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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 305C
Category: Health Care

Class Series Concept

This is a professional level series responsible for researching and designing systems and equipment for use in the workplace.  Principal duties include performing laboratory and field research and evaluating ergonomic risk factors. 


Positions at this level work under a higher-level Ergonomist and primarily perform field and laboratory work.  This includes collecting and analyzing statistical data involving insurance claims and investigating suspected ergonomic problems in industry to determine actual and potential ergonomic effects. 

Typical Work

Assists in an agency or department ergonomics program; 

Performs routine office ergonomics assessments and modifications using approved guidelines and training; 

Performs routine non-office assessments and modifications after receiving appropriate training and demonstrated competency; 

Recognizes when advanced level of expertise is required and requests such expertise; 

Works with affected employees and supervisor to document problems identified and solutions implemented. Obtains and documents feedback from supervisor and employees for any job modifications 2-4 weeks post implementation; 

Administers and evaluates postural discomfort surveys and ergonomic checklists before and after intervention.

Legal Requirement(s)

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. 

Desirable Qualifications

Associate degree in any field, or certificate program completed in area relevant to ergonomics or health and safety, and attendance at minimum of 40 hours of education in ergonomics in previous two years, and 1 year experience in workplace ergonomics activities, or Certification in ergonomics at the assistant or technician level from a recognized professional society (BCPE, ASSE, AIHA, APTA, etc).

Class Specification History

New class replaced 53650 Ergonomist 1; adopted June 1, 2005.