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L&I Industrial Hygienist 3 - Multiple Locations

Company: State of Washington
Location: Olympia
Posted on: June 9, 2021

Job Description:

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

This recruitment has been modified to include additional duty locations (Moses Lake, Union Gap, Kennewick and East Wenatchee) Please ensure you select your desired location within the supplemental questions. 

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 3 million workers. To learn more about L&I, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8U0Js4sXZA

Are you ready for new and exciting challenges?  We are in need of an Industrial Hygienist 3 within our Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), Region 5. In this role, you will provide onsite consultative assistance to employers, with emphasis being placed on small businesses in high hazard fixed industries and the construction industry.  You will also be a part of full-service consultation teams, providing complex evaluations of employer safety and health programs and recommending hazard controls to prevent injuries and illnesses.  In addition, you will develop and provide training on specific safety and health topics and mentor other Industrial Hygiene, Safety and Risk Management Specialists in the region.

If selected for this position you will analyze employer's accident records, industrial insurance data and safety and health inspection/consultation histories to determine what additional services and or programs need to be recommended to employers.  If this sounds like the right fit for you, then bring your talent to our team by applying now!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.
  • 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.

Required Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor's degree in industrial hygiene or related science.


  • 3 years of experience as an industrial hygienist. A Masters' degree in industrial hygiene from an accredited university may substitute for one year of experience. The years of industrial hygiene experience must include experience in the anticipation, recognition, evaluation and management of occupational health hazards (chemical, physical & biological).
  • Valid Driver's License.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Masters' degree in industrial hygiene.
  • Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) certification from the American Board of Industrial Hygiene. 
  • Detection of Occupational Health Hazards: Skilled in sampling and direct measuring techniques for chemical, biological and physical occupational health hazards. (Three years of experience).
  • Knowledge of Safety and Health Rules and Regulations; thorough understanding of both WISHA (Washington Industrial Safety and Health Administration) and OSHA (federal government's Occupational Safety and Health Administration) rules and regulations. Understands and is able to explain to customers what their businesses must do to comply with these regulations. (Three years of experience).
  • Experience enforcing governmental laws, rules and regulations, and initiates enforcement actions in such a way that the public perceives as fair, objective and reasonable. (Three years of Experience.)
  • Three years of experience conducting training and delivering presentations to large groups.

This position is bilingual preferred, but not required.  Bilingual persons of all languages are encouraged to apply.  Bilingual jobs include a 5% salary increase for dual language responsibilities.     

Within the Department of Labor and Industries, conditional to hazard exposure:  Industrial Hygienists and Safety & Health Specialists are paid base salary plus four (4) ranges for each hour they are required to use personal protective equipment (excluding hard hat, boots, hearing and eye protection) to enter a hazardous workspace to inspect or investigate a fatality or serious incident that still has the hazard present and is unsecured.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 appointment, a background check that includes a criminal record history review, will be conducted. 
  • Positions requiring travel must have a valid unrestricted driver's license and must be insured if driving a privately owned vehicle on state business.
  • This position is represented by the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE).  
  • Candidates who are offered a job with L&I must possess work authorization which does not require sponsorship by the employer for a visa now or in the future.

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

Here at Labor and Industries our employees come from all walks of life as do we. We strive to hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds.   All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

We believe in the importance of recognizing the value each of us contribute to the success of the mission of the agency. Having a diverse workforce is this agency's greatest resource of strength and knowledge. It is through the combination of talents and abilities that we can pursue finding effective measures on how we can provide the best customer service. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace for everyone and we strongly mean everyone.

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 Gina Holland at hogi235@lni.wa.gov.

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