monitoring contractors' compliance with the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration Regulations (OSHA) as they apply to construction activities of the Authority.
  • Maintains the up to date (current status) of the WMATA Safety Construction and Environmental Manual. Provides interpretation of this Manual as required. Monitors the effectiveness of contractor compliance with the requirements of the Manual.
  • Coordinates with various WMATA departments and contractors to ensure the safety of customers, revenue operations, WMATA and contractors' employees and the general public, during construction projects that interface with the operating system. Conducts pre-construction meetings with contractors to ensure that the necessary procedures are in place for the specific work to be performed to achieve a high degree of safety in the operating systems.
  • Continually reviews contractor safety programs and serves as Safety's representative in the approval process for contractor safety superintendent personnel.
  • Performs daily safety inspections of contractors' construction sites for safe working conditions, safe conditions for customers, and the public, and the absence of noxious/explosive gases, operating conditions of mechanical equipment and presence of proper first-aid facilities, personnel and procedures. Upon discovery of imminently dangerous situations, incumbent has authority to issue "Stop-Work" orders pending restoration of safe conditions.
  • Conducts Investigations and prepares detailed reports on causes of construction related fatalities and serious accidents. Directs investigations of lost time accidents and prepares reports and recommendations regarding same. Maintains accident and injury data on the various construction projects administered by the Authority.
  • Conducts meetings with union officials and contractor management personnel to develop safety training programs for implementation by unions and contractors.

OTHER FUNCTIONS
  • Serves as the Authority's representative to the Coordinated Construction Safety Committee.

The functions listed are not intended to limit specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Nor is it intended to limit in any way the right of managers and supervisors to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.

Evaluation Criteria

Consideration will be given to applicants whose resumes demonstrate the required education and experience. Applicants should include all relevant education and work experience.

Evaluation criteria may include one or more of the following:
  • Skills and/or behavioral assessment
  • Personal interview
  • Verification of education and experience (including certifications and licenses)
  • Criminal Background Check (a criminal conviction is not an automatic bar to employment)
  • Medical examination including a drug and alcohol screening (for safety sensitive positions)
  • Review of a current motor vehicle report

Closing

WMATA is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by applicable federal law.

This posting is an announcement of a vacant position under recruitment. It is not intended to replace the official job description. Job descriptions are available upon confirmation of an interview.