Industrial Hygienist

Perry Point, Maryland
Feb 03, 2023
Feb 07, 2023
Full Time

Duties may include, but are not limited to:
  • Manages hazardous materials, to include oversight of the VAMHCS asbestos and lead management programs as well as other hazardous materials of concern.
  • Compiles documentation and maintains reports required by various regulatory agencies related to hazardous materials and hazardous waste disposal activities.
  • Provides instruction to staff regarding proper handling, storage and disposal of hazardous materials.
  • Acts as a consultant to management regarding incorporation of proper design of the workplace.
  • Studies work operations and processes to identify the nature of the work and appropriate workplace design factors.
  • Coordinates with and advises leadership regarding selection of equipment and materials.
  • Develops review standards and evaluates industrial hygiene programs to identify those requiring attention.
  • Selects methods and materials to minimize exposures encountered by patients, visitors and staff.
  • Acts as an advisor to both clinical and administrative officials in review of industrial hygiene requirements for selection of equipment and materials.
  • Provides direction to leadership regarding the development and implementation of a comprehensive industrial hygienist and occupational health program.
  • Serve as a laboratory safety consultant to a robust Research and Development program.
  • Interprets results of examinations of the work environment in terms of the likelihood of environmental impact on staff, visitors and patients.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday (8:00am - 4:30pm)
Telework: AD HOC as determined by the Agency
Position Description/PD#: Industrial Hygienist/PD21003-O


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to background/security investigation
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
  • Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP)
  • Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details.


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 02/06/2023.

Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade.

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Individual Occupational Requirements: You must meet one of the following basic requirements below to be eligible for the GS-0690, Industrial Hygiene job series. The education must be accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education at the time the degree was obtained.
  • A bachelor's or graduate/higher level degree in industrial hygiene, occupational health sciences, occupational and environmental health, toxicology, safety sciences, or related science; OR
  • A bachelor's degree in a branch of engineering, physical science, or life science that included 12 semester hours in chemistry, including organic chemistry, and 18 additional semester hours of courses in any combination of chemistry, physics, engineering, health physics, environmental health, biostatistics, biology, physiology, toxicology, epidemiology, or industrial hygiene; OR
  • Certification from the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH). Note: You must submit a copy of your certification with your application. Certification cannot be credited without documentation.
Specialized Experience:GS-12 grade level: One year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the federal service); experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA's) and other characteristics to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled, in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience includes: Utilizing industrial hygiene concepts, principles, and practices to conduct surveys to identify and evaluate health hazards and potential health hazards; calibrating and using industrial hygiene sampling instrumentation; selecting appropriate sampling equipment and techniques to determine the nature and degree of hazards .

There is no educational substitution for the GS-12 level

You will be rated on the following competencies:
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Human Factors
  • Risk Management
  • Technical Competency
  • Communication
  • Compliance
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

Physical Requirements: The work is primarily sedentary and may require the incumbent to carry equipment and routinely involves walking, standing, bending, climbing and/or crawling during inspects or surveys.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at .


A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

NOTE: Transcripts should state the name of the student, name of the university and/or college, total number of credits completed, date degree awarded/conferred. Copies of Official Transcripts are accepted and are the best way to ensure your education is interpreted correctly in accordance with OPM qualification standards, but unofficial transcripts are accepted if they contain all the required information. If credit for a course is being questioned by the HR Professional performing qualifications, it is your responsibility to provide supporting descriptive information (course syllabus/descriptions) in your application package.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: . If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: .

Additional information

Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. Selected applicants may qualify for credit toward annual leave accrual, based on prior work experience or military service experience. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified : applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the required competencies of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at .

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .