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Avista Utilities Safety and Health Specialist in Spokane, Washington


Closes: December 21, 2020Salary: DOQ

Job Description

Provides safety and safety training support in all aspects of employee safety in electric distribution and assigned corporate services departments as well as providing support to Public Safety in areas of responsibility. Ensures high performance in best practices, safety equipment selection and continuous improvement with the policies, procedures, training, programs and services that align with corporate strategies. Provides technical support in areas of responsibility to ensure regulatory compliance with Federal, State regulations and other requirements along with Avista procedures and practices. Maintains positive working relationships with employees, leaders and the public. Works in a partnership to achieve safety goals and objectives. Manages the safety and coordinates the training activities for assigned areas of responsibility. Removes roadblocks to strive for an accident and injury free work place. Provides support and promotes positive change in the utility safety culture to improve safety performance. Provides technical support in areas of responsibility to improve work practices to further improve ergonomic performance.


College degree with an advanced degree preferred with ten years minimum of experience with a broad exposure to safety regulations, ergonomics and industrial hygiene specifically in an electric utility environment. Additional experience with craft journeymen credentials may be considered in lieu of degree. A clear understanding of utility operations, safety related experience including knowledge of OSHA, DOSH, DOT and other regulatory requirements is preferred especially working knowledge of Chapter 296-45 Washington Administrative Code (WAC). Expert knowledge in Human Performance Improvement (HPI) especially in the area of Incident Assessment. Proven track record of successfully delivering services to a broad array of audiences, preferably employee or public safety programs. Proven ability to network well with internal and external audiences. Strong interpersonal, communication & organizational skills a must. Must have the skills and ability to work with all levels of the organization. Must have strong computer skills in Word, Excel and Power Point – additional computer skills a plus. CSP, CIH, CUSP certificates or prior regulatory experience a plus. Other combinations of education and/or experience may be considered.

To Apply

Complete an online application and attach your resume and cover letter to your profile. All documents must be attached to your application at the time of submitting your application for review. No documents can be attached after you click "Submit".

Pre-employment screening requirementsEmployment is contingent upon the successful completion of a drug test, background check and motor vehicle records review.

This position is considered safety-sensitive under the Department of Transportation regulations 49 CFR Part 40 and may be subject to pre-employment drug and/or alcohol testing as well as other testing and training requirements as mandated by federal law.

Avista’s Commitment to Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Avista is committed to the goal of Equal Opportunity Employment and Affirmative Action. All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, age, sensory, mental or physical disability (unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification), Veteran status or any other classification protected by nondiscrimination law.

Please view Equal Employment Opportunity Posters provided by OFCCP here. Avista will make reasonable accommodation to assist a qualified person with a disability in the job application, interview process, and to perform the essential functions of the job whenever possible, where undue hardship would not be created for Avista. Please let us know if you would like assistance.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)