Safety and Occupational Health Specialist

Washington, D.C
Jun 23, 2022
Jun 29, 2022
Full Time

Major duties for this position include but are not limited to the following:
  • Develop and edit print and electronic scientific occupational health guidance resources; development and instruction of occupational health training curriculum, including course development; develop briefing materials options and recommendations for Directorate and Agency leadership.
  • Serves as health science technical specialist for OSHA providing occupational health scientific expertise; assists the agency representative for technical and scientific committees; serves as health science technical specialist for OSHA providing occupational health scientific expertise.
  • Assists the OSTA Director with planning office goals, objectives and priorities consistent with overall DTSEM policy; initiates, conducts or directs scientific studies and investigation; develops comprehensive database to track findings; serves as occupational health science assistant
  • Performs in-depth research to develop scientific data and required material; develop and edit print and electronic scientific occupational health guidance resources; in-depth research to develop scientific data and required material to support OSHA's objectives.
  • Suggest new approaches to specific problems based on study findings; develop studies and surveillance techniques to quantify industry hazards; develops and evaluates new instrumentation, measuring systems, techniques and methods as required.
  • Serves as a specialist in workplace safety and health. Manages the surveillance of and researches emerging occupational issues, previously unrecognized hazards, and technological advances in industry practices, equipment, and occupational safety and health program areas.


Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • U.S. Citizenship and must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Must be able to obtain/maintain a Public Trust security clearance.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.

Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.

Notification Concerning COVID-19 Vaccinations. As required by Executive Order 14043 , Federal executive branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and to submit documentation of proof of vaccination or to be in the process of requesting an exception to the vaccination requirement before appointment or onboarding with the agency. The agency will provide additional information regarding which forms of documentation can be accepted and how you can request to be considered for a legally required exception from this requirement.

Currently, implementation and enforcement of Executive Order 14043 has been suspended pursuant to an injunction pending further litigation.


The Safety and Occupational Health Series has an Individual Occupational Requirement (IOR):


To qualify for the GS-12 grade level:

Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-11, in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is described below:

1. Experience conducting complex OSHA enforcement inspections in accordance with the OSHA Field Operations Manual
2. Experience documenting an OSHA enforcement case file in accordance with the OSHA Field Operations Manual
3. Experience drafting legally sufficient OSHA citations
4. Experience applying OSHA standards and guidelines while conducting OSHA enforcement inspections involving thermal stress, permit-required confined spaces, or noise.


Education is not a Substitute for experience at the GS-12 Grade Level.

Additional information

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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.