COVID-19 Safety Office 3 - State of Washington Dept. of Health

LOCATION: Shoreline, WA

CLOSING DATE: September 10, 2020


JOB #: 16199

POSTED: August 10, 2020


The Safety Officer 3 is the agency specialist in environmental health, occupational health, and safety. It assures the provision of a safe and compelling work environment for staff and clients and is the key operational and policy position regarding safety and regulatory requirements, assessment of these requirements and the implementation of actions to meet industry and regulatory standards.

This position provides leadership, information, technical assistance, policy development, and continual oversight that enables line management to maintain a safe and effective workplace environment at the Public Health Laboratories (PHL). It is also responsible for supervising the safety committee, participating as a technical advisor to the quality assurance committee, which includes planning, organizing and directing their work and assisting the State PHL Director in the management of the laboratory.

The Safety Officer 3 ensures that laboratory activities are in compliance with statutory requirements, promotes safety and quality as an institutional core value and ensures that the laboratory’s analytical activities are conducted in compliance with applicable policies and regulations. This position could make substantial leadership contributions toward achieving the laboratory’s performance goals, through forging partnerships inside and outside of the agency and pursues best management practices.

This recruitment if for a full-time project Safety Officer 3 position which is currently funded through October 31, 2021.

About the Department of Health
Washington State Department of Health (DOH) works with federal, state, tribal, and local partners to help people in Washington stay healthy and safe. Our programs and services help prevent illness and injury, promote healthy places to live and work, provide education to help people make good health decisions, and ensure our state is prepared for emergencies.

Benefits of Working for DOH
Washington is America’s Top State according to U.S. News (2019) and provides one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation.

Shoreline boasts a unique history and character derived from original settlements dating back to the late 1800s. The quality that drew early settlers to the area remains dominant to this day: location. The City of Shoreline offers classic Puget Sound beauty and the convenience of suburban living with the attractions of nearby urban opportunities. The community has developed a reputation for strong neighborhoods, excellent schools, and abundant parks.

DOH offers:

  • A healthy life/work balance by offering flexible schedules and telework options for many positions.
  • Growth and development opportunities.
  • A wellness program that offers education, access to healthy food, and fitness classes.
  • Opportunities to serve your community through meaningful work.
  • A commitment to diversity and inclusion by fostering an inclusive environment that encourages all employees to bring their authentic selves to work.
  • An Infant at Work Program that is based on the long-term health values of breastfeeding newborns and infant-parent bonding.
  • A modernized workplace.



Duties Include

  • Planning, organizing, developing and directing the Public Health laboratories Environmental Health, Occupational Health and Safety programs


  • Ensuring compliance with OSHA, WISHA, fire code, fire marshal and other applicable accreditation, federal, local and state codes.


  • Advising managers, supervisors and employees on occupational safety and health concerns outside regulatory authority.


  • Conducting accident investigations and inspections and recommends proper corrective or preventative action.


  • Developing and managing the Public Health Laboratories blood borne pathogens, biosafety, chemical hygiene, and industrial hygiene, hazardous waste, and fumigation management programs.


  • Maintaining compliance regarding hazardous waste and associated regulations.


  • Overseeing the physical and operational security and laboratory’s hazardous communication programs.


  • Providing guidance to the Public Health Laboratories training program.



What we’re looking for
Success in this position requires one to be a team player, defined as having a driving passion for the work, bringing humility to their job and people interactions, and understanding how their words and actions affect others.

Required Qualifications

  • Option 1: A Bachelor’s degree or higher in microbiology, public health, pathobiology, chemistry, medical technology, environmental health or closely allied field; including 20 semester or 30 quarter credit hours in microbiology or chemistry.


  • Option 2: Six (6) or more years of professional experience in a microbiology or chemistry laboratory.
Desired Qualifications

The following certifications:
  • CBSP, Certified Biosafety Professional
  • RBP, Registered Biosafety Professional
  • CSP, Certified Safety Professional
  • CCHO, Certified Chemical Hygiene Officer
  • CHMM, Certified Hazardous Materials Manager ASQ, American Society of Quality
  • CIH, Certified Industrial Hygienist


How to Apply:
Application Process
Intrigued? We’d love to hear from you. Click "Apply" to submit your detailed application profile along with the following:
1. A letter of interest, describing how you meet the specific required qualifications for this position.
2. A current resume.
3. Three (3) or more professional references, to be included in your profile. Please include at least one supervisor, peer, and (if you have supervised staff) a subordinate.

Important Note: Do not attach documents that contain private information (social security number, date of birth, transcripts, etc.) or documents that are password protected. These documents will not be reviewed and may cause errors within your application when downloaded. Veterans, please feel free to attach a copy of your redacted DD214.

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is an equal opportunity employer. DOH strives to create a working environment that is inclusive and respectful. It is our policy to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of our workforce.

This is a position covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.

Conditions of Employment/Working Conditions
With or without an accommodation, I am willing and able to:
  • Legally operate a state or privately owned vehicle or provide alternative transportation.
  • Occasionally work in excess of 40 hours per week and/or to adjust normally scheduled hours, which may include evening and weekends.
  • Occasionally travel statewide to attend meeting which may include overnight stays and evening work.
  • Travel to training meetings and conferences and to teach laboratory courses both in- and out-of-state.
  • Receive any required vaccinations.

If you have questions, need alternative formats or other assistance please contact Skyler Jones at (360) 236-4408,, or TDD Relay at 1-800-833-6384 or 711 (Washington Relay). Technical support is provided by NEOGOV, 855-524-5627 (can’t log in, password or email issues, error messages).


Supplemental Information

Only applicants who follow the directions and complete the Application Process in-full will have their responses reviewed for consideration.

Education and experience selected, listed and/or detailed in the Supplemental Questions must be verifiable on the detailed applicant profile submitted.

This recruitment may be used to fill other positions of the same job classification within the agency.

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