Do you value worker safety to stop an unsafe act before it causes an injury? As a Safety and Health Specialist, you will take personal responsibility to get hazards corrected before workers get hurt. You will also conduct investigations in fixed industry and on construction sites, identifying hazardous working conditions to ensure compliance with safety and health regulations. In addition, you will observe and document safety hazards, write reports of proposed violations and penalties and provide technical assistance to employers in order for them to abate hazards.
Gain job satisfaction by knowing that because of what you do, more people will go home to their families every day. Our mission is the heart of our organization and central to how we do business. Your passion for employee safety and health translates into action when you join our mission, “Keep Washington Safe and Working”, to ensure all employees are provided a safe and healthy work environment.
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Please Note: This position can be filled as a Safety & Health Specialist 3 or as an in-training opportunity to develop the required skills within this specialized field. If filled as a Safety & Health Specialist 3 in-training, you’ll need to successfully complete a formal training plan. The plan is designed to provide classroom and on the job training to encourage qualified and enthusiastic individuals to exert their best effort to learn and enhance their skills. Upon successful competition of the in-training plan, you will progressively advance to the goal of Safety & Health Specialist 3.
Pursuant to the Governor’s Directive, 20-08, we will not be scheduling any furlough days until after July 2021. We are continuing to work with the Governor’s Office on the timing of any future furlough dates and adjusting to any future changes.
Some of what you’ll do:
- Travels to employers’ place of business or work sites and perform routine and complex investigations of employee complaints, referrals, accidents and fatalities to determine compliance with WISHA standards in multiple high hazards industries.
- Lead other safety & health professionals in complex investigations (unless hired at the SHS2 level).
- Determine employer compliance with WISHA Safety & Health Standards and write reports documenting employee exposure, proposed citations, and monetary penalties as appropriate.
- Present verbal and written reports of your findings to employers and employee representatives.
- Take new Safety & Health Specialists on ride along inspections prior to and during their training; training new inspectors on how to do inspections, write reports and how to investigate accidents.
- Coach and mentor new Safety & Health Specialists during their on the job training. Assist in evaluating their skills and provide feedback to maximize their training opportunities.
To qualify at the SHS 3 in-training level, the following is required:
A bachelor’s degree from an ABET Accredited Program in Occupational Safety & Health or Safety & Health Management.
A Bachelor’s degree in a related field AND two years of experience as a safety and health officer, consultant, inspector, or related experience;
Four years of full-time journey level experience in one or more of the following industries: construction, manufacturing, agriculture, health/medical, service industry or related field, AND two years of experience as a safety and health officer, consultant, inspector, or related experience.
To qualify at the SHS 3, the following is required:
Experience in construction trades or industries that have a higher than average experience factor.
Three years as an L&I Safety and Health Specialist or Industrial Hygienist;
A Bachelor’s degree AND three years of experience as a safety and health officer, consultant, inspector, or related experien