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Job Opening: California Voluntary Protection Associate Safety Engineer

Position Details

Job Code #: JC-293055

Working Title: California Voluntary Protection Associate Safety Engineer


# of Positions: 3

Work Location: Orange County

Job Type: Permanent, Full Time

Final Filing Date: 3/28/2022

Job Description and Duties

Working at the Cal/OSHA means much more than showing up for a job. You will be able to work on programs that are vital to the health and safety of our community, workforce, and the state. We recognize the strength in teamwork. We know that by encouraging collaboration and diversity, educating employers in best practices, and protecting the health and safety of employees through enforcement of the California Labor Code and regulations will benefit our economy as a whole. Be part of a team that prides itself in making a difference for Californians.

What will be the difference that you make for California?

Under the general direction of the Area Manager with the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR), Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), Consultation Services Branch, the Associate Safety Engineer is responsible for performing independently the full range of professional journey level safety engineering work in construction, electrical, and industrial functions related to the CAL/OSHA program. The Associate Safety Engineer conducts, including the most difficult, safety inspections, consultations, and journey-level assignments, related to construction, electrical, and industrial occupational safety and health, throughout the State. Promotes California Voluntary Protection Program (Cal/VPP) and performs comprehensive workplace safety evaluation. Associate Safety Engineers are to perform all work in accordance with DIR-DOSH policies, DOSH Compliance, and Consultation Policy and Procedure Manuals, Directives, and Memorandums.

This posting may be used to fill future vacancies in accordance with 2 CCR §249.3. To be considered for this Associate Safety Engineer job opportunity, applicants must be either reachable on an employment list, have transfer eligibility, or have reinstatement eligibility. Links to the online exams to establish eligibility for Associate Safety Engineer can be found here.

Working Conditions

Work as a team member during week-long evaluation at employers’ worksites throughout the state of California which requires travel and overnight hotel stays. Some of this work will be in an office environment and at other times the work will be at a field site that has the potential for exposure to safety and hazardous substances and may involve, including but not limited to: Working outdoors 8 hours or more per day in a wide range of weather conditions (e.g. rain, strong winds, heat, and cold); Sitting at a desk, in a chair, and using a computer and/or laptop; Using a multi-line telephone console or a cordless telephone with a headset or cell phone; Traveling via private, State vehicle, or public transportation (i.e. automobile, airplane, etc.) including overnight travel inside California. 

How to Apply

For additional information about this job listing and application instructions, visit the CalCareers website.

Jacqueline "Jackie" Annis is an industrial hygienist with the Office of Partnerships and Recognition, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs in OSHA’s National Office.  Jackie’s primary responsibilities include developing and overseeing internal policies and procedures for the VPP, reviewing VPP on-site evaluation reports for process safety management information, serving as the National Office liaison for two of OSHA’s ten Regions, and facilitating the management of OSHA’s National Strategic Partnership Program.  She is an integral part of OSHA’s National Office team. 

She has served with the Agency for 36 years, including five years as a senior industrial hygienist in OSHA’s Office of Health Enforcement, Directorate of Enforcement Programs in the National Office and 17 years as a compliance safety and health officer in the Denver, CO Area Office.  Prior to her tenure at OSHA, Jackie worked as an industrial hygienist for the Department of the Navy in Alameda, California.  Jackie obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA in 1983.

Wayne Howard earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from UC Davis and has spent 12 years with Shell (at Martinez) refinery, 3 years with the consulting firm Process Safety, 15 years with Valero (at Benicia), and the last 10 years in the Corporate Process Safety Department. He is the Valero representative to AFPM's Advancing Process Safety Initiative.

Nathan Obaugh, PE is a senior engineer in the Safety and Operational Excellence Group at NuStar Energy. Nathan has over 10 years of PSM and process design experience in the petrochemical, refining and midstream industries. At NuStar, Nathan oversees all elements of the corporate PSM program and works directly on hazard analysis, process safety studies, PSM/RMP audits and provides process engineering support to the operations and capital projects groups.

Jared Teter, PhD is a senior staff scientist with a background in physics and hazards analysis. He has extensive experience in subscale testing of energetic materials and has served as program manager for several large testing and risk management projects. He has applied engineering and risk management protocols while evaluating the risk associated with propellant and explosives manufacturing, combustible dust, and other hazardous material related processes.

Tim Belitz has a degree in Environmental Health/Industrial Hygiene from Old Dominion University and a Master’s from Duke University. He has over 25 years of Industrial Health Safety and Environmental Experience and is a Certified Safety Professional. He has many years focused on Contractor Management and Process Safety programs.

Rob Walker graduated from Virginia Tech in Microbiology and Chemical Engineering. Rob has almost 35 years of experience working in the chemical plant and refining industry. His passion for Process Safety and Mechanical Integrity began very early in his career. Rob began with his current company, Honeywell, back in 2011.

Prasad Joshi has B.S. and M.S. Degrees in Chemical Engineering from two universities in India. Prasad has over 30 years’ experience in the business. He began with Honeywell in May 2022 as Principal Maintenance Engineer. He has worked internationally in Asia and Europe.