Industrial Hygienist (Transportation Safety Administrator)

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Transportation
Posted on April 29, 2022
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Metro Transit Safety is hiring a professional to join our team as a Certified Industrial Hygienist. 
Our ideal candidate is detail-oriented and has experience in public transportation and a proven history of providing services that ensure passenger and employee safety, mitigation of loss and risk to transit resources, and compliance with all applicable local, state, and federal codes and regulations.  Specifically, we are seeking applicants with any of the following knowledge and/or certifications:

  • Certified industrial hygienist (ABIH-certified)
  • Construction/trades
  • Collision and On the Job Injury investigations

Metro Transit’s Safety, Security & Quality Assurance division provides leadership and the highest level of support and customer focus to continuously improve Metro’s safety culture and security practices in order to best protect Metro employees, patrons, and the communities we serve from unintentional and intentional harm.  

Job Duties

Applying equity and social justice principles is a daily responsibility and a foundational expectation for all King County employees. In this role, you will apply equity and social justice principles that exemplify shared values, behaviors, and practices to all aspects of the work. As a Certified Industrial Hygienist, you will:


  • Develop and administer occupational and transportation/operational safety programs, policies, and procedures
  • Conduct accident/incident investigations and analysis (including industrial and vehicular); function as the lead in accident investigations; perform root cause analysis.
  • Conduct safety meetings; identify hazards and assist in corrective action development
  • Using relevant information and individual judgment, determine whether events or processes comply with safety laws, regulations, and standards
  • Perform or oversee safety training which may include but is not limited to new employee safety orientation, OSHA 10, bloodborne pathogens, protective equipment programs,
  • Monitor work sites for health and safety hazards; identify and assist in the development of mitigation for hazards
  • Use risk-based management tools to decrease the frequency of On-the-Job injuries and collisions
  • Perform job hazard analysis to determine appropriate personal protective equipment (hearing protection, respirators, etc.) necessary training, and/or procedural changes
  • Evaluate and make determinations when a worker has refused to work on the grounds that danger or potential harm exists
  • Participate as a member of various committees involving safety and security issues and resultant committee activities such as emergency responder drills
  • Make technical recommendations
  • Coordinate information related to accidents/incidents with NTSB, FTA, WSDOT, DOSH, City of Seattle, Sound Transit and/or public information staff Coordinate, supervise, and work to continuously improve Metro’s internal safety & security audit program to audit all modes and functions for compliance with documented safety policies, programs, procedures, and regulatory compliance
  • Monitor and ensure organizational activities are conducted in accordance with federal, state, and local regulations, rules, and guidelines and industry best practices for safety, including DOSH standards
  • Utilize Metro’s safety data management systems to monitor safety performance to ensure safety mitigations are effective
  • Participate in the On-Call rotation within the KCM Safety section
  • Other duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

We are looking for candidates who meet the following minimum qualifications: 

  • Experience as a safety professional with experience in occupational/industrial safety
  • Certified Industrial Hygienist (candidates in progress is encouraged to apply)
  • A Bachelor's Degree, preferably in a related field such as occupational safety, environmental health, industrial hygiene, engineering, or public health OR any combination of experience and education which provides the skills, knowledge, and abilities to perform the key roles and responsibilities of the position.

  • Ability to work with diverse groups, develop and maintain relationships with coworkers and work effectively as a team membe
  • Skill in the use of personal computer programs such as Microsoft Excel, Outlook, and Word
  • Ability to effectively handle multiple competing priorities
  • Excellent oral and written communication, interpersonal, and customer service skills.

 The most competitive candidates will possess the following (desired:

  • Experience coordinating with internal and external stakeholders in order to comply with safety plans, programs, and regulatory requirements such as the Agency Safety Plans, and Accident Prevention Plans
  • Advanced technical knowledge and skill in specialty areas such as industrial hygiene, safety, engineering, ergonomics, hearing conservation, respiratory protection, GHS/HAZCOM, and bloodborne pathogens
  • Experience serving as a safety subject matter expert
  • Experience ensuring the effectiveness of safety programs, policies, and enforcement of regulations, and implementation of "stop work" orders as necessary
  • Ability to coordinate and monitor the work of outside agencies, contractors, and vendors to ensure their compliance with established processes, protocols, and policies
  • Ability to prepare technical reports and analysis
  • Experience with hazard management
  • Working knowledge of local, state, and federal industrial safety regulations
  • Working knowledge of local, state, and federal commercial vehicle safety regulations
  • Skill in statistical, operational, and trend analysis, and problem-solving.
  • Skill in working with a variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds and all levels of an organization.
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships and team building. Skill in the use of automated management information systems, personal computers, word processing, spreadsheet, database management, presentation, and similar applications.
  • Skill in accomplishing objectives through coordination, facilitation, and negotiation; skill in recognizing and dealing with conflict
Necessary Special Requirements
  • Valid driver's license and an acceptable driving record.
  • Certified Industrial Hygienist (candidates in progress is encouraged to apply)

Supplemental Information

Application & Selection Process
An online employment application, a cover letter describing how this position fits within your career goals, and responses to supplemental questions are required. A resume and any other additional materials are not required and will not be reviewed.

Applicants will be screened for competitiveness, completeness, attention to detail, and written communication skills. The most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in one or more interviews.

Safety-Sensitive Position
Applicants for positions defined as safety-sensitive are required to undergo drug testing prior to employment and, subsequent to the commencement of employment, will be subject to random, post- accident, reasonable suspicion, return-to-duty, and follow-up drug and alcohol testing in compliance with federal DOT alcohol and controlled substances testing program protocols.

Work Schedule
The work week is 40 hours, Monday through Friday. This position is not subject to the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and therefore is not eligible for overtime pay if scheduled.

Union Representation /Job Code/Grade

Local 17/ 68/ 245201

Work Location
The primary location of this position is in the King County Metro Safety and Training at Norfolk  (3401 S Norfolk Street, Seattle, WA  98118)

Teleworking Requirement
The work associated with this position will be performed predominantly in a hybrid work environment working in the office and at home. Employees will have access to shared workspaces at various King County facilities. Employees must reside in Washington state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.

Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection (access may be supplemented in some situations) 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 working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team that is redefining how we work as we transition to the department's hybrid environment.

(New) Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement

King County employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. Employees may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation. This directive applies to employees in the Executive branch*, the Assessor’s Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff’s Office, and the Executive Office.

To Apply

If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact: Aimee Higbee,

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Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion, and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way, and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer. No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

A resume and cover letter are required for this position. Have you attached your resume and cover letter? If not, you may still go back and attach it.
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Are you a Certified Industrial Hygienist (or in progress)?
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If selected for this position, are you willing to undergo a pre-employment medical examination?
  • Yes
  • No
Are you applying to this position as an eligible current or previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant? Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff? Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County and I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. Additionally, the position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
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If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff
I certify that the statements made by me on the application and supplementalquestions are, to the best of my knowledge, true, complete and correct. I understandthat any misrepresentation or material omission of fact on this or any other documentrequired by King County may constitute grounds for rejection, or if employed by KingCounty, for disciplinary measures, including dismissal.
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