Industrial Hygienists, Chicagoland OSHA offices


Positions are located in a Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Region 5 Area Offices. One vacancy is present in each of the following locations: Naperville, Illinois Des Plaines, Illinois

Tinley Park, Illinois Please apply for the location(s) that you are able and available to report to. Once your application has submitted you will only be considered for that location(s). The hiring agency has the final determination of work location.

The mission of OSHA is to develop and promulgate occupational safety and health standards, develop and issue regulations; conduct investigations and inspections to determine the status of compliance with safety and health standards and regulations; issue citations and propose penalties for non-compliance with safety and health standards and regulations. Selection(s) can be made at any advertised grade level. Additional vacancies may be selected using this announcement. This position has a positive education requirement. A copy of all college transcripts are required when applying. Failure to submit a copy of all college transcripts will result in your application being rated ineligible/incomplete.

As an Industrial Hygienist, you will perform the following duties:


  • Participates as a member of an inspection team and assists in the planning, and conducts a limited segment of a major investigation. Identifies areas in need of immediate corrective action or conditions which are of imminent danger to life or limb.
  • Conducts research and studies records and files covering mishaps, injuries, and equipment maintenance data. Compiles and prepares a variety of recurring reports as directed.
  • Assists in the documentation of conducted portions of investigations. Assists in conducting interviews with supervisors and employees.
  • Assists in preparing for opening and closing conferences and outreach activities and responds to requests for information on OSHA legislation, regulations and compliance activities.


  • Assists in planning and conducting portions of or limited inspections or compliance reviews of private businesses and worksites whose operations are generally characterized by the presence of moderately stable, low-risk processes and some higher hazards and unsafe working conditions.
  • Studies records and reports of occupational safety and health mishaps, injuries, and illnesses.
  • Conducts research of employers and their previous OSHA enforcement activity in advance of new inspections or investigations and to respond to requests for information.
  • Utilizes the automated enforcement system to calculate penalties assessed to employers based on the gravity, severity, and probability of occupational safety and health violations.
  • Writes complete and legally sufficient case files documenting all inspection procedures, interviews, sampling, identified hazards, and corrective actions.
  • Assists Department of Labor attorneys in the preparation of evidence for contested cases.
  • Assists in conducting or may conduct opening and closing conferences with management officials, employees, and labor representatives regarding enforcement findings and applicable occupational safety and health policies and regulations.

Travel Required

75% or less – Frequent travel including some extended overnight lodging, some evening and weekend work required to conduct official OSHA enforcement inspection and investigation activities within a specific geographic area, and training purposes.