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Safety Officer - Health & Safety - HR Department - SF Public Works (5177 TPV)

Recruitment: RTF0132540-01152265

Published: March 18, 2023


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Department: Public Works
Job class: 5177-Safety Officer
Salary range: $141,934.00 - $185,536.00
Role type: Permanent Civil Service What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time
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The announcement has been amended to extend the filing deadline to accept additional applications.  Candidates who have previously applied DO NOT need to re-apply.

San Francisco Public Works (SFPW) has a far-reaching portfolio with a $352 million annual operating budget, an active capital portfolio that exceeds $3 billion and a workforce of 1,600-plus employees. The department operates around the clock, touching every neighborhood in San Francisco. The staff designs and manages the construction of civic buildings and streets; cleans and greens the right of way; maintains civic buildings; manages multi-million-dollar bond programs; trains people for jobs; keeps the right of way free of hazards; paves the roads; repairs bridges and public stairways; expands accessibility; and works at the forefront addressing some of San Francisco’s biggest challenges, including homelessness. With a mission to enhance the quality of life in San Francisco for residents, visitors, and business owners, Public Works is committed to providing outstanding public service through an equity lens.

Please click the following link to learn more about the three workplace core values we live and embrace every day here at Public Works: Respect, Integrity, and Responsiveness.

San Francisco Public Works (SFPW) currently has a vacancy for the position of Safety Officer (5177). 

Appointment Type: Temporary Provisional (TPV). This is not a permanent appointment. A provisional appointee must participate and be successful in a Civil Service examination for this classification and be selected through an open competitive process in order to be considered for permanent appointment. Provisional appointments may not exceed three (3) years.

Application Opening: Friday, March 3, 2023
Application Deadline: This is a continuous recruitment. Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately as this recruitment may close at any time, but no earlier than Friday, March 17, 2023.
Compensation Range:  $141,934 - $185,536 annually 
Recruitment ID: RTF0132540-01152265 / TPV-5177-132542

Role description

Reporting to SFPW’s Director of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS), this position will support SFPW’s Industrial EHS program.

As a Safety Officer, your duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Serve as one of the department’s liaisons for Cal/OSHA audits and investigation for SFPW, assist with the coordination of responses to Cal/OSHA where needed.
  • Serve as the SFPW expert in matters concerning safety to advise departments on required Injury & Illness Prevention Programs and Cal/OSHA serious injury reporting requirements.
  • Direct and participate in the investigations of facilities and buildings to evaluate potentially hazardous conditions or work methods.
  • Monitor and analyze workers’ compensation data to analyze injury trends and collaborate with SFPW bureaus on corrective actions. 
  • Fostering relationships with citywide industrial hygienists, safety managers, safety officers, and safety analysts to assist with the development of SFPW policies and recommend prevention strategies towards equipment and training needs.
  • Working closely with our Engineering bureau to schedule and conduct construction performance inspection site visits.
  • Develop and present safety training materials for SFPW use around New Employee Training (NEO), temporary traffic control, and other safety training as needed.
  • Develop and contribute to the creation of Safety Newsletters.
  • Participate in labor relations meetings, safety committees, accident review/defensive driver training meetings while representing and advising management on regulations, bureau safety concerns, and preparing draft responses to unions.
  • You will receive training to assist the Senior Industrial Hygienist with sample collection analyses.
  • Provide safety training where required.
  • May include additional duties as assigned.

How to qualify


  1. Possession of Master’s Degree in Safety, Occupational Safety and Health, Safety Management or equivalent degree in a closely related field from an accredited college or university; AND
  2. Four (4) years of professional industrial or occupational safety experience, which must include work safety assessments, engineering design review, accident investigation, safety program development and safety management; AND
  3. Certification as a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) by the American Board of Certified Safety Professionals; AND
  4. Possession of current valid California Driver License.
  5. Ability to wear personal protective equipment, such as respirator and the ability to climb ladders, bend, squat, and crawl in tight spaces to safely access work sites. Note: A medical examination and the probationary period will be used to evaluate this qualification.


  1. Combination of a baccalaureate degree in one of disciplines specified in MQ #1 and six years of experience as described in MQ #2 may substitute for qualifications #1 and #2.
  2. Combination of baccalaureate or graduate degree in Engineering, Physical or Natural Sciences from an accredited college or university and seven years experience as described in MQ #2 may substitute for qualifications #1 and #2.
  3. Combination of any baccalaureate or graduate degree from an accredited college or university and eight years experience as described in MQ #2 may substitute for qualifications #1 and #2.
  4. Registration as a Professional Engineer in Safety by the State of California Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors may be substituted for the certification MQ #3.
  5. A graduate degree as described in MQ #1 and six years experience as described in MQ #2, without a CSP, is qualifying.


  • One year of full-time employment is equivalent to 2000 hours. (2000 hours of qualifying work experience is based on a 40-hour work week.) Any overtime hours that you work above forty (40) hours per week are not included in the calculation to determine full-time employment.
  • Applicants must meet minimum qualification requirements by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Ability to interpret and communicate complex safety guidelines and foster the ability to use complex electronic data systems to extract and analyze data from multiple systems as they relate occupational safety and health.
  • Ability to create user-friendly reports for senior management.
  • Ability to work in an environment where responsibility and authority is shared equally with other departmental safety personnel.
  • Possess excellent writing and communication skills.

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at

Falsifying one's education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

All work experience, education, training, and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline. Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City and County of San Francisco application. 

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores. 

Selection Procedures:
The selection process will include an evaluation of applications in relation to minimum requirements. Depending on the number of applicants, the Department may establish and implement additional screening mechanisms to comparatively evaluate the qualifications of candidates. If this becomes necessary, only those applicants whose qualifications most closely meet the needs of the Department will move forward in the recruitment process.

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through all of the steps in the selection procedure.

What else should I know?

Additional Information Regarding Employment with the City and County of San Francisco:

Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: At the City and County of San Francisco, we share a commitment to a diverse, inclusive and equitable community. Each member of our organization is responsible and accountable for what they say and do to make San Francisco an inclusive and equitable place to live and work by employing fair and just practices to and for all.

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit and begin the application process.

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Applicants may be contacted by email about this recruitment and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date. Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the analyst, Kristi Wong, at

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:  All City and County of San Francisco employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Someone is fully vaccinated when 14 days have passed since they received the final dose of a two-shot vaccine or a dose of a one-shot vaccine. Any new hire must present proof of full vaccination status to be appointed. Any new hire who will be routinely assigned or occasionally enter High-Risk Settings, must provide proof of having received a COVID-19 booster vaccine by March 1, 2022, or once eligible.

The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.