HLW Industrial Hygienist

Requisition ID:  272583

  • Relocation Authorized:  National - Family
  • Grade:  24
  • Position to be Panel Interviewed?  No
  • Telework Type: Full-Time Office/Project 
  • Work Location: Richland, WA 
  • Employee Referral Amount: $1,000.00 
  • Salary Range: $77,980- $118,929 annually (Determined by function, education, experience, and qualifications of the applicant. A 15% salary uplift is provided on top of base salary for positions that are worked in New York City or San Francisco, which is subject to change depending on market conditions.).

Company Overview

Since 1898, we have helped customers complete more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents that have created jobs, grown economies, improved the resiliency of the world's infrastructure, increased access to energy, resources, and vital services, and made the world a safer, cleaner place. Differentiated by the quality of our people and our relentless drive to deliver the most successful outcomes, we align our capabilities to our customers’ objectives to create a lasting positive impact. We serve the Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Energy; and Mining & Metals markets. Our services span from initial planning and investment, through start-up and operations. Core to Bechtel are our values – ethics, safety, quality, people, culture, relationships, innovation and sustainability, and our covenants – integrity, respect, collaboration, trust, and delivery. They are what we believe, what customers can expect, and how we deliver. 


Project Overview:

Bechtel is designing, constructing, and commissioning the world's largest radioactive waste treatment plant for the U.S. Department of Energy at the Hanford Site in southeastern Washington State. The Hanford Tank Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP) will use vitrification technology to process and solidify 56 million gallons (210 million liters) of radioactive and chemical waste stored at the Hanford site, which is a byproduct of plutonium production during World War II and the Cold War era. The project is the largest undertaking of its kind and one of DOE's most technically challenging cleanup projects. Its construction spans 65 acres (26 hectares) with four major nuclear facilities - Pretreatment, Low-Activity Waste Vitrification, High­ Level Waste Vitrification and Analytical Laboratory - as well as operations and maintenance buildings, utilities, other support facilities. The High-Level Waste (HLW) Facility is the most complex of all the WTP facilities. The HLW will vitrify (process into glass) the highest concentrations of radioactive and chemical waste located on the Hanford site. HLW staff consist of top professionals who are designing, planning, and procuring all materials necessary to construct HLW vitrification systems. This industrial Safety Specialist position will support and assist the HLW team to complete the HLW mission and commission the operations of this one-of-a-kind facility. This position is located at the Construction Site (22 miles north of Richland) and works a 4 x 10 schedule, M-Th, 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Selected applicant needs to be able and willing to work weekends as needed. 


Position Summary:

Under management supervision, the Industrial Hygiene Specialist II is responsible for implementing and administering project industrial hygiene programs affecting employee, public safety and occupational health.

Serves as a resource for line management to administer a proactive prevention program for occupational accidents and illnesses; under general supervision performs technical work in a wide range of industrial hygiene disciplines to achieve compliance with ES&H standards along with federal and state regulatory requirements;exhibits knowledge and applies the fundamental concepts, practices and procedures of industrial hygiene; assists in the development, implementation and maintenance of industrial hygiene programs, systems and procedures; monitors and prevents hazards and diseases that could be found in the work area; investigates accidents, injuries, and complaints concerning hazards in the workplace; recommends improvements in processes, design, procedures and operating equipment to minimize hazards; conducts employee training, emergency preparedness and assures the quality of programs; provides regulatory interpretation and technical advice; may provide guidance for a team of ES&H specialists and/or support personnel. This position may require shift work to support plant operations. 



  • Support the Waste Treatment Plant Nuclear Safety Quality Culture by emphasizing the values of safety and quality in the performance of work in order to protect self, others, and the environment.
  • This job description is not intended to include every duty, task or instruction for which an employee is responsible. Other tasks may be assigned, based on business needs and the department supervisor’s request. 
  • Provides technical assistance to office and field operations to ensure compliance with applicable international, Federal, State, and/or Company health and safety regulations. 
  • Conducts compliance evaluations of equipment, structures, and work in progress to ensure that regulatory safety and health standards of the Company and all applicable codes are followed.
  • Recommends facilities and technological specifications to carry out programs that fulfill the organization's overall objectives.
  • Attend work planning meetings to identify occupational health hazards and provided recommended controls to execute the work safely.
  • Prepares and reviews technical reports, correspondence and program compliance documents.
  • Establishes and maintains permits as required. Meets applicable regulatory codes and standards where required.
  • Develops and implements IH programs including IH processes, procedures and/or specifications. 
  • Develops IH training programs and conducts IH training meetings as necessary.
  • Trains and assists subordinate industrial hygienists in sampling and assessment methodologies.
  • Conducts and assists projects with sampling, monitoring, data interpretation and occupational health surveys to ensure compliance with established programs.
  • Industrial Hygiene Specialists II are expected to pursue and/or complete a professional certification, such as an ABIH Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH). 


Qualification and Skills

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelors of Science Degree in a specialized scientific field (e.g., occupational safety and health, chemistry, biology, engineering, or other acceptable fields) from an accredited university and 3+ years of progressively responsible related experience. Must be able to complete and pass a pre-employment physical, drug screen, and background check which includes verification of employment and education. Must be able to obtain a DOE badge for access to the Hanford Site.   


Additional Qualifications:

  • Technical knowledge of Industrial Hygiene systems, principles, best practices, and calculations and the application of IH methods,
  • Standards and materials. Knowledge of industry and regulatory standards and criteria pertinent to Industrial Hygiene.
  • Knowledge of Industrial Hygiene training program materials and methods. Knowledge of problem investigation, regulatory and internal audit practices and procedures. Proficient in computer applications. 
  • Good oral and written communication skills. 
  • Possess the legal right to work and remain in the US without sponsorship.
  • Pervious WTP, DOE, or DOD experience.
  • Certification in Comprehensive Practice of Industrial Hygiene through a recognized accrediting organization.
  • Experience in a nuclear, heavy construction, chemical processing, or petroleum environment.


At Bechtel, our employees enjoy a competitive total rewards package that includes comprehensive medical, dental, and vision plans, along with optional disability and supplemental insurance options, generous paid time off, paid holidays, paid parental leave, discretionary bonuses, and a well-designed 401K plan with matching and profit-sharing components. 

Shaping tomorrow together

Bechtel is one of the most respected global engineering, construction, and project management companies. Together with our customers, we deliver landmark projects that foster long-term progress and economic growth. Since 1898, we’ve completed more than 25,000 extraordinary projects across 160 countries on all seven continents. We operate through four global businesses: Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Energy; and Mining & Metals. Our company and our culture are built on more than a century of leadership and a relentless adherence to our values, the core of which are safety, quality, ethics, and integrity. These values are what we believe, what we expect, what we deliver, and what we live.  

Bechtel is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, disability, citizenship status (except as authorized by law), protected veteran status, genetic information, and any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

Bechtel employees are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 or show proof of a negative test result prior to accessing Bechtel sites/facilities to the extent required by applicable law or by customer requirements.