Berkeley Lab has an opening for an Electrical Safety Officer to support the Facilities and Projects & Infrastructure Modernization Divisions on construction projects and maintenance work. As an electrical safety champion, you will play a key role in providing safety expertise, partnership, and leadership to continually improve and develop new electrical safety approaches to ensure safe electrical work execution. In particular, the Division Electrical Safety Officer is responsible for assessing and consulting staff and contractors in electrical safety subject matter areas, such as electrical safety, high voltage electrical safety, lockout/tagout, subcontractor safety, and maintenance safety, planning and operations. This is a great opportunity to join a dynamic, multidisciplinary research institution and further its work to strengthen our health and safety technical programs and expertise, while promoting Berkeley Lab's safety culture and commitment.
What You Will Do:
Serve as Division Electrical Safety Officer for the Facilities and Projects & Infrastructure Modernization Divisions. Fulfill the function of "Competent Person" as required by NFPA 70E.
Review processes and procedures to plan and control high and medium voltage electrical work. Review and approve Electrical Safe Work Practices to ensure Berkeley Lab requirements for Electrical Safe Work Practices and workplace conditions are in place. Advise the Laboratory Electrical Safety Officer on strategies to address complex regulatory matters and control of construction, maintenance, and lab hazards to minimize liability risks.
Manage the Subcontractor Qualified Electrical Worker (QEW) program for Division contractors. Review training records and other documentation submitted by contractors, provide training and practical certification, track status of badges, perform field assessments and coaching. Manage staff augmentation through contractors for peak times of activity on projects to assist as needed.
Lead self-assessments in the areas of Electrical Safety and Lockout/Tagout (LOTO). Observe electrical work and work requiring LOTO to identify continuous improvement opportunities.
Design safety mitigations for electrical safety and LOTO into construction projects.
Develop awareness and communication campaigns related to LOTO and electrical safety.
Assist with subcontractor LOTO permitting process. Develop and assist with LOTO Permits and Complex LOTO Procedures, using the institutional database.
Design and lead strategies and tasks to resolve complex LOTO safety issues and participate in investigation of LOTO or electrical accidents or near miss events.
Coach and provide advice to subcontractors and project managers on the development of energization documentation for construction electrical and mechanical energization.
Act as an expert resource to employees, managers, and the Divisional Safety Coordinators for electrical safety-related concerns. Reinforce good work practices to reduce at-risk behaviors. Perform workplace inspections to look for electrical hazards in office areas, as well as inspection of maintenance and construction areas. Advise management on electrical safety PPE.
Develop and maintain a collaborative working relationship with Division staff, EH&S staff, Safety Coordinators in the line Divisions, EH&S Division Liaisons assigned to line Divisions, workers, and line management throughout the Laboratory.
What is Required:
B.S. in Electrical Engineering or a related field of study and 7 to 10 years of electrical work experience, or M.S. and 5 to 7 years of experience, or Ph.D. and 3 to 5 years of experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
A solid background in electrical construction and electrical plant maintenance, including a high level of working proficiency in Lockout/Tagout and NFPA 70E safe work practices.
NFPA 70E certification as Certified Electrical Safety Compliance Professional (CESCP) or the ability to achieve certification within one year of employment.
Strong interpersonal and communications skills to effectively interact with Division management/staff, project managers, superintendents, and subcontractors and participate on interdisciplinary EH&S teams.
Ability to effectively provide technical leadership and consultation to both technical and lay audiences, work effectively with people across all job classifications, and deal with sensitive issues and difficult people and situations.
Proficiency with standard business software, including word processing, presentation software, and spreadsheets.
Must be able to perform the physical requirements of this position including field activity involving minor lifting (up to 25 lbs), frequent standing and walking, moving in confined spaces, climbing stairs, inspecting equipment requiring reaching with hands and arms and use of hands to handle or feel, and frequently stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.
Experience working in a Department of Energy (DOE) environment and with construction projects preferred.
This is a full-time career appointment, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
Periodic weekend and after hours work may be necessary during emergencies and power outages for maintenance of high voltage switchgear.
This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
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Berkeley Lab (LBNL) addresses the world's most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab's scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science.
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About Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
In the world of science, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is synonymous with excellence. Thirteen scientists associated with Berkeley Lab have won the Nobel Prize. Fifty-seven Lab scientists are members of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), one of the highest honors for a scientist in the United States. Thirteen of our scientists have won the National Medal of Science, our nation's highest award for lifetime achievement in fields of scientific research. Eighteen of our engineers have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, and three of our scientists have been elected into the Institute of Medicine. In addition, Berkeley Lab has trained thousands of university science and engineering students who are advancing technological innovations across the nation and around the world. Berkeley Lab is a member of the national laboratory system supported by the U.S. Department of Energy through its Office of Science. It is managed by the University of California (UC) and is charged with conducting unclassified research across a wide range of scientific disciplines. Located on a 200-acre site in the hills above the UC Berkeley campus that offers spectacular... views of the San Francisco Bay, Berkeley Lab employs approximately 4,200 scientists, engineers, support staff and students. Its budget for 2011 is $735 million, with an additional $101 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, for a total of $836 million. A recent study estimates the Laboratory's overall economic impact through direct, indirect and induced spending on the nine counties that make up the San Francisco Bay Area to be nearly $700 million annually. The Lab was also responsible for creating 5,600 jobs locally and 12,000 nationally. The overall economic impact on the national economy is estimated at $1.6 billion a year. Technologies developed at Berkeley Lab have generated billions of dollars in revenues, and thousands of jobs. Savings as a result of Berkeley Lab developments in lighting and windows, and other energy-efficient technologies, have also been in the billions of dollars. Berkeley Lab was founded in 1931 by Ernest Orlando Lawrence, a UC Berkeley physicist who won the 1939 Nobel Prize in physics for his invention of the cyclotron, a circular particle accelerator that opened the door to high-energy physics. It was Lawrence's belief that scientific research is best done through teams of individuals with different fields of expertise, working together. His teamwork concept is a Berkeley Lab legacy that continues today.