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Industrial Hygienist - Health & Safety - HR Department - SF Public Works (6138)

Recruitment: RTF0130467-01153699

Published: January 25, 2023


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Department: Public Works
Job class: 6138-Industrial Hygienist
Salary range: $131,950.00 - $160,342.00
Role type: Temporary Exempt What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time


San Francisco Public Works (SFPW) has a far-reaching portfolio with a $352 million annual operating budget, an active capital portfolio that exceeds $3 billion and a workforce of 1,600-plus employees. The department operates around the clock, touching every neighborhood in San Francisco. The staff designs and manages construction of civic buildings and streets; cleans and greens the right of way; maintains civic buildings; manages multi-million-dollar bond programs; trains people for jobs; keeps the right of way free of hazards; paves the roads; repairs bridges and public stairways; expands accessibility; and works at the forefront addressing some of San Francisco’s biggest challenges, including homelessness. With a mission to enhance the quality of life in San Francisco for residents, visitors, and business owners, Public Works is committed to providing outstanding public service through an equity lens.

Appointment Type:
TEMPORARY AS-NEEDED. This position is temporary while the examination recruitment is being conducted, and is limited to a maximum of 1040 hours per fiscal year. This position is excluded by the charter from the competitive civil service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the appointing officer. In order to be considered for a permanent position, the finalist will be required to successfully compete in a Civil Service Examination. More info here

Application Opening: Wednesday, January 25, 2023
Application Deadline: Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately as this recruitment may close at any time, but no earlier than Wednesday, February 1, 2023.
Compensation Range: $128,726 - $156,442 Annually
Recruitment ID: RTF0130467-01153699

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.

Essential Functions:

  • 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, or potentially hazardous environments. 
  • Develops, modifies, and/or maintains health and safety programs for SFPW 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.
  • May perform other related duties as assigned.

How to qualify

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

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

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.

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

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Possession of Asbestos and Lead Certifications or ability to obtain certifications within 6 months of appointment.
  • Experience with collecting, testing, and data interpretation for asbestos, lead, and silica samples.
  • Completion of chemical management training to assist departments with maintaining and updating chemical inventory.
  • Experience performing annual audit of chemical inventory and maintaining complete inventories. 
  • Familiar with IAQ (indoor air quality) requirements and lockout tagout (LOTO) protocols.

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

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.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline. Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City and County of San Francisco application.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

Selection Procedure: 
The selection process will include evaluation of applications in relation to minimum requirements. Depending on the number of applicants, the Department may establish and implement additional screening mechanisms to comparatively evaluation qualifications of candidates. If this becomes necessary, only those applicants whose qualifications most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited for an interview.

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed to advance through all of the steps in the selection process.

What else should I know?

Additional information regarding Employment with the City and County of San Francisco:

Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: At the City and County of San Francisco, we share a commitment to a diverse, inclusive and equitable community. Each member of our organization is responsible and accountable for what they say and do to make San Francisco an inclusive and equitable place to live and work by employing fair and just practices and for all.

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit and begin the application process.

• Select the “I’m Interested” button and follow the instructions on the screen.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this recruitment and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date. Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst at Eric Chan and

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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.