State of Washington Classified Job Specification
SAFETY & HEALTH SPECIALIST 2
Class Series Concept
See Safety & Health Specialist 1.
In the Department of Labor and Industries, this is the journey-level class of the series.
Safety & Health Compliance: The Compliance Safety and Health Specialist conducts enforcement inspections and investigations of employers' workplace and determines whether employers are complying with safety and health standards, general duty clauses and safe employee exposure limits. Documents facts and prepares reports to support conclusions resulting from inspections and investigations. Exercises compliance authority in issuing citations including subpoena orders and notices of immediate restraint. Provides information to employers of possible abatement strategies and measures. Appears and testifies as a State’s witness, as required during appeal actions and gives depositions; appears in Superior Court for warrant requests or civil cases. As a technical resource, advises and assists Assistant Attorney Generals, Hearing Officers and others in their preparation of hearings and in making settlements. Assists supervisors in the direction of trainees;
Safety and Health Consultation: The Consultation Safety and Health Specialist conducts workplace consultations and advises employers whether they are complying with safety and health standards, the general duty clause and safe employee exposure limits. 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 safety and health. Assists supervisors in the direction of trainees.
Investigates fatalities, serious injuries, and catastrophes where the root cause is complex or unknown, or where the workplace has legal complexities such as stratified employer structures;
Schedules, organizes and conducts assigned inspections of employer work sites; evaluates anticipated hazardous conditions and makes decisions regarding personal safety;
Determines when warrants and subpoenas are necessary and provides the Safety and Health Manager with pertinent information and completed forms for his/her final disposition;
Interviews complainants, employers, witnesses, and documents to prepare a written report of facts to support a conclusion;
Conducts complex workplace consultations and advises employers whether they are complying with safety and health standards, the general duty clause and safe employee exposure limits;
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 safety and health. Develops and presents training programs for employers and industry groups. Directs or leads other staff as assigned on projects;
Responds orally and in writing to technical information requests from internal and external stakeholders;
Coordinates with other DOSH programs in the development of policies, training and outreach;
Consults with other 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;
Analyzes evidence, prepares documented reports, issues Citations and Notice of Violation; proposes penalties for alleged violations in accordance with legislative and departmental guidelines;
Identifies and evaluates situations of imminent danger and the use of unsafe equipment or work practices; determines the necessity to issue Orders and Notices of Immediate Restraint and affix red tags; determines and specifies, in writing, the conditions of abatement;
Makes comprehensive oral presentations to affected employer/employee groups or representatives disclosing and explaining compliance activity, Division of Occupation Safety and Health (DOSH) requirements and Consultation Services;
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 OSHA/WISHA and regulation national consensus standards, changes and proposed changes; interprets these regulations in order to respond to inquiries from the public, industry groups and government;
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.
Two years as a DOSH Safety and Health Specialist 1.
A Bachelor’s degree in engineering mechanics, industrial processes, industrial hygiene, occupational safety and health, fire protection, ergonomics, system and process safety, accident investigation and analysis, construction safety, physics, chemistry, biology, physiology, statistics, mathematics, human anatomy, or other environmental safety and health topics and two years of experience as a safety and health manager, occupational safety consultant, occupational safety inspector, or one year as a safety and health specialist 1 in DOSH.
Master’s Degree in construction management, public health, engineering, physical sciences or closely related field and one year of experience as a safety and health manager, occupational safety consultant, occupational safety inspector, or one year as a safety and health specialist 1 in DOSH.
Six years of technician or above level experience in one or more of the following industries: Government agency public health or safety regulator or the military such as L&I, DOH, pipeline safety, law enforcement, fire service, health/medical, logging, construction, manufacturing, agriculture, or related experience AND two years of experience as a safety and health manager, occupational safety consultant, or occupational safety inspector, performing worksite safety audits/investigations.
College-level education will substitute, year for year, for up to four years of non-safety and health experience.
Additional occupational safety and health qualifying experience will substitute, year for year, for education.
Must possess and be able to maintain a valid 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