PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In the Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Division, this class is accountable for providing the most complex consultative services to all employers regarding occupational health or inspecting and investigating public employers for compliance with Connecticut Occupational Safety and Health Act.
Works under the limited supervision of an Occupational Safety and Health Manager or other employee of higher grade.
May lead lower level employees as assigned.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
COMPLIANCE: Conducts comprehensive occupational health inspections of public employer work sites including inspections of all types of equipment, construction and personnel to ensure compliance with state occupational safety and health act; interviews managers, employees, union officials and others to obtain information; investigates accidents in public sector to determine cause and possible violation of state occupational safety and health act; investigates complaints of alleged violations of state occupational safety and health act by public employers; uses chemical, mechanical and electrical principles and procedures to measure, evaluate and control occupational health hazards; analyzes heat, illumination, radiation, noise, vibration, vapors and other physical factors; calibrates technical instruments; conducts occupational health related research; recommends issuance of citations, monetary penalties and time abatements; prepares comprehensive reports; audits employer records of injuries and illnesses; may testify at hearings and in court; may address employer and employee groups; performs related duties as required.
CONSULTATION: Conducts inspections of work site and equipment used in response to either public or private employers requests for technical assistance with occupational health issues; conducts tests with technical and scientific instruments; conducts occupational health related research; provides off site technical assistance; makes recommendations to correct health hazards; provides training, information and materials to employers and employees; assists employers in correcting occupational hazards; promotes consultation services offered by division; prepares comprehensive reports; audits employer records of injuries and illnesses; may address employee and employer groups; may perform compliance inspections; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of principles and practices of occupational health; considerable knowledge of state and federal Occupational Safety and Health Act and standards; considerable knowledge of investigation methods and techniques; knowledge of instrument use and calibration; knowledge of research methods and techniques; basic knowledge of toxicology; considerable oral and written communication skills; interpersonal skills; ability to utilize computer software.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Seven (7) years of experience in occupational health.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
1. College training in chemistry, occupational health, physics or a closely related field may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equaling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
2. A Master's degree in industrial hygiene, public health or a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
1. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.
Incumbents in this class may be exposed to moderately disagreeable and hazardous conditions.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(16)-ADMIN & RESID (P-5)
This replaces the existing specification for the class of Occupational Hygienist in Salary Group AR 26 approved effective October 1,1987. (2012 SCOPE Review)