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L&I Industrial Hygienist 3, In-Training, Tacoma

at State of Washington

Posted: 11/21/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2550202

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Description




Our Mission: Keep Washington Safe and Working!  Our Values: Customer Focus, One L&I, Respect, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Learning and Growth, Reliability.

Please Note:  This recruitment will be used to fill multiple vacancies and will remain open until filled.

Washington is America's Top State according to U.S. News (2019) and we provide one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation.  Here at the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I), we believe that your voice matters.  We value our employees and offer flexible schedules that respect your work/life balance.  In addition, L&I is a diverse state agency dedicated to the safety and health and security of Washington's 2.5 million workers. Learn more about L&I, the employer of choice here

Are you ready for new and exciting challenges?  We are in need of an Industrial Hygienist within our Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), 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'll 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.  

If selected for this position you will conduct on-site consultations 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!

Duties

Some of what you'll do:

  • Perform complex, safety and health surveys and audits to identify, evaluate and recommend controls for occupational health hazards, including chemical, biological and physical and determine compliance with WISHA workplace health standards.
  • Advise employers of methods to eliminate unsafe work practices, including ergonomic hazards.
  • Use industrial hygiene sampling equipment and techniques for analysis and measurement of noise, non-ionizing radiation, vibration, temperatures, and chemical exposure for comparison with exposure limits.
  • 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.
  • Prepare and calibrate industrial hygiene sampling equipment for use.
  • 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.

Qualifications

Who should apply?
Industrial Hygienist 3 In-training
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 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 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 AND 3 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.
 
Spanish 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.
  • 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.
  • Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) from the American Board of Industrial Hygiene is desirable.
  • Valid Driver License.
Within the Department of Labor & Industries, conditional to serious hazard exposure as defined by RCW 49.17.180(6): Industrial Hygienists and Safety & Health Specialists will be compensated basic salary plus ten percent (10%) for each hour they are required to use personal protective equipment (excluding hard hats, boots, hearing and eye protection) to enter a hazardous worksite to consult, inspect or investigate where serious hazards are present.

Supplemental Information

Application process:  

The top candidates will be contacted directly to interview for this position. Because the selection will be based on information provided by you, it is in your best interest to identify the knowledge, skills and abilities that address the mandatory and desirable qualifications described below.
 
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.

Other Information:
  • Prior to any new hire into L&I, a background check, including criminal record history, will be conducted.
  • This position is represented by the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE).  
  • Employees driving on state business shall have a valid driver's license.  If driving a privately owned vehicle on state business, must be insured.
Applicants wishing to claim Veterans Preference should attach a copy of their DD-214 (Member 4 copy), NGB 22, or signed verification of service letter from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to their application. Please blackout any personally identifiable data such as social security numbers. For further information please contact us at: Jobs@Lni.wa.gov

The State of Washington is an equal opportunity employer. Persons with a disability who need assistance in the application process or testing process, or those needing this announcement in an alternative format, may call (360) 902-5700. TTY users should first call 711 to access the Washington Relay Service.  
 
You are welcome to include the name and pronoun you would like to be referred to in your materials and we will honor this as you interact with our award-winning diverse and inclusive organization.

If you have any questions regarding this announcement, program, or the agency please contact Ashley Harris at haaw235@lni.wa.gov.