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Black Hills Energy Safety Professional in Newton, Iowa

Safety Professional

Location: Newton, IA, United States

Job ID: 33152

Date Posted: Oct 28, 2020

Salary: $74800to $112200annually

Job Description

Job Specifications

The Safety Professional will coordinate, implement and direct overall safety support services. Responsibilities include procedure/program development, training, hazard identification inspections, program auditing, accident prevention and regulatory compliance. Provide the technical resources to successfully implement, maintain, and improve a comprehensive best in class safety and health program.

SALARY RANGE: $74,800 - $112,200 (Determined by the knowledge, skills and abilities of the applicant.)



  • To learn more about our locations, please visit the locations page on our career website.

  • A Comprehensive Relocation Plan is offered for this position!Our benefits include but are not limited to home finding trip, transportation of household goods, temporary housing expenses, destination apartment search assistance, paid time off to move, transition and spousal career support, home finder and purchase assistance, relocation adjustment allowance, destination new purchase closing costs. Depending on individual circumstances, our benefit may also include trips home during temporary housing, renter’s lease cancellation assistance, or home marketing and sale closing cost assistance and/or purchase closing cost assistance. Contents of our relocation program are subject to change and may vary based on position.


  • Establish and maintain a safety presence by attending safety meetings, O&M meetings, conducting new hire safety orientations, mandated safety training and performing walk around inspections of all complex areas.

  • Assist in compliance with government and industry safety standards by monitoring safety regulations and advising management of regulation changes and working with others to integrate into business and operational policies and procedures.

  • Develop, enhance and provide training programs to ensure both optimal operational safety readiness as well as compliance with all applicable safety regulations.

  • Provide guidance and technical advice to managers, supervisors and field personnel tailored to safety needs, initiatives, programs and regulations.

  • Develop and maintain state safety policies and procedures in a manner that supports the business unit needs, while enhancing and driving a zero-accident goal.

  • Support recordkeeping/tracking system to track training, compliance needs, time sensitive requirements, accidents, maintenance of OSHA logs and regulatory reporting/accident posting in a manner that ensures regulatory compliance and supports the needs of the business units.

  • Support site safety contracts as necessary to ensure effective procurement and maintenance of all safety equipment, systems and services for the business unit.

  • Assist in developing and maintaining statistical accident/incident rate and severity information for the business units as well as at the corporate level.

  • Coordinate the hearing conservation and respiratory protection programs.

  • Assist, lead, and coordinate presentations of appropriate safety procedures and training programs to field and office personnel.

  • Lead and provide assistance to managers and local safety committees in accident/incident investigations, scene control, evidence gathering/preservation, and written reports.

  • Lead, facilitate and participate with management and non-management teams in safety related projects.

  • Assist site management in the development, implementation and completion of annual safety improvement plans.

  • Develop and implement employee safety motivation/training systems and programs.

  • Serve as key member of business unit leadership team.

  • Optimize operational alignment between BHC and business unit safety policies, practices and procedures.

  • Consult with regulatory and government officials and organizations to maintain positive safety visibility.

  • Partner with HR and other departments to ensure quick and accurate response to safety and training issues.

  • Assist in the development of budgets and initiatives.

  • Assist in the development of safety flashes, bulletins, and similar awareness/notification items locally and in support of the corporate safety communications plan.

  • Raise/maintain front-line employee awareness and involvement in local safety issues via close interaction with local safety committees and safety chairs.

  • Provide tools for managing the safety effort, indicators of program success and industry benchmark comparisons. Provide monthly summaries and annual reports.

  • Serve as a role model for the adoption and utilization of data-driven decision support tools & techniques within the organization.

  • Carry out all duties with an uncompromising sense of integrity to exacting standards of professionalism.


  • Obtain required OSHA or safety certifications.

  • Coordinate audiometric and respiratory fit testing.

  • Monitor and encourage management to address employee safety issues. Advise and recommend options to accomplish corrective actions.

  • Be visible in the field and ensure visibility across all assigned areas of responsibility. Maintain open, effective communication channels with all employees in a manner that promotes employee confidence and accessibility and provides for a positive, professional relationship.

  • Advise, teach, and counsel supervisors, superintendents and managers on safety requirements and appropriate protective measures to prevent accidents in current work activities.

  • Comply with all corporate administrative and other requirements.

  • Establish regular schedule for communicating with managers for general discussion of any issues they may have or areas they may need support in. Keep management and supervisors informed of project status and key events.

  • Assist Safety Director and Safety Manager with the continuous improvement of the corporate-wide safety program while supporting business unit leaders of assigned areas of responsibility.

  • Utilize a strong customer service mindset to effectively manage internal/external stakeholders in an individual contributor environment.

  • Support facility management to ensure compliance with all applicable safety and health requirements. This may include interrupting or suspending work activities that are not in compliance or where imminent danger is perceived until corrective action is complete.

  • Provide assistance to BHC business units as needed (i.e. audits, investigations, etc.).


  • Five (5) years of experience implementing safety policies, developing procedures and training programs, and leading safety audits/inspections and incident investigations is required.

  • This role will primarily support the natural gas utility businesses and therefore requires a minimum of 2 years of experience in the natural gas industry.

  • Bachelor’s degree strongly preferred, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • OSHA 501 or 500 Train the Trainer desired.

  • CPR/AED/First Aid Certified desired.

  • Professional Safety certification such as Associate Safety Professional (ASP) or Certified Safety Professional (CSP) desired.


  • Extensive knowledge of OSHA 1910 & 1926 standards and their application to a broad variety of operations and environments.

  • Knowledge of workers compensation/disability programs and associated procedures is preferred.

  • Ability to develop, implement and deliver safety training topics.

  • Ability to interpret government regulations, develop and implement compliance directives.

  • Ability to develop and work in a team environment.

  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.

  • Ability to communicate appropriate safety messages effectively at all levels within the corporation.

  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point. MS-Access proficiency desirable as well).

  • Detail-oriented with strong organizational skills.

  • Ability to make decisions and prioritize in a multi-task environment with limited supervision.

  • Must be willing/able to provide safety support/services at varying schedules, often on short or emergency notice, to 24/7/365 operations.

  • Must be willing and able to operate company vehicles in the performance of duties.


The mental and physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Mental Requirements: Ability to understand, remember, apply oral and/or written instructions or other information, and communicate routine factual information. Ability to apply common sense in performing job functions, usually within a set of rules or guidelines.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is continuously (67% or more) required to: stand, walk, balance, bend or stoop, crawl, work at elevated heights, maintain eye and hand coordination, maintain finger and hand dexterity, hear, rotate and extend neck, maintain body posture, reach, talk, and have visual acuity to operate machines and equipment. Employee is frequently (34-66%) required to: access low and high areas with additional equipment, ascend/descend stairs, maintain hand and foot coordination, move hands in repetitive motion, kneel, reach above the shoulder, and sit. The employee may occasionally (less than 33%) be required to: use a respirator and sit. Employee must be able to operate job related equipment and tools. Must be able to routinely perform this work for an average of 8-10 hours per day and occasional extended hours as necessary. Must be capable of regular, reliable, and timely attendance.

Specific lifting abilities required by this job include: Medium work. Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 25 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Work environment: Must be able to routinely perform work indoors in climate-controlled shared work area with moderate noise level, and occasionally outdoors in sometimes inclement weather. Worker may be subject to hazards including variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, moving vehicles, electrical current, working in places of height, or close quarters. Must be capable of up to 50% travel (e.g. 2 weeks or 10 days/month) by automobile (as driver and passenger), commercial airlines, rental vehicles and public transportation and be able to lodge in public facilities. Travel will be necessary to conduct the duties of this job, and the employee must have the ability to drive and have proper licensing.

This description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, duties, and requirements for employees in this position. Job descriptions may and do change periodically. Where positions are covered by a collective bargaining unit agreement, the terms and conditions of the collective bargaining unit agreement will apply.

About our Company:We are a customer focused, growth-oriented utility company that is devoted to our communities. We have a mission to improve life with energy and a vision to be the energy partner of choice. Our diverse culture sparks unique perspectives, opening doors to new ideas and possibilities. Based in Rapid City, South Dakota, we have over 2900 employees and serve 1.2 million natural gas and electric utility customers across eight states (South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, and Arkansas).

Enjoy our Comprehensive Benefits Package:annual incentive program, 401(k) (6% company match and up to 9% company retirement contribution), tuition reimbursement, paid time off, additional Veteran PTO, military leave differential pay, paid holidays and annual floating holidays, company paid short term and long term disability, paid maternity and paternity benefits, health and wellness program, and competitive medical, dental and vision insurance.

Candidates must successfully pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check.

Black Hills Corporation does not sponsor applicants for work visas. All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the US.

Black Hills Corporation is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or status as a protected veteran.

Wage: 74800 to 112200