Chemist 3 – Environmental Health and Safety Specialist
Washington State Department of Health
October 5, 2018
$56,580 - $74,196
Full Time - Experienced
4 Year Degree
Update: Applicant review begins on October 11, 2018. The closing date has been moved to October 24, 2018.
As the Environmental Health and Safety Specialist, you will support the agency's primary mission of improving the health outcomes for the people of Washington through assuring the provision of a safe and compelling work environment for staff and clients. This position is the key operational and policy position regarding safety and regulatory requirements, assessment of these requirements and the implementation of actions to meet industry and regulatory standards.
In this role, you will be directly responsible for managing and directing the environmental health, occupational health, safety including sampling and chemical analysis of environmental samples from within the agency, quality assurance and reporting activities within the laboratories; as well as be responsible for supervising the safety committee, participating as a technical advisor to the quality assurance committee, which includes planning, organizing and directing their work and assisting the State Public Health Laboratory Director in the management of the laboratory.
As the Environmental Health and Safety Specialist, you will ensure that the activities of the laboratories are in compliance with statutory requirements, promotes safety and quality as an institutional core value and ensures that the laboratory's analytical activities that are conducted in compliance with applicable policies and regulations, and may be called upon to make substantial leadership contributions toward achieving the laboratory's performance goals, through forging partnerships inside and outside of the agency and pursues best management practices.
This is a full-time permanent Chemist 3 position within the Public Health Laboratories, Operations.
About DOH and our Employer of Choice Initiatives
Washington State Department of Health (DOH) works with federal, state, tribal, and local partners to help people in Washington stay healthy and safe. Our programs and services help prevent illness and injury, promote healthy places to live and work, provide education to help people make good health decisions and ensure our state is prepared for emergencies. To learn more about the agency, visit our website, DOH Infographic, and see what it's like to Work@Health!
DOH is a great place to work and has implemented several "Employer of Choice" initiatives, including:
We are committed to diversity and inclusion. DOH fosters an inclusive environment that encourages all employees to bring their authentic selves to work each day. We strive to hire, develop, and retain a competent and diverse workforce that is reflective of the customers we serve.
We have an engaging Wellness@Health program which offers programs that support healthy behaviors and work/life balance. Our program provides wellness education, access to healthy food, physical activity classes, stress relief, and many other resources to support a healthy you.
We support a healthy work/life balance by offering flexible/alternative work schedules, and mobile and telework options. (Depending upon job duties.)
We are making exciting steps towards modernizing our workplace by providing motivating and inspiring workspaces that promote creative thought, innovation, and collaboration among co-workers.
We have an Infant at Work Program that is based on the long-term health values of breastfeeding newborns and infant-parent bonding. Eligible employees who are new mothers, fathers, or legal guardians can bring their infant (6 weeks to 6 months) when returning to work. (Depending upon job duties and work location.)
What will you be doing? – Duties include
Acts as the authoritative expert, providing guidance to the Public Health Laboratories in regards to Safety Administration, which includes planning, organizing, developing and directing the Public Health laboratories Environmental Health, Occupational Health and Safety programs and in order to comply with OSHA, WISHA, fire code, fire marshal and other applicable accreditation, federal, local and state codes.
Confers with and advises managers, supervisors and employees on occupational safety and health concerns outside regulatory authority.
Supervises the safety committee and is a technical advisor for the quality assurance committee.
Responsible for accident investigations and inspections, recommending proper corrective or preventative actions.
Makes decisions regarding the distribution of resources within the PHL to ensure that the goals and objectives are met.
Act as an essential leader during emergencies.
Collaborate with the Director of Operations and relevant stakeholders in the development of a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) for the PHL.
Improve safety awareness and safety culture at PHL.
Develops and manages the employee occupational health program.
Develops and manages the Public Health Laboratories Fall Protection, Confined Space, Hearing Protection, animal, and respirator programs.
Provides significant input to new and existing facility design and operation.
Guides the process for risk assessment and hazard mitigation for all Public Health laboratories protocols and procedures.
Acts as the designated specialist for the Chemistry and Environmental Health program at the Public Health Laboratories. Develops and manages the Public Health Laboratories bloodborne pathogen, biosafety, chemical hygiene, industrial hygiene, hazardous waste and fumigation management programs.
Maintains compliance regarding hazardous waste and associated regulations.
Responsible for the laboratory's hazardous communication program.
Assist in the development of all new procedures and, when necessary, directly supervise new and high-risk laboratory work.
Performs industrial hygiene assessments and testing.
As the authoritative expert, provides guidance to the Public Health Laboratories training program. Provides leadership and innovation to implement change.
In concert with the Operations Director and Plant Manager, oversee the physical and operational security programs to include patient confidentiality, electronic locks, proximity card systems, and facility visitor's policy, building access, sharing of procedures/samples/specimens/data, etc.
What we're looking for
Success in this position requires one to be a team player, defined as having a driving passion for the work, bringing humility to their job and people interactions, and understands how their words and actions affect others.
A Bachelor's degree or higher with major study in microbiology, public health, pathobiology, chemistry, medical technology, environmental health or closely allied field, INCLUDING college curriculum of at least 20 semester or 30 quarter credit hours in microbiology or chemistry; AND three (3) or more years of professional experience in a microbiology or chemistry laboratory.
A Master's degree or higher with major study in microbiology, public health, pathobiology, chemistry, medical technology, environmental health or closely allied field, INCLUDING college curriculum of at least 20 semester or 30 quarter credit hours in microbiology or chemistry; AND two (2) or more years of professional experience in a microbiology or chemistry laboratory.
A PhD with major study in microbiology, public health, pathobiology, chemistry, medical technology, environmental health or closely allied field, INCLUDING college curriculum of at least 20 semester or 30 quarter credit hours in microbiology or chemistry; AND one (1) or more years of professional experience in a microbiology or chemistry laboratory.
SPECIAL NOTE: Prior to a new hire, 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.
College curriculum of 30 semester or 45 quarter credit hours in microbiology or chemistry.
CBSP, Certified Biosafety Professional
RBP, Registered Biosafety Professional
CSP, Certified Safety Professional
CCHO, Certified Chemical Hygiene Officer
CHMM, Certified Hazardous Materials Manager ASQ, American Society of Quality
CIH, Certified Industrial Hygienist
This is a position covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.
The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is an equal opportunity employer. DOH strives to create a working environment that is inclusive and respectful. It is our policy to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of our workforce. Applicants wishing assistance or alternative formats in the process should contact Cher Williams at (360) 236-4545, firstname.lastname@example.org, or TDD Relay at 1-800-833-6384 or 7-1-1.
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A letter of interest, describing how you meet the specific required and desired qualifications for this position.
A current resume.
Three (3) or more professional references, to be included in your profile. Please include at least one supervisor, peer, and (if you have supervised staff) a subordinate.
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Internal Number: DOH4243
About Washington State Department of Health
Washington State Department of Health (DOH) works with federal, state, tribal, and local partners to help people in Washington stay healthy and safe. Our programs and services help prevent illness and injury, promote healthy places to live and work, provide education to help people make good health decisions and ensure our state is prepared for emergencies. To learn more about DOH and DOH Infographic (Download PDF reader). View the Work at Health video.