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Director of Safety

J.F. Electric

Jul 28, 2020

Position Details

  • Work Location: Edwardsville, IL
  • Employment Type: Full Time
  • Salary Range: compensation commensurate with experience
  • Required Education: College


Overview: Coordinate the activities of the Safety Professionals and Programs in support of J.F. Electric operations


Duties and responsibilities:

  • Provide strategic direction and leadership to a team of Safety Representatives
  • Establish and manage the goals and objectives for accomplishing safety program work and insure proper utilization of personnel; delegate functional activities to subordinates and establish supervisory schedules and responsibilities
  • Manage relationships with all J.F. Electric departments and teams
  • Proposal and contract development support as it relates to safety and emergency plans
  • Comply with, enforce and support J.F. Electric safety philosophy, safety training, safety manual and OSHA
    • Ensure all personnel use/wear all appropriate personal protective equipment and tools
    • Foster an environment where safety is expected and correct unsafe behavior consistently
    • Diligently monitor safety in all situations, proactively work to prevent accidents and injuries at all times
    • Stop work that is being performed in an unsafe manner
    • Take corrective/disciplinary action for repetitive safety violations
    • Reinforce safety rules and the importance of everyone going home safely in meetings, toolbox talks, JSAs and other opportunities
  • Plan, organize and deliver routine training on safety and emergency preparedness, business continuity and disaster recovery
  • Update, adopt and continuously improve Company Safety Manual(s) including all associated safety policies, procedures and programs
  • Develop and maintain a thorough knowledge of all related OSHA regulations and compliance requirements for these regulations 
  • Research changes in OSHA regulations and prepare programs as required for employee training & customer requirements
  • Respond to Company personnel on safety related concerns, questions, and issues
  • Act as the Subject Matter Expert (SME) for safety inquiries from OSHA, owner, General Contractors, or job-site personnel
  • Work with leadership to understand safety initiatives, goals and outcomes
    • Report results and upcoming plans to leadership on a monthly basis
  • Confidently develop and administer a long term plan to reduce risk for J.F. Electric
  • Prepare safety-related pre-qualification documents
  • Conduct job-site visits, safety inspections, safety meetings, etc. in accordance with J.F. Electric guidelines (which will be established by the Director of Safety in conjunction with the VP of Safety)
  • Ensure that reported safety issues and concerns related to job-site equipment, tools, and personnel are answered by Safety or the respective Operations/Project Manager
  • Ensure that all new union employee safety orientations and drug screenings are conducted
  • Work closely with Claims Manager to collect proper documentation for injuries, property claims, motor vehicle accidents, and OSHA 300 logs
  • Guide or perform post-accident investigations and translate findings into preventative training to reduce or eliminate the risk of repeated accidents
  • Contact and/or subcontract a professional safety consulting firm for specific safety concerns, requirements or regulations, when required
  • Research, specify and approve all safety-related equipment purchased
  • Ensure that all safety-related equipment is inventoried, assigned and tracked. 
    • Coordinate or perform safety equipment inspections, testing, and certification as required by regulation or policy 
  • Provide continued support and research related to specific or unusual safety issues
  • Responsible for other duties as assigned


Required Education, Experience or background: 


  • Bachelor’s degree in Safety and Health, EH&S Management or a related field preferred or equivalent work experience.  Master’s degree a plus.  CUSA or CUSP preferred. 
  • Electric utility construction background requiredExperience as a Lineman preferred. 
  • 5+ years of leadership/managerial experience within Safety and Health is required.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and demonstrated training delivery skills
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of OSHA and applicable federal, state, local and company safety regulations
    • OSHA 500 certification would demonstrate this
  • Ability to build trust across diverse teams and divisions, and influence even without direct authority
  • Expertise in regulatory communications
  • Ability to recognize onsite risk factors and take appropriate action with determination and tact
  • Sense of responsibility and ownership for project
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, OSHA requirements and safety manuals
  • Ability to speak effectively with customers and employees of the company
  • At times prolonged periods of driving may be required
  • Required to have visual and sensory acuity to observe facilities or structures, and operate equipment and vehicles
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, clean driving record and ability to drive a motorized vehicle

Company Information


J.F. Electric is an electrical contractor that’s in the business of creating connections — providing engineering expertise, backed up by a construction and installation know-how in a diverse range of service offerings — from utilities and commercial projects to industrial and telecommunications customers. Our smart solutions deliver value from pre-planning to long after the project is complete.

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