This is entry-level professional scientific work in evaluating work and indoor environments for safety and health hazards.
An employee in this class assists in making comprehensive safety and health hazard evaluations of all general industry and indoor environments, including office buildings and factories in the State of Missouri. A comprehensive safety and health hazard evaluation may consist of the following: conducting a physical survey; establishing appropriate sampling techniques; interviewing employers and employees and other potentially exposed individuals to determine possible sources of safety and health hazards; collecting samples as necessary to assess the presence of chemical, physical and microbial agents in accordance with the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Act; analyzing the data generated by sampling and making a professional judgment using accepted industrial hygiene practices and federal standards to determine the degree of hazard present; preparing a technical report of the safety and health hazard evaluation that can be understood and followed by lay personnel; and making recommendations within this report that will allow the reduction or correction of the health hazard. The employee receives general supervision from an administrative superior.
Conducts initial conferences with employers to introduce the services offered by the agency.
Consults with employers on the existence, utilization and/or operating condition of powered mechanical ventilation devices, personal safety equipment and procedures, noise abatement equipment and procedures, material and safety data sheets, hazardous chemical correction and safety and health programs.
Studies work operations and processes to get full details of the nature of the work, materials and equipment used.
Determines the magnitude of exposure or nuisance to workers and the public; selects or devises methods and instruments suitable for measurements; studies and tests materials associated with the work operation.
Collects samples from office buildings and other workplaces to determine the presence of toxic substances and other potential hazards; evaluates buildings' ventilation systems for possible deficiencies; and provides technical advice on remedial action.
Interprets results of the examination of the work environment in terms of potential to impair workers' safety and health and/or efficiency and its ability to cause community nuisance and/or damage; and presents specific conclusions to appropriate interested parties by means of a technical report.
Determines the need for, or effectiveness of, control measures and, when necessary, recommends procedures which will be suitable and effective for their achievement.
Interprets occupational safety and health laws, rules and regulations; determines compliance with safety and health laws; holds conferences with management to discuss identified violations and/or deficiencies and recommends corrections.
Conducts basic informal safety and health training.
Reviews facility safety and health programs required by OSHA.
Performs other related work as assigned.
Working knowledge of sampling and direct measuring techniques for gas, vapor, dust, noise and radiation.
Working knowledge of microbiology, radiology, physiology and chemistry.
Working knowledge of common diseases and health hazards related to indoor environments and industrial occupations and of their possible sources.
Working knowledge of the standard types of machinery and equipment used in industrial and commercial establishments.
Some knowledge of the Occupational Safety and Health Act and the applicable regulations of the Environmental Protection Agency as they relate to workplace safety and health.
Ability to analyze problems of environmental hazard reduction and arrive at sound decisions regarding action to be taken.
Ability to analyze and interpret technical reports and criteria documents on exposure limits.
Ability to operate and maintain detection and measurement apparatus.
Ability to express thoughts and ideas clearly and concisely.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with plant managers, safety directors, employees and the public.
(The following entrance requirements are used to admit or reject applicants for merit system examinations, or may be used to evaluate applicants for employment in positions not requiring selection from merit system registers. When applicable, equivalent substitution will be allowed for deficiencies in experience or education.)
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with specialization in industrial hygiene or safety or a closely related area. (Certification as a Certified Industrial Hygienist by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene or as a Certified Safety Professional by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals may be substituted for the stated education.)