Site Safety and Health Officer (SSHO) – Patuxent River, MD, US

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Site Safety and Health Officer (SSHO) – Patuxent River, MD, US

Site Safety and Health Officer (SSHO)

Department: Facilities Operations Management
Location: Patuxent River, MD, US

NIKA is hiring for a Site Safety and Health Officer (SSHO) to prepare and enforce the safety program for a base operations support services contract at Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, Maryland!

Named a “Top Workplace” by the Washington Post, NIKA is a well-established company that is focused on growth within an entrepreneurial environment. NIKA delivers comprehensive services and solutions to support the full life cycle of facilities. For more than two decades, the Department of Defense and federal civilian agencies, as well as commercial and higher education institutions, have trusted NIKA to design, build, operate, and manage their real property. By combining facilities operations management, engineering, and architecture services, we provide value and expertise for complex and mission critical facilities.


Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Prepare and enforce the safety program detailing how to plan, staff, perform, and control all safety practices while delivering best value services to the government without any accidents or mishaps.
  • The safety program shall comply with all safety standards identified in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Safety and Health Requirements Manual, EM-385-1-1 and Public Law 91-596 Occupational Safety and Health Act.
  • Prepare an Accident Prevention Plan (APP) to be followed by all employees, subcontractors, and vendors at each service site.
  • Prepare Activity Hazard Analyses (AHAs) for all common recurring work activities performed. AHAs shall be submitted with the APP and shall be updated as work activities or conditions change and additional AHAs prepared as new work activities are required.
  • Develop and implement hazard specific safety plans.
  • Provide coordination and liaison with Base Safety Personnel on Base safety SOPs and safety statistics.
  • Maintain the Safety Plan and maintain files of all safety related files, records, inspections and corrective action.
  • Coordinates with Facilities staff to implement effective safety policies and inspect facilities, machinery, and safety equipment. Identifies and corrects potential hazards, and ensures compliance with safety and environmental regulations.
  • Develops, monitors, and implements ongoing updates regarding safety regulations, guidelines, or reporting requirements.
  • Provides technical safety support and information to all employees to ensure employees are operating in a safe, orderly, and clean environment.
  • Develops, coordinates, and administers safety training content to ensure compliance with OSHA and all other regulatory requirements.
  • Maintains all annual training records for OSHA or Government-required courses.
  • Conducts accident and incident investigations, determining root causes and making recommendations for corrective action.
  • Leads safety meetings, presents data, records actions, and monitors progress on the actions.
  • Develops and enforces safety policies, manuals, and training documents to maintain a current, fully compliant, and highly effective safety program.
  • Plans, implements, and maintains programs to train managers and employees in work site safety practices, including hazard communication, emergency procedures, fire protection, and correct handling techniques for chemicals, toxins, equipment and other materials.
  • Develops and maintains emergency preparations and responses for injuries and building emergencies (e.g., accidents, building fires, etc.)

Required Skills

  • The ability to communicate in written and oral formats with diplomacy and tact
  • An aptitude for exercising independent thinking and reasoning
  • Demonstrated success in teaching others safety concepts and requirements
  • Successful leadership of subcontractors and project teams in support of safety endeavors
  • Accident Prevention Planning
  • Emergency Readiness Training
  • Risk Management and Assessment
  • Competent in using Microsoft Office products, email systems, MAXIMO, and Windows


  • Must have at least 5 years of experience in preparing and enforcing safety programs on large base maintenance contracts
  • Completed 30-hour OSHA safety class or equivalent within the last four years and an average of at least 24 hours of safety training per year for the past five years.
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in building construction, occupational safety or relevant discipline
  • Must have working understanding of OSHA Standards in General Industry and Construction; as well as Environmental requirements such as EPA, etc. Have knowledge of Operations, Maintenance, Construction, and Repair methodology, materials, systems, and equipment.
  • Background and knowledge of the practices, procedures and processes of contracts administration; knowledge of relevant laws, FAR, regulations, terms, conditions, and policies governing contracts

NIKA provides equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law. Further, NIKA takes affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed and employees are treated during employment without regard to any of these characteristics. Discrimination of any type will not be tolerated.