Alameda County Water District

ACWD is a special purpose public agency that provides drinking water to over 345,000 people in Fremont, Newark, and Union City (greater San Francisco Bay Area). ACWD supplies and treats water from three sources: 1) State Project water via the South Bay Aqueduct, 2) Hetch Hetchy water and treated local water purchased from the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, and 3) groundwater from an aquifer recharged by both natural runoff and imported water flows. There are three major water production facilities using treatment technologies including primary ozone disinfection and reverse osmosis. The District encompasses more than 900 miles of distribution and transmission pipelines, as well as 13 tanks and reservoirs; it is currently implementing Advanced Metering Infrastructure at each of the District's 87,000 water services, and 4.5MW of solar arrays at District facilities. The annual average demand is 35 million gallons per day. ACWD has a staff of 244 employees and a budget of approximately $175 million. The District is headquartered in Fremont, CA. For further District information, please visit our website at

Job Title: Workplace Health and Safety Officer

Job Description 

Under direction from the Human Resources and Risk Manager, independently plans, coordinates, and implements a comprehensive occupational health and safety program for the District; prepares and administers the annual budget for areas of responsibility; initiates complex analyses and studies resulting in recommendations and implementation of systemic changes to workplace health and safety programs; provides consultation and expertise to District management and staff; exercises functional authority over District staff in essential matters of health and safety; participates in the management of, and may oversee, the District's insurance program, including workers' compensation program and claims management and property and liability programs; and performs related work as required.


Workplace Health and Safety Officer is a single-position and specialized professional classification. Under general direction, within a framework of established policies and procedures, the incumbent performs a full range of routine to complex duties related to the planning, coordination, and implementation of a comprehensive health and safety program for the District. The incumbent provides consultation and expertise to District management and staff and functional direction of District staff relative to essential matters of health and safety. Assignments are given in general terms and subject to review upon completion. There is significant latitude for discretion and independent judgment and action in well-defined areas of work.


Develops, coordinates, and supervises the implementation and maintenance of a comprehensive District-wide occupational health and safety program designed to prevent injury, occupational illness, and damage to property.

Drafts and recommends District-wide health and safety directives and maintains District safety-related manuals, including the preparation and distribution of appropriate updates.

Determines applicability of administrative and regulatory requirements and other health and safety laws and implements applicable regulations and standards; maintains current knowledge of legislation, regulations, and practices in health and safety and advises District management regarding the impact on District operations.

Represents the District in inspections and hearings conducted by Cal/OSHA and other regulatory agencies, and is responsible for Cal/OSHA reporting compliance.

Establishes and implements safety training objectives; plans and schedules health and safety training; conducts or provides for health/safety related training; maintains records and a database of employee training, medical examinations, licenses, and certifications.

Conducts and supervises facility and site inspections, job hazards analyses, and other evaluations to identify hazards and potential risks; makes recommendations to managers as required and implements appropriate corrective actions; conducts audits of corrective actions to ensure compliance with regulations and corrective action plan.

Conducts post-accident investigations; develops and chairs a District accident review committee; makes recommendations for changes in equipment and or processes to correct unsafe conditions; assesses incident statistics to determine requirements for new or modified training.

Administers the District's DOT program, including but not limited to random drug and alcohol program; working with vendor on randow draws, and giving notice to employees regarding testing protocol and testing requirements; review of new hire and current DOT participant's driving privileges, and administer the Substance Abuse Professional processes; and the District's DOT Clearinghouse participation.

DMV Pull Notice Program Administration: including but not limited to enrolling and removing drivers as required; review DMV Pull Notice information, and provide notice to affected employees of pending renewal requirements, expirations, and medical certificates for commercial drivers.

Chairs the District Wide Safety Committee and serves on industry-based safety committees.

Manages and administers the District's Learning Management System (LMS); update LMS with all employees certifications; update and validate LMS as needed.

Participates in and may manage the District’s insurance and claims programs, including Workers’ Compensation and Property and Liability insurance claims.

Administer the District's Workers' Compensation program, including but not limited to workplace accident investigation (root cause analysis), identify workplace injury trends and training needs; maintain WC program metrics; manage all Workers' Compensation litigated claims; develop the annual 300 log, and all other CalOSHA required reporting.

Participates in and provides regulation guidance and policy setting related to workplace safety for the hazard management, mitigation, and hazardous waste programs, and emergency response and management activities.

Provides consultation and expertise to and exercises functional authority over District staff in essential matters of safety and health.

Acts as resource person offering advice and consultation to District staff within area of expertise and program responsibility.

Prepares, recommends, and administers budget for areas of responsibility.

Performs other related work as required.

Job Requirements 

Education and Experience:

Possession of a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in industrial engineering, safety engineering, occupational health, business administration, or a related field; and four (4) years of full-time responsible professional experience in workplace safety and employee training work, which includes two (2) years experience in the administration of a comprehensive safety and accident prevention program. Experience in a water or wastewater utility is desirable.

Additional Requirements:
- Must possess a valid driver’s license and have a satisfactory driving record.
- Possession of, or ability to obtain, a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and First Aid certificate within one year of employment.
- Certification as an Associate in Risk Management, Associate Safety Professional, and/or Certified Safety Professional is desirable.

Apply by: Fri, 05/26/2023

To Apply, Contact: 
Selina Zapien
(510) 668-4223