State of Washington Classified Job Specification
SAFETY & HEALTH SPECIALIST 4
Class Series Concept
See Safety & Health Specialist 1.
In the Department of Labor and Industries, this is the supervisory or expert level of the series.
Supervises Safety and Health Specialists. May also supervise other professional staff.
Conducts Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) Safety Internal Performance Audits.
Acts as regional or statewide hearings officer for first-level appeals of fines and citations at informal conferences. Prepares informal appeal cases, information and documentation, which may include preparation for transferring cases to other court jurisdictions in the statewide appeals office.
Policy specialist with authority for compliance/consultation operations or for a major technical area (i.e., cranes, agriculture, firefighting, logging, maritime, construction, explosives) as designated in writing by the Assistant Director of DOSH.
Internal Training Development Specialist in the development and conducting of training programs, guidelines, presentations, workshops and publications, in the area of occupational safety and health.
Works in Safety and Health Assessment and Research for Prevention (SHARP) as senior safety research specialist.
Directly supervises regional team of safety and industrial hygiene consultants, providing educational outreach and consultative services to employers; performs (DOSH) supervisory duties with primary responsibility for interpretation and application of the Consultation and Compliance Field Operations Manual.
Supervises project managers in the development, writing, promulgation, and adoption of safety and health standards and policy and procedures, variances, and WISHA regional directives; assigns and reviews work, and ensures consistency with required formats;
Plans, develops, coordinates and implements research surveys and actions to amend current, or issue new industrial safety and health standards based on research information, federal regulations or other governing regulatory changes, or for new working techniques, processes or materials within industries;
Organizes, writes and edits comprehensive and extensive technical materials and reports, and reviews on a spot-check basis, those writings, letters, memorandums and reports prepared by others under the supervisor's direction;
Plans, schedules and conducts field research surveys to identify industrial hazards which contribute to occupational injury and illness, and recommends remedial solutions to eliminate hazardous conditions;
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;
Makes assignments and ensures quality control over all compliance activity; reviews and cosigns written work for accuracy and completeness;
Implements regional inspection and scheduling priorities in accordance with statewide policy; develops specific inspection scheduling strategies;
Coordinates with OSHA monitors regarding accompanied visits; reviews OSHA audit recommendations, compliance policy manual and statues with staff to ensure adherence and any necessary operational changes;
Works with staff to advise when warrants are necessary and provides the Safety and Health Manager with pertinent information;
Initiates, organizes and supervises majority of complex joint and inspections involving Safety and Hygiene compliance;
Reviews research information and makes majority of written and oral contributions to program development; develops policies and procedures, drafts proposals for safety and health standards to be promulgated;
Investigates all variance requests and develops a written recommendation;
Facilitates litigation; reviews files prior to hearings for completeness, testifies as a state's witness during appeals actions, gives legal depositions as an expert witness, advises the Assistant Attorney Generals, Hearing Officers and others in their preparation for hearings, conferences, and settlements;
On a statewide basis, may be required to conduct special training and surveys and to conduct special enforcement investigations or inspections;
Schedules and conducts re-assumption of jurisdiction informal conferences;
Prepares informal appeal cases, information and documentation for use in the appeals process which may include preparation for transferring cases to other jurisdictions in the statewide appeals office;
Directly supervises regional team of safety and industrial hygiene consultants, providing consultative services to employers; performs (DOSH) supervisory duties with primary responsibility for interpretation and application of the Operations Manual;
Coordinates activities and/or assignments of staff with other regional/division/ department staff;
Performs and schedules complex safety and health surveys relating to specific hazards, issues or skills;
Advises employers of methods to eliminate unsafe work practices, procedures and hazards;
Consults with and trains trainers for Labor and Industries staff, employers on code revisions, compliance and consulting policy and training programs; conducts selected safety and health surveys of workplaces relative to specific hazard(s), hazardous industry, safety and health skills, practices or issues; provides advise on methods of identifying and eliminating unsafe work practices, procedures and hazards; researches appropriate issues and provides data and outcomes for program and customer use;
Develops and conducts formal safety and health training programs for internal and external customers in the area of expertise, in relation to state and federal standards, changes to these codes and current industry procedures and trends; evaluates effectiveness of training programs and recommends corrections;
Maintains high level awareness of current information and trends in assigned specialty; interprets information and responds to inquiries from the public, government, and industry;
Manages, directs and monitors the scope and extent of audit activities toward operations and issues of greatest program concern: Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) enforcement priorities and critical factors, Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) areas of concern, affirmative action, staff development, training and equipment;
Manages and develops the internal audit system in accordance with OSHA requirements, including program audit standards, audit procedures, audit tools and reporting protocol, and utilizes data development systems such as, Internal Management Information Systems (IMIS), Safety Program Activities Measures (SPAM), WISHA Information Network (WIN), and Safety and Health Information Management Systems (SHIMS);
Manages and directs program development projects based on internal audit determinations, including definition, planning and implementation;
Assesses and advises for program resource allocation;
Performs other work as required.
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.
Five years as a Labor and Industries Safety and Health Specialist or Industrial Hygienist.
A Bachelor's degree in engineering mechanics, industrial processes, industrial hygiene and fire protections, ergonomics, system and process safety, safety and health program management, accident investigation and analysis, construction safety, physics, chemistry, biology, physiology, statistics, mathematics, human anatomy, or other environmental safety and health topic and four years of experience as a safety and health manager, occupational safety consultant, occupational safety inspector, or related experience.
A Master’s Degree in management, business administration engineering, education, physical and social sciences and two years of experience as a safety and health manager, occupational safety consultant, occupational safety inspector, or related experience.
Four years of full-time journey level experience in one or more of the following industries: logging, construction, manufacturing, agriculture, health/medical, service industry or related experience, and four years of experience as a safety and health manager, occupational safety consultant, occupational safety inspector, or related experience.
Additional safety and health qualifying experience will substitute year for year, for education.
Must possess and maintain a valid 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.