Safety & Training

Safety & Training Office
Whatcom County Public Works recognizes the inherent risks that employees potentially face in the workplace and in the field.  Through the promotion, education and continuous oversight of workplace safety of our employees, the Safety and Training Office works aggressively to mitigate the potential of employee injury and/or damage to county and public property.

What We Do

Primary Responsibility

  • Offer a variety of safety related training programs -
  •       Required state and federal certifications.
  •       General workplace safety practices.
  • Work closely with both supervisors and employees in the development of employee training programs.
  • Stay aware of changing technologies and new and different demands upon employees. 

Bridges Safety Related Issues

Review Public Works Claims

The Safety and Training Office:

  • Is responsible for the review of all Public Works claims.
  • Works with the Chief Civil Prosecuting Attorney in the review and determination of fault.
  • Develops educational awareness of risks to avoid.
  • Develops worksite practices to prevent future claims.

Liaison With Emergency Operations Center

  • Public Works' liaison within the Emergency Safety Operations Center.
  • Ensure planned communication and coordination of effort occurs between Public Works and other public and private entities.
  • Conduct community outreach to solicit volunteer support for disaster emergency response.
  • Create a positive link between Whatcom County Public Works and the community.