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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Safety & Occup Hlth Spec in Hines, Illinois

Summary

The Safety and Occupational Health Specialist assists the medical center in applying Occupational Safety and Health requirements. This position is located in the Safety and Emergency Management section which is within the Office of the Director service at the Hines VA Medical Center.

Responsibilities

Duties Include Prepares safety guides and internal instructions for safety risks. Advises on the status of the safety and occupational health programs and recommends changes in the design of work programs to meet new safety and occupational health standards. Periodically confers with safety and occupational health specialists at universities, hospitals and organizations to identify hazards related to new equipment and to become familiar with evolving techniques and protective devices for controlling or eliminating potential safety hazards. Performs special environmental monitoring tasks using a variety of instruments to determine potentially unsafe exposures. Instructs employees on a variety of safety and occupational health subjects including chemical, biological or physical safety, various laboratory safety needs, or ventilation requirements. Adapts various available media to fit special and unique training requirements and participates in the development of novel or innovative safety training and promotion activities. Directs investigation of accidents, analyzing precipitating factors and accident cause data in order to develop specific methods for prevention. Carries out tasks that maintain the compliance with safety and occupational health programs at the facility. Assists with the hospital's Respirator Program conducting training and fit testing for participants. Develops recommendation for eliminating or controlling hazards detected. Conducts investigations of employee complaints and inquires as assigned by the Chief of the Safety section. Performs survey work to identify and evaluate hazardous and non-hazardous work operations. Conducts Nursing Home, Half-way, Adult Day Care, State facility, CBOC and Residential Care inspections and submits written reports concerning safety and fire protection compliance. Performs occupational hazard and safety surveys of the medical facility. Plans and conducts survey or inspections that identify safety hazards and violations. Provides informal instruction to work leaders and employees covering a variety of standard and general safety and occupational health subjects including mishap prevention and safe work practices. Conducts inspections of Laboratories and hazardous waste storage areas to ensure compliance with applicable environmental, safety and health regulations. Performs other related duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday

Position Description: Safety and Occupational Health Specialist, PD No: 03311-A

Telework: Not AvailableVirtual: This is not a virtual position.

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements within 15 days of the closing date of this announcement.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 GS-07 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-05, for a GS-09 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-07 and a GS-11 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-09. 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. 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

GS-7 GRADE LEVEL REQUIREMENTS Basic Experience (for positions above GS-5): 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.

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Specialized Experience GS-7: One (1) or more years of specialized experience that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the Safety and Occupational Health Specialist at the GS-7 level. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-05 level in the Federal service. Some examples of specialized experience include: Working with safety and occupational health programs; developing and recommending safety and occupational health policies; applying safety and occupational health laws, regulations, principles, theories, practices, and procedures to advise on or resolve technical matters dealing with occupational and health requirements; and designing or modifying workplaces, processes, products, or other systems to control or eliminate hazards. NOTE: Evidence of specialized experience must be supported by detailed documentation of duties performed in positions held. Please provide such documentation on resume.

GS-09 GRADE LEVEL REQUIREMENTS

Specialized Experience: Must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level in or related to safety and occupational health that provided the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.

Specialized Experience for this position includes, but is not limited to: knowledge of occupational safety and occupational health principles, techniques, practices and standards applicable to the performance of surveys in a medical environment and sufficient to identify and evaluate a variety of environmental risks. Basic knowledge of a physical, chemical or biological field sufficient to apply standard safe practices, procedures, and equipment guides to a medical facility work environment and to aid in promoting the adoption of safe working patterns. Knowledge of surveys to identify unsafe practices and working conditions and to evaluate the nature and characteristics of hazardous exposures, and to recommend measures designed to remedy or correct hazards encountered. Knowledge of building design and construction practices in a medical facility environment sufficient to eliminate or control of hazards. knowledge of environmental and safety engineering, and fire protection sufficient to identify the common deficiencies found in assigned work area. Knowledge of human motivational techniques sufficient to motivate and encourages personnel who are usually willing and cooperative to adopt safe working practices and to remedy hazardous conditions. 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. Participate in developing safety and occupational health standards, regulations, practices, and procedures to eliminate or control potential hazards. Participate in developing or implementing programs to reduce the frequency, severity, and cost of accidents and occupational illnesses. Evaluating new and existing jobs, processes, products, or other systems to determine the existence, severity, probability, and outcome of hazards. 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. GS-11 GRADE LEVEL REQUIREMENTS

Specialized Experience: Must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level in or related to safety and occupational health that provided the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.

Specialized Experience for this position includes, but is not limited to: Comprehensive knowledge of occupational safety and occupational health principles, techniques, practices and standards applicable to the performance of surveys in a medical environment and sufficient to identify and evaluate a variety of environmental risks. Basic knowledge of a physical, chemical or biological field sufficient to apply standard safe practices, procedures, and equipment guides to a medical facility work environment and to aid in promoting the adoption of safe working patterns. Knowledge of building design and construction practices in a medical facility environment sufficient to analyze plans for expansion or modification of facilities and determine the effectiveness of procedures to identify and control hazardous construction processes and equipment usage. Practical knowledge of industrial hygiene, environmental and safety engineering, and fire protection sufficient to identify the common deficiencies found in assigned work area. Knowledge of human motivational techniques sufficient to apply the principles to a wide variety of employee population and environments to achieve safe working conditions. 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.

Education

INDIVIDUAL OCCUPATIONAL MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

EDUCATION: Undergraduate or Graduate education with a major in 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. Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, or 3 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree, obtained in an accredited college or university, or LL.M., with a major in safety or occupational health fields (safety, occupational health, industrial hygiene), may be substituted for specialized experience to qualify for this grade 11 position. Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent one (1) year of full-time study If that number cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours will be considered an academic year of graduate study. Part-time graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school attended. NOTE: TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED.--OR--COMBINING EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed graduate education and specialized experience directly related to the work of the Safety and Occupational Health Manager may be used to meet the experience requirements for this position. For example, nine (9) months of appropriate specialized experience equivalent to GS-09 (75 percent of the experience requirement for GS-11) and 2 years of successfully completed graduate level education. (50 percent of the required education, i.e., the applicant has year of graduate study beyond that required for the GS-09), would exceed the total requirement and be qualified for the GS-11 position. NOTE: Only education in excess of 2 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education may be used to qualify at the grade 11 level. 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

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.

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