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Safety and Training Office

Whatcom County Public Works recognizes the inherent risks that employees potentially face in the workplace and in the field.  Through the promotion, education and continuous oversight of workplace safety of our employees, the Safety and Training Office works aggressively to mitigate the potential of employee injury and/or damage to county and public property.

What We Do

A primary responsibility of the Safety and Training Office is to offer Safety and training officea variety of safety related training programs in the area of required state and federal certifications, and general workplace safety practices.  In addition, the Safety and Training Office works closely with both supervisors and employees to develop and facilitate the delivery of a wide range of employee training programs that will keep pace with changing technologies and new and different demands upon our employees.

A review of all department incidents/accidents and maintenance of a database history assist with the link between employee and manager to bridge safety related issues.  With an understanding of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Washington Industrial Safety and Health Administration (WISHA), the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), and other standards, the Safety and Training Office is able to monitor employee safety compliance within their work area.  In the event that an employee is injured, the Safety and Training Specialist works closely with the employee, the supervisor, and Human Resources to ensure the appropriate support to the employee, as well as properly processing the required paperwork.

The Safety and Training Office is responsible for the review of all Public Works claims.  The Safety and Training Specialist works closely with the Chief Civil Prosecuting Attorney in the review and determination of fault, as well as developing educational awareness of risks to avoid, and worksite practices to prevent future claims.

Liaison with Emergency Operations Center

The Safety and Training Specialist is the Public Works' liaison within the Emergency Safety and training specialistOperations Center during any disaster within Whatcom County.  This assists the Department to ensure that the planned communication and coordination of efforts between Public Works and a number of public and private entities occur, and if necessary, are properly executed.  Additionally, the Safety and Training Specialist conducts community outreach programs to solicit volunteer support for disaster emergency response and to create a positive link between Whatcom County Public Works and the community.