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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: X0022 / Industrial Hygiene Specialist
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 13

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The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Under general supervision, assists in the monitoring and coordinating of industrial hygiene programs.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Participates in the development and implementation of university-wide industrial hygiene programs, including Respiratory Protection, Hearing Conservation, Lead Hazards, Asbestos and Local Exhaust Ventilation; participates in formulating maintenance strategies and policies.
  2. Advises the university community regarding industrial hygiene protocols and procedures to ensure regulatory compliance as mandated by local, state and federal agencies; interacts with university departments, faculty, and staff to correct non-compliance issues, including follow-up on correction actions.
  3. Conducts routine and follow-up industrial hygiene surveys of university facilities and departments; prepares reports of findings and submits recommendations.
  4. Utilizes a variety of industrial hygiene monitoring, sampling and analytical equipment and instruments to evaluate chemical and noise exposures; maintains detailed records of sampling activities.
  5. Oversees the development and presentation of industrial hygiene training programs.
  6. Analyzes accident and incident reports for trends; makes recommendations for correcting unsafe conditions and actions.
  7. Responds to emergency situtaions involving hazardous materials; prepares reports of findings and submits recommendations.
  8. Reviews building project plans, including new and remodel projects, for compliance with local, state and federal regulations.
  9. Leads and/or guides the work of lower level safety technicians and/or student employees.
  10. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; at least 3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Assessment and referral skills.
  • Ability to gather data, compile information, and prepare reports and other material.
  • Ability to communicate technical information to non-technical personnel.
  • Ability to develop, implement, and enforce safety programs and protocols.
  • Knowledge of federal, state and local safety regulations, protocols, and/or procedures.
  • Ability to design and present informational programs and presentations, based on assessed needs.
  • Ability to react calmly and effectively in emergency situations.
  • Ability to lead and train staff and/or students.
  • Ability to investigate and analyze information and draw conclusions.
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse populations.
  • Ability to operate, test and/or repair monitoring, sampling and/or analytical equipment and instruments.

Conditions of Employment

  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions.
  • Moderate physical activity. Requires some heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling of objects up to 60 pounds; physical work is a minor part (less than 30%) of the job.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017