Industrial Hygienist - Access to City Employment (ACE) (6138)
Published: January 24, 2023
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The Access to City Employment Program (ACE) seeks to hire qualified individuals with a disability into permanent entry-level jobs outside the normal civil service selection process. To be hired through the ACE Program, individuals must meet the minimum qualifications of the job and provide a Certification of Disability from the California Department of Rehabilitation or a Veterans Preference Letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Definition: 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.
Distinguishing Features: This class functions as a technical specialist in the Industrial Hygienist series with responsibility for the anticipation, identification, evaluation,, and control of potential health and environmental hazards and in advising and training others in the identification and control of such materials. It is distinguished from the entry level Industrial Hygienist in that the latter does not independently conduct occupational health and safety surveys and does not supervise. It is distinguished from the senior level Industrial Hygienist in that the latter manages incumbents in this class and performs highly technical work. It is distinguished from classes in the Environmental Health inspector series in that incumbents in those classes perform inspection duties in routine enforcement of sanitation, health and safety codes, ordinances and laws.
Supervision Exercised: May supervise industrial hygiene, health and safety, environmental, and support staff.
Examples of Important and Essential Duties:
According to Civil Service Commission Rule 109, the duties specified below are representative of the range of duties assigned to this job code/class and are not intended to be an inclusive list.
- 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.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
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.
How to qualify
These minimum qualifications establish the education, training, experience, special skills and/or license(s) which are required for employment in the classification. Please note, additional qualifications (i.e., special conditions) may apply to a particular position and will be stated on the exam/job announcement.
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.
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.
License and Certification: Possession of a valid driver’s license; if not a California driver’s license, ability to obtain a California Driver’s License within 45 days of hire.
Substitution: Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in Industrial Hygiene, Environmental Sciences, Health, or Management; Occupational Safety & 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.
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.
What else should I know?
Notes: Established: 10/5/1961 Amended: 8/16/1993; 10/20/2014
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