Safety Manager




Organization: Denver Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Denver, CO, United States
Job or Internship: Job

At Denver Zoo, our mission is to secure a better world for animals through human understanding. We are a respected leader in animal care and exhibition, conservation programs, scientific study, environmental education and public service.Summary:The Safety Manager advances Denver Zoo’s mission and goals by providing the leadership and guidance necessary to develop, assess and maintain a positive safety and sustainability culture. Reporting to the Director of Safety and Sustainability, the Safety Manager is responsible for overseeing the implementation and maintenance of workplace health and safety programs and associated training for Denver Zoo. These programs include but are not limited to: accident/incident prevention, regulatory compliance, equipment safety, all associated safety training, compliance audits, incident investigation, hazard communication, respiratory protection, lock out tag out, confined space, industrial hygiene, process safety management, material process review, personal protective equipment. Program management will be maintained using the zoo’s existing ISO 14001 certified Sustainable Management System (SMS). The Safety Manager’s primary focus is leading Denver Zoo’s safety program, however will also participate in the successful integration of safety and sustainability initiatives.Essential Functions:•Establishes, implements and oversees effective health and safety programs that assist Denver Zoo in being compliant with OSHA, NFPA, AZA and other health and safety related regulations or standards. •Recommends, develops, facilitates and oversees the implementation of safety and sustainability policies, programs and corrective actions within the zoo’s ISO 14001 certified SMS.•Establish and maintain effective working relationships with Denver Zoo management, supervisors and employees to develop and implement department safety and sustainability initiatives.•Manage annual safety budget and annually identify and plan for budgetary and contracting needs for health and safety related items.•Establish, conduct and/or oversee periodic health and safety inspections to ensure compliance with applicable regulations. Proactively address non-compliant situations by collaboratively working with department managers and staff to develop a timely solution.•Perform accident investigations to identify root cause and generate recommendations to reduce or eliminate hazards and perform follow-up inspections to verify effectiveness/resolution.•Recommends and supplies proper personnel protective equipment to Denver Zoo staff.•Plan, organize, develop and conduct various health and safety training (on-line & classroom based). Submit and necessary paperwork to certification personnel in a timely manner.•Prepare regulatory required reports, questionnaires, or other correspondence to outside enforcement agencies, and represent Denver Zoo as a liaison with regulatory agencies and other groups in discussions with outside agencies•Chair Denver Zoo Safety Committee, providing direction on key tasks for committee to support development of health and safety programs in zoo’s SMS program.•Communicate information on health and safety program zoo upper management, including compliance reports, health and safety related statistical data, and associated cost information, on a regular frequency.•Review, interpret and comment (when appropriate) on new and proposed health and safety regulations (federal, state, and local) for impacts on Denver Zoo operations and advise management of the regulatory requirements.•Work closely with the zoo’s Emergency Procedures and Animal Safety Officer to review, coordinate, and participate in safety procedures and drills.•Performs related assignments related to safety and sustainability as management may direct.Additional Responsibilities:•Manage and maintain MSDS and Hazard Communication program.•Maintains “proof-of-insurance” documentation for all outside contractors working within the zoo.•Participates as the Safety subject matter expert on the zoo’s Employee Training Team.•Participates in activities of related professional organizations.•Maintain and coordinate with Denver Zoo Security on relationship with outside organizations such as fire departments and rescue teams in order to ensure information exchange and mutual assistance.•Develops and maintains a safety equipment mapping system.Qualifications:•Associates or Bachelor degree in occupational health or safety, industrial hygiene, environmental engineering or other relevant field, with a minimum of 2 years relevant experience.•Experience performing job safety analysis and implementing behavior-based health and safety best practices.•Understanding of Environmental Management Systems (EMS), ISO 14001, or OHSAS 18001•Must be capable of using proactive interpersonal skills to effectively communicate with all levels of employees.•Ability to motivate , delegate, provide leadership, counseling, conflict resolution, training and listening, among others in order to successfully implement the health and safety policies and procedures, and recommend corrective actions. •Training or knowledge of creating comprehensive health and safety programs, including but not limited to, hazardous material handling program, blood borne pathogens, and PPE. •OSHA 40-hour training course required within 90 days of employment.•High level of computer skills in MS Office Suite •Experience in project management and budget planning•Must be able to communicate effectively (written and oral).•Must have good organization skills and be able to plan, prioritize and coordinate several projects simultaneously.•Must possess the ability to handle making tough decisions and handling difficult situations in order to provide value to overall health and safety program at Denver Zoo.•Must be able to identify problems using investigative processes to analyze and evaluate complex information and ability to utilize creativity, innovation, best judgment, and logical reasoning to resolve these problems•Ability to organize and conduct effective training and education programs.•Ability to maintain confidentiality, both operations and personnel related.•Must possess a valid driver’s license with a clean record.Please apply through our website at www.denverzoo.orgDenver Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer