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State Industrial Hygienists Ergonomics Specialists. Garrett Brown, Industrial Hygienist, DIR Russ Denney, Industrial Hygienist, DIR Duv Holland, Industrial Hygienist, DTSC Jeff Tiedemann, Ergonomics Spec., SCIF. Industrial Hygienists. Protect Workers Enforce Laws and Regulations

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    1. State Industrial HygienistsErgonomics Specialists Garrett Brown, Industrial Hygienist, DIR Russ Denney, Industrial Hygienist, DIR Duv Holland, Industrial Hygienist, DTSC Jeff Tiedemann, Ergonomics Spec., SCIF

    2. Industrial Hygienists • Protect Workers • Enforce Laws and Regulations • Protect the Public • Protect State Employees • Education

    3. What is Ergonomics? The Science of Fitting the Work to the Worker

    4. Injury Prevention • Defined as Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) • State Fund’s database indicates that about 70% of occupational injuries are ergonomic in nature (this includes back injuries) • Nationwide, the cost is billions of dollars a year in losses

    5. Tenosynovitis De Quervain’s Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Lateral Epicondylitis Tendinitis

    6. Minimum Qualifications • Bachelor’s Degree • Typically in Industrial Hygiene, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Medicine, Public Health • About 1/3 of all Industrial Hygienists have earned Master’s Degrees • About 1/3 of all Industrial Hygienists are Certified Industrial Hygienists

    7. Recruitment & Retention Issues • Out of Class work • Industrial Hygienists are responsible for occupational health, but are regularly required to address occupational safety as well as Environmental/ Community Health & Safety. • Inappropriate Management (non-Sci Supervisors) • Little administrative support

    8. Result of Recruitment & Retention Issues • Exodusoutof Industrial Hygiene classification • Retirement • Private Sector • A DTSC Technical Senior went to private sector for a 40K/year pay increase. DTSC has been unable to fill the vacancy despite repeated rounds of advertising. • Public Sector • Safety Engineer and other State classifications • Less duties • Less responsibilities • More pay

    9. Result of R & R Issues • Difficulty Hiring for the vacancies created • DOSH • Last IH exams resulted in 8 possible candidates statewide • Toxics • Unable to fill the Technical Senior vacancy • Unable to hire for an Associate IH position in Berkeley • Sacramento positions difficult to fill • Corrections and Rehabilitation • Unable to hire for an Associate IH position in Sacramento 3 people met the MQs out of 27 applicants

    10. Result of R & R Issues (Cont) • Difficulty Hiring for the vacancies created • Integrated Waste Management Board • Unable to recruit external industrial Hygienists. • Fish and Game • Sacramento position lost when unfilled

    11. Result of Ergonomics R & R • Four staff resigned in past five years, of 7 Total in Class Series • Difficult to attract qualified candidates • Bay Area salaries not competitive

    12. 2006 Industrial HygienistCAPS/DPA Salary Survey

    13. 2006 DPA Total Compensation Study • Industrial Hygienist Benchmark • Statewide Results • 17% Salary Lag • 20% Total Compensation Lag • Bay Area Results • 38% Salary Lag • 37% Total Compensation Lag

    14. The Solution • Parity with Safety Engineer pay level for all Industrial Hygiene and Ergonomics Specialists • Parity with counterparts in public sector • Longevity Bonus • Geographic Pay Differential • Recruitment and Retention Bonuses