Responsible for administering the Cooperative’s safety programs to ensure compliance with multiple regulatory agencies. Implements proactive measures to reduce and eliminate hazards through employee training, protective materials and equipment, analyzing work areas, and promoting understanding of Cooperative safety procedures. This position works closely with all Cooperative personnel.
Standards of Excellence
The standards of excellence represent the code of conduct required of every employee to ensure a culture of excellence is maintained throughout the cooperative.
Supports the organization by having sufficient knowledge of programs and services offered and professionally representing the organization in a positive manner. Contributing to high organizational and team performance through a commitment to excellence.
Accepts challenges and supports change within the organization. Demonstrates commitment, and overcomes resistance through resourcefulness and creative problem solving.
Allocates time and attention based on what is most important to achieve key goals and objectives.
Effectively organizes and balances tasks and priorities to keep multiple duties on track.
Demonstrates effective skills in obtaining and researching facts and information. Interprets and analyzes information, including instructions and guidelines to make appropriate decisions.
Selects and uses appropriate communication methods and demonstrates follow through with commitments.
Observes safety and security procedures and actively demonstrates safe work practices at all times.
Exhibits integrity and demonstrates ethical behavior in everyday business conduct.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Identifies, analyzes, and controls occupational hazards.
Conducts routine safety evaluations and assessments to identify potentially unsafe equipment and working practices
Directs and conducts accident, incident, and near-miss investigations, preparing and maintaining appropriate documentation. Reports findings and makes recommendations as appropriate or needed.
Develops, stewards, and implements programs which facilitate lowering the number of recordable injuries experienced by Cooperative employees.
Researches and interprets NESC, OSHA, EPA, FCC, DOT, state and national safety codes, and other requirements as they relate to all working environments of the Cooperative and initiate steps to ensure compliance.
Oversees flame retardant clothing, personal protective equipment, and other protective equipment.
Recommends and reviews safety policies and procedures programs, taking all steps to maintain accreditation.
Designs, organizes, and conducts safety meetings and programs to meet Cooperative goals and regulatory requirements.
Oversees all safety programs and certifications, documenting employee attendance, program completion, and maintaining necessary certifications, such as First Aid and CPR.
Responds to inquiries from government agencies and employees regarding the Cooperative’s safety programs.
Plans, coordinates, and conducts in-house training programs. Selects and coordinates the use of safety training consultants, training specialists, and other outside sources.
Ensures all employees receive proper safety training and the material necessary for tasks.
Coordinates and performs inspections of all employees and facilities to assure compliance with safe working procedures and conditions.
Continually assesses and maintains safe conditions in Cooperative facilities.
Collaborates with managers and Human Resources to address safety concerns.
Maintains appropriate records of the inspections.
Facilitates the Cooperative’s Apprentice Lineman training program.
Enrolls participants, provides related study materials, and administers tests as needed.
Monitors employee progress and encourages timely completion of each module and overall program.
Communicates employee progress to assigned managers and HR.
Readily available to assist Cooperative employees outside of regular business hours.
Keeps manager informed of significant safety or liability related issues which may jeopardize the achievement of objectives as well as those not being addressed adequately.
Maintains knowledge of and administers the Cooperative’s worker’s compensation policy.
Collects relevant information regarding claims, submits documents to insurance carriers, and maintains thorough documentation of each case.
Communicates with affected employees and keeps updated with the developments of each case, ensuring appropriate return to work documentation is received.
Maintains a close working relationship with related insurance carriers.
Communicates with Human Resources and payroll on the new injuries, reports, documentation, and filing of claims.
Develops and oversees budget for safety section.
Provides information by preparing a variety of reports and submitting them to the Manager, General Manager/CEO, Board of Directors, State, and Federal agencies and others.
Maintains an ongoing knowledge of rules, regulations, and equipment pertaining to safety issues.
Serves as a resource for safety related questions and information.
Other duties as assigned
Analytical Skills - Adapts to changes in the work environment, manages competing demands, accepts criticism and feedback and changes approach or method to best fit the situation. Exhibits ability to learn and apply new skills.
Continuous Learning - Assesses own strengths and weaknesses, seeks feedback to improve performance, pursues training and development opportunities, strives to continuously build knowledge and skills, shares expertise with others.
Dependability - Responds to requests for service and assistance, follows instructions, responds to management direction, takes responsibility for own actions, commits to doing the best job possible, keeps commitments and meets attendance and punctuality guidelines.
Impact & Influence - Pursues and wins support for ideas, displays ability to influence key decision-makers, achieves win-win outcomes, uses authority appropriately to accomplish goals, addresses divergent opinions
Initiative - Volunteers readily, undertakes self-development activities, seeks increased responsibilities, looks for and takes advantage of opportunities and asks for help when needed.
Judgment - Displays willingness to make decisions, exhibits sound and accurate judgment, supports and explains, reasoning for decisions, includes appropriate people in decision making process, makes timely decisions.
Teamwork - Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views, gives, and welcomes feedback, contributes to building a positive team, and supports everyone's efforts to succeed.
Leadership - Exhibits confidence in self and others, inspires respect and trust, reacts well under pressure, shows courage to take action and motivates others to perform well.
Organizational Savvy - Displays understanding of organizational culture and practices, incorporates organizational awareness into decision making, utilizes both formal and informal channels to achieve results, navigates organizational politics effectively, builds alliances across the organization.
Presentation Skills – Tailors presentation to audience needs, engages and focuses attention, presents information logically and persuasively, handles difficult questions and situations, inspires audience to action.
Project Management - Develops project plans, coordinates projects, communicates changes and progress as necessary, completes projects on time and budget, and manages project team activities.
Relationship Building - Builds rapport up, down and across the organization, establishes collaborative relationships to achieve objectives, seeks win-win solutions to conflict, develops network of professional contacts, displays empathy and tolerates diverse viewpoints
Strategic Thinking - Develops strategies to achieve organizational goals, understands organization's strengths and weaknesses, analyzes market and competition, identifies external threats and opportunities and adapts strategy to changing conditions.
Use of Technology - Demonstrates required skills, adapts to new technologies, troubleshoots technological problems, keeps technical skills up to date, uses technology to increase productivity.
Education and/or Experience – High school diploma or equivalent is required. Bachelor’s degree in Safety, Electrical, Energy, or related field is preferred. A minimum of ten years’ experience with an electrical distribution utility and broadband is required. A working knowledge of applicable codes, regulations and standards, both national and local, i.e. NESC, DOT, EPA, FCC, and knowledge of budgeting and forecasting is desirable.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations -- Must hold a valid Oklahoma Driver’s license. Ability to obtain safety certifications, such as Certified Loss Control Professional (CLCP) within a reasonable period as determined by management. OSHA 10 & 30 Certification is required.
Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative serves over 28,000 members in a seven-county area with 38,000 plus meters. Over 5,000 miles of power lines spread across the geographically-diverse service territory, consisting of both overhead and underground structures. With approximately 190 employees, the cooperative and its subsidiary are one of the largest employers in the area.
The cooperative's subsidiary, Northeast Rural Services, was founded in 1989. It features a technology and communications division, as well as a full-service contract right-of-way division. Northeast Rural Services is motivated by the same maxim that drives its parent company to seek out the best interest of cooperative members.