Series established May 24, 1973
This series specification describes the levels of professional safety engineering classes in the electrical engineering discipline which are used in the Department of Industrial Relations.
Classes in this series are involved in the development, administration, and enforcement of the State's safety orders, or in consultations relating to the safety orders. Incumbents may be assigned to the CAL/OSHA Consultation Division or the Division of Industrial Safety's Compliance Unit, the Standards Research and Development Unit, or the OSH Standards Board.
The scope and level of responsibilities assigned, complexity of work, independence and consequence of action, impact of decision making on affected programs, and the degree of supervision exercised and received serve as differentiating factors between individual levels.
Entry into this series is at the Associate Safety Engineer level and may be promotionally from the class of Assistant Safety Engineer or from outside State service.
This is the professional journey level and incumbents work in either the Standards and Research and Development Unit, the Compliance Unit, the CAL/OSHA Consultation Division, or the OSH Standards Board. This level conducts safety surveys; investigates occupational safety and health complaints associated with electrical and other occupational safety and health-related disciplines; investigates accidents, determines the cause and the means of preventing their recurrences; reports on seriousness of violations and makes recommendations where possible prosecution is indicated to the Division's Bureau of Investigation; interprets safety orders and consults with employee organizations, employers, and the public in the development of revisions to, or additions of safety orders. Conducts seminars and workshops for industry and consults with labor, management, employees, and other governmental agencies on how compliance with safety orders can be achieved. Reviews new and existing Federal standards, regulations, and directives for comparison with State standards. Participates in the preparation of documents, materials, and exhibits used in Standards Board's hearings; and may participate as a technical advisor for the Standards Board at public hearings and meetings; and to do other related work.
This is the first full supervisory level and incumbents work in either the Standards and Research and Development Unit, the Compliance Unit, the CAL/OSHA Consultation Division, or the OSH Standards Board.
(1) In a specific geographic area, plans, organizes, directs, and supervises the work of a group of Safety Engineers (Electrical) and Technicians. (2) A Senior Safety Engineer (Electrical) conducts complex studies and analyses; initiates investigations into occupational safety and health complaints associated with electrical and other occupational safety and health-related disciplines, and accidents; reviews and makes recommendations on reports of the seriousness of violations found. Coordinates with division staff in comparison of Federal/State standards; and conducts committee meetings to revise or propose new safety orders within the California Plan. (3) Develops programs for promotion of safety concepts; consults with labor, management, and public groups on the more complex and sensitive safety engineering problems and plans and implements seminars for industry and in-service training of staff. May participate as technical advisor to the Standards Board during public hearings; and to do other related work.
Two years of experience performing the duties of the class of Assistant Safety Engineer in the California state service.
1. Two years of safety engineering experience in electrical work; or
2. Three years of professional electrical engineering experience; and
Education: Equivalent to graduation from college with specialization in engineering. (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.)
Two years of experience in the California state service performing the duties of an Associate Safety Engineer (Electrical).
Experience: Four years of experience as a safety engineer with responsibility for organizing and administering a comprehensive safety program, at least two years of which shall have been in electrical safety engineering; and
Education: Equivalent to graduation from college with specialization in engineering. (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.)
Knowledge of: General engineering principles and methods as well as those specifically applicable to electrical safety engineering; principles and practices of safety engineering; operations, methods, equipment, and safety devices primarily applicable to the electrical industry; safety orders of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health applicable to the electrical discipline; applicable to provisions of the Labor Code; accident prevention techniques; sources of information on accident prevention work; consultation techniques; how to develop and present evidence in legal hearings.
Ability to: Do difficult safety investigation work; detect unsafe conditions and practices; promote and conduct safety campaigns; assist in the preparation and revision of safety orders; interpret and apply the safety orders of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health and applicable provisions of the Labor Code; learn the basic principles and techniques of safety engineering in related Occupational Safety and Health disciplines; analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action; address groups; speak and write effectively; prepare reports and dictate correspondence; present evidence and act as the Division representative in legal hearings.
Knowledge of: All of the above, and purposes, organization, and activities of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, OSH Standards Board, and the CAL/OSHA Consultation Service; labor laws and compensation laws as applied to the work of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health; industrial health hazards; principles of effective supervision and training; and a manager's/supervisor's responsibility for promoting equal opportunity in hiring and employee development and promotion, and for maintaining a work environment that is free of discrimination and harassment.
Ability to: All of the above, and consult on complex and sensitive safety engineering problems with labor, management, and public groups; conduct meetings and coordinate with other State and Federal agencies; direct the work of staff; apply the policies of the Department of Industrial Relations and Division to which assigned; and effectively promote equal opportunity in employment and maintain a work environment that is free of discrimination and harassment.
Willingness to undertake additional training as needs are identified; willingness to live and work in an assigned area of the State; keenness of observation, tact, and maturity; ability to distinguish between colors for the purpose of inspecting electrical circuitry.