Safety and Health Professional – Certified

Job TitleSafety and Health Professional – Certified
Closing Date/TimeSun. 10/08/23 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Salary$111,491.54 – $141,322.27 Annually
Job TypeCareer Service, Full Time, 40 hrs/week
LocationKing Street Center – 201 S Jackson St, Seattle, Washington
DepartmentDHR – Dept. of Human Resources

The Central Employee Services Division (CESD) within King County’s Department of Human Resources (DHR) seeks creative and dedicated safety and health professionals to work as a Safety and Health Professionals – Certified.
As one team, the CESD supports a thriving King County employment experience and provides integrated compensation, benefits, work/life well-being, safety, and retirement planning services. Ensuring the health and safety of employees is the number one priority.
Our team of safety professionals works with departments, divisions, offices, and leaders to provide a safe environment to all King County residents, whether employees or members of the public doing business with King County. Our team promotes safe workplace practices, ensures safety is effectively addressed in King County contracts, conducts hazard assessments, and partners with County colleagues to develop and implement safety programs.


Applying equity and social justice principles is a daily responsibility and a foundational expectation for all King County employees. This role will apply equity and social justice principles that exemplify shared values, behaviors, and practices in all aspects of the work. As Safety and Health Professionals – Certified, you will:

  • Provide consultant/information services for safety and health staff in County departments. Oversee programs and ensure alignment with King County and the human resources strategic plan and goals. 
  • Develop and implement evolving safety and health risk management strategies for the County. 
  • Analyze and interpret legislation and codes; identify implications to the County and ensure policies are amended to keep the County in compliance with changing requirements. 
  • Plan, organize, and implement safety and health programs for multiple departments. 
  • Consult with, advise, and assist County management in regulatory compliance, workers’ compensation, training, industrial hygiene, auditing, and safety/health best practices. 
  • Design and implement safety and industrial hygiene inspections, surveys, and audits of facilities and construction projects. 
  • Conduct industrial hygiene evaluations for chemical exposure, occupational illnesses, indoor air quality, noise exposure, ionizing and non-ionizing radiation, ergonomics, and office ventilation systems. 
  • Guide and assist safety staff in review and analysis of safety and health issues unique to assigned departments; resolve issues and implement solutions.
  • Use sophisticated instrumentation including direct-reading, data-logging instruments, air sampling pumps, and calibration devices, sound level meters, octave-band analyzers and noise dosimeters, and radio frequency spectrum analyzers. Select appropriate sampling media, methodologies, and analytical approaches. Interpret results and present findings.
  • Provide loss control recommendations based on hazard analysis and/or results of industrial hygiene surveys or studies.
  • Design and deliver safety and industrial hygiene training to employees and management.
  • Function as expert witness on behalf of King County providing testimony on safety and health/industrial hygiene reports and workers’ compensation claims. Act as liaison and arbitrator in cases involving the Department of Labor and Industries. 
  • Participate in negotiation of contracts and interlocal agreements; coordinate and monitor the work of outside agencies and vendors.
  • Review new construction and remodel drawings and documents to ensure appropriate ventilation systems and workspace design are incorporated into the plans. Meet with architects, project managers, and designers to ensure safety, industrial hygiene, and ergonomic issues are appropriately addressed.
  • Monitor construction projects to ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local regulations.
  • Develop and recommend project budget allocations, resources, and staffing needs.
  • Provide back-up management for pre-employment physical process administration. 
  • Develop, track, monitor, and evaluate projects.
  • Evaluate systems design to comply with federal, state, and local regulations.
  • Stay current with best practices and legislation.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree in industrial hygiene, safety, engineering, or related field; AND
  • Five years of experience in a safety or occupational health related field; OR 
  • Any combination of experience/education/training that clearly demonstrates the ability to perform all the key deliverables and expectations of the position.

Additional Qualifications:

  • Advanced knowledge of federal, state, and local safety and health regulations.
  • Advanced technical knowledge and skill in specialty areas such as industrial hygiene, safety, engineering, ergonomics, fire protection, and systems safety.
  • Advanced knowledge and skill in the use of specialized instruments used in industrial hygiene evaluations.
  • Skills in analyzing emergency conditions and directing appropriate resources.
  • Meticulous organizational and project management skills. Must be able to handle multiple competing priorities and produce quality detailed work within tight timeframes with strong delegation and time management skills.
  • Experience with database management and creating reports; coordinating, monitoring, and tracking analytical and statistical information.
  • Skill in common desktop workflow tools, including but not limited to Microsoft 365.
  • Ability to exhibit and support a culture of exceptional customer service.
  • Skill in working effectively and cooperatively to independently analyze, problem solve, resolve conflicts, and collaborate with a variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds to find creative solutions.
  • Clear and effective oral and written communication, facilitation, and presentation skills, with the ability to communicate with internal and external individuals at all levels.
  • Experience conducting technical training and presentations. 
  • Proficiency in Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and/or other instructional platforms to facilitate onsite and virtual instructor-led trainings.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member.

Licensing/Certification Requirements:

  • Certified Industrial Hygienist and/or Certified Safety Professional or the ability to obtain certification within six months of hire. 
  • A valid driver’s license or the ability to travel to multiple County facilities and to safety and health emergencies throughout King County.

Work Schedule 
These positions are exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and are therefore not overtime-eligible. Employees are paid on a bi-weekly schedule, every other Thursday, comprising a 40-hour workweek, normally 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. These positions are represented by Teamsters Local 117 Professional and Technical and are classified as a Safety and Health Professional – Certified; class code: 2334600.
Who May Apply
This recruitment is open to King County employees and the public and will be used to fill up to two career service positions.


Selection Process
If you are ready to bring your talents to public service, apply online with King County Careers, and include:
Forms and Materials Required 

  1. An online employment application completed at The employment history should go back at least seven years or more to include all relevant experience, and responses to supplemental questions. 
  2. Cover letter no longer than two pages outlining how your skills and experience make you a fit for this position. 

 Applications will be reviewed as received, and they will be screened for clarity, completeness, and competitiveness. All materials will be evaluated for spelling, grammar, and punctuation usage. The most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in a series of interviews.
For more information, contact:
Elisha Mackey, HR Manager, 

Teleworking Requirement 
The work associated with these positions will be performed in a hybrid capacity with a combination of both onsite work and telework. Employees must reside in Washington State and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements. These positions will be required to travel to multiple County facilities and to safety and health emergencies throughout King County
Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a home workspace with an internet connection where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours. 
King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support remote work. The individual(s) selected for these opportunities will join an innovative and progressive team that is redefining how we work as we transition to the department’s hybrid environment.