University of Washington School of Public Health
L&I Industrial Hygienist - Washington State Department of Labor & Industries
Closing Date: November 17, 2017
Posted: October 17, 2017
Ready for new and exciting challenges? Bring your talents to L&I and make our mission yours: Keep Washington Safe and Working.
Join our Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH). You’ll gain extensive experience in the recognition, evaluation, and control of occupational health hazards in many industries.
You’ll focus on enforcing health standards by addressing existing and potential occupational hazards that can cause serious illness and disease. Assess exposure to noise, chemicals, blood-borne pathogens, and other physical and biological agents. Evaluate ventilation, confined spaces, personal protective equipment, and written health and safety programs. Your ability to maintain composure and sensitivity during difficult conversations will assist you in this job.
Some of what you’ll do:
- Perform complex, technical and large-scale inspections, including accident investigations, of workplaces to determine the type and extent of chemical, biological and physical occupational health hazards.
- Perform opening conferences with employer and employee representatives. Conduct walk around inspections 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.
- Prepare and calibrate industrial hygiene sampling equipment for use.
- Apply techniques for analysis and measurement of noise, non-ionizing radiation, vibration, thermal stress and chemical exposure.
- Determine employers’ compliance and non-compliance with safety and health standards and take appropriate actions consistent with laws, standards, manuals, and policies.
- Critically evaluate use of protective methods, personal protective equipment, safe work practices, and engineering controls.
- Prepare and present verbal and written reports of investigations.
- Make suggestions for abatement and provide materials to assist with compliance. Follow up on progress and effectiveness of changes instituted.
- Answer questions from the public regarding health hazards and applicable standards on the phone and in person.
Who should apply?
Industrial Hygienist 3 In-training
A Bachelor’s degree involving major study in occupational safety and/or health, industrial hygiene, chemistry, physics, chemical, mechanical or sanitary engineering, environmental science, nursing, medicine, biology or related field AND 1 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 or related field will substitute for 1 year of experience.
Industrial Hygienist 3
A Bachelor’s degree involving major study in occupational safety and/or health, industrial hygiene, chemistry, physics, chemical, mechanical or sanitary engineering, environmental science, nursing, medicine, biology, or related field AND 3 years of experience as an industrial hygienist. A Master’s degree involving major study in industrial hygiene or related field will substitute for 1 year of industrial hygiene experience.
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.
- Able to effectively manage time and organize multiple assignments involving competing priorities.
- Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
- Skilled handling highly stressful and adverse situations.
- 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.
- Honest, forthright and professional in all interactions.
- Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) is desirable.
- Valid Driver License. This position requires travel with possible overnight stays.
Provide a resume and Letter of Interest that describes how you have "what we’re looking for," outlined above.
Bilingual persons of all languages are encouraged to apply. Spanish language preferred.
Bilingual jobs include a 5% salary increase for dual language responsibilities.