5177 Safety Officer

San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center

Recruitment #PBT-5177-900632



Applicants are encouraged to file immediately as this recruitment may close at any time, but no sooner than October 17, 2014.

This is a Position Based Test conducted in accordance with Civil Service Rule 111A.

Amended December 9, 2014 to revise the Terms of Announcement and the Position Based Test conducted in accordance with Civil Service Rule 111A.

Position Information: Under general direction, the San Francisco General Hospital Safety Officer is responsible for developing, implementing, monitoring and improving a comprehensive Environment of Care (EOC) Safety Program for SFGH, with primary emphasis on reducing hazards and promoting/providing a safe environment for patients, visitors and staff.

The Safety Officer may be required to attend meetings or participate in work-related activities outside of normal working hours (evenings and weekends) in various community locations.

Essential Functions include:

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of occupational safety programs and make recommendations and modifications to comply with regulatory requirements.
  • Establishe San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center's hospital-wide safety training programs for all personnel including managers, supervisors, and team leaders;
  • Develop a variety of safety training materials, including manuals, bulletins and written procedures.
  • Provide for appropriate courses of instruction in safety procedures;
  • Organize, conduct and participate in regularly scheduled safety meetings with workers, supervisors and management personnel.
  • Maintain current knowledge in hospital and occupational safety, as it applies to work activities.
  • Monitor compliance with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Conditions of Participation, The Joint Commission (TJC) Standards and Elements of Performance, and Cal/OSHA and other regulatory agency standards and guidelines.
  • Monitor Workers' Compensation claims and advise management on injury and liability prevention.
  • Evaluate and select personal protective equipment.
  • Monitor safety performance indicators and develop and present reports for hospital leadership, and regulatory agencies.
  • Provide safety training, technical information and advise departmental personnel.

 The Safety Officer also performs related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

1.    Possession of a 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.


A.   Combination of a baccalaureate degree in one of the disciplines specialized in MQ #1 and six (6) years of experience as described in MQ #2 may substitute for qualifications #1 and #2.

B.   Combination of baccalaureate or graduate degree in Engineering, Physical or Natural Sciences from an accredited college or university and seven (7) years experience as described in MQ #2 may substitute for qualifications #1 and #2.

C.   Combination of any baccalaureate or graduate from an accredited college or university and eight (8) years experience as described in MQ #2 may substitute for qualifications #1 and #2.

D.   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.

E.   A graduate degree as described in MQ #1 and six (6) years experience as described in MQ #2, without a CSP, is qualifying.

Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

Desired Qualifications: 

The stated desired qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring.

  • Experience in developing and delivering safety training programs related to acute care hospital safety and security.
  • Experience coordinating hazardous material incidents and other safety related emergency events.
  • Computer and technical skills to use software and electronic programs requiring keyboarding, updating and compiling reports, databases, and spreadsheets.

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 http://sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=456

Note: 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.

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

  • Select the desired job announcement
  • Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions on the screen

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

You can also watch this video for further assistance with our online application system:


Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement 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 (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org).

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.

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.

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

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Nina Marillo, by telephone at (415) 554-2913, or by email: nina.marillo@sfdph.org


Selection Procedures

Supplemental Questionnaire:  (Weight 100%)
Candidates will be prompted to complete a supplemental questionnaire as part of the online employment application.  The Supplemental Questionnaire is designed to measure knowledge, skills and/or abilities in job-related areas which may include but are not limited to: 

  1. Knowledge of the theory, principles and practices of Occupational Safety and Health, and Cal/OSHA regulations and requirements.
  2. Knowledge of California Occupational Injury and Workers’ Compensation reporting and record-keeping requirements.
  3. Knowledge of public safety and security prevention techniques for the protection of people, property and data; anticipate potential threats.
  4. Ability to plan and evaluate a comprehensive Occupational and Industrial Safety program.
  5. Written communication ability.

The supplemental questionnaire is the primary component of the exam process.  The supplemental questionnaire will be rated and scored. All relevant experience, education and/or training must be on the supplemental questionnaire in order to be reviewed in the rating process. A passing score must be achieved on the Supplemental Questionnaire Evaluation in order to continue in the selection process. Candidates with a passing score will be placed on the eligible list in rank order according to their final score.


Certification Rule:
The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be
Rule Of Five Scores.  The hiring department may conduct additional position-specific selection processes to make final hiring decisions.

Eligible List:
http://sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#eligiblelists.  The duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be six (6) months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.

The eligible list resulting from this examination is subject to change after adoption (e.g. as a result of appeals), as directed by the Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission.  The duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be six (6) months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.

Upon approval of the Human Resource Director (see Civil Service Rule 111A.26.5), the eligible list resulting from this announcement may be used by other departments that also use this classification or a similar classification. To find other Departments which use this classification, please see http://www.sfdhr.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentID=13693. Search that document by title or job code to see which departments use the classification.



Conviction History

As part of the selection process an image of your fingerprints will be captured and sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) history will disqualify you as a candidate based on the specific requirements of the position to which you are applying. If selected for fingerprinting, the hiring department will contact you to schedule an appointment.

Candidates applying for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.

Candidates applying for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


Position Based Testing:


Reasonable Accommodation Request:
Applicants with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodation for this examination can find information on requesting a reasonable accommodation at


Veterans Preference:
Information regarding requests for veteran's preference can be found at: 


Seniority Credit in Promotional Exams: 
Information regarding seniority credit can be found at:

Copies of Application Documents:
Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

Right to Work:
All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.

General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures:
Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20 or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Terms of Announcement:
Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations. Clerical errors may be corrected by the posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at www.jobaps.com/sf.

The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 111A.35.1. The standard for the review of such appeals is ‘abuse of discretion’ or ‘no rational basis’ for establishing the position description, the minimum qualifications and/or the certification rule. Appeals must include a written statement of the item(s) being contested and the specific reason(s) why the cited item(s) constitute(s) abuse of discretion by the Human Resources Director. Appeals must be submitted directly to the Executive Officer of the Civil Service Commission within five business days of the announcement issuance date.


Exam Type:  Entrance/Promotive
Issued:  9/26/2014, Amended 12/9/2014 to revise Terms of Announcement and Position Based Test conducted in accordance with Civil Service Rule 111A.
Micki  Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: PBT-5177-900632


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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