6138, Industrial Hygienist

Recruitment #PEX-6138-101168


Job Type: This Permanent Exempt - Full Time (Category 18) position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive civil service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the appointing officer. This position has an anticipated duration of no more than three (3) years and will not result in an eligible list or permanent civil service hiring.



Under direction, performs technically difficult industrial hygiene work in connection with hazardous materials and other health and environmental hazards in the City and County of San Francisco; independently conducts routine industrial hygiene monitoring of chemical, biological, and physical agents; serves as a technical resource and advisor in the implementation of occupational safety and health regulations; may evaluate industrial hygiene data in relation to public health issues; develops and conducts occupational health and safety training programs; responds to and evaluates hazardous materials incidents; conducts hazardous materials surveys, develops hazardous materials work plans, and performs hazardous materials oversight during abatement; writes hazardous materials reports and work plans; and performs related duties as required.

Distinguishing Features

This class functions as a technical specialist in the Industrial Hygienist series with responsibility for the anticipation, identification, evaluation, and control of potential health and environmental hazards and in advising and training others in the identification and control of such materials. It is distinguished from the entry level Industrial Hygienist in that the latter does not independently conduct occupational health and safety surveys and does not supervise. It is distinguished from the senior level Industrial Hygienist in that the latter manages incumbents in this class and performs highly technical work. It is distinguished from classes in the Environmental Health inspector series in that incumbents in those classes perform inspection duties in routine enforcement of sanitation, health and safety codes, ordinances and laws. 

Examples of Important and Essential Duties

According to Civil Service Commission Rule 109, the duties specified below are representative of the range of duties assigned to this job code/class and are not intended to be an inclusive list.

1. Responds to and evaluates hazardous materials incidents; conducts hazardous materials surveys, develops hazardous materials work plans, and performs hazardous materials oversight during abatement; writes hazardous materials survey, work plans and oversight reports;

2. Reviews and writes environmental sampling plans, environmental Phase I &II reports, environmental mitigation reports, environmental contract specifications, dust control plans, asbestos dust mitigation plans, and noise control plans.

3. Developing and implementing inspection practices and procedures; investigates and evaluates health and safety hazards and coordinates remedial action with representatives from various City and County departments, other agencies, businesses and the public; conducts surveys of potentially hazardous workplace operations, including monitoring for physical, biological, and chemical agents, evaluating results, recommending corrective actions and preparing reports.

4. Anticipates, identifies, evaluates, and controls occupational safety and health and environmental hazards for personnel working in proximity to hazardous waste remediation or hazardous materials.

5. Maintaining a working knowledge of the laws and regulations promulgated by various federal, state and local environmental and regulatory agencies; inspecting property, facilities, operations and construction activities to assure compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

6. Preparing Phase I and II environmental site assessments in compliance with Article 22A of the SF Health Code (Maher Ordinance);

7. Advises program and departmental management on matters pertaining to public health and safety; the handling and containment of hazardous materials incidents and evaluation procedures; provides technical support in identifying, preventing and controlling health, environmental and safety hazards; and coordinates compliance with applicable laws, policies, procedures and regulations.

8. Assists in administrative tasks related to implementation of ordinances, codes and other regulations; maintains technical reference materials and records; compiles data and prepares reports.

9. Conducts and participates in meetings with professional and business groups concerning industrial hygiene and hazardous materials matters.

10. Provides regulatory support with respect to interpreting, interfacing, and responding to agencies that enforce Local, State and Federal regulations.

11. The nature of the job shall require performing field investigations and monitoring at City construction projects; confined space entry; and travel and work at distant City facilities throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.  

12. Coordination with BAAQMD during planning, design, and oversight of projects impacting Naturally Containing Asbestos (NOA)

13. Off-Hours work (evenings, nights, and weekends) shall be required.

14. Perform Hazmat surveys for project design phase.

15. Perform Hazmat abatement oversight including, air monitoring, final inspection and clearance.

16. Develop Hazmat reports, work-plans, and contract specifications.

17. Conduct Awareness level training for specific HAZMAT issues.

18. Assists in the planning and implementation of environmental regulations and the requirements for the Environmental Site Mitigation Program as mandated by federal, state and local laws, statutes. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of: Industrial Hygiene and hazardous materials management: chemicals, physical, and biological agents and assessment of chemical, physical, and biological hazards; chemical sampling and analysis theory and practice; federal, state, and local environmental and occupational health and safety and hazardous materials laws, regulations, and ordinances; professional standards, procedures and methods concerning the safe handling, storage, and containment of hazardous materials; technical training methods and techniques; ergonomic hazards assessments and techniques.

Ability and Skill to: Identify and evaluate chemical, physical, biological, and other hazards accurately; perform industrial hygiene monitoring utilizing industrial hygiene equipment; interpret laws, ordinances, policies and regulations concerning the handling and containment of hazardous materials; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; train and educate others in appropriate response to hazardous materials incidents and the use and storage of hazardous materials; establish and maintain effective working relationships with departmental managers, staff and line personnel, public officials, environmental health professionals, representatives of business and community organizations, and others; wear a respirator and appropriate personal protective equipment; lift, carry, and use standard industrial hygiene equipment; work around and with hazardous materials, physical agents, and biological agents; enter and work in confined spaces; work in hot and cold environments and elevated heights.

Skill in: Controlling industrial hazards, including engineering and administrative controls, and personal protective equipment. 

Minimum Qualifications

These minimum qualifications establish the education, training, experience, special skills and/or license(s) which are required for employment in the classification.  Please note, additional qualifications (i.e., special conditions) may apply to a particular position and will be stated on the exam/job announcement.


Possession of a Master’s degree in Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Safety and Health, Environmental Health/Management, or an equivalent degree in a closely related field from an accredited college or university. All degrees must have major coursework in Industrial Hygiene.


Two (2) years of professional industrial experience equivalent to the level of City and County of San Francisco classes 6137 Assistant Industrial Hygienist or 6138 Industrial Hygienist, which must have included professional industrial hygiene activities including either hazardous materials management or identification, evaluation, and control of occupational health hazards, such as noise, radiation, asbestos, various chemicals, etc.

License and Certification:

Possession of a valid California driver’s license.


Certification by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene as a Certified Industrial Hygienist in the comprehensive practice of Industrial Hygiene may substitute for the required education and experience.

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

  • Select the desired job announcement
  • Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions on the screen

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date. Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline. Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment or application process, please contact the analyst, Jacque Sanders by telephone at (415) 554-6000, or by email at Jacque.sanders@sfdpw.org

Selection Procedures

Applications will be screened for relevant qualifying experience.  Additional screening mechanisms may be implemented in order to determine candidates’ qualifications.  Only those applicants who most closely meet the needs of the Agency will be invited to participate in the selection process.  Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the interview.  

The application procedure is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need assistance to participate in this recruitment, contact Jacqueline Sanders (415) 554-6000. Notification in advance will enable the department and County to evaluate arrangements to reasonably accommodate your need.  


Conviction History

As a selected candidate for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a selected candidate. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures:
Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Copies of Application Documents:
Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

Right to Work:
All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

For more information about benefits, please click here.


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