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Industrial Hygienist - Department of Public Health (6138)

Recruitment: REF9037Y

Published: April 28, 2023


Diane Zhou -

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Department: Public Health
Job class: 6138-Industrial Hygienist
Salary range: $134,914.00 - $163,956.00
Role type: Permanent Civil Service What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time
Exam type: Class Based Test
Rule: Rule of 10 What does this mean?
List type: Combined Promotive and Entrance



The list resulting from this recruitment may be used to fill Industrial Hygienist positions Citywide for the next twelve months.

Shift: Day Shift, Monday-Friday with occasional evening, overnight, and weekend work depending on operational needs.
Location: The location will vary based on City Department and program area. 

Role description

Under direction, performs technically difficult industrial hygiene work in connection with hazardous materials and other health and environmental hazards in the City and County of San Francisco; independently conducts routine industrial hygiene monitoring of chemical, biological, and physical agents; serves as a technical resource and advisor in the implementation of occupational safety and health regulations; may evaluate industrial hygiene data in relation to public health issues; develops and conducts occupational health and safety training programs; responds to and evaluates hazardous materials incidents; conducts ergonomic evaluations; and performs related duties as required.

This position performs the following essential duties:

  • Serves as a technical advisor to departmental management and other personnel in identifying, containing and regulating the use and storage of hazardous materials; in developing and implementing inspection practices and procedures; investigates and evaluates health and safety hazards and coordinates remedial action with representatives from various City and County departments, other agencies, businesses and the public; conducts surveys of potentially hazardous workplace operations, including monitoring for physical, biological, and chemical agents, evaluating results, recommending corrective actions and preparing reports.
  • Anticipates, identifies, evaluates, and controls occupational safety and health and environmental hazards for personnel working in proximity to hazardous waste remediation or hazardous materials.
  • Develops, modifies, and/or maintains health and safety programs for City and County of San Francisco personnel; develops policies and procedures for responding to hazardous materials incidents and implementation of environmental health and safety laws, codes and regulations.
  • Develops and conducts health and safety training, and conducts programs concerning the proper use, storage and disposal of hazardous materials and the regulation of hazardous materials according to law.
  • Advises program and departmental management on matters pertaining to public health and safety; the handling and containment of hazardous materials incidents and evaluation procedures; provides technical support in identifying, preventing and controlling health, environmental and safety hazards; and coordinates compliance with applicable laws, policies, procedures and regulations.
  • Assists in administrative tasks related to implementation of ordinances, codes and other regulations; maintains technical reference materials and records; compiles data and prepares reports.
  • Maintains Respiratory Protection Program, including recommending appropriate respiratory protection, fit-testing, and coordinating medical examinations and maintaining records.
  • Conducts and participates in meetings with professional and business groups concerning industrial hygiene and hazardous materials matters.

The Industrial Hygienist also performs other related duties as assigned

How to qualify

1. EDUCATION: Possession of a Master’s degree in Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Safety and Health; Environmental Sciences, Health, or Management; or a closely related field from an accredited college or university. Applicant’s college level (undergraduate or masters) coursework must include a minimum of 6 semesters of any combination of chemistry, biology, and/or physics; AND

2. EXPERIENCE: Two (2) years of professional industrial experience equivalent to the level of City and County of San Francisco classes 6137 Assistant Industrial Hygienist or higher, which must have included professional industrial hygiene activities including either hazardous materials management or identification, evaluation, and control of occupational health hazards, such as noise, radiation, asbestos, various chemicals, etc.; AND

3. LICENSE: Possession of a valid California driver’s license; if not a California driver’s license ability to obtain a California Driver’s License within 45 days of hire.

1.  Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in Industrial Hygiene, Environmental Sciences, Health, or Management; Occupational Safety and Health; or in a closely related major (examples include but are not limited to toxicology; chemistry, physics; biology; or mechanical, chemical, or environmental engineering), which includes a minimum of 6 semesters of any combination of chemistry, biology, and/or physics, if accompanied by three (3) years of professional industrial experience equivalent to the level of City and County of San Francisco classes 6137 Assistant Industrial Hygienist or higher, which must have included professional industrial hygiene activities including either hazardous materials management or identification, evaluation, and control of occupational health hazards, such as noise, radiation, asbestos, various chemicals, etc.; OR

2.  Certification by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene as a Certified Industrial Hygienist in the comprehensive practice of Industrial Hygiene may substitute for the required education and experience.

One year of full-time employment is equivalent to 2,000 hours (2,000 hours of qualifying work experience is based on a 40 hour work week). Any overtime hours that you work above 40 hours per week are not included in the calculation to determine full-time employment.

Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

Verification of Education and Experience: Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at

Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

What else should I know?

Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire (MQSQ) [Weight: Qualifying]:
Candidates will be required to submit an MQSQ at any point in the application, examination, or departmental selection process.  Applicants must also complete the Preliminary Questions.  This MQSQ is designed to obtain specific information regarding an applicant's experience in relation to the Minimum Qualifications for this position. Applicants must also complete the official application. It is essential that applicants provide complete information in identifying their education, experience and training. The MQSQ will be used to evaluate if the applicant possesses the required minimum qualifications.  Please provide proof of your education by uploading transcripts and/or diploma(s) and proof of licenses and certifications by uploading them to your application.    

Oral/Performance Examination  [Weight: 100%]: Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be invited to participate in an oral/performance examination designed to measure relative knowledge, skill, and ability levels in job-related areas.  A passing score must be achieved on the exam in order to be placed/ranked on the Eligible List.  Candidates will be placed in rank order according to their final score on the exam.

The exam will be evaluated to measure knowledge, skills and/or abilities in job-related areas which may include but not be limited to: Knowledge of Industrial Hygiene and hazardous materials management: chemicals, physical, and biological agents and assessment of chemical, physical, and biological hazards; chemical sampling and analysis theory and practice; federal, state, and local environmental and occupational health and safety and hazardous materials laws, regulations, and ordinances; professional standards, procedures and methods concerning the safe handling, storage, and containment of hazardous materials; technical training methods and techniques; ergonomic hazards assessments and techniques; Ability and Skill to: Identify and evaluate chemical, physical, biological, and other hazards accurately; perform industrial hygiene monitoring utilizing industrial hygiene equipment; interpret laws, ordinances, policies and regulations concerning the handling and containment of hazardous materials; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; train and educate others in appropriate response to hazardous materials incidents and the use and storage of hazardous materials; establish and maintain effective working relationships with departmental managers, staff and line personnel, public officials, environmental health professionals, representatives of business and community organizations, and others; wear a respirator and appropriate personal protective equipment; lift, carry, and use standard industrial hygiene equipment; work around and with hazardous materials, physical agents, and biological agents; enter and work in confined spaces; work in hot and cold environments and elevated heights; Skill in: Controlling industrial hazards, including engineering and administrative controls, and personal protective equipment.

All relevant experience, education, training and/or certifications must be included in the application to be reviewed during the scoring process. The information provided on the exam must be complete and accurate. All statements made on the application and exam are subject to verification and must be consistent. After the confidential eligible list/score report is adopted, the department may administer additional selection procedures to make a final hiring decision.

Eligible List Duration: The list resulting from this examination process will be 12 months.
Certification Rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of Ten Scores

Terms of Announcement: The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 110.4.  Information concerning other Civil Service Commission Rules involving announcements, applications and examination policies, including applicant appeal rights, can be found on the Civil Service Commission website at

DPH statement of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The Department of Public Health prioritizes equitable and inclusive access to quality healthcare for its community and values the diversity of its workforce. All employees are required to participate in the Department of Public Health's work to advance equity, inclusion, and diversity through: 

  • Commitment to providing exceptional care and services to all residents of the City and County of San Francisco service population, with heightened awareness of responsiveness to racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse members of the service population and the DPH workforce. 
  • Desire and commitment to lead and participate in anti-racism, racial justice, and equity work that improves quality of patient care and employee experiences; along with the commitment and fortitude to drive change in these areas. 
  • Desire to work with, relate to, serve, and support a diverse service population and workforce. 
  • Commitment to health equity with a specific lens and focus on race, ethnicity, gender, sex, sexuality, disability, and immigration status.

Additional Information Regarding Employment with the City and County of San Francisco

DPH Health Critical Requirements and Information: Please review the following policies regarding DPH employment requirements that safeguard yourself and others.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact Diane Zhou at or (628)271-6703.


Open Date: 5/13/22, Updated on 1/3/23 to reflect changes to the Company Description. Updated 1/26/23 to reflect changes to the selection procedures (exam component)
Close Date:
 Applicants are encouraged to file immediately as this recruitment may close at any time.
Pos. # 01134680, 01092631, CBT-6138-119960, CPE

We may use text messaging to communicate with you if you include a mobile number in your application. The first message will ask you to opt in to text messaging.

All of your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:  All City and County of San Francisco employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Someone is fully vaccinated when 14 days have passed since they received the final dose of a two-shot vaccine or a dose of a one-shot vaccine. Any new hire must present proof of full vaccination status to be appointed. Any new hire who will be routinely assigned or occasionally enter High-Risk Settings, must provide proof of having received a COVID-19 booster vaccine by March 1, 2022, or once eligible.

The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.