Safety & Occupational Health Specialist

Veterans Health Administration | North Charleston, SC

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Posted Date 9/13/2021
Description The Safety & Occupational Health Specialist will work in the Facilities Section performing a variety of tasks related to the Requirements of the area. The incumbent is responsible for the day-to-day technical administration of Safety and Occupational Health program. The incumbent will also assist in special assignments or projects as directed.
Major Duties Include (but are not limited to):
* Prepares all policies, reports, safety, occupational health and fire prevention-related correspondence
* Ensures that inspections of fire extinguishers throughout the facility and testing of the fire alarm system are conducted on an ongoing basis and directs overall program
* Investigates lost time accidents and fire incidents
* Conducts general and fire safety training classes for all employees, including special supervisory training classes in fire and occupational safety
* Responsible for the administration and execution of the facility safety and fire prevention program
* Conducts workplace inspections throughout the facility and storage area
* Serves as the General Staff Assistant for safety-related programs to the Director's Office, providing technical expertise, staff work and guidance to the Director on pertinent program areas

This position has Contracting Officer Representative responsibilities and will require an annual Financial Disclosure.

Work Schedule: varies but typically between 9:00am- 5:30pm M-F
Telework: Not Available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Description/PD#: Safety & Occupational Health Specialist PD #37190
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not AuthorizedTo qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 09/21/2021.

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 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. 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.

Individual Occupational Requirement:
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.


Specialized Experience: 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.

You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:
Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-09 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to:

1) Prepares all policies, reports, safety, occupational health and fire prevention-related correspondence
2) Responsible for the administration and execution of the facility safety and fire prevention program
3) Conducts accident investigations; checks and analyzes accidents, illnesses, hazardous conditions and code deficiencies for the purpose of informing management and meeting report schedules
4) Performs Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) duties for assigned contracts
5) Conducts workplace inspections throughout the facility and storage areas
6) Schedules, conducts and documents fire drills and emergency preparedness drills in all areas of the facility
7) Reviews all accident reports for completeness, accuracy and adequacy of corrective actions

Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have a PhD. or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work

Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. This is to be the combinations of successfully completed graduate education and specialized experience directly related to the work of the (Safety & Occupational Health Specialist) position, which may be used to meet the experience requirements for GS-11 position
You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
  • Accident Investigation
  • Critical Thinking
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Risk Management
  • Self-Management

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.

Physical Requirements: This position involves the performance of inspection activities which requires frequent extensive walking, standing, bending, climbing, crouching, reaching and lifting of a variety of moderately heavy items such as large metal lids on storage containers.

Work Environment: Approximately fifty percent of the incumbent's work is performed in an office setting, and fifty percent of the incumbent's work is performed inspecting. The incumbent must observe the normal safety precautions as set by this CMOP at all times. Additionally, the CMOP is a light industrial pharmacy and warehouse. The incumbent will be exposed to automated, moving conveyors, automated prescription filling systems, sharp-edges, vibrations from machinery, periodic loud noises and dust. The incumbent may be exposed to hazardous materials and processes, requiring the use of personal protective equipment. Incumbent may occasionally be required to climb, work from ladder or scaffolding, subject to danger of falling.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at
Opportunity Type

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