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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 399H
Category: Protective Services


As a senior-level safety officer, advises other health and safety officers and agency/institutional departments, administrators, and personnel in area(s) of expertise. Reviews, recommends, develops, coordinates and administers safety policies, programs, regulations, systems and procedures to meet agency/institutional needs.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Under general direction, as a senior-level specialist in a designated safety area, develop and administer safety programs such as, but not limited to, fire safety, ergonomics, diving safety, and construction safety. Integrate requirements of complex regulations with the needs of the entire institution. Exercise decision-making authority and advise other health and safety professionals and institutional departments, administrators, and personnel in matters related to area(s) of expertise. Provide leadership functions such as assisting others with complex problem resolution, recommending courses of action, and training other health and safety professionals.

Typical Work

Develops and administers institutional safety programs, policies and procedures; reviews the institution’s needs and make policy changes;

Performs complex research and analysis of safety policies, programs, rules, procedures and legislation; analyzes proposed legislation and recommends institution’s position;

Provides leadership, advice and technical expertise to other health and safety professionals responsible for analyzing organizational problems and developing strategies for successful resolution;

Serves on campus committees and task teams; represents the institution before external committees, boards and agencies on matters pertaining to specialty area;

Assists other health and safety professionals with difficult cases, problems, and/or analysis; recommends strategies for addressing particularly complex or sensitive problems;

Directs the activities of a hazardous waste disposal program;

Plans and coordinates projects of major significance to institutional health and safety function;

Consults with experts in fields related to area(s) of specialization such as computing professionals, risk management, expert legal counsel and representatives of state and federal agencies;

Perform related duties as required.

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

A Bachelor’s degree in occupational safety and health, safety studies, natural science, business or public administration, education or allied field.


Four years of professional experience in occupational safety and health programs.

A Master’s degree in occupational safety and health, safety studies, natural science, business or public administration, education or allied field may be substituted for two years of the above professional work experience requirement.


Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New class adopted June 1, 2002.