Safety & Occupational Health Specialist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Hampton, Virginia
Posted
Feb 19, 2021
Closes
Feb 27, 2021
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

Incumbent is responsible for performing work in support of Safety, Occupational Health, Industrial Hygiene, Environmental, Fire Safety, and Emergency Management programs for a medical center engaged in a diversity of programs, including medical, psychiatric, and alcohol/drug abuse.

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Responsibilities

Works in a regulatory and enforcement capacity to assure compliance with all applicable criteria adopted or developed by the VA to recognize, evaluate, control and eliminate hazards encountered in the operation and maintenance of the health care facility and supporting facilities (i.e. leased space(s), Veterans Outreach Centers, National Cemetery, etc.) and provides support to the Construction Safety Specialist regarding construction areas. The incumbent serves as a staff advisor to the Safety Manager and assists in providing guidance, technical assistance and advice to all levels of medical center management for effective application of the program.

Under the direction of the Safety Manager, plans, organizes and administers a series of comprehensive inspections of the medical center inpatient care areas, laboratory areas, engineering shops, administrative offices, as well as community homes, nursing homes, medical foster homes, residential board and care homes. Provides reports on compliance and violations of safety and fire protection mandates, in compliance with the guidelines and regulations developed by Veterans Affairs Central Office (VACO), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), The Joint Commission (TJC), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and other agencies. Issues notices of unsafe working conditions to management when inspection findings warrant and recommends methods for hazard abatement and the correction of unsafe conditions or practices. Responds to and investigates employee, patient or visitor complaints relating to safety issues, takes actions to mitigate imminent danger situations, and intercedes when a threatening condition exists.

Investigates arid analyzes accidents and safety reports from services and evaluates the causal factors and environmental conditions that lead to accidents; devises measures to control hazards detected; prepares annual reports, statistical and/or investigative reports as required by the VISN Director, the VISN Safety Manager, the VISN Industrial Hygienist, VISN Green Environmental Management System (GEMS) Coordinator and the medical center Director.

Conducts and monitors safety, occupational health, TJC, CARF, emergency management and fire protection training for all medical center staff as required by VA, TJC, CARF and OSHA regulations; evaluates and reports on safety­ related training performed station wide.

Plans, organizes and administers the inspections of community homes, nursing homes, medical foster homes, residential board and care homes and Grant per Diem homes to ensure the safety of Veterans placed and ensure compliance with Life Safety Code. Reports findings to Social Work Service regarding the adequacy of the facilities and suitability of the home for continuation in the Veteran Placement Program.

Assists in the development, preparation and updating, as necessary, comprehensive safety program policies and standard operating procedures; participates in the CEMP, and all other program policies and procedures; assists in maintaining a comprehensive library pertaining to the safety, occupational health, emergency management; environmental and fire protection field and keeps abreast of new regulations and management techniques.

Assists in the preparation, updating, monitoring and reporting phases of Occupational Health issues with employee accidents/injuries/illnesses as reported in the Automated Safety Incident Surveillance and Tracking System (ASISTS) computer package. Assists the Safety Manager, in maintaining all OSHA required injury reports, and creating monthly and annual accident reports for the Environment of Care (EOC) and Accident Review Board (ARB) committees. Obtains lost day/restricted duty data from Human Resources and maintains the ASISTS log.

Analyze work environment and practices to ensure appropriate safety measures are in place. Identifies unsafe work practices and develops action plans to correct the deficiencies. Incumbent possess knowledge of corrective safety and occupational health measures to recommend possible courses of actions effective in the control or elimination of hazards detected.

Serves as lead and manages the weekly EOC Survey Program to include scheduling, documenting input of all work orders and track closure of all finds. Generates work orders and tracks pending deficiencies to closure to meet Joint Commission requirements. Ensures all Joint Commissions checklists are accurate for EOC Surveys.

Performs other directly related duties as assigned

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8am - 4:30pm. Must have the flexibility to work outside the normal tour of duty which may include weekends and holidays.
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
None

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • 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


Qualifications

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 02/26/2021.

Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS9 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-7. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly 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.

Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.

You may qualify based on your experience/education as described below:
Individual Occupational Requirements: Undergraduate and Graduate Education: Major study -- safety or occupational health fields (safety, occupational health, industrial hygiene), or degree in other related fields that included or was supplemented by at least 24 semester hours of study from among the following (or closely related) disciplines: safety, occupational health, industrial hygiene, occupational medicine, toxicology, public health, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological sciences, engineering, and industrial psychology OR 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.
In addition to the individual occupational requirements above, you must have the following :

Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-07 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: 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 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; analyzing or evaluating new and existing jobs.

OR

Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have a Master's or equivalent degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related.

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.

**Condition of Employment***. As a condition of employment, the incumbent must submit to and pass a physical examination, pulmonary function testing, respirator certification and must be fitted to wear a respirator.

Physical Demands. The work of this position requires, on a regular and recurring basis; on-site visits throughout the Medical Center and moderate physical exertion, such as when transporting equipment (weighing up to 50 lbs.), climbing, standing, walking, crawling, and bending. The work requires the incumbent to have good hearing, eyesight, color and depth perception, and the use of all limbs.

Work Environment. The work of this position is frequently performed in both a normal office setting, which is adequately lighted, heated, and ventilated, and within a wide variety of other Medical Center/patient care areas, laboratories, shops, construction sites, and areas with possible exposures to operating machines, equipment, hazardous materials, high noise levels, confined spaces, dust, and chemicals. Exposures to such hazards necessitate the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), such as an N95 mask, and. Universal Precautions. Required to travel off-site to conduct inspections and to attend meetings, seminars, or other activities related to the position.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/ .

Education

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

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: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/ . 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: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html .

Additional information

VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.

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. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. 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.

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.

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 http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ .

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

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

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.

If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

Narrative responses are not required at this time. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Other

Drug test required
No

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process
Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
  • Resume


The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
  • DD-214/ Statement of Service
  • Disability Letter (Schedule A)
  • Disability Letter (VA)
  • Proof of Marriage Status
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action


SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (if applicable for Time in Grade and/or Eligibility):
  • Most recent SF-50 if you are a current or former Federal employee
  • An SF-50 showing your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly 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
  • Award 50's do not provide sufficient information and will not be accepted for the purpose of verifying time-in-grade.
  • Examples of appropriate SF-50's include:
    • Within grade increases at the highest grade held; or
    • Promotions with an effective date more than one year old; or
    • SF-50's at the highest grade held with an effective date more than one year old.
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx .

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.