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L&I Industrial Hygienist 4

Our Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) administers the State of Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act, operating under agreement with Federal OSHA, and serves state citizens by protecting the safety and health of Washington's workforce. Within DOSH, our Standards and Technical Services program has statewide responsibility for researching, developing, drafting and recommending policies and interpretations of industrial hygiene rules.

As an Industrial Hygienist 4, you'll be responsible for updating existing industrial hygiene rules and developing new rules to respond to emerging hazards. You'll also be relied upon for your technical expertise in areas of industrial hygiene such as silica, formaldehyde, confined spaces, etc. and for providing training on rules, policies and industrial hygiene topics. Join our L&I team by applying now!
Some of what you'll be doing includes:
  • Developing, implementing and improving industrial hygiene policies for employers in Washington State.
  • Conducting research to amend current or issue new occupational safety and health standards and policy.
  • Researching federal regulations or other governing regulatory rules to make sure existing DOSH rules are effective and enforced.
  • Researching various industry and business practices to determine if new working techniques, processes or materials comply with current DOSH safety and health rules.
  • Answering technical questions about occupational safety and health rules from DOSH compliance and consultation staff, employer and employee groups, other state agencies, industry associations and the general public.
  • Providing specialized technical expertise to industry, labor organizations and representatives, company officials, civic groups, governmental agencies and others interested in industrial safety and health.
  • Researching emerging hazards and new technologies and making action recommendations to management.
  • Supporting the appeals process; reviewing files prior to hearings for completeness, testifying as a witness during appeals, giving legal depositions, advising others in preparation for hearings, conferences and settlements.
  • Researching, developing and delivering safety training and outreach materials and presentations.
  • Providing training in the application of safety and health principles and regulation.
  • 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.
  • Five (5) years of experience as an industrial hygienist working in the field or in governmental enforcement activities.
  • Three (3) years of experience as an industrial hygienist 3 or equivalent.
Please Note: A Master's degree in industrial hygiene or a related field can be substituted for one year of industrial hygiene or related field experience.

The most successful candidate should have knowledge and/or experience with the following:
  • Ability to recognize chemical, physical and biologic hazards (such as hazardous chemicals, noise and indoor air quality) associated with workplaces and industrial operations.
  • Knowledge of occupational safety and health rules under the Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act.
  • Using exposure monitoring strategies and techniques to take direct measurements or collect samples of a gas, vapor, particulate and other agents for analysis.
  • Interpreting data and other exposure information to determine exposures.
  • Determining appropriate exposure controls and personal protective equipment for processes, tasks and operations.
  • Analyzing and interpreting technical materials including DOSH regulations, policies and procedures.