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Industrial Hygienist Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Recognizes, evaluates, and controls chemical, physical, and biological hazards in the work place. Evaluates university compliance with regard to state and federal occupational health and safety regulations, laws, rules, and codes. Educates and informs employees and students about occupational health and safety hazards.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is a specialized classification and is distinguished from the Health/Safety Specialist in that incumbents perform industrial hygiene functions.

Examples of Duties:

  • Performs industrial hygiene filed measurments and safety evaluations.
  • Assesses work place for occupational health hazards by observing work conditions, assessing records, conducting interviews, sampling, and monitoring chemical or physical agents.
  • Determines appropriate monitoring and sampling strategies, if indicated, and conducts these activities.
  • Maintains, operates, and calibrates a variety of sampling and monitoring equipment.
  • Evaluates and interprets monitoring and sampling results, makes determinations, and develops corrective strategies.
  • Prepares accurate and complete technical reports of survey findings, and provides recommendations on how to correct hazardous conditions.
  • Advises and provides technical guidance and information to University administrators, staff, faculty, and students regarding occupational safety and health issues.
  • Evaluates University compliance with applicable federal or state safety codes.
  • Develops and administers occupational safety and health training.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of occupational health standards, codes, and regulations.
  • Knowledge of methods, procedures, and techniques used in collecting and testing samples such as dusts, mists, fumes, vapors, noise, non-ionizing radiation, cold, and heat stress and biological agents.
  • Knowledge of toxicological effects of occupational hazards.
  • Skill in analyzing and evaluating a wide variety of technical data, test results, reports, and plans.
  • Skill in the operation and maintenance of a variety of monitoring and testing equipment.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in Industrial Hygiene or other physical or life science field AND three years industrial hygiene related experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved. Possession of a current State of Arizona Type D driver's license is required upon employment.


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