This is an entry-level safety position responsible for conducting a variety of physical inspections to ensure that the building and its surrounding grounds are safe and in compliance with company, local, state, and federal safety policies and regulations. Provides the Facility’s senior management team with inspection reports and recommends corrective actions.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Observes, monitors, and reports on the effectiveness of safety procedures throughout the facility that affect employees; inmates, detainees, patients, or residents, outside contractors, and other visitors.
Conducts regularly-scheduled safety inspections within and throughout the facility including equipment, the physical plant, and all company vehicles. Reports results and any evidence of non-compliance to senior management. Follows through on corrective action as instructed.
Monitors and ensures that facility fire protection system and safety equipment are fully functional. Conducts or arranges for all scheduled testing as required by the organization’s insurers, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) or client regulations.
Conducts scheduled fire drills across all shifts as determined by facility or insurance policies.
Conducts or assists with both initial and ongoing safety training for all levels of staff in addition to inmates, detainees, patients, or residents.
Conducts monthly safety Committee meetings as established by the Facility Administrator.
Regularly assesses the use of hazardous chemicals in all departments including food service, maintenance, housing units, laundry, vocational programs, transportation, and recreation. Monitors Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) compliance on a facility-wide basis and reports on any deficiencies.
Evaluates the need for personal protective equipment and monitors usage and effectiveness.
Monitors safe processes related to the facility’s sanitation and hygiene standards (waste products, surface contaminants, biological hazards), air quality plus, noise-level, and illumination compliance.
Assists with the implementation of the facility’s various Emergency Plans.
Reviews on-site construction and contracted repair activities to ensure they are in compliance with all safety policies and regulations.
Conducts investigations of accidents or near accidents including determining cause, assessing property damage, and preparing reports with recommended corrective actions.
Maintains an accident recording system or Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) log. Reports monthly accident activity to facility management.
Utilizes the resources of other safety professionals within the company.
Performs other duties as assigned.
High school diploma or equivalent. One (1) year certificate from college or technical school preferred.
Two (2) years experience in a corrections capacity or up to three (3) years experience in an industry involving safety and security issues.
Must possess a working knowledge of appropriate state, local, and federal, health, and safety laws and regulations.
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
Ability to work independently and as a part of a team.
Ability to write routine reports and correspondence and to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.
Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.
Ability to be available for facility emergencies.
Ability to work with computers and the necessary software typically used by the department.