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SECTION 2-226 SAFETY

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Secs. 2-226.01 Safety and Health Purpose and Intent

It is the intent of the City to enhance occupational safety and health among City employees through the implementation and maintenance of policies, procedures, practices, rules and standards that improve workplace safety and reduce the incidence of employee accidents and occupational diseases. return to top

Secs. 2-226.02 Workplace Safety Program

Occupational safety and health regulations applicable to all City departments will be developed by the City administration and implemented in all locations to which City employees are assigned for the performance of their duties. return to top

Secs. 2-226.03 Safety Committee

(a) Purpose. A Safety Committee, herein known as "the Committee," is established in accordance with §442.012, FLA. STATUTES, to promote a safe and healthy workplace by recommending policies and procedures to improve workplace safety and health, prevent workplace accidents, and enhance employee safety training.

(b) Membership. The committee shall consist of City employees who have an interest in the general promotion of workplace safety and health.

  1. Employee representative. Employees who do not normally perform in a supervisory capacity shall be elected in accordance with procedures specified in paragraph (f) herein. There shall be seven (7) employee representatives, each of whom represents a specific risk group as defined in Exhibit A attached to this ordinance. Each employee representative shall be permitted to vote on matters presented to the Committee.
  2. Employer representative. Employees who normally perform in a supervisory capacity shall be appointed by the City Manager to serve on the Committee. There shall be two (2) employer representatives, and each shall be permitted to vote on matters presented to the Committee.
  3. The Human Resources Director or the Human Resources Director's designee will coordinate matters involving the Committee and ensure that proper procedures are followed. The HR Director shall serve on the Committee as a non-voting member. The HR Director shall ensure that employer representatives do no exceed the number of employee representatives and that employee representatives are elected by their peers.

(c) Terms. Each representative shall serve a regular term of two (2) years which commences with the first meeting in January following election or appointment. If a vacancy occurs on the Committee, the vacancy shall be filled for the unexpired term in the same manner as the office was previously filled.

(d) Meetings. The Committee shall elect annually by majority vote from among its members a chairman and vice-chairman. Meetings shall be held monthly and shall be called to order by the chairman. The presence of five voting members shall constitute a quorum. Minutes will be recorded and filed with the City Clerk for retention in the official records of the city.

(e) Duties. It shall be the duty of the Committee to:

  1. promote workplace safety
  2. establish and communicate procedures for conducting internal safety inspections
  3. establish and communicate procedures by which accident investigation will be conducted
  4. evaluate the effectiveness of the Workplace Safety Program and make recommendations to the City Manager for corrective action as necessary
  5. establish and communicate guidelines for safety training
  6. ensure that workplace safety rules, policies and procedures are implemented in all City departments
  7. make recommendations to the City Manager for corrective action when violation of workplace safety rules, polices or procedures results in a preventable accident

(f) Election. An election shall be held not more than thirty (30) and not less than ten (10) days prior to the commencement of the term for which an employee representative is to be elected. The City Clerk shall administer the nominating and election procedure for each election in accordance with the procedures and policies provided herein.

  1. No less than thirty (30) days before the expiration of a regular term or immediately upon notice of a vacancy on the Committee, the City Clerk will notify all members of the risk group that an employee representative must be elected to the Committee and request nominations. Such notification will be in writing and will include a nomination form and a list of all employees eligible for nomination. Employees eligible for nomination will include all members of the risk group who have completed their six-month probationary period of employment. Nominations will be forwarded to the City Clerk before the time and date specified on the nomination form.
  2. If one (1) nominee receives a minimum of fifty-one (51) percent of the nominations, that nominee shall be declared elected and shall take office immediately upon commencement of the term of office for which elected.
  3. If no nominee receives fifty-one (51) percent of all nominations, the City Clerk will prepare an election ballot listing the nominees receiving the three (3) largest number of nominations and forward a ballot to all actively employed members. Election ballots shall be returned to the City Clerk before the time and date specified on the ballot. The nominee receiving the highest number of votes for office shall be declared elected and shall take office immediately upon commencement of the term of office for which elected.
  4. If two (2) or more nominees tie for the highest number of votes, a runoff ballot shall be prepared and a runoff election shall be conducted as in paragraph (f)(3) herein.

(g) Transition committee. Members serving on the Safety Committee existing when this ordinance is adopted shall continue to serve until completion of the first regularly scheduled election required by this ordinance.

  1. Employee representatives. For the first Committee constituted under this ordinance, members from Risk Group One, Risk Group Two, and Risk Group Three shall be elected to an initial term of two (2) years and members from remaining Risk Groups shall be elected to an initial term of one (1) year.
  2. Employer representatives. When appointing members to the first Committee constituted under this ordinance, the City Manager shall appoint one member to serve an initial term of two (2) years and one member to serve an initial term of one (1) year. return to top
Secs. 2-226.04 Safety Incentive Program

(a) Establishment. One (1) Safety Day shall be awarded at the end of a six-month period to each eligible employee in accordance with the accrual schedule, provided the employee has no workplace accident that is determined preventable by the Safety Committee established in Section 2-302. An employee shall not be eligible for the Safety Day award if the Safety Committee determines that a workplace accident was both caused by the employee in total or in part and the accident was preventable. The six-month award for each employee shall be recorded on the accrual schedule maintained by the Human Resources Director or designee.

(b) Use. Safety days shall be taken as time off following the accrual and are subject to the following guidelines:

  1. Are cumulative, however will not be paid out at termination.
  2. In no event will an employee be allowed to take a Safety Day in conjunction with termination, i.e., to extend the termination date.
  3. May be used for any reason.
  4. The request to use a Safety Day will comply with requirements in Section 2-216.02.

(c) Eligibility. All permanent full-time employees are eligible for participation in the incentive program. Probationary employees may accrue a safety day incentive during the period of probation but shall not use the safety day until permanent employment status has been achieved.

(d) Administration. The HR Director shall notify the Department Head by memorandum when a safety day has been earned by the department. No safety day shall be considered earned and may not be taken as such until said memorandum is received by the Department Head. A copy of the memorandum shall be inserted in the payroll time book to notify the Finance Department that a safety day has been earned. The HR Director shall notify the Department Head by memorandum when a safety day has been lost by an employee charged by the Committee with a preventable accident. A copy of the memorandum shall be forwarded to the Finance Department by the HR Department for adjustment of the employee's accrued leave balance. return to top


Risk Group Workers' Comp Code Group Members
One
7720
9410
Police Officers
Code Enforcement Officers
Two 7704
9410
Firefighters & Inspectors
Building Official & Inspectors
Three 7520
7580
8601
Water Operators, Technicians & Meter Readers
Wastewater Operators & Technicians
Engineering Manager, Inspector & Specialists
Four 5509
9102
9220
Streets Division - All Field Employees
Field Services Division - All Field Employees
Cemetery Division - All Field Employees
Five 8380
9015
Fleet Maintenance - All Employees
Facilities Maintenance - All Employees
Six 9016
8810
8810
Recreation Division - All Employees
Library - All Employees
Museum - All Employees
Seven 8810
8810
Communication Dispatchers
All Other Clerical & Administrative Employees

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