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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 392H
Category: Protective Services

Class Series Concept

See Occupational Safety & Health Professional 1.


This is the supervisory level of the series. Supervises Occupational Safety and Health Professionals. May also supervise other professional staff.

Typical Work

Supervises occupational safety and health professionals; ensures quality control of work products; assigns and reviews written work for accuracy and completeness;

Organizes, writes and reviews comprehensive and extensive technical materials and reports;

Provides specialized technical expertise by speaking to management, labor organizations and representatives, company officials, consultants, safety and health inspectors, industrial hygienists, civic groups, governmental agencies and others interested in industrial safety and health;

Reviews information and makes contributions to program development; develops policies and procedures, drafts proposals for safety and health standards to be promulgated;

Coordinates activities and/or assignments of staff with other regional/division/department staff;

Oversees the development of formal safety and health training programs;

Manages, directs and monitors the scope and extent of audit activities toward operations and issues of greatest program concern: responsible for audits of all programs and areas of concern;

Recommends program development projects based on internal audit determinations;

Reviews and approves reports and activities to evaluate performance; maintains consistency of code and policy application;

Researches, develops, drafts and recommends polices and interpretations of industrial hygiene rules affecting employers statewide; Updates existing rules and develops new rules to respond to emerging hazards and changes in national standards;

Supervises, directs and monitors industrial hygiene staff activities under Safety and Health Assessment and Research Program; assigns, monitors and reviews specific research projects as determined by SHARP management and is responsible for developing and coordinating required technical support for other SHARP professionals; plans, coordinates and monitors activities related to industrial hygiene surveys to obtain research data;

Utilizes and provides high level skill, knowledge and expertise in support of the activities of the DOSH or the SHARP in subject matters such as hazardous waste pesticides, reproductive hazards, ergonomics, and other significant and current identified health issues;

Supervises internal occupational safety and health programs for institutions of higher education and/or industry;

Identify special field equipment, protective clothing or information needs and coordinates acquisition;

Reviews and makes recommendations on health standards and directives;

Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: principles and concepts of supervision, education and training and reduction of occupational and environmental hazards and diseases; standard procedures required for identification and measurement of all common occupational health hazards; sampling and direct measuring techniques for gas, dust, vapor, noise and non-ionizing radiation; industrial processes and agricultural chemicals, chemical by-products and the conditions under which they become health hazards; regulations, policies and procedures of the Department of Labor and Industries and other state agencies, and institutions of higher education, relative to occupational and environmental hazards and diseases.

Ability to: evaluate industrial hygiene sampling and survey data; determine the extent and urgency of corrective action necessary; provide guidance to field personnel; make independent decisions and recommendations. Ability to use and apply legal theory in decision-making.

Legal Requirement(s)

Some positions may require certification as a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) granted by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals and/or Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) granted by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene.

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Persons legally authorized to work in the U.S. under federal law, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients, are eligible for employment unless prohibited by other state or federal law.

Desirable Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree from an accredited university involving major study in occupational safety and health, industrial hygiene or closely related field.


Five years of paid occupational/industrial safety related professional experience OR three years as an Occupational Safety and Health Professional, one of which must be at the 3 level in DOSH.


A Master’s Degree from an accredited university in occupational safety and health, industrial hygiene or similar field AND three years of paid occupational/industrial safety related professional experience.


Five years of full-time journey level paid occupational/industrial safety related professional experience in government, military or public health work environment.
Must possess a valid and unrestricted driver’s license.

Class Specification History

Revised definition, minimum qualifications and general revision: 6/15/79.
Revised definition and minimum qualifications: 3/15/85.
Revised definition and title changed (formerly Sanitarian 1): 7/13/90.
Revised definition and minimum qualifications: 10/15/99. New class code: (formerly 62100) effective July 1, 2007.
Revised salary range, definition, typical work and desirable qualifications; adopted June 30, 2017, effective July 1, 2017.
Revised salary range, title, class series concept, definition, typical work, legal requirements and desirable qualifications, added knowledge and abilities; adopted June 22, 2023; effective July 1, 2023.

Revised Legal Requirements; effective June 6, 2024, due to adopted legislative action.