A class incumbent provides voluntary consultation to private employers to ensure a healthy, hazard free work environment and compliance with health standards and regulations.
Works with 45+ employers annually with emphasis on those with 2-50 employees and engaged in a high hazard industry.
Nature and Scope
A class incumbent performs with general direction from the Administrator, OSHA and is responsible for identifying, assessing and controlling industrial health hazards through the application of applicable legislation and standards. Also reporting to this manager are OSHA Safety Consultants. This position has frequent contact with: employers and labor organizations to market the unit's services and provide consultations; the OSHA Institute and other health experts to obtain additional information, training and advice; the OSHA laboratory in Wisconsin to send samples, receive readings, to get inspection instruments calibrated. The incumbent may refer employers who do not comply with recommendations to federal OSHA personnel. A significant aspect of this work is marketing and promoting the services of the OSHA unit to private employers and communicating the difference between a compliance inspection and voluntary inspection and consultation.
Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.
Contact industrial plants, businesses and construction sites to explain voluntary consultation services and employer requests for those services.
Conduct on-site voluntary consultations with industrial plants, business and construction sites to insure compliance with occupational health standards and regulations and to identify and eliminate health hazards in the workplace.
Provide full consultation and training assistance to interested employers to establish on-going health and safety programs; assist in the implementation of programs and procedures such as hearing conservation, self-inspection, and safety committees.
Utilize equipment to detect and measure dust, noise, chemical vapors, and other potential health hazards in the work environment; perform general maintenance on equipment.
Assess extent of any health hazards by interpreting equipment readings, and evaluate the location of, length of employee exposure to, and employee knowledge of hazard; note any safety hazards while conducting on-site inspections and refer to OSHA Safety Consultants.
Identify the need for and determine appropriate health hazard control measures; evaluate effectiveness of same.
Compose reports of findings, including violations and correlated standards; recommend correction or elimination of health hazards.
Review books, pamphlets and other literature for inclusion in reference library; maintain library.
Speak before interested groups upon request regarding occupational health standards and hazards; respond to private and public sector inquiries regarding same.
Act as designated trainer to provide formal training programs to employers on health and safety issues.
Develop handouts and training materials to assist employers.
Operate computer for data input and retrieval.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
The intent of the listed knowledge, skills and abilities is to give a general indication of the core requirements for all positions in the class series; therefore, the KSA’s listed are not exhaustive or necessarily inclusive of the requirements of every position in the class.
Knowledge of occupational health and safety principles, practices, methods and analysis.
Knowledge of occupational health and safety standards, of their purpose and application.
Knowledge of the impact of various hazardous chemicals, gases, contaminants, carcinogens occupational noise, and radiation existing in the work environment upon health or workers.
Knowledge of the methods and techniques of detecting health hazards in the work environment and of assessing magnitude of worker exposure.
Knowledge of the methods and techniques of sampling the work environment and of the methods and techniques of performing qualitative and quantitative chemical analysis of these samples.
Knowledge of how to effectively assess an employer's Safety and Health Program, recommend correction to deficiencies and develop a good on-going program.
Skill in planning and organization.
Skill in using mathematics to interpret equipment readings and report findings.
Skill in eliciting information.
Skill in effective oral and written communication to make presentations and write technical reports.
Skill in operating industrial hygiene equipment and calibrating same.
Ability to make observations, gather and interpret data, conduct technical inspections and surveys, and exercise sound judgment in arriving at technical recommendations.
Ability to market the unit's services and convince employers to utilize them.
Ability to effectively sell the employer on the need for a good on-going Safety and Health Program and help the employer to achieve this objective.
Ability to train others.
Ability to operate computer for data entry and retrieval.
JOB REQUIREMENTS for Industrial Hygienist
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:
Possession of a Bachelor's degree or higher in Life or Physical Science or related field.
Six months experience in conducting health and safety inspections to identify hazards or deficiencies.
Six months experience in collecting samples of dust, gases, vapors, contaminants, carcinogens, air borne blood pathogens, temperature, noise or other potential toxic materials.
Six months experience in using tools and test equipment to conduct occupational safety inspections such as air pressure tester, voltage tester, sound level meters, combustible gas indicator, smoke tubes, or explosive meters.
Six months experience in ensuring compliance with occupational safety and health laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies, and procedures.
Six months experience in narrative report writing.