Safety and Occupational Health Specialist


  • Duties
    Help Duties Summary

    DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees' differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.

    This position is located in the Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Little Rock, Arkansas.

    This position has promotion potential to GS-12. Promotion Potential: There is no obligation to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions are dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and supervisory approval.

    This position is inside the bargaining unit.
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    Responsibilities

    Conduct safety and health inspections in all types of industry, i.e., general industry, construction, maritime, etc., including those involving fatal accidents. Conduct inspections and investigations in establishments and work sites covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Act in a variety of industrial settings covering a wide range of work processes. Plan, schedule, and conduct inspections and investigations in establishments and work sites where the likelihood of a high degree of hazard can be expected. Conduct opening conference with employers and employee representatives to explain the purpose and scope of the inspection or investigation. Review and evaluate establishment's accident history and safety program. Conduct walk-through inspection of establishment work sites, observing work operations and conditions, noting hazardous conditions or unsafe work practices. Make measurements and take samples to determine hazards and accrue evidence needed to prove violations of safety and health standards. Use a variety of sampling and measuring devices such as sound level meters, velometers, air sampling testers, etc. Take photographs of hazardous conditions which may be useful in final review of case or subsequent legal action. Conduct closing conference with the employer to review hazards and/or violations noted; advise employer of possible action which may be proposed as a result of inspection or investigation; advise employer of rights and obligations under the Occupational Safety and Health Act; and determine the estimated time required for abatement of each hazardous condition. Conduct investigation of accidents and fatalities. Conduct interviews with witnesses, employees, medical personnel, police, or other personnel who may have information bearing on the case. Recommend the type of citations and proposed penalty by determining the degree of exposure to the hazard, the probability and possibility of injury and the expected severity of injury. Testify in contested court cases as a witness under oath and is subject to examination conducted by attorneys representing both the agency and the employer. Assist in the on-the-job training of lower grade compliance officers by accompanying them during inspections and investigations; reviewing case reports and providing consultations with respect to the proper application of standards.

    Travel Required
    25% or less - Approximately five times a month.

    Supervisory status
    No

    Promotion Potential
    12

    Who May Apply This job is open to… Current/former Federal employees w/ competitive/reinstatement eligibility; ICTAP and CTAP eligibles in the local commuting area; Veterans' Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) eligibles.

    Also advertised as job announcement DE-18-DAL-OSHA-0025 for non-status applicants; to be considered for each, apply to ALL jobs.

    Questions? This job is open to 3 groups.

  • Job family (Series)
    0018 Safety and Occupational Health Management

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  • Requirements
    Help Requirements Conditions of Employment
    • U.S. Citizenship.
    • Must be at least 16 years of age.
    • Requires medical exam and must maintain physical requirements
    • Subject to drug test prior to appointment and random drug testing.
    • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
    • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.

    Applicants must meet time-in-grade, time-after-competitive-appointment and qualifications requirements within 30 calendar days after the closing date of the vacancy to be eligible for consideration for selection. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.

    Qualifications
    Basic Requirements

    Undergraduate and Graduate Education: Major study -- safety or occupational health fields (safety, occupational health, industrial hygiene), or degree in other related fields that included or was supplemented by at least 24 semester hours of study from among the following (or closely related) disciplines: safety, occupational health, industrial hygiene, occupational medicine, toxicology, public health, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological sciences, engineering, and industrial psychology

    or

    Experience in or related to safety and occupational health that provided the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Creditable experience for the qualifying specialized experience includes:
    • Managing safety or occupational health program elements.
    • Developing and recommending safety and occupational health policy to higher levels of management.
    • Applying safety and occupational health laws, regulations, principles, theories, practices, and procedures to advise on or resolve technical matters dealing with occupational safety and health requirements.
    • Developing safety and occupational health standards, regulations, practices, and procedures to eliminate or control potential hazards.
    • Developing or implementing programs to reduce the frequency, severity, and cost of accidents and occupational illnesses.
    • Analyzing or evaluating new and existing jobs, processes, products, or other systems to determine the existence, severity, probability, and outcome of hazards.
    • Designing or modifying workplaces, processes, products, or other systems to control or eliminate hazards.
    • Inspecting or surveying workplaces, processes, products, or other systems for compliance with established safety and occupational health policies or standards and to identify potential new hazards.
    • Training of workers, supervisors, managers, or other safety and occupational health personnel in safety or occupational health subjects.
    • Work in occupational fields such as industrial hygienist, safety engineer, fire prevention engineer, health physicist, and occupational health nurse.
    AND
    For the GS-09: You must have a Master's or equivalent graduate degree; or Two (2) full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; OR LL.B. or J.D., if related; or 1 year equivalent to at least GS-7.
    GS-11: You must have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related; or 1 year equivalent to at least GS-9.
    AND

    Applicants must have served at least 52 weeks at the GS-07 for the GS-09, GS-09 for the GS-11 and at least 52 weeks (or equivalent in an alternate pay system) within the Federal Civil Service to be considered for referral.

    Education
    If you wish to use your education as a basis for meeting the eligibility and/or minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must submit academic transcripts demonstrating that you meet the qualifying educational requirements. If specific course work is required to fulfill the eligibility and/or minimum qualification requirements, you must supply transcripts from each academic institution in which the required courses were taken in order to receive credit for that course work. See the 'Qualifications and Evaluations' section of this announcement for more details.

    If you do not submit sufficient academic documentation necessary to demonstrate that you meet the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements described in this announcement, your application will be deemed incomplete and you will be ineligible for further consideration for this vacancy.

    College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education - The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from unauthorized secondary schools or post-secondary institutions that are not accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Department of Education. Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.

    Additional information

    The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

    The Department of Labor does not make unfavorable hiring decisions on the basis of an applicant's previous or current unemployment, or the fact that an applicant has experienced financial difficulty through no fault of his/her own and has undertaken good faith efforts to meet his/her financial obligations. Consideration is given to financial status in relation to appointments only where required by law, regulation, or Executive Order.

    Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION , REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION , ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION , SELECTIVE SERVICE REGISTRATION , FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

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    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Click here for Evaluation details. For Displaced Employees ONLY: if you meet the eligibility requirements for special priority selection under CTAP , you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. CTAP eligibles will be considered "well-qualified" if they attain at least a rating score of 85.0 in a numerical rating scheme. Be sure to review DOL Account Eligibility Questions #24 and 27 to reflect that you are applying as an CTAP eligible and submit supporting documentation.

    Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:

    Decision Making : Specifies goals and obstacles to achieving those goals, generates alternatives, considers risks, and evaluates and chooses the best alternative in order to make a determination.

    Customer Service : Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, and individuals who work in the agency, or other agencies.

    Technical Competence : Uses knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience to perform one's job; works with, understands, and evaluates technical information.

    Reading : Learns from written material by determining the main idea or essential message. Recognizes correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling.

    Teamwork : Encourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust, and group identity; fosters commitment and team spirit; works with others to achieve goals.

    Technology Application: Uses machines, tools or equipment effectively; uses computers and computer applications to communicate information in the appropriate format.

    Oral Communication : Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information.

    Writing : Recognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information in a succinct and organized manner.

    The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview). Your evaluation may also include a review by an HR Specialist or panel and may include other assessment tools (ex. interview, structured interview, written test, work sample, etc). The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your vacancy question responses. If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume.
    To preview questions please click here .

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Public Trust - Background Investigation

  • Required Documents
    Help Required Documents

    The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Follow the instructions: click How To Submit Supplemental Documentation Document . Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission. Also, do not upload password protected documents.

    The following documents are required from ALL applicants:

    - Most Recent SF-50 that indicates current grade, step, and competitive status - All status candidates or reinstatement eligibles MUST submit.

    WARNING: An award SF-50 (ex. cash or time off award) may not indicate grade, step and competitive status. For current DOL employees, an award SF-50 DOES NOT indicate grade and step. Ensure you submit your most recent SF-50 indicating grade, step and competitive status to establish your eligibility for this position.

    - Most recent performance appraisal/evaluation signed and dated within 18 months (or reason explaining why one cannot be provided) - applies to current and former Federal employees.

    - If you do not have one, you must submit a statement explaining why one cannot be provided or you will not be considered for this position.

    The following documents are required if applicable:

    - Displaced Employee Placement Documents - Only required if requesting priority consideration under ICTAP / CTAP Eligibility.

    - DD-214 - verifying military service, eligibility for consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) and showing character of discharge (ex. Member Copy 4 vs. Copy 1)

    - Special/Non-Competitive Appointing Authority Documents - Applicants who are eligible for consideration, and wish to be considered, under one of the following non-competitive hiring authorities must submit appropriate documentation (click on the links below to see the documentation requirements):

    (a) Persons with Severe Disabilities (SCHEDULE A)
    (b) Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA)
    (c) 30% or More Compensably Disabled Veterans
    (d) Former Peace Corps Volunteers or Current or Former Peace Corps Employees

    - Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted

    Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship , and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • Benefits
    Help Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits .

    Review our benefits

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply
    Help How to Apply

    Follow the steps below to apply. Your application and ALL required supplemental documents MUST be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on the vacancy closing date to receive consideration. Paper applications and supplemental documents submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the vacancy contact will not be considered. Click here for information on Reasonable Accommodations.

    SAVE your information before the 30 MINUTE TIMEOUT! For help, go to https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/.

    STEP 1 - Create USAJOBS Account on www.usajobs.gov, including Resume and Saved Documents
    Your resume must provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions. If not, HR may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the competency indicated by resume content. FOR EACH EMPLOYMENT PERIOD, include: start/end month & year and note full-time or part-time (if part-time, include # of hours worked per week); otherwise, your application may be considered incomplete.

    STEP 2 - Complete the 1st part of the application process (USAJOBS)
    Once you have identified a job on www.usajobs.gov that you wish to apply for, click on the title and click the Apply button . For questions about the vacancy, contact the Agency Contact at the bottom of the announcement. Click "Start Application" and proceed through 5 steps noted at the top of the USAJOBS page. You will be able to select a resume and documents from your USAJOBS Account that you can submit as a package as part of your DOL application. At Step 5, click "Continue to Agency Site".

    STEP 3 - Complete the 2nd part of the application process (DOL)
    On the Department of Labor (DOL) page, create a DOL Account if you have not already and click "APPLY TO THIS VACANCY". Continue through the 7 progress steps indicated by circles at the top of the DOL page. The 3rd progress step is where you answer the vacancy specific questions. The 4th progress step "Documents" is where you submit required documents (only if applicable to you) specified in the "Required Documents" section of this vacancy. If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.

    STEP 4 - On the "Review and Submit" step, click "Submit Application"
    The last "Confirmation" step will turn green noting that your application was submitted successfully.

    STEP 5 - Edit Application as needed by 11:59 pm ET of Closing Date by returning to USAJOBS, clicking the vacancy, then "Update Application".

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    Agency contact information Chevelle J. Gaines

    Phone
    972-850-4433
    TDD
    800-735-2989
    Fax
    000-000-0000
    Email
    [email protected]

    Address

    Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Admin
    A. Maceo Smith Federal Building
    Dallas, Texas
    United States

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    Next steps

    Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and refer candidates for selection consideration. Candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome. A selection is expected to be made within 30 calendar days from the issuance date of the certificate.

    For instructions on how to check the status of your application, go to Step 7 on: Using DOORS and USAJOBS Help Guide . To sign up for Application Status Updates via email: Click Here for instructions .

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  • Fair & Transparent
    Fair & Transparent
    The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
    Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

    The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
    • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

    Read more Reasonable Accommodation Policy

    Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

    Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
    • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
    • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
    • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.


    You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

    Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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    • New employee probationary period



This job originated on www.usajobs.gov . For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/496065500 . Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Company
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Posted
04/12/2018
Type
Full time
Location
Little Rock, Arkansas, US