L&I Safety & Health Specialist 3 (In-Training) - DOSH Compliance - Washington State Dept. of Labor and Industries
This Safety and Health Specialist 3/2 (In-Training) position, as designated by the appointing authority, inspects workplaces to identify and enforce the correction of safety and health hazards which employees are exposed in workplaces in the State of Washington. Those duties are directly related to L&l’s mission to protect the safety and health of Washington’s workers.
This position requires specialized knowledge to independently perform and lead other inspectors in performing routine and complex investigations in all industries to determine compliance with WISHA standards, write reports, propose penalties, and investigate accidents, employee complaints, and referrals and provide technical assistance in abatement of hazards in multiple high hazard industries to include, but not limited to; agriculture, construction, manufacturing, transportation, law enforcement and security.
The SHS3-ln Training position (SHS2) performs comprehensive inspections, but is not expected to lead other inspectors.
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. The Duty station for this position is: Tacoma, Washington.
Some of what you’ll do:
- Travel to employers’ place of business or work sites and perform routine and complex investigations of employee complaints, referrals, accidents and fatalities to determine compliance with WISHA standards in multiple high hazards industries.
- Perform opening conferences with employers and employee representatives in English or Spanish as required by the situation.
- Lead other safety & health professionals in complex investigations (unless hired at the SHS2 level).
- Determine employer compliance with WISHA Safety & Health Standards and write reports documenting employee exposure, proposed citations, and monetary penalties as appropriate.
- Present verbal and written reports of your findings to employers and employee representatives.
- Take new Safety & Health Specialists on ride along inspections prior to and during their training; training new inspectors on how to do inspections, write reports and how to investigate accidents (unless hired at the SHS2 level).
- Coach and mentor new Safety & Health Specialists during their on the job training. Assist in evaluating their skills and provide feedback to maximize their training opportunities (unless hired at the SHS2 level).
- 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
To qualify at the SHS 3 in-training (SHS2) level, the following is required:
- A bachelor’s degree from an ABET Accredited Program in Occupational Safety & Health or Safety & Health Management.
- A Bachelor’s degree in a related field AND two years of experience as a safety and health officer, consultant, inspector, or related experience;
- Four years of full-time journey level experience in one or more of the following industries: construction, manufacturing, agriculture, health/medical, service industry or related field, AND two years of experience as a safety and health officer, consultant, inspector, or related experience.
To qualify at the SHS 3, the following is required:
- Experience in construction trades or industries that have a higher than average experience factor.
- Three years as an L&I Safety and Health Specialist or Industrial Hygienist;
- A Bachelor’s degree AND three years of experience as a safety and health officer, consultant, inspector, or related experience;
- Four years of full-time journey level experience in one or more of the following industries: construction, manufacturing, agriculture, health/medical, service industry or related field, AND three years of experience as a safety and health officer, consultant, inspector, or related experience.
*College-level education will substitute, year for year; for up to four years of non-safety and health experience. Additional safety and health qualifying experience will substitute year for year, for education.
- The ability to communicate effectively speak and write Spanish in a workplace setting. If hired as bilingual our top applicant will be required to pass an assessment of their ability to write and speak Spanish fluently. We do not use translating software. Employees with bilingual responsibilities receive a 5% increase in pay.
- Certified Safety Professional.
Here’s what we’re looking for:
- A strong desire to ensure worker safety with a thorough understanding of safety and health rules and regulations and ability to identify safety related hazards in a variety of workplaces.
- Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communications skills with ability to write comprehensive and concise reports detailing identified hazards.
- Perform duties safely; model the behavior we expect to see.
- Knowledge of Safety and Health Rules and Regulations, the Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act (WISHA) and the federal government’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The ability to explain to customers what their businesses must do to comply with these regulations.
Please include the following documents with your application:
- A letter of interest describing specific qualifications.
- A current resume detailing applicable experience and education.
- A list of at least three professional references with current telephone numbers.