Senior Industrial Hygienist

Recruitment #PBT-6139-106673


6139 – Senior Industrial Hygienist




**Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately as this recruitment may close at any time, but not earlier than September 18, 2020**

This is a Position-Based Test conducted in accordance with Civil Service Rule 111A.


The San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH) is accepting applications in class 6139 Senior Industrial Hygienist. The current position is located at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center’s Environmental Health and Safety. The eligible list resulting from this recruitment may be used to fill future positions in this class at other locations within the Department of Public Health including Environmental Health Division, Occupational Safety and Health Division, and Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center.


  • Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center is a large acute care teaching hospital which is the sole Level I Trauma Center for the City and County of San Francisco and offers a comprehensive range of inpatient, ambulatory, skilled nursing, rehabilitative and community oriented programs and is affiliated with the University of California – San Francisco. The Senior Industrial Hygienist will manage the hospital’s hazardous materials and hazardous waste and respiratory protection program and will interact with all level of staff, managers, and leadership to foster employee health and safety within the Center.
  • The Senior Industrial Hygienist for the Environmental Health Division will develop and manage a program with other City agencies to distribute funds to address lead exposures from paints and soils and to address the public’s exposure to asbestos during construction and/or renovation of private buildings. The Senior Industrial Hygienist will be part of and direct the Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Team, will provide technical assistance to the San Francisco Fire Department, and serve as the Division’s subject matter expert for environmental noise and air pollution.
  • The Occupational Safety and Health Division of the Department of Public Health staffs a full-time industrial hygienist position supporting the San Francisco Police Department who provides consultation in a number of areas including indoor air quality, workstation ergonomics, noise exposure, hazardous materials and hazardous materials spill response, and work at a RCRA remediation site.
  • Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center is the largest skilled nursing facility in California and one of the largest in the United States, with over 700 residents, 1,800 employees, and 62-acre campus. The Senior Industrial Hygienist would manage the Workplace Safety and Emergency Management program which is responsible for employee health and safety and emergency prepared ness for the hospital and will interact with all levels of staff, supervisors, managers, and leadership.

The shift for the position is Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and may be required to work evenings, nights, weekends and/or holidays on occasion.


GENERAL JOB DESCRIPTION: Under general direction, performs highly technical and complex industrial hygiene work in the development, implementation and enforcement of regulations and programs in relation to the identification, evaluation, control and prevention of workplace hazards. Positions in this class may function as first line supervisors and highly technical specialists in providing advice on the identification, evaluation, and control of chemical, physical, and biological agents, proper handling, and procedure for the storage and disposal of hazardous substances, hazardous substances inspections, and emergency planning, response, demobilization, and preparedness.


The essential job functions include but are not limited to the following:


  • May supervise a staff of industrial hygiene, health and safety, and environmental, public health, and support personnel. Supervision may includes developing goals and objectives and monitoring progress;

  • Collaborates with all levels of staff, leadership, other CCSF Departments, and members of the public on health and safety issues and concerns;

  • Develops and conducts training sessions for personnel with potential exposure to chemical, physical or biological hazards;

  • Responds to hazardous material incidents and/or employee concerns involving; evaluates the situation and advises on procedures for handling, containment and/or evacuation. Assist CCSF Departments with Emergency planning and preparedness;

  • Investigates accidents, incidents, and/or employee concerns involving exposure to chemical, physical or biological agents and ensure that effective corrective action plans are developed and implemented;

  • Develops, implements and maintains specific health and safety programs such as injury and illness prevention, respiratory protection, hearing conservation, heat illness prevention, asbestos, lead, silica, ergonomics, indoor air quality, exposure to blood borne pathogens and exposure to infectious disease;

  • Reviews and responds to complex questions and concerns from the CCSF staff and/or the community that may involve exposure to chemical, physical or biological agents;

  • Uses database to track injury, illness and exposure data. Ensures data is accurate and uses data to develop corrective actions;

  • Performs administrative tasks related to enforcement of ordinances, codes and other regulations;

  • Participates in advisory committees developing regulations pertaining to chemical, physical and biological agents;

  • Assists departments with regulatory agency inspections;

  • Maintains technical reference material and records;

  • Compiles data and prepares reports;

  • Develops and manages a budget for programs or projects ensuring fiscal stewardship;

  • Tracks corrective action plans to ensure effective implementation;

  • Evaluates work operations and selects appropriate control measures, such as personal protective equipment; AND

  • The Senior Industrial Hygienist also performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications


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



Four (4) years of professional industrial experience, which must include at least one (1) year of journey level experience equivalent to the level of City and County of San Francisco classes 6138 Industrial Hygienist or 6139 Senior Industrial Hygienist. Experience must have included professional industrial hygiene activities including either hazardous materials management or identification, evaluation, and control of occupational health hazards; AND


License and Certification:

Certification by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene as a Certified Industrial Hygienist in the comprehensive practice of Industrial Hygiene; AND possession of a valid California driver’s license.


Note: Possession of a valid California Driver’s License is required at the time of appointment.



Possession of a Bachelor’s degree with major coursework in Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Safety and Health, Environmental Health/Management, or a closely related field from an accredited college or university; AND six (6) years of experience as described above may substitute for the required education and experience.


Note: One year full-time employment is equivalent to 2,000 hours (2,000 hours of qualifying work experience is based on a 40 hour work week). Any overtime hours that you work above 40 hours per week are not included in the calculation to determine full-time employment.  


Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.


Verification of Education: Applicants may be required to provide a copy of a diploma or official transcript to verify qualifying education at any time in the application, examination and/or departmental selection process, to show that minimum qualifications have been met. Information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at:


Applicants who have obtained education from a foreign college or university must provide a Foreign Transcript Evaluation letter from a National Association of Credentials Evaluation Service (NACES) approved agency. A list of approved agencies can be found at:


Verification of Experience: Verification of qualifying experience must be signed by the employer’s authorized representative on the employer’s letterhead, and specify the name of the applicant, dates of employment, job title(s), dates of service and duties performed. City and County of San Francisco employees will receive credit for the duties of the class to which the employee was appointed. City and County of San Francisco employees do not need to submit verification of their City employment but must submit verification of outside experience. City employment will be verified by the employee’s record. City and County of San Francisco employees will not receive credit for experience obtained outside of their classification unless recorded in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Service Rule 110.9.1. For more information, please visit:


Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit 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.


You can also watch this video for further assistance with our online application system:


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 (,,,,,,,,


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 and application-related materials (e.g., supplemental questionnaires) that are incomplete or completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.


Resumes may be attached to the application, however resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a complete City and County of San Francisco application.


If you have any questions regarding the recruitment or application process, please contact the Exam Analyst, Raymond Wang, by telephone at (415) 554-2920, or via email: 

Selection Procedures

Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire (Weight: Qualifying):


Candidates will be prompted to complete a supplemental questionnaire as part of the online employment application. This minimum qualification supplemental questionnaire is designed to obtain specific information regarding an applicant's experience in relation to the minimum qualifications for this position. Applicants must also complete the official application. It is essential that applicants provide complete information in identifying their education, experience and training. The minimum qualification supplemental questionnaire will be used to evaluate if the applicant possesses the required minimum qualifications.


Supplemental Questionnaire Evaluation (Weight: 100%):


Candidates who met the minimum qualifications will be emailed the supplemental questionnaire to the address listed on the candidates’ online application. Candidates will be required to respond to the supplemental questionnaire in the time frame indicated and must submit the completed questionnaire as directed in order to have it evaluated. Responses cannot be changed once submitted. Candidates will be evaluated based on their supplemental questionnaire responses. Candidates must achieve a passing score on the supplemental questionnaire in order to continue in the selection process and will be placed on the confidential eligible list in rank order according to their final score. After the confidential eligible list is adopted the department may administer additional selection procedures to make a final hiring decision. The supplemental questionnaire has been designed to measure knowledge, skills and/or abilities in job-related areas which may include, but not be limited to: knowledge of Industrial Hygiene and hazardous substances management; knowledge of chemical, physical and biological agent sampling and analysis theory and practice; knowledge of federal, state, and local environmental and occupational health and safety and hazardous materials laws, regulations, and ordinances; knowledge of professional standards, procedures and methods concerning the safe handling, storage, and containment of hazardous substances; ability to plan and manage occupational health programs or projects; written communication ability; interpersonal ability; and supervisory ability.


Certification Rule: The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of Ten Scores. Additional position selection processes may be conducted by the hiring department prior to making final hiring decisions.


Eligible List/Score Report: A confidential eligible list of applicant names that have passed the civil service examination process will be created, and used for certification purposes only. An examination score report will be established, so applicants can view the ranks, final scores and number of eligible candidates. Applicant information, including names of applicants on the eligible list, shall not be made public unless required by law. However, an eligible list shall be made available for public inspection, upon request, once the eligible list is exhausted or expired and referrals resolved. The eligible list/score report resulting from this civil service examination process is subject to change after adoption (e.g., as a result of appeals), as directed by the Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission.


The duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be six (6) months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.


Upon approval of the Human Resource Director (see Civil Service Rule 111A.26.5), the eligible list resulting from this announcement may be used by other departments that also use this classification or a similar classification. To find other Departments which use this classification, please see Search that document by title or job code to see which departments use the classification.


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.



Statement on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: At the City and County of San Francisco, we share a commitment to a diverse, inclusive and equitable community. Each member of our organization is responsible and accountable for what they say and do to make San Francisco an inclusive and equitable place to live and work by employing fair and just practices to and for all.


Licensure/Certification/Registration: Valid licensure/certification/registration as a requirement to perform the job must be kept current throughout length of employment. Failure to demonstrate/show proof of possession of required valid licensure/certification/registration may result in dismissal and/or termination of employment.


Note on Electronic Health Record (EHR): The Department of Public Health (DPH) is implementing a unified Electronic Health Record (EHR) system and DPH employees must demonstrate competency in the use of the system that is appropriate for their classification as a condition of employment.


Note on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Some positions in the Department of Public Health will require the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), including but not limited to gloves, gowns, eye and face protection, and face-fitting respirators. The requirement for the use of PPE may come on short or no notice. Facial hair or any condition that interferes with a face-fitting respirator’s seal (i.e. comes between the sealing surfaces of the respirator and the wearer’s bare skin) is not permitted when face-fitting respirators are worn, including during initial or periodic respirator fit-testing.


Employees who choose not to shave and do not have either American Disabilities Act (ADA) or Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Accommodations do not have the right to alternate work assignments or the option of using a loose-fitting Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) in place of a FaceFitting Respirator.


Medical Examination/Drug Testing: Prior to appointment, at the Department's expense, applicants may be required to take a tuberculosis (TB) screening test, a medical examination and/or drug test.


Terms of Announcement: Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations. Clerical errors may be corrected by the posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at:


The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 111A.35.1. The standard for the review of such appeals is ‘abuse of discretion’ or ‘no rational basis’ for establishing the position description, the minimum qualifications and/or the certification rule. Appeals must include a written statement of the item(s) being contested and the specific reason(s) why the cited item(s) constitute(s) abuse of discretion by the Human Resources Director. Appeals must be submitted directly to the Executive Officer of the Civil Service Commission within five business days of the announcement issuance date.


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


Reasonable Accommodation Request: Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this announcement can find information on requesting ADA Accommodation at:


General Information: Concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures can be obtained at:


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


Veteran’s Preference:


Seniority Credit in Promotional Exams: Information regarding seniority credit can be found at


Exam Type: CPE

Issued: September 4, 2020

Micki Callahan

Human Resources Director

Department of Human Resources

Recruitment No.: PBT-6139-106673

Department of Public Health

DPH/RW/(415) 554-2920

DHR Pos. No.: 01089647



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.


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