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Location:
Bellingham, Washington
Country:
United States
Job Categories:
IH Specialist: Multi-site
Industrial Hygiene Consultant
Process Safety Management Professional
Safety Engineer/Specialist: Multi-site
Safety Consultant
Industry Segments:
Government / Public Sector
Experience level:
3-5 years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree
Reference Number:
2016-12102

L&I PSM Technical Specialist (IH4 or S&HS 4)

This opportunity can be filled as either a Safety & Health Specialist 4 - $ 50496 - $ 66264 annual or; Industrial Hygienist 4 - $ 54384 - $ 71316 annual. This position can be located in Bellingham or Mt Vernon.

Designated as a Process Safety Management (PSM) Technical Specialist, within the Division of Occupational Safety & Health, Compliance Unit, this position specializes in enforcing occupational health and safety within Washington industries covered by the Process Safety Management (PSM) rule including those facilities that handle highly hazardous chemicals and large inventories of flammable liquids and gases, such as refineries, chemical processing facilities and explosive manufacturing.  

As the PSM Technical Specialist, you'll focus on facilities in Washington State, conducting Program Quality Verification (PQV) auditing as well as applying the National Emphasis Program (NEP) protocols for those facilities that qualify.  Additionally, you will respond to workplace complaints and referral as well as acting as the lead PMS investigator on complex, technical and large scale accidents, near misses and catastrophic incidents that occur in PMS covered facilities.
 
Some of what you will do:

  • Exercise compliance authority, issue citations and orders of immediate restraint.
  • Conduct accident investigations of fatalities, catastrophes, serious injuries, and determine direct and indirect causes of the accidents, write reports and propose penalties.
  • Investigate employee complaints and general referrals, and lead complex inspections involving other Safety Inspectors and Industrial Hygienists.
  • Provide technical assistance in abatement of hazards; assist in training and with Voluntary Protection Program VPP assessments.
  • Train and direct the activities of other Industrial Hygienists and Compliance Safety & Health Officers, in industries with highly hazardous chemicals.
  • Monitor the status and progress of various settlement agreements dealing with PSM related inspections.
  • Conduct pre-inspection preparation and presents report of investigations at closing conference with employer and employee representatives
  • Conduct walk around inspections of all types of work sites; conduct interviews, review written materials, data sheets and written reports or records provided by employer or employee representatives.
  • Critically evaluate use of protective methods, including use of personal protective equipment, safe work practices, and engineering controls.

 
Who should apply – Requirements:

To be hire as an Industrial Hygienist 4:
Professionals with a bachelor's degree involving major study in environmental or occupational health and safety, industrial hygiene, chemistry, physics, biology or related field; AND Five years' experience as an Industrial Hygienist in the field, or in a government enforcement agency, including at least 3 years as an Industrial Hygienist 3 or equivalent, and 1 year of Process Safety Management (PSM) inspection experience.

(A master's degree involving major study in industrial hygiene, chemistry, engineering or related field could substitute for 1 year of industrial hygiene experience but not for the IH level 3 experience.)
 
AND one of the following options: 
Option 1:
At least one year of previous (DOSH, other government agency or industry) chemical industry safety experience including; accident investigations in chemical, petrochemical or refining plants involving fires, explosions and/or toxic chemical releases or chemical inspection experience.
 
Option 2:
Four years' of full-time journey level experience in the chemical processing industries AND 3 years' experience working in a PSM-covered manufacturing facility (chemical, petrochemical, refining) in a process engineering, operations, safety, or maintenance position.
 
Option 3:
7 years' experience working in a federal OSHA or an OSHA state plan program AND participation in more than 20 PSM and/or chemical plant inspections where they were the team leader equivalent in at least two inspections.
 
To be hired as a Safety & Health Specialist 4, you must qualify for one of the following options:
Option 1:
Five years of experience as a safety professional in the field, or in government enforcement activities of safety, including at least 3 years as a Safety and Health Specialist 3 or equivalent. At least one year of previous (DOSH, other government agency, or industry) chemical industry safety experience including; accident investigations in chemical, petrochemical or refining plants involving fires, explosions, and/or toxic chemical releases or chemical inspection experience involving process safety management evaluations, or previous chemical industry employment involving process engineering, operations, safety, or maintenance
 
Option 2:
A Bachelor's degree AND three years of experience as a safety and health officer, consultant, inspector, or related experience with at least one year of previous (DOSH, other government agency, or industry) chemical industry safety experience including; accident investigations in chemical, petrochemical or refining plants involving fires, explosions, and/or toxic chemical releases or chemical inspection experience involving process safety management evaluations, or previous chemical industry employment involving process engineering, operations, safety, or maintenance.
 
Option 3:
4 years of full-time journey level experience in the chemical processing industries AND 3 years' experience working in a PSM-covered manufacturing facility (chemical, petrochemical, refining) in a process engineering, operations, safety, or maintenance position.
 
Option 4:
7 years' experience working for federal OSHA or an OSHA state plan program AND participation in more than 20 PSM and/or chemical plant inspections where they were the team leader equivalent in at least two inspections. 

What we're looking for:

  • Demonstrated ability to work as a team member with other Industrial Hygienists and PSM Technical staff performing complex PSM investigation.
  • Strong organization and time management skills with ability to manage and organize significant document requests.
  • Leader with the ability to work as team leader during PSM inspection.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with minimal supervision, utilize available resources and make well-reasoned decisions.
  • Valid Driver license.

    
Note: 
Start 2017 off right with a new career with the Department of Labor & Industries! It's to your advantage to apply today by clicking the "Apply for this job" link above! Please include a letter of interest/cover letter detailing your knowledge and experience related to this career opportunity. Interviews will begin January 2017.
 
Bilingual persons of all languages are encouraged to apply. Spanish and Russian languages preferred. Bilingual jobs include a 5% salary increase for dual language responsibilities.