Safety and Occupational Health Specialist

Hampton, Virginia
Jun 13, 2019
Jun 15, 2019
Full Time


Serves as the Institutional Safety Program Manager and is the focal point and technical authority for the NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) to assure implementation of Industrial/occupational safety program requirements. Additional areas of focus and responsibility include assuring implementation of safety requirements in operational areas involving risk to personnel and resources involving non-flight related ground operations of aircraft.
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  • Assures compliance with the provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, NASA Safety Policies and Directives involving industrial/occupational and operational safety, and all other like Federal, State, and local safety requirements.
  • Provides consultative services to facility engineers, operational managers, project managers and other personnel dealing with complex compliance, operations, design, and risk management problems involving safety.
  • Implements a major agency program dealing with high safety risk activities/constantly changing hazards. Manages the Center's institutional safety requirements.
  • Provides program direction by preparing plans, instructions, procedures, and issuing directives to formulate policy and establish objectives necessary to assure implementation of institutional safety requirements.
  • Has responsibility for assuring compliance of Civil Service and Contractor operations with rapidly changing regulations and guidelines involving all aspects of occupational, industrial, and operational safety.
  • Provides input to the safety review process for all proposed plans and designs for facilities construction, modification, and repairs to include technical review of designs, projects plans, procedures, and equipment purchase and installation.
  • Assures the maintenance of the LaRC OSHA regulatory file, including all required records, reports, and documentation required to comply with Federal, State, local, and NASA requirements. Prepares annual and other program reports as required.
  • Coordinates with appropriate Center personnel to assure implementation of required industrial/occupational safety training for LaRC organizations. Assures identification, tracking, abatement, and trending of all hazards.
  • Directs safety inspections and surveys conducted by committee members and encourages group participation in the identification and solution of problem areas. Serves as task monitor for industrial/occupation/operational safety tasks.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel may be required for training or other work-related duties

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Occasional travel may be required
  • This is a drug-testing designated position
  • A one-year probationary period may be required
  • Selectee must complete a financial disclosure statement


Applicant must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level, which has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above.

Specialized experience includes conducting reviews, assessments, and preparing reports of hazardous procedures for program and safety requirements in accordance with regulations and guidelines involving occupational, industrial, and operational safety; performing safety assessments in areas involving risk to personnel and resources involving facility operations, and monitoring/inspecting projects/facilities for safety compliance.


There are no education requirements for this position.

Additional information

Identification of promotion potential in this position does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for an actual assignment and performance of higher level duties.

Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. See 'How You Will Be Evaluated' for definition of well qualified. Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP consideration must indicate their eligibility when applying for a position. The USAJOBS resume asks you to identify your ICTAP eligibility; the NASA Supplemental Information asks you to identify your CTAP eligibility. If you are selected for the position, you must be prepared to submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.

Qualified NASA term employees who have term conversion eligibility under the NASA Flexibility Act of 2004 will be referred and considered equally with other NASA permanent employees under internal competitive placement procedures.

Your USAJOBS account asks you to assign a name to each of your resumes. When you apply to a NASA position, we will show you the text of the resume you have submitted, but we do not maintain the name you have assigned to that resume. If you wish to keep track of that information, we recommend you make note of it at the time you apply.

Fair Employment Opportunities for Applicants
NASA Credit for National Service

As identical vacancies are identified, additional selections may be made.

Current Federal employees must meet time in grade and three months after competitive appointment restrictions by the closing date of the announcement.

The payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Resumes will be rated by an automated system (Resumix) that matches the competencies extracted from the candidate's resume to the competencies identified by the selecting official for the position. Candidates will be evaluated on the competencies they possess that are directly related to the duties of the job, as described in the announcement. Candidates should refer to NASA's Applicant Guide for assistance in developing a complete resume, as NASA will not accept separate KSA statements.

Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of three quality levels based on the degree to which their competencies meet the duties required. A human resources specialist will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the selecting official. For the purpose of the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), candidates rated in the top quality level are considered well-qualified.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

NASA's application process has been specifically developed to ensure that we only ask you for the information we absolutely need to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility. In order to apply for this position, you only need to submit your resume and answer the screening questions and supplemental information. No additional documentation is accepted at the time of application. (For example you need not submit narrative 'KSA' statements; they are not required and will not be evaluated.) In this way we allow you to focus on preparing a resume that best describes your background and abilities. For assistance in preparing your resume, consult the Applicant Guide . Nothing further is required until requested by the Human Resources Office. At that point, we may ask you to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume. For example, we may ask you to provide academic transcripts or proof of Federal employment status. If you are claiming veterans' preference, we may ask you to submit proof of veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form). If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.

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.