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IOSHA Industrial Hygienist

Date Posted:  Nov 24, 2021
Requisition ID:  287701

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204


Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.



About the Indiana Department of Labor:

The Indiana Department of Labor advances the safety, health, and prosperity of Hoosiers in the workplace.  We maintain a proactive focus of prevention, training, and good communication by collaborating with businesses, labor, trade associations, and schools, all with the goal of making Indiana safer and more productive.




This position traditionally starts at $37,622 per year for an entry-level candidate, after a minimum of 6 months to a max of 1 year and successful completion of training, the salary will be increased to $42,328 per year. The starting salary may be commensurate with education and/or experience.


About the Job:

As the Industrial Hygienist, you will serve as an environmental health specialist and work independently within the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA) to achieve compliance with, and enforcement of, state and federal laws, regulations and standards in occupational health and safety program areas.  

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Inspects and investigates formal and non-formal complaints, referrals, threats of imminent danger, fatalities and catastrophes of complex industrial facilities to determine occupational environments hazardous to employee health and to ensure compliance with IOSHA regulations.
  • Collects data and prepares technical reports for administrative and/or regulatory action, and may testify at informal hearings and before the Board of Safety Review when necessary.
  • Collects samples and otherwise evaluates employee exposures to health hazards in the work place including noise particulate, fumes, mists, vapors and gases.
  • Measures various occupational health hazards such as dust, heat, noise, etc. and determines degree of employee exposure.
  • Collects samples of dust, fumes, mists, vapors and gases for quantitative and qualitative analysis.
  • Consults with, and advises company owners and/or management as to the inspection process and to gather relevant safety program and/or training materials and information.
  • Creates detailed, accurate, and timely reports for the supervisor for administrative and regulatory action.
  • Interviews employees as appropriate to gather job-specific information and cautions them on safety hazards.
  • Refers non-industrial related hazards or issues to other agency divisions as appropriate.
  • Conducts closing conferences with company owners and/or management to provide them with a summary of inspection findings, discuss abatement etc.
  • Consults with federal, state and local environmental and health agencies and the general public in enforcement activities and for educational purposes.


The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time.

What You'll Need For Success:

  • Bachelors Degree, preferably in Occupational Health.
  • 1 year of relevant work experience.
  • Specialized knowledge of common occupational health hazards, industrial toxic materials and their safe and adequate handling technique.
  • Extensive knowledge of, and the ability to apply federal, state, and local laws and regulations pertaining to occupational health standards.
  • Considerable knowledge of the sciences including biology, safety and engineering, chemistry, toxicology and physiology.
  • Knowledge, skills and abilities typically acquired through a Bachelor’s degree plus related work experience.
  • Considerable knowledge of training techniques relating to occupational health and safety subject matters.
  • Ability to interpret and apply IOSHA regulations, consensus standards, and various practices and precedents falling within the jurisdiction of IOSHA.
  • Ability to conduct inspections, further investigations and to prepare administrative reports for use as basis for recommendations for further action.
  • Ability to conduct surveys, inspections and investigations and to prepare reports for use as the basis for recommendation for action.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective cooperative work relationships and to manage difficult situations with utmost professionalism.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role does not provide direct supervision to direct reports.


Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages 
  • Wellness program (offers premiums discount for the medical plan) 
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution) 
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match 
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options 
  • Group life insurance 
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits 
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off 
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs 
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years 
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program 
  • New Parent Leave 
  • Free Parking 
  • Free LinkedIn Learning 


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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