Safety and Occupational Health Specialist

Washington, D.C
Oct 11, 2020
Oct 19, 2020
Full Time


This position is located in the Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management (DTSEM), Office of Emergency Management and Preparedness (OEMP).
  • Additional selections may be made if authorized.
  • This position is Inside the Bargaining Unit, Local-12.

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Major duties for this position -

At the GS-14 Grade Level:
  • Provides technical analyses, guidance, and findings and trouble shoots a wide range of technical issues pertaining to OSHA's role and activities in protecting the safety and health of workers during preparedness for, response to, and recovery from natural and manmade disasters/emergencies and emerging infectious diseases.
  • Provides guidance, direction, and technical assistance and support to the OSHA Office Director, Office/Directorate staff, OSHA National and Regional Office and field staff, interagency partners, and other professionals and stakeholders on technical issues related to worker protection during disaster/emergency preparedness, response, and recovery, and emerging infectious diseases. Provides technical assistance to disaster/emergency response, recovery, and other impacted workers including implementation of the National Response Framework (NRF) Worker Safety and Health Support Annex activities and OSHA activities under the National Contingency Plan and other OSHA plans and policies.
  • Organizes action plans/activities on Directorate and OSHA policies and procedures to ensure OSHA's successful coordination of and support for the NRF Worker Safety and Health Support Annex and the National Contingency Plan, including preparedness for, response to, and recovery from natural and manmade disasters/emergencies and emerging infectious diseases.
  • Keeps abreast of the latest laws, precedents, and protocol related to the field of occupational safety and health in disaster/emergency management, preparedness, response, and recovery, including sound knowledge of the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act; the OSHA National Emergency Management Plan; occupational safety and health standards (29 CFR 1910 and 1926); OSHA, Directorate and Office strategies, objectives, and goals; the OSHA public website; the National Response Framework; the National Contingency Plan; OSHA Directives; OSHA Letters of Interpretations; and other applicable OSHA policies and plans.
  • Develops OSHA technical products/resources to provide guidance for emergency management and occupational safety and health professionals to incorporate worker safety and health into disaster/emergency preparedness, response, and recovery policies, plans, and activities. Reviews documents and materials from external sources to identify occupational safety and health issues and offers solutions.
  • Develops and keeps OSHA's emergency preparedness and response and Safety and Health Topics web sites/pages up to date. Prepares and/or reviews technical products providing a thorough knowledge of occupational safety and health technical issues including OSHA publications, directives, web pages, technical documents, and correspondence and interagency partners' and other stakeholders' technical documents, letters, inquiries, and requests for information or assistance.
  • Supports and represents the Office, Directorate, and OSHA on technical committees, interagency work groups, intra-agency work groups, advisory panels and boards, task forces, and other work groups to address worker protection issues in disaster/emergency preparedness, response, and recovery, including implementation of the NRF Worker Safety and Health Support Annex activities and OSHA activities under the National Contingency Plan. Develops options and recommendations for positions to be taken by the Office Director/staff resulting from participation on interagency committees and work groups. Establishes effective working relationships, liaison, and collaboration with OSHA national office and field staff and external partners/stakeholders involved in occupational safety and health and disaster/emergency preparedness, response, and recovery to promote efforts to improve response and recovery worker safety and health.
  • Provides expertise to National and Regional OSHA personnel on existing or proposed regulatory activities or actions, policies, plans and procedures (e.g. interagency agreements, national/regional emergency management plans, NRF Worker Safety and Health Support Annex and Continuity of Operations Planning) to support OSHA's role in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery operations for natural and man-made disasters and emerging infectious diseases.
  • Develops, maintains and updates OSHA Standard Operating Procedures, policies, and plans related to Emergency Management Preparedness for OSHA employees in the National Offices and Field Offices. Coordinates OSHA participation in emergency response and recovery exercises at the national and, as appropriate, regional levels. Manages the development and implementation of OSHA's Continuity of Operations Program (COOP), including the OSHA National Office COOP Plan. Contributes to emerging operational plans and other tools used by the incident management community both within and outside of OSHA.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional Travel May be required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
14 - This position is at the full performance level.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Requires a probationary period if it 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.

Federal Employees Please Note: Your SF-50 must include enough information to be able to determine that time-in-grade requirements have been met and reflects your position title, pay plan/series/grade, tenure and the type of appointment (i.e. competitive/excepted). In some cases you may need to submit more than one SF-50.

Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.


Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, 13, in the Federal Service.

Specialized experience is 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. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include:
-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.


There is no substitution of education for the required specialized experience at this grade level.

Additional information

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.

Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION , ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION

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 ICTAP / CTAP , you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. ICTAP/CTAP eligibles will be considered "well-qualified" if they attain at least a rating score of 95 in a numerical rating scheme. Be sure to review DOL Account Eligibility Questions #24 to reflect that you are applying as a ICTAP or CTAP eligible and submit supporting documentation.

Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:
  • 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 related to the job; advises others on technical issues.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of military, weaponry, and intelligence operations; public safety and security operations; occupational health and safety; investigation and inspection techniques; or rules, regulations, precautions, and prevention techniques for the protection of people, data, and property.
  • Writing - Recognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a succinct and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material that is appropriate for the intended audience.
  • Partnering - Develops networks and builds alliances; collaborates across boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals.
  • Incident Management - Knowledge of the tactics, technologies, principles, and processes to protect, analyze, prioritize, and handle incidents.

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 Office of Human Resources (OHR) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your vacancy question responses. If not, the OHR 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 .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. 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 (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY):

ARE YOU A CURRENT OR FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEE? If applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal Service, please provide a copy of your last or most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" which shows your appointment eligibility for the position for which you are applying. Your SF-50 must identify the highest grade you held on a permanent basis, Pay Plan/Pay Schedule, Series, and Grade/Pay Band, and career status. Multiple SF-50 may be submitted to demonstrate your highest previous rate and eligibility.

*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.

- Resume are required to provide a resume by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of your choosing. To receive full consideration for relevant and specialized experience, please list month, year, and the number of work hours worked for experience listed on your resume. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to the vacancy questionnaire.

- Most recent performance appraisal/evaluation signed and dated within 18 months is requested by the agency, but will not disqualify candidates if not submitted. If not submitted during the application process, one may/will be requested at the time of the interview if the opportunity is extended. Applies to current and former Federal employees.

The following documents are required if applicable:

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

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

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.

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