Health and Safety Specialist

General summary

Advanced professional position accountable for developing and implementing specialized programs to prevent injuries or health impairment or serving as a technical expert in a specialized area to evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of a statewide program (or program with statewide interrelationships) and providing consultation and advice to state agencies, local governments, industrial associations, consulting firms, private groups, and department staff. At this level, employees serve as professional experts in their respective specializations of air monitoring strategies, engineering control design, toxicology, ergonomics, medical monitoring procedures, mine safety, etc., requiring knowledge of relevant laws and regulations and several distinct disciplines such as chemistry, physics, toxicology, biology, and engineering to evaluate and correct problems and to determine program needs. As such, employees define and prioritize occupational exposure problems statewide; research and write complex, highly technical operating policy and procedures; and serve as principal representative on negotiation teams to address issues and conflicts resulting from compliance or rule making. Employees at this level may lead inspection exemption programs and make recommendations to a manager. Employees may also serve as a lead consultant and/or train and mentor lower-level staff.

Knowledge, skills & abilities

In addition to those identified in the previous levels: Knowledge of sampling and direct measuring techniques for gas, vapor, dust, noise, etc. Knowledge of the safety laws and regulations pertaining to mines and quarries. Ability to analyze complex problems of environmental hazard reduction and arrive at sound decisions regarding action to be taken. Ability to develop, organize, and present comprehensive company-specific safety education programs.

Typical qualifications

Bachelor’s degree and 4-7 years of relevant experience. (Substitutions may be allowed.)

Pay grade