Safety and Occupational Health Manager

Washington, D.C
Oct 01, 2022
Oct 08, 2022
Full Time

Manages, at the Library of Congress, a major agency program dealing with high safety risk activities/constantly changing hazards. Under the general supervision of the Chief of (SE), the Occupational Safety Manager develops and manages the Library's occupational safety programs applicable to all Library operations. Program elements include formulation of Library safety directives, prevention and control of mishaps, safety program promotion, safety training, and implementation of a mishap reporting system including selective incident analysis. Also included is the responsibility to address safety related issues with potential impact on more than 2,000,000 annual visitors to Library facilities.

Directs and oversees the work of contractors involved in safety and occupational health issues and projects. Manages the technical requirements and description of work that is assigned, discussing scheduling, deadlines, and standards of performance. Reviews the progress of projects assigned, identifying obstacles, seeking additional resources when necessary, and reports to the Chief on both timeliness and quality.

Plans and conducts complete evaluations of work operations at all Library of Congress facilities involving potentially hazardous physical, chemical, and environmental conditions. Monitors, evaluates, and promotes improvement in safety and occupational health programs for the Library of Congress. Develops, coordinates, and administers facility inspections of all Library of Congress work processes including a number of esoteric and arcane environments. Prepares audit results; reviews and recommends approval or disapproval of facility corrective actions. Attends to those program areas requiring remedial action. Ensures contractor compliance and provides insight for program and safety requirements.

Reviews plans and specifications for repair/alteration projects to assure compliance with codes and regulations and to provide for adequate protection of personnel, collections and facilities. Analyzes the impact of repair/alteration projects on staff, patrons and operations, communicating findings to affected personnel/groups.

Serves at the Library of Congress as a technical authority on safe work environment and safe working conditions in a major agency organizational component.

Plans, organizes and administers regular scheduled comprehensive inspections of other than normal hazard areas including: carpentry shop, film laboratories (including cellulose nitrate film), warehousing operations, preservation and conservation research laboratories, motor vehicle operations, photo duplication and facility alteration and construction activities. Develops and applies methods, and techniques for abatement of identified hazards.

Develops and applies new program methods, approaches, and/or technology or extend, revise and adapt existing methodology to new and unusual situations. Deals with program characteristics that affect the administration and management of the programs to such a degree that significant program activities must be specifically designed and modified to accommodate them.

Serves as expert and representative for a program covering a major agency organizational component. Acts as liaison with assigned policy-level officials within the agency to ensure that agency views and interests are promoted with respect to current and emerging policy issues, and that those views are taken into consideration in policy development and implementation. Reviews and evaluates new concepts in the Occupational Safety and Health field related to the research and development pastures. Makes recommendations to management on implementing new requirements when implementation affects dollar or manpower resources. Serves as representative at a variety of high-level national meetings on program issues.

Carries out informational activities for a safety and occupational health program or a significant assignment, coordinating activities with principal organizational representatives. Develops specific implementation strategies to promote information dissemination and exchange among safety-oriented organizations and/or among assigned agency program offices using such methods as electronic mail, distribution of project reports, newsletters, or program announcements. Identifies training needs; implements, maintains, and frequently teaches occupational safety and health related courses for civil servants, contractors, and other personnel and audiences. Develops and prepares comprehensive program manuals on safety and occupational health.


Conditions of Employment

Conditions of Employment

Library of Congress employees are prohibited from using illegal drugs, including marijuana. The Library is part of the Federal Government and abides by federal law, so regardless of individual state or District of Columbia laws, marijuana use is illegal, considered criminal activity, and can affect your employment at the Library. In addition, past or current drug use and activities (e.g., selling or distributing) may deem you ineligible for employment.


Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.

Knowledge of environmental compliance, safety and occupational health.**

Ability to conduct job safety and environmental compliance, analyses, audits, and inspections.**

Ability to develop and manage an environmental, safety and occupational health program.**

Knowledge of environmental safety and occupational health laws/regulations/guidelines.**

Ability to develop and conduct environmental, safety, and occupational health education training.

Ability to convey information orally in an investigative or litigious setting.

Ability to communicate in writing.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Additional information

Although it is the Library's policy to afford the maximum pay benefit to employees when setting rates of pay, a new appointee who has had no previous Federal service will generally be paid at step one of the grade.

The Library of Congress is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities who meet eligibility requirements are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants must submit a complete application package that is received by the closing date of this announcement.

Appointment/retention is subject to a favorable evaluation of an appropriate personnel security/suitability investigation. For more information, please see: Vetting Process

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please email The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants with disabilities may be considered under special hiring procedures and must submit an appropriate certificate of eligibility when applying for this position. The proof or disability/certification may be issued by the State Vocational Rehabilitation Office, Disability Services or Career Services office of the applicant's college or university, or the Department of Veterans Affairs. The letter must verify that the applicant has a severe disability and must be dated within three years of the date of the application. Certification from health care providers are not accepted. For more information contact the Library's Office of EEO/Diversity Programs at 202-707-6024 or email FAILURE TO SUBMIT YOUR CERTIFICATION WILL CAUSE YOUR APPLICATION TO NOT BE CONSIDERED UNDER THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT PROGRAM.

The Library of Congress is the national library of the United States and is part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service.

The Library reserves the right to fill a lesser or greater number of vacancies indicated during the life of this vacancy announcement.

Initial permanent appointments to the Library of Congress require completion of a one-year probationary period. Probationary periods served at other Federal agencies do not count toward this requirement.

The Library of Congress may offer repayment for all or part of federally insured student loans. However, not all service units within the Library of Congress participates in the repayment of federally insured student loans. Therefore, determination to repay a federally insured student loan is subject to approval by the appropriate service unit.

A "Not to Exceed" (NTE) status is used to identify an appointment with a specific ending date. However, the Library has the right to separate a NTE employee at any time due to either performance issues or budget constraints.

Are you a veteran? Please indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming in your application materials and/or applicant profile and provide the appropriate supporting documentation to validate your claim. Those applying for 5-point preference must submit Member Copy 4 of your DD 214. Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out an SF-15 (click here for the form) and provide the required documentation listed on the back of the form. If required supporting documentation is not attached, Veterans' Preference will not be considered in the application process.

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