Occ. Code 7888810

AGENCY SAFETY AND HEALTH DIRECTOR 1, GRADE 23
AGENCY SAFETY AND HEALTH DIRECTOR 2, M-2

New York State Department of Civil Service

Classification Standard

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF CLASS

Agency Safety and Health Directors 1 and 2 identify and assess occupational hazards at a State agency or facility and develop, implement, direct and evaluate safety and occupational health programs.

CLASSIFICATION CRITERIA

Agency Safety and Health Directors 1 and 2 review agency operations to identify and assess occupational hazards; develop agency safety and health policies and the strategy for implementing these policies, safety and health regulations, and collective bargaining agreement provisions affecting safety and health. These activities require coordination with agency program managers, employees and unions, and may also involve interaction with regulatory agencies, resource groups, and contractors.

Agency Safety and Health Directors 1 and 2 are classified in agencies having employees exposed to varied and recurrent hazards. Differentiating factors include the variety and complexity of hazards encountered, the number of employees exposed and the geographic dispersal of job sites. Agency Safety and Health Director 1 is classified in agencies in which the types of hazards are limited in variety, and the safety procedures and protocols are usually incorporated into work practices and do not require specialized, ongoing training and monitoring. These agencies, also, usually have a single work location. An Agency and Safety Health Director 1 may also serve in support of an Agency Safety and Health Director 2.

Agency Safety and Health Director 2 is classified in agencies where employees encounter more varied and difficult to control hazards, requiring intensive ongoing training to eliminate or reduce the likelihood of illness or injury. These are hazards that cause more serious illness or injuries and require more complex abatement measures. Typically, these hazards are covered by OSHA regulations and require a multilevel approach combining training, personal protection equipment and medical monitoring to mitigate or eliminate the hazards. In addition, work locations are often dispersed statewide, requiring a network of designated safety representatives at the various work sites who report to the Agency Safety and Health Director 2.

RELATED CLASSES

Safety and Health Program Manager 2, M-3, plans, directs, and coordinates a Labor Department regulatory program for protecting the safety and health of public or private sector employees or members of the public.

Senior Safety and Health Engineer, M-1, in the Labor Department, reviews applications for variances from safety and health regulations and recommends disposition, providing expert engineering advice.

Principal Industrial Hygienist, M-3, in the Labor Department serves as the highest level expert on industrial hygiene, performing the most demanding inspections, advising on the most complex policies and problems, and directing quality control of performance and technical training of staff.

ILLUSTRATIVE ACTIVITIES AND TASKS

INDEPENDENCE OF OPERATION

Agency Safety and Health Directors 1 and 2 develop and manage their programs with considerable independence. They receive only general direction and secure policy and program approvals from Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners or other executive staff to assure agency support and coordination of safety and health objectives with agency goals. An Agency Safety and Health Director 1 may work under the direct supervision of an Agency Safety and Health Director 2.

COMPLEXITY

The work performed by Agency Safety and Health Directors 1 and 2 entails a wide range of technical knowledge. An Agency Safety and Health Director 2 addresses safety and health issues requiring more complex technical knowledge and the adoption of federal safety and health work procedures to suit the agency's unique operations or settings. Developing these procedures may be complicated by the existence of multiple safety considerations, such as a security hazard and a mechanical hazard, each requiring separate specific action at the work operation.

COMMUNICATION

Agency Safety and Health Directors 1 and 2 have frequent oral and written communications with agency executive and program management staff, subordinate staff, employees, union representatives, regulatory agencies, contractors and other Agency Safety and Health Directors. They explain, promote, coordinate, evaluate and modify agency safety and health programs and regulatory compliance efforts. Incumbents must effectively communicate the how's and why's of agency safety and health programs to all levels of agency staff. They must demonstrate competence and tact in promoting and implementing programs, resolving problems and incorporate safety practices into program operations. Agency Safety and Health Directors 1 and 2 may serve personally as consultants or trainers, or may negotiate matters of employee safety and health with other providers.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED

Agency Safety and Health Directors 1 and 2 supervise subordinate staff by establishing program goals and priorities; assigning and scheduling staff to projects; evaluating employee performance; determining training needs and providing training; providing technical advice and assistance; and assuring staff comply with agency rules and regulations.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

AGENCY SAFETY AND HEALTH DIRECTOR 1

Promotion

One year of permanent competitive service in a title allocated to Grade 18 or higher responsible for the safety and health of agency employees.

Open Competitive

Eight years of full-time experience in the development and administration of occupational health and safety programs in an organization of 500 or more employees, or with multiple locations.

A Bachelor's Degree may be used to substitute for four years of the experience. If the Bachelor's Degree is in occupational safety and health, industrial hygiene, or industrial engineering, it may be substituted for an additional two years of the experience.

AGENCY SAFETY AND HEALTH DIRECTOR 2

Promotion

One year of permanent competitive service as an Agency Safety and Health Director 1, Grade 23.

Open Competitive

Ten years of full-time experience in the development and administration of occupational health and safety programs in an organization of 500 or more employees, or with multiple locations.

A Bachelor's Degree may be used to substitute for four years of the experience. If the Bachelor's Degree is in occupational safety and health, industrial hygiene, or industrial engineering, it may be substituted for an additional two years of the experience.

Date: 5/96

NOTE: For current information on minimum qualifications contact the Division of Staffing Services.