Housekeeping Aid

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration | Charleston, SC

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Posted Date 4/22/2020
Description "This position will support the Federal Government's response efforts to COVID-19."
This position has been established to combine all front-line housekeeping position descriptions into one consolidated position description, encompassing all primary duties.

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NOTE: This is a TEMPORARY appointment (not-to-exceed 6 months). This appointment may be renewed for additional service in accordance with Agency needs for 1 additional year. Temporary positions offer health insurance (if the employee is expected to work at least 130 hours per month for at least 90 days) but do not offer life insurance or retirement benefits and may be terminated at any time before the expiration date. The appointment to a Temporary position does not confer eligibility for promotion or reassignment to other positions or the ability to be non-competitively converted to permanent employment.

Performs housekeeping work including but not limited to: sweeping, scrubbing, stripping and refinishing floors, washing windows and walls; dusting and polishing furniture and fixtures; spot cleaning and shampooing carpets; cleaning and disinfecting beds (both daily cleaning and terminal discharge cleaning) and related equipment; cleaning vents, light fixtures, ceilings and all items protruding from the walls and ceilings; scrubbing stairwells; cleaning doors and building entry ways including glass panels and rotating doors; changing soiled and torn cubicle curtains; removing and replacing sharps containers; and emptying waste cans into properly segregated waste containers.
  • Stores stock of cleaning materials and equipment needed to do work.
  • Keeps patient, public, and staff rest rooms in clean, orderly and sanitary condition.
  • Scrubs sinks, mirrors, shower stalls, fixtures and bathroom tile.
  • Sweeps, mops, scrubs and finishes/refinishes floors.
  • Cleans, disinfects and deodorizes lavatories, urinals, toilet bowls, and dusts ledges and woodwork.
  • Notes conditions of rest rooms and reports to supervisor all broken windows, water leaks, clogged drains and other conditions requiring maintenance.
  • Fills toilet paper holders, soap and paper towel dispensers.
  • Will process and disinfect non-critical reusable medical equipment (RME).
  • Work in critical care areas such as operating room suites, sterile processing areas, intensive care units, pharmacy clean rooms, and other sensitive procedure areas.
  • Performs detailed clinical cleaning in high risk areas such as operating room suites, catheterization labs, sterile processing suites, pharmacy clean rooms, etc.
  • Sets up conference rooms for special events; moving and installing furniture.
  • Removes regular waste, recyclable cardboard and regulated medical waste from floors using large rolling stock containers.
  • Operates and maintains equipment and clean building interiors.
  • Performs minor maintenance on vacuum cleaners, power scrubbers, buffers, polishers, etc.
  • Perform all duties as assigned.
Work Schedule: Full-Time Employment: Other: Various tours of duty (7:00am - 3:30pm; OR 3:00pm - 11:30pm; OR 12:00am - 8:30am).
Recruitment & Relocation Incentives: Not authorizedPHYSICAL EFFORT: Incumbent is required to perform moderate lifting up to 40 pounds and occasionally over 50 pounds, continuous standing, bending, stooping, walking and pushing during his/her normal tour of duty. Visual acuity must be sufficient for incumbent to see dust, dirt and cobwebs.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Incumbent usually works in a well-lighted, well heated, and air conditioned building, but is exposed to the environmental conditions prevailing in a medical center. He/she may be required to empty trash into container on the outside of the building and wash windows and clean entrances outside of building. He/she may handle regulated medical waste. Incumbent may work around explosive gases, sensitive equipment and chemicals that are harmful skin irritants. Incumbent occasionally works on a ladder to change curtains, wash windows, walls and room partitions. The employee is exposed to dirt, disagreeable odors, vibrations (from heavy equipment), skin irritation from cleaning solutions, and subject to minor injuries. Care is required to avoid serious injuries when working on ladders and scaffolds, or when using powered equipment or handling hazardous materials.

Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Federal Wage System Qualifications. For this position, the job element method is used to match what you, the applicant, can do against what the work calls for. Your knowledge, skills and abilities will be compared to the knowledge, skills and abilities (called job elements) needed for success. Your qualifications will first be evaluated against the prescribed screen out element (WG-2 and higher only; screen-outs are not applicable to WG-1). Applicants who appear to meet the screen out element are considered for further rating; those who do not are rated ineligible and are eliminated from consideration. The potential eligibles are rated against the remainder of the job elements. While a specific length of training and experience is not required, your responses to the questionnaire must be supported by detailed descriptions of your experience on your resume.

You will be rated on the following Job Elements as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:
  • Dexterity and Safety
  • Follow Directions
  • Handle Weights and Loads
  • Reliability And Dependability
  • Special Aptitude - Housekeeping Work
  • Work Practices

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