Safety Specialist – Human Resources

Under the direct supervision of the Metro Safety Administrator, in the Human Resources Department, the Safety Specialist assists in the administration of the Safety and Injury on Duty (IOD) program throughout Metro Nashville Government. This position will require fieldwork to be performed on a daily basis with Metro departments.

The Metro Human Resources Department is seeking talented people interested in a career in public service. Nashville’s nearly 10,000 employees provide the services that keep our city moving, and Metro Human Resources is responsible for them. Human Resources provides excellent customer service to this group as well as to pensioners and retirees while also recruiting and assisting new applicants. If you are looking for a challenging position with a competitive salary and great benefits, this could be the end of your search.

Typical Duties

  • Assists the Safety Administrator with Metro’s Safety and Injury-on-Duty (IOD) programs. 
  • Ensures Metro-wide compliance with Civil Service Rules, Benefit Board Rules, Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) / Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration (TOSHA), and other related federal and state statutes.
  • Assists in Overseeing vendors providing IOD services related to occupational medicine delivery, third-party claims administration, medical and vocational case management.
  • Consults with department safety coordinators in identifying potential hazards, provides assistance regarding additional safety precautions that would protect employees, and prevent future injuries and claims.
  • Contributes to the development of policies and procedures relating to Safety and the IOD program.
  • Provides department safety coordinators with guidance on IOD claims including intake, set up, reporting to vendor, documentation, the direction of care, and return to work.
  • Participates in the development and oversight of a Metro-wide return to work program for IOD employees.
  • Acts as a liaison between Human Resources, injured employees, managers/supervisors, safety managers, third-party administrator, and the Civil Service Commission and Benefit Board. 
  • Counsels’ managers, supervisors, and line employees regarding IOD and Safety-related policies, procedures, rules, laws, and regulations.
  • Audits health and safety programs throughout Metro departments.
  • Conducts inspections and follow-up inspections of facilities, and work activities, to identify and correct potential hazards, and to ensure safety regulation compliance.
  • Supports vendors and departmental safety staff related to accident investigation, medical treatment, benefit delivery, and return-to-work.
  • Point of contact for IOD inquiries.
  • Assists department safety coordinators with completing the more complex claims. 
  • Maintains records of injuries provided by IOD Administration vendor and provides department safety coordinators with data via shared drive, interpretation of IOD data, and with identifying abatement response to cause of injuries.

Minimum Qualifications


Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university and two (2) years of industrial/occupational safety experience.                              

*additional experience may be considered in lieu of degree. 


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Candidates with accreditations earned in a foreign institute are encouraged to apply.

Note: Per Metro Ordinance No. SO94-1078. All employees of the Metropolitan Government shall be residents of the State of Tennessee or become residents of the state within six (6) months of employment as a prerequisite to employment with the Metropolitan Government.

Preferred Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Experience managing a drug and alcohol testing program
  • Experience managing Injury-On-Duty (IOD) or similar Workers’ Compensation program
  • Current Safety related certifications such as:
    • Certified Safety Professional (CSP)
    • Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH)
    • Certified Safety and Health Manager (CSHM) 
    • OSHA-30 hour Certification

We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply.

Metro Nashville Government respects the religious beliefs and practices of all employees and will make, on request, an accommodation for such observances when a reasonable accommodation is available that does not create an undue hardship on business operations.