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Electrical Safety Officer

Location: Menlo Park, CA US
Position Type: Full Time
Rqd Education: Bachelor's Degree
Rqd Experience: General Management
Date Posted: June 5, 2023
Reference Code: 5419

As the SLAC Electrical Safety Officer (ESO), the successful candidate will develop, implement, and maintain the SLAC electrical safety program and control of hazardous energy program, and will support program implementation throughout various scientific and operational organizations within the laboratory.

SLAC builds and operates multiple revolutionary science and experimental facilities, several of which are unmatched in power, scale, and capability. This is a great opportunity to serve the Department of Energy National Laboratory community by consulting on a variety of complex electrical safety challenges. This position will report to the ES&H Director and will be a key member of the ESH team.

SLAC is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) laboratory operated by Stanford University and based in Menlo Park, CA. Given the nature of this position, SLAC will require onsite work.

Your specific responsibilities include:

  •    Oversee multiple, large, and/or complex electrical safety programs (NFPA70E, CoHE, EEIP) of significant scope and complexity along with the related organizational performance standards to support SLAC’s mission.
  •     Define the overall activities of the SLAC electrical safety program and allocate appropriate staffing and other resources to achieve objectives including development and direction of related policy.
  •    Alert the SLAC Chief Safety Office of legislative agendas and ramifications; develop appropriate strategy to address situation.
  •    Maintain and control the financial budget related for that department.
  •    Design, develop, and oversee implementation of the most complex electrical safety protection programs.
  •    Conduct business and technical briefings for senior and top management while serving as  the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) for NFPA70E implementation: representing and advocating SLAC’s position in an assigned area and/or specialty: working to develop a consensus position within a diverse, sometimes conflicting stakeholder climate (e.g., operational activities, external regulatory requirements).
  •    Serve as the technical subject matter expert for electrical safety at SLAC.  Evaluate electrical safety issues and concerns, and provide recommendations to resolve or address electrical safety issues in the workplace, including evaluating work activities for compliance with electrical safety requirements, and ensuring that the electrical safety and control of hazardous energy programs are effectively implemented throughout the Laboratory.
  •     Develop, implement and maintain the Laboratory’s electrical safety program and control of hazardous energy program, including policies, plans, procedures, hazard analyses, permits, training materials, audits, communications, and program files and records.
  •    Serve as the Electrical Safety Officer.
  •    Review electrical design changes to ensure that appropriate safety features are included in electrical system and facility designs (i.e. design-for-safety).
  •    Provide electrical safety support to construction projects and work directly with project managers, field construction managers, and field safety professionals to ensure effective implementation of electrical safe work practices during construction.
  •    Conduct or participate in energization readiness reviews for newly installed systems and equipment.
  •    Assist various departments in implementation of safe work practices on conventional and experimental electrical systems and equipment from 50 V up to 230 kV.
  •    Serve as an EHS technical advisor to scientific, research, and operations divisions in the area of electrical safety.
  •    Develop and maintain a collaborative working relationship with electrical workers and line management.
  •    Conduct hazard evaluations and risk assessments using National Fire Protection Administration 70E, “Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace” guidance, OSHA requirements, and SLAC Work Planning and Control program requirements.
  •    Participate in or lead the investigation of electrical or other safety accidents or near miss events. Employ Human Performance Improvement (HPI) principles in investigations.
  •     Conduct frequent field inspections and safety program audits/assessments.
  •     Deliver training in support of EHS programs to enable successful learning and development across complex and diverse organizations.
  •    Participate in the Energy Facility Contractor’s Group (EFCOG) Electrical Safety Task Group (ESTG).

To be successful in this position you will bring:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Safety and Health, electrical engineer (BSEE), or other scientific field and 7 years of experience as electrical safety professional, overseeing installation, commissioning, testing, operation, maintenance, and demolition of electrical systems and equipment, in an industrial, educational or research facility with an NFPA 70E-based Electrical safety program, or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience. Advanced degree and/or certification(s) may be required for some programs.
  •    Knowledge of applicable federal, state, and local regulations.
  •    Ability to interpret and apply regulations.
  •    Ability to conduct environmental, health, and safety related risk assessment, mitigation, and crisis management.
  •    Ability to lead professionally in emergency/crisis situations.
  •    NFPA certification: CESCP (Certified Electrical Safety Compliance Professional)
  •    Thorough knowledge of electrical installation requirements and electrical safe work practices as prescribed by:
  •    NFPA 70 National Electrical Code (NEC) or California Electrical Code (CEC)
  •    NFPA 70E Electrical Safety in the Workplace
  •    OSHA 29 CFR 1910 and 1926 (electrical subsections) or Cal/OSHA electrical safety orders
  •    Experience incorporating NFPA 70E electrical safe work practices into electrical work plans and job safety analyses.
  •    Ability to build relationships and collaborate with conventional and experimental facility electrical workers and research lab personnel on electrical safety matters.
  •    Skilled in time management, balancing workloads, and performing effectively under challenging conditions such as fluctuating priorities, changing assignments, constrained budgets, and resources.
  •    Proficiency using MS Office for technical documents, presentations and instructional materials.

In addition, preferred requirements include:

  •    Training in field evaluations of unlisted electrical equipment and 2+ years’ experience inspecting electrical equipment for safety.
  •    Experience in operation and maintenance of high voltage (> 1000V) conventional or experimental systems and equipment.
  •    Facilitation and training skills strongly preferred.