L&I Industrial Hygienist 3 (In-training) - DOSH Compliance - Washington State Dept. of Labor and Industries

LOCATION: Pierce County, WA

CLOSING DATE: June 11, 2022


JOB #: 18714

POSTED: May 11, 2022


Are you ready for new and exciting challenges? We are in need of an Industrial Hygienist to join our Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), in the Tacoma office. In this role, you will focus on enforcing health standards by addressing existing and potential occupational hazards that can cause serious illness and disease while maintaining composure and sensitivity during difficult conversations with employers and employees. You will be relied upon for your ability to assess exposure to noise, chemicals, blood borne pathogens, and other physical and biological agents. Your skills will also be essential in evaluating ventilation, confined spaces, personal protective equipment, and written health and safety programs.

You will perform routine and complex workplace inspections and investigations for all types of occupational health hazards. Inspections are conducted in all industries where DOSH has jurisdiction to determine compliance with DOSH worker safety and health standards to prevent occupational illness and disease. You will conduct accident investigations of fatalities, catastrophes, serious injuries, and determines direct and indirect causes of the accidents. You will also investigate employee complaints and general referrals. As an Industrial Hygienist 3 you will lead complex inspections involving other safety inspectors and industrial hygienists and assist in training new inspectors providing technical assistance in abatement of hazards. 

If selected for this position you will conduct on-site inspections to determine compliance with standards while exercising your judgment and providing recommendations to correct occupational health hazards. Bring your talent to our team by applying now!
Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14 (Download PDF reader) (Download PDF reader), state employees must be fully vaccinated which will be verified by Human Resources prior to your first day of employment.  Please contact Lori Hensin (she/her/hers) at lori235@lni.wa.gov if you need information on medical or religious accommodation.

 Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, telework is temporarily expected for most positions, including this one. The vaccine mandate applies to all employees regardless of teleworking status. This position works directly with customers in the field. Due to the nature of this position’s work, the incumbent of this position will be expected at times to telework, report to work at an L&I office or in a location out in the field. 
When asked to work in the office, the duty station for this position is: Tacoma, Washington.


Some of what you’ll do:

  • Perform complex inspections and investigations in most industries to determine compliance with WISHA workplace health standards.
  • Identify, evaluate and recommend abatement methods for occupational health hazards.
  • Conduct accident investigations of fatalities, catastrophes and serious injuries to determine causes.
  • Use industrial hygiene sampling equipment and techniques to collect air and bulk samples of dusts, mists, fumes, gases, vapors and other hazardous materials.
  • Measure airborne chemical exposures; measure noise frequency and intensity, airflows, temperatures and humidity.
  • Conduct pre- and post-inspection calibrations.
  • Perform opening conferences with employer and employee representatives. Conduct walk around assessments of work sites, take field notes, photos and video, and make observations.
  • Conduct interviews; review safety data sheets, written safety programs, reports, and records provided by employer and employee representatives.
  • Organize, write and edit comprehensive investigative reports; prepare reports and summaries.
  • Prepare and input documentation data, citations wording, penalties, and/or recommendations.
  • Appear and testify as a State witness at re-assumption hearings, before the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals, and civil cases.
  • Answer questions from the public regarding health hazards and applicable standards on the phone and in person.
  • And much more!




  • Must possess a valid unrestricted driver license and may not have convictions for driving under the influence or driving offenses that endangered or harmed others within the past 7 years.

Industrial Hygienist 3 In-training (IH2)

  • A Bachelor’s degree in occupational safety and/or health, industrial hygiene, chemistry, physics, chemical, mechanical or sanitary engineering, environmental science, nursing, medicine, biology or related field


  • ONE year of experience as an industrial hygienist, safety and health manager, safety and health consultant, or as a chemist or engineer working on environmental health or air sanitation problems. A Master’s degree involving major study in industrial hygiene will substitute for 1 year of experience.

Industrial Hygienist 3

  • A Bachelor’s degree in occupational safety and/or health, industrial hygiene, chemistry, physics, chemical, mechanical or sanitary engineering, environmental science, nursing, medicine, biology or related field


  • Three years of experience as an industrial hygienist. (Industrial Hygiene experience must include the anticipation, recognition, evaluation and management of occupational health hazards such as chemical, physical and biological}.

*Please Note: A Master’s degree involving major study in industrial hygiene will substitute for 1 year of industrial hygiene experience.

  • Bilingual preferred; persons of all languages are encouraged to apply. *Bilingual jobs include a 5% salary increase for dual language responsibilities.

What we’re looking for:

  • Skills in recognition, evaluation and control of occupational health hazards.
  • Skills in sampling and direct measuring techniques for noise and chemical exposure.
  • Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Willing and able to work with hostile clients or customers (both internal and external).
  • Research and analytical skills; identify, collect, organize and document information and data.
  • Ability to use a personal computer; produce accurate work products, access information and navigate the Internet.
  • Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) from the American Board of Industrial Hygiene is desirable.
  • Valid Driver License.
  • Enforcing Laws, Rules and Regulations--Enforces governmental laws, rules and regulations, and initiates enforcement actions in such a way that the public perceives as fair, objective and reasonable.
How to Apply:

Apply Online!

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. A letter of interest describing specific qualifications.
  2. A current resume detailing applicable experience and education.
  3. A list of at least three professional references with current telephone numbers. 

More Information »