Job description


  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary $52,536.00 - $74,196.00 gross per year



Our Mission: Keep Washington Safe and Working!Our Values: Customer Focus, One L&I, Respect, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Learning and Growth, Reliability.

Washington isAmerica's Top Stateaccording to U.S. News (2019) and we provide one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation. Here at the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I), we believe that your voice matters. We value our employees and offer flexible schedules that respect your work/life balance. In addition, L&I is a diverse state agency dedicated to the safety and health and security of Washington's 3 million workers. Learn more about L&I, the employer of choicehere.

Do you value worker safety to stop an unsafe act before it causes an injury? As a Safety and Health Specialist in our Mt. Vernon office, 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.

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.
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 withWISHAstandards in multiple high hazards industries.
- Lead other safety & health professionals in complex investigations (unless hired at theSHS2level).
- Determine employer compliance withWISHASafety & 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 fieldANDtwo 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,ANDtwo 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 degreeANDthree 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,ANDthree years of experience as a safety and health officer, consultant, inspector, or related experience.

College-level education will substitute, year for year, for up to four years of non-safety and health experience. Additional safety and health qualifying experience will substitute year for year, for education.

Here's what we're looking for:

- A strong desire to ensure worker safety with a thorough understanding of safety and health rules and regulations and ability to identify safety related hazards in a variety of workplaces.
- Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communications skills with ability to write comprehensive and concise reports detailing identified hazards.
- Perform duties safely; model the behavior we expect to see.
- Knowledge of Safety and Health Rules and Regulations, the Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act (WISHA) and the federal government's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The ability to explain to customers what their businesses must do to comply with these regulations.
- Certified Safety Professional is desired.
- Bilingual persons of all languages are encouraged to apply. Bilingual jobs include a 5% salary increase for dual language responsibilities.

Supplemental Information
Application Process:
The top candidates will be contacted directly to interview for this position. Because the selection will be based on information provided by you, it is in your best interest to identify the knowledge, skills and abilities that address the mandatory and desirable qualifications described in the announcement.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. A letter of interest describing specific qualifications.
2. A current resume detailing applicable experience and education.
3. A list of at least three professional references with current telephone numbers.

Other Information:

- Prior to any new hire into L&I, a background check, including criminal record history, will be conducted.
- This position is represented bythe Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE).
- Employees driving on state business shall have a valid driver's license. If driving a privately owned vehicle on state business, must be insured.
- Candidates who are offered a job with L&I must possess work authorization which does not require sponsorship by the employer for a visa now or in the future.

Applicants wishing to claim Veterans Preference should attach a copy of their DD-214 (Member 4 copy), NGB 22, or signed verification of service letter from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to their application. Please blackout any personally identifiable data such as social security numbers. For further information please contact us

The State of Washington is an equal opportunity employer. Persons with a disability who need assistance in the application process or testing process, or those needing this announcement in an alternative format, may call (360) 902-5700. TTY users should first call 711 to access the Washington Relay Service.

You are welcome to include the name and pronoun you would like to be referred to in your materials and we will honor this as you interact with our award-winning diverse and inclusive organization.

If you have any questions regarding this announcement, program, or the agency please contact Ashley

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