Safety & Occupational Health Specialist

Veterans Health Administration | Charleston, SC

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Posted Date 11/24/2021
Description The Safety and Occupational Specialist is an integral member of the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center (RHJ VAMC) Safety and Health program, ranging from fire safety to environmental management and industrial hygiene. The candidate serves in this role supporting safety and health staff in regulatory compliance, research, training, program development, accident prevention, environmental management, construction safety, and safety surveys in a healthcare environment.Major duties includes but are not limited to:
  • Conducts a limited segment of a major inspection of a large service to identify hazardous conditions.
  • Develops and carries out safety education activities including safety orientation training series for new employees.
  • Provides informal instruction to work leaders and employees covering general safety and occupational health subjects.
  • Evaluates safety and occupational health program for healthcare, warehousing, printing, steam plant, transportation, and equipment maintenance operations.
  • Develops recommendations for eliminating or controlling the hazards detected.
  • Provides Medical Center Life Safety Inspection.
  • Recovers unsafe and unhealthful conditions.
  • Documents unsafe conditions and actions to mitigate and communicates to stakeholders.
  • Investigates mishaps, inspecting warehouses and contents.
  • Performs survey work.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 07:30am - 4:00pm
Telework: Not Available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Description/PD#: Safety & Occupational Health Specialist/PD10358-A
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not requiredTo qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 12/15/2021.

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-9. 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 and/or education as described below:



You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:

GRADUATE EDUCATION: A Ph.D. (or LL.M. if related), equivalent doctoral degree, or 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education with a 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. Note: You MUST provide a copy of your TRANSCRIPTS with your application package to receive consideration.


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower graded level in federal service that has provided you with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of a Safety & Occupational Health Specialist. 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.

COMBINATION EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION: Equivalent combinations of specialized experience and education as described above may be used to meet the total requirements for this position. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. Your experience must be detailed, and transcripts are required. Note: You MUST provide a copy of your TRANSCRIPTS with your application package to receive consideration.

You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
  • Compliance Inspection
  • Education and Training
  • Fire Management
  • Hazardous Materials Knowledge
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Technical Competence
  • Safety Engineering
  • Health Physics
  • Manages and Organizes Information
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: The performance of work duties requires frequent surveys of clinical areas, new construction sites, and industrial maintenance facilities necessitating prolonged periods of walking, standing, crawling, kneeling and bending. Moderate lifting and carrying of equipment, use of personal protective equipment (PPE) is required. Use of all appendages, good vision, and hearing are necessary. Emotional and mental stability are required.

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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