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$58,260.00 - $76,416.00 Annually 
Tukwila, Washington
United States
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Safety Engineer/Specialist: Single site
Safety Engineer/Specialist: Multi-site
Safety Advisor/Auditor
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Government / Public Sector
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3-5 years
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Bachelor's Degree
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L&I Safety & Health Specialist 3, Maritime

Washington is America's Top State according to U.S. News (2019) and we provide one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation.  Here at the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I), we believe that your voice matters.  We value our employees and offer flexible schedules that respect your work/life balance.  In addition, L&I is a diverse state agency dedicated to the safety and health and security of Washington's 3 million workers. Learn more about L&I, the employer of choice here

Are you passionate about worker safety and the maritime industry? As a Safety and Health Specialist - Maritime, you will inspect marine industry jobsites.  This includes inspections of aquaculture, waterfront construction, manufacturing, transportation of marine cargo, ship building and repair, boat building and repair, law enforcement, commercial diving, hyperbaric tunneling and security. In addition, you'll be tasked with ensuring compliance by conducting charter boat inspections on internal state waters in accordance with WAC 296-115 and 46CFR Subchapter T.
This is challenging work and you will take the lead on complicated maritime related investigations including related fatalities. In addition, you will investigate employee complaints and referrals related to maritime industries and conduct charter boat inspections on internal state waters in accordance with relevant rules and regulations.
If you have an extensive maritime background and would like to contribute to our mission of Keeping Washington Safe and Working, then we encourage you to apply now!


  • Lead and perform complex investigations of high visibility fatalities in the maritime industries; lead other Safety and Health Specialists and Industrial Hygienists.
  • Thoroughly investigate accidents to determine root causes and contributing factors, provide documentation to back up conclusions and prepare detailed report by assembling all information gathered during the investigation.
  • Investigate worksites to identify safety hazards while taking field notes, photos, videos, or other appropriate documentation methods.
  • Conduct interviews; review written materials, data sheets, reports and records provided by the employer or employee representatives. 
  • Write reports in compliance with the DOSH compliance manual. Use hazard severity and probability to propose penalties. Defend citations at appeal hearing both formal and informal.
  • Evaluate small passenger vessel compliance with the requirements of RCW 88.04, WAC 296-115 and 46CFR Subchapter T and give recommendation on whether or not to issue a license to operate.




  • Four (4) years of journeyman level experience in the maritime industry or Coast Guard Vessel Inspection experience within the last ten years. Experience may include full-time experience in the maritime industry, either cargo handling, ship building, or USCG active duty.
  • Three (3) years of experience as a safety and health officer, consultant, inspector, or related experience.
  • Able to conduct investigations: Makes systematic inquiries into employer records, operations, worksites, etc. to obtain information regarding employer activities that fall under the regulatory responsibility of the Department.
  • Thorough understanding of both WISHA (Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act) and OSHA (federal government's Occupational Safety and Health Administration) rules, regulations, policies, and procedures. Extensive knowledge of the WISHA Compliance Manual and RCW 49.17. Understands and is able to explain to customers what their businesses must do to comply with these regulations.



  • The position is bilingual preferred. If candidate is bilingual, and successfully completes HR bilingual testing, the candidate will communicate with internal and external customers in both English and their bilingual language.
  • A valid Transportation Workers Identification Credential is preferred, prior to hiring and must be obtained within six months of hire and maintained throughout the term of employment.


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