HLW Industrial Safety & Hygiene Specialist

Requisition ID:  272179

  • 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- $118,920 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.).

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 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.

This position will support the High-Level Waste (HLW) Vitrification efforts from restoration to completion. The HLW is the most complex of all the WTP facilities and will host some of the top professionals in their field to design, engineer, procure and construct HLW vitrification systems.

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.

Selected applicant needs to be able and willing to work night shift (5:30pm to 4:00am) and weekends as needed.


The Waste Treatment Completion Company (WTCC) is a limited liability corporation created by Bechtel National Inc. (BNI) and Amentum. WTCC is a subcontractor to BNI, the prime contractor, to deliver the construction, turnover, startup, and commissioning activities for the WTP project.



  • Support the management and implementation of the ES&H program on HLW including identifying workplace hazards, developing appropriate hazard controls and mitigation strategies and training for both office and field locations, and providing oversight of work activities to ensure controls are effectively implemented.
  • Ensuring quality control processes are incorporated into safety policies, process, and procedure to monitor all aspects of regulations by being informed of all existing and proposed changes in occupational health and safety regulations. 
  • Supporting worker safety and health needs, including injury and event response. 
  • Recognizes, evaluates, and recommends and implements policies and procedures ensuring effective implementation of safety and health rules, regulations, policies, and procedures to assure awareness and compliance with safety requirements. 
  • Assisting the Site Manager/Completions Manager in handling the ES&H related aspects of the construction site. 
  • Participating in pre-task and safety meetings. 
  • Performing incident/event investigations and preparing associated reports; conducts investigations of injuries/illnesses, conditions that could/do have direct safety impacts and potential liability.
  • Directs comprehensive audits and inspections of safety programs to identify, prevent, and control significant loss producing exposure to safety hazards. 
  • Reviews and provides recommendations for the correction of hazards situations for compliance with OSHA, state, and other Federal regulations.
  • Provides leadership and direction for safety staff and leadership within the Environmental Health and Safety function of the organization. 
  • Promotes communication programs to coordinate the incorporation of safety into ES&H programs and to enhance and encourage employee awareness of accident and fire prevention, industrial hygiene, and environmental compliance. 
  • Participates in meetings with customers, project team members, and contractors/subcontractors to advise them of safety requirements that may affect project design, schedule, and cost.
  • Conducts safety inspections/assessments of project construction activities to monitor compliance with applicable safety and health requirements including contractual commitments, permits, and the project’s ES&H plan. 
  • Ensure training is developed for HLW ES&H procedures for construction craft. 
  • Conducts performance reviews of employees under their direct supervision providing opportunities for professional enhancement and growth in their field as well as mentoring and coaching on areas of improvement and acknowledgement of successes. 
  • Compiling ES&H reports. 
  • Managing and administer hazardous material control program. 
  • Coordinating with safety, health and environmental authorities having jurisdiction over the project.   
  • Ensuring compliance with environmental permits.
  • Be an advocate and active supporter of best practices.


Qualifications and Skills


Basic Qualifications:

Bachelor of Science degree in the sciences (e.g., environmental science, biology, public health, chemistry), Engineering, or a related field from an accredited university with 3 years of progressive, related experience. In lieu of a degree, 9 years of progressive, related experience.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • 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.
  • Advanced skills in oral and written communications. Knowledge of safety procedures, engineering systems, principles, and methodologies.
  • Knowledge of national and international safety laws/regulations and regulatory agencies’ processes and responsibilities, industry standards/practices for safety and health compliance, and best management practices for minimizing potential safety risks during project execution.
  • Knowledge of engineering and construction systems, methods, and work processes.
  • Knowledge of construction planning, estimating, procedures, and execution.
  • Experience in managing and/or providing technical oversight of safety and/or health subcontractors or consultants.
  • Experience in safety inspections/assessments during construction and/or operations.
  • Knowledge of hazardous materials and physical risk exposures and Personal Protective Equipment standards as well as People Based Safety processes and procedures.

Preferred Qualifications:


  • Possesses the legal right to work and remain in the United States without sponsorship. WTP and/or DOE experience. Prior Bechtel ES&H Experience
  • Knowledge of, or experience with:
    • A Zero Incident/Zero Injury Philosophy.
    • A Nuclear Safety & Quality Culture (NSQC), the Integrated Safety Management System (ISMS), and a Safety Conscious Work Environment (SCWE)
    • Voluntary Protection Program
    • Life critical
    • Corrective Action Management Program
    • Human Performance Initiatives
    • DOE O 232.2A, Occurrence Reporting and Processing of Operations Information.


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.