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L&I Safety & Health Specialist 3, Kelso

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State Of Washington Kelso , WA 98626

Posted 5 months ago


This opportunity is open to Labor & Industries employees only.

Do you value worker safety? Do you work to stop unsafe actions before they cause an injury? If so, then we are looking for you! At the Department of Labor & Industries, we have a need for dedicated safety professionals who will take personal responsibility to get hazards corrected before workers get hurt. Join our team and work in a positive, goal-orientated atmosphere where you will gain satisfaction, knowing that because of what you do, more people will go home to their families every day.

Our safety & health professionals conduct compliance safety inspections in trades that include manufacturing, construction and other industries, identifying hazardous working conditions and ensuring compliance with safety and health regulations. Additionally they 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.

This opportunity can be filled as a Safety & Health Specialist 3, or may be filled as an in-training opportunity to develop the required skills within this specialized field. Candidates who fill this opportunity as a Safety & Health Specialist 3 in-training, will need to successfully complete a formal training plan. The training plan provides classroom and on the job training. Our goal is to encourage qualified and enthusiastic individuals to apply for this challenging opportunity. We seek individuals who exert their best effort and have a desire to enhance their skills while learning. 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:

  • Travel to employers' place of business or worksites. Lead complex investigations and fatalities.

  • Investigate worksites to identify safety hazards while taking field notes, photos, videos, or other appropriate documentation methods.

  • Conduct interviews; review written materials, reports and records. Critically evaluate the use of protective methods, safe work practices, and engineering controls.

  • Determine employer compliance or non-compliance with Safety and Health Standards; write reports documenting employee exposure along with proposed citations and monetary penalties as appropriate.

  • Present verbal and written reports of the investigation findings; minimum standards that must be satisfied; offer suggestions for abatement; ensure that abatement of hazards has been accomplished.

  • Train new inspectors.

  • Use Word, Outlook, and the Internet to create well-written reports, correspondence, send email, and conduct research.

  • Safely operate a State or personal vehicle to travel between jobsites. Move about on foot and over rough terrain.

Who should apply

Professionals with a thorough understanding of safety and health rules and regulations, ability to explain to customers what their business must do to comply with these regulations and experience in construction trade or industries.

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, AND two years of experience as a safety and health manager, industrial occupational safety consultant, industrial occupational safety inspector, or related experience;


Four years of full-time journey level experience in the following industries: logging, construction, manufacturing, health/medical, or related experience, AND two years of experience as a safety and health manager, industrial occupational safety consultant, industrial occupational safety inspector, or related experience.

To qualify at the SHS 3, the following is required:

Three years as L&I Safety and Health Specialist or Industrial Hygienist;


a Bachelor's degree AND three years of experience as a safety and health officer, Safety and Health consultant, industrial occupational inspector, or related experience;


Four years of full-time journey level experience in one or more of the following industries: logging, construction, manufacturing, health/medical, or related experience, and three years of experience as a safety and health officer, safety and health consultant, industrial occupational 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.

What we're looking for:

  • Experience in the construction trades or manufacturing using machines (lathes, press brakes, drill press saws, grinders, sanders etc.).

  • Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communications skills with ability to write comprehensive and concise reports detailing identified hazards.

  • Skilled at providing customer service ability to identify issues, provide options, and exercise knowledge of laws and regulations to assist others and resolve complaints or conflicts.

  • Handle stressful and adverse situations; respond to difficult situations with tact and diplomacy.

  • Research and analytical skills ability to identify, collect, organize and document data, evaluate options, form conclusions and make decisions.

  • Use standard functions of Microsoft Office Suite.

  • Willing to work an unscheduled workweek of 40 hours with frequent travel within the region and other L&I locations to visit employer worksites and attend meetings. Days and hours may vary depending on workload, occasionally working outdoors and in varying weather conditions.

  • Valid driver's license.

Note: In addition to your application, the application process requires that you include a cover letter detailing your knowledge and experience related to this career opportunity.

Bilingual persons of all languages are encouraged to apply. Spanish language preferred. Bilingual jobs include a 5% salary increase for dual language responsibilities.

Within the Department of Labor and Industries, conditional to hazard exposure: Industrial Hygienists and Safety & Health Specialists are paid base salary plus four (4) ranges for each hour they are required to use personal protective equipment (excluding hard hat, boots, hearing and eye protection) to enter a hazardous workspace to inspect or investigate a fatality or serious incident that still has the hazard present and is unsecured.

Supplemental Information

This job announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies. Application review starts immediately and the hiring authority reserves the right to offer the job at any time. It's to your advantage to apply quickly.

Employees driving on state business must have a valid driver's license. Employees driving a privately owned vehicle on state business must have liability insurance on the privately owned vehicle.

Prior to any new hire into L&I, a background check, including criminal record history, will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.

To apply, follow the "Apply" link above

Jobs advertised as Open Continuous will be closed without notice. Apply quickly!

We're looking for evidence that you have what we're looking for. Your application materials will be used for deciding who'll be selected for interview.

For more information about the Department of Labor & Industries visit:


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L&I strives to attract and retain a high-performing and diverse workforce in which our differences are respected and valued to better meet the needs of the diverse customers we serve. L&I fosters an inclusive environment that promotes safety, collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all employees can participate and contribute to their full potential.

This position is represented by the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE). That means that, as a condition of employment, no later than the 30th day following the beginning of your employment, you must pay the WFSE either membership dues, a representation fee or, for bona fide religious non-associators an amount equal to dues to be used in a program within the union in harmony with the employee's conscience.

Persons with a disability, who need assistance in the application process, or those needing this announcement in an alternative format, may call (360) 902-5700. Applicants that are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1.

The State of Washington is an Equal Opportunity Employer

If you have specific questions regarding this position, please contact Trish Lamb at 360.902.5709 or email at Please do not contact to inquire about the status of your application.

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L&I Safety & Health Specialist 3, Kelso

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State Of Washington