• Rail Systems Safety Specialist, Principal

    Location US-CA-Orange
    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(4/2/2018 12:54 PM)
    Job ID
    # Positions
    HROD - Safety
  • Overview

    About OCTA:

    The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) is the county’s primary transportation agency. OCTA creates, funds and delivers efficient transportation for Orange County. We keep Orange County moving with extensive bus and paratransit service, Metrolink commuter rail service, the 91 Express Lanes Toll Road, motorist services and freeway, street and road improvement projects. OCTA began in in 1991 with the consolidation of seven separate transportation agencies. OCTA is dedicated to its organizational mission and core values. OCTA’s mission is to develop and deliver transportation solutions to enhance quality of life and keep Orange County moving. OCTA’s core values consist of integrity, teamwork, communication, customer focus, and can-do spirit.




    Under limited direction, performs a variety of progressively complex duties related to rail system safety programs, employee safety, hazard mitigation, regulatory training, and program evaluation. Manages all efforts associated with the design, implementation, and maintenance of a Rail Safety Management System program. Directs and oversees all regulatory compliance programs in accordance with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Public Utilities Commission (PUC), Cal/OSHA, and all other oversight agencies.


    This position is in Salary Grade T: Min $90,854.40- Mid $112,242.00 - Max $133,972.80 per year. The starting salary will be within this range based on qualifications.


    The application deadline for this position is Monday, April 23, 2018.


    • Serves as the subject matter expert and directs all rail system efforts associated with project planning, design review, system integrations, system certification, and revenue service operations.
    • Manages and directs all efforts associated with OCTA’s Rail System Safety Management System (SMS) while applying all regulatory required processes defined by the FTA and the local PUC.
    • Develops and implements health and safety compliance programs for Agency-wide rail operations. Helps determine the applicable programs to be implemented and ensures programs are continuously updated according to current regulations and industry best management practices.
    • Serves as OCTA’s rail safety oversight representative and maintains all necessary training and certification as such under the FTA and PUC.
    • Responds to and investigates complaints or incidents related to rail safety, fleet and systems safety, and public safety impacts. Conducts in-depth HSEC analysis of the salient issues and provides recommended corrective actions that address the root cause of the incidents. Provides expertise in resolving rail system safety issues.
    • Inspects and verifies agency compliance with safety and health policies/regulations; recommends and ensures refinements are implemented.
    • Leads committee efforts and meetings related to rail system safety, employee safety, public safety, and fleet safety.
    • Reports accidents or incidents to governmental agencies in accordance with regulatory mandates; submits required reports, plans and all required documentation in a timely manner.
    • Tracks and manages OCTA’s National Transit Database (NTD) reporting requirements. Helps prepare and present studies and analysis of industrial accidents and health hazard evaluations to support internal/external audits and continuous improvement of OCTA’s rail safety programs.
    • Reviews, revises, and/or develops manuals, procedures, and other communications related to safety programs and policies in accordance with regulatory standards and best management practices.
    • Oversees all rail contracts that have associated rail safety implications, works with the contract Project Managers to ensure appropriate contractual verbiage is included in all such agreements. Drives contractor compliance to the requirements set forth by regulatory standards, OCTA’s expectations, and contract obligations.


    Any combination of education or experience equivalent to a bachelor's degree in Occupational Safety, Industrial Hygiene, or related field with a minimum of approximately seven years related experience (ten years desired), preferably in Rail Systems operations and/or maintenance, three years of which (five years preferred) were overseeing health and safety regulatory compliance activities. Prior experience in Safety Management System (SMS) design/oversight, worker training, risk assessment strategies, worksite evaluation, field auditing, preventative and corrective action identification, and hazard mitigation is highly desirable.


    Current certification as a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) or Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) desired, or the ability to obtain such certification upon employment. A related Master’s degree is desirable.


    Knowledge of: 

    • Industry safety practices and regulatory experience with the FTA, PUC, Cal/OSHA, Federal OSHA, Orange County Healthcare Agency, Fire Code, Building Code, National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health codes, etc.
    • Newly proposed rail safety regulations under implementation by the FTA, to include, but not limited to; Moving Ahead for Progress (MAP 21) initiatives.
    • Safety Management System (SMS) development, implementation, and maintenance. Application of such program in the passenger rail industry.
    • Principles of employee protection.
    • Risk assessment and mitigation strategies.
    • Corrective and preventative action identification and implementation.
    • Methods of developing and presenting health and safety training.
    • Health and safety products and hazard control/mitigation techniques.
    • General chemistry, safety engineering, and industrial hygiene principles.
    • Principles and methods of incident investigations, job hazard analyses, hazard mitigation.
    • Emergency response planning and responsibilities.
    • Best practices and networking affiliations with safety and health service organizations.
    • Computer applications proficiency utilizing desktop software (Office Suite) and database applications including Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Access, etc.
    • Project management techniques.
    • Principles and techniques of business communication, including written, verbal and training methods.
    • Effective presentation strategies.


    Ability to: 

    • Evaluate project plans, site conditions and worker behaviors and resolve problems and/or conflicts in the field.
    • Establish and maintain effective working relationships amongst all levels of the organizations and function as in-house consultant on health and safety matters.
    • Conduct effective technical training in applicable health and safety topics.
    • Develop, implement, and oversee workplace health and safety programs in a public agency environment.
    • Collaborate and work effectively with multiple departments and personnel, and to work as a team within own department.
    • Work independently as a health and safety project manager and demonstrate advanced problem solving skills.
    • Communicate effectively and clearly using both written and verbal communications with employees at all levels in the Authority.
    • Prioritize work load and complete projects and assignments with accuracy and timeliness.
    • Organize, analyze, interpret, and clearly explain operation/technical information in simple terms.
    • Conduct all business in a professional, collaborative, and respectful manner with both internal and external customers and staff.

    Working Conditions/Physical Activities:

    (The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. OCTA provides reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)

    Positions in this class typically require:

    • Work may be performed in a stressful, fast-paced office environment, depending upon assignment.
    • Requires ability to understand verbal communication and to respond effectively. 
    • Positions in this class typically require: Reaching, Fingering, Grasping, Feeling, Talking, Hearing, Seeing, and Repetitive Motions in computer use.




    The above statements are intended to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. They are not designed to contain or be interpreted as an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, skills, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.


    Compensation and Benefits:


    OCTA offers an attractive compensation and benefits package. The specific features of this package include: medical, dental and vision insurance; retirement; vacation and holiday pay; life insurance; deferred compensation plan; short-term and long-term disability plans; flexible spending accounts; educational reimbursement; flex time schedules; and ergonomic/wellness programs. Salary is dependent upon qualifications.


    OCTA is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and ensures that all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or veteran status.

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