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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 392F
Category: Protective Services

Class Series Concept

See Occupational Safety & Health Professional 1.


Positions at this level are fully functional in all but the most complex industries. They apply professional working knowledge of the occupational safety and health laws, rules, and methodologies which have been gained through training and job experience. Positions independently perform work of a complex nature.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Independently conducts workplace consultations with varying complexity to assess existing and potential health hazards and advises employers if they are meeting safety and health standards, the general duty clause and safe employee exposure limits and of possible abatement strategies and measures. Assists supervisors in the direction of lower-level positions. A complex consultation/evaluation is comprised of one or more of the following:

• Requires interpretation of policy,
• Involves multiple occupational safety and health topics, or
• Involves medium-sized fixed industry, construction, and agricultural single-site employers.


In the Department of Labor an Industries’ headquarters, positions work in assignments related to industrial hygiene (e.g. programs/projects, technical research, policy development, training development/presentation, or discrimination).

Typical Work

Schedules, organizes and conducts assigned evaluations of employer work sites, anticipated hazardous conditions, and makes decisions regarding personal safety;

Interviews complainants, employers, employees, witnesses, and prepares a written report of facts to support a conclusion;

Provides information, orally and in writing, to employers of possible abatement strategies and measures;

Develops and presents training programs for employers and industry groups to assist employers in reducing injuries and illness;

Provides on-site training to employers and employees related to occupational safety and health.
Directs or leads other staff as assigned;

Responds orally and in writing to technical information requests from internal and external stakeholders;

Coordinates with other Division of Occupational Safety and Health programs in the development of policies, training and outreach;

Consults with specialists in determining long-term safe employee exposure limits;
performs short-term health monitoring, assesses hazardous communication, confined space, hearing conservation and asbestos programs;

Makes independent decisions in the field regarding code interpretation and application; advises employers and employees regarding probable abatement strategies;

Identifies and evaluates situations of imminent danger and the use of unsafe equipment or work practices; determines the necessity to stop unsafe work; determines and specifies, in writing, the conditions of abatement;

Makes comprehensive oral presentations to affected employer/employee groups or representatives;

At the employer's request, performs safety and health surveys of workplace, and advises employers of methods to eliminate unsafe work practices, procedures, and hazards;
researches accident and injury records, etc., for specific employers;

Maintains awareness of Occupational Safety and Health Administration/Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act regulations and national consensus standards, changes and proposed changes; interprets these regulations in order to respond to inquiries from the public, industry groups and government;

Reviews technical plans to advise industrial personnel about adequacy of proposed changes in ventilation, shielding, etc.;

Presents written and oral reports to employees and plant management personnel covering the inspection/consultation performed, the conclusions reached and the minimum standards which must be met through changes; advises employers and employees regarding probable abatement strategies; follows up to check progress and effectiveness of changes instituted;

Determines type and extent of procedures or controls necessary to minimize hazards and writes reports of recommendations;

Collects air and bulk samples of dusts, mists, fumes, gases, vapors and other hazardous materials; measures noise frequency and intensity; measures air flows, temperatures and evaluates ventilation; uses equipment to identify and measure specific contaminants and physical hazards;

Collects and submits samples for laboratory analysis;

Measures physical and chemical parameters of the workplace using direct reading instruments such as sound level meters, explosive gas meters, dosimeters, pumps, and rotameters;

Maintains, calibrates, and repairs industrial hygiene equipment;

Organizes, writes and edits comprehensive reports for discrimination investigations, consultations, variance inspections, etc.;

Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: standard analytical procedures required for identification and measurement of all common occupational and environmental contaminants; sampling and direct measuring techniques for gas, vapor, dust, noise and non-ionizing radiation; industrial processes and resulting contamination hazards; industrial and agricultural chemicals, chemical by-products and the extent and conditions under which they became health hazards; regulations, policies and procedures of the Department of Labor and Industries relative to occupational and environmental hazards and diseases.

Ability to: analyze complex problems of occupational and environmental, health and safety hazard reduction and arrive at sound decisions regarding actions to be taken; combine or alter standard testing equipment and procedures for unusually complex problems of contamination measurement; explain technical procedures and findings in language a lay person can understand; establish and maintain effective working relationships with representatives of management and labor; speak and write clearly and concisely. 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.


Two years of paid occupational/industrial safety related professional experience OR one year as an Occupational Safety and Health Professional 1 in DOSH.


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


Six years of technician, paraprofessional or higher, paid occupational/industrial safety related experience in government, military, or public health work environment.
Must possess and a valid and unrestricted driver’s license.

Class Specification History

New class (replaces 43100 Safety Inspector 1, 43270 Marine and Dock Inspector 1, 43330 Electrical Utilities & Communications Inspector 1, and 27500 Safety Education Representative 1; adopted May 14, 1992.
Revise class. Revises minimum qualifications; adopted February 12, 1993.
Revise class. Revises class code, title (formerly 43171 Safety and Health Specialist 2 – L&I), general revision, adds class concept, revises definition, adds legal requirements, revises desirable qualifications; adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007.
General revisions to typical work September 16, 2011.
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 distinguishing characteristics and knowledge and abilities; adopted June 22, 2023; effective July 1, 2023.

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