Consumer Safety Inspector

Department Of Agriculture Stanwood , WA 98292

Posted 2 weeks ago

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Summary

INFO: Stanwood, WA

CSI, GS-1862-08/09, SJ-618

Est: M6056-Schenk Packing Company Inc, Snohomish County

Work Sched: Mon-Fri, 0655-1525, Rotates with 1st shift CSI position

Act: Slaughter/Processing

Spec: Cattle

INFO: Greeley, CO

CSI, GS-1862-08/09, SJ-618

Est: V17461-Millard Refrigerated Services, Weld County

Work Sched: Mon-Fri, 0700-1530, Rotates with 3 other assignments

Act: Slaughter/Processing

Spec: Multiple

Salary based on location:

GS-8 $52,472 to $68,273

GS-9 $57,955 to $75,408

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Responsibilities

  • YOU WILL/MAY:

  • Ensure that regulated establishments produce a safe product by executing appropriate inspection methods, determining noncompliance with regulatory requirements, documenting noncompliance and initiating enforcement action, where warranted.

  • Verify that meat and poultry slaughter and/or processing establishment's Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOP) and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) Plans meet regulatory requirements.

  • Execute Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOP) and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) Plans effectively to prevent unsanitary conditions and adulteration of product.

  • Review records, observe plant operations and conduct hands-on verification to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and prepare detailed documentation (Non-Compliance Records) of non-compliance with regulatory requirements.

  • Determine when regulatory control action is necessary. You will assess whether the plant's corrective or preventative actions are acceptable and effective, if there are trends in noncompliance, or if enforcement action is warranted.

  • Conduct regulatory oversight activities inside plants in matters relating to other consumer protections (e.g., economic adulteration and misbranding).

  • Have contact with plant managers, owners and others to explain legal and regulatory requirements, discuss operation of the plant's SSOP, HACCP plan and other food safety programs.

  • Communicate and defend determinations on non-compliance issues and discuss plans for addressing non-compliance.

  • Work with a variety of individuals to resolve problems, clarify differences of interpretation concerning HACCP and other food safety or consumer protection requirements.

  • Advise other Agency inspectors, supervisors and officers on inspection and enforcement matters for which you are involved.

  • Conduct various samplings, surveys and tests to obtain pertinent data on potential problem areas, industry trends, or other issues of current interest to the Agency.

  • Be involved in performing health and safety verification sampling and tests for detection of specific microbes (e.g., salmonella, listeria, etc.), residues or contaminants.

  • Assure that products approved for import are in full compliance with all applicable Federal regulations governing the importation of meat and poultry products.

  • Authorize entry of all meat or poultry products considered to comply with Federal regulations or refuse entry of any products which violate any of the requirements for admission into this country.

  • Coordinate with other Federal agencies (e.g., the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on such matters as animal health restrictions and refused entry lots.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

9

  • Job family (Series)

1862 Consumer Safety Inspection

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Conditions of Employment

  • Training as a condition of employment (TCOE) is required. You must begin the training within 90 days of the effective date of your selection, and you must successfully complete it within 12 months of the effective date of your selection.

  • Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a Public Trust security clearance. If selected you may be subject to a National Agency Check and Inquiry (NACI).

  • Selectee may be subject to satisfactory completion of one-year probationary or trial period.

  • U.S. Citizenship required.

  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.

  • Passing a pre-employment medical examination is required.

Qualifications

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements within 30 days after the closing date of the announcement, including time-in-grade restrictions, specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.

Time-In-Grade/Time-In-Band: Applicants must meet requirements for one year at the next lower grade to be considered for the next higher grade. (e.g. one year at the GS-07 grade level for consideration for the GS-08 grade level.)

Specialized experience:

For all grade levels:

This experience should encompass at least two of the following areas:

  • Skill in applying proper techniques for collecting samples and performing field tests and examinations,
  • Skill in developing written reports and reporting findings or results orally,
  • Skill in maintaining effective personal contacts with a variety of individuals.

(GS-8) Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-07 level). Specialized experience includes working with the Federal Meat, Poultry, and Egg Products Inspection Acts in order to inspect meat, poultry and egg products; working with basic SSOP and HACCP principles and practices in order to verify plant HAACP and SSOP responsibilities; performing basic mathematics and elementary statistical concepts and methods to perform testing and sampling procedures; and experience in reaching and interpreting conclusions.

(GS-9) Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to at least the GS-08 level). Specialized experience includes: In addition to the qualifications above, incumbents are expected to have experience working at a more independent level than lower graded CSIs, such as recommending refusal of exports and providing temporary coverage at locations outside of the official duty station.

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, religious, 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.

Please view OPM's Qualifications Standards, Consumer Safety Inspector Series, GS-1862.

The duties of a Consumer Safety Inspector are performed in a hazardous working environment. For additional information, please click here. The below requirements are not an all-inclusive list.

Applicants must:

  • Be physically and mentally able to efficiently perform the job functions, without hazard to themselves and others.

  • Have full range of motion to perform rapid repetitive twisting and working with arms above shoulder level.

  • Be able to stand and walk on slippery and uneven floors and catwalks, and climbing stairs and ladders.

  • Be able to lift, carry, push and pull up to 30 pounds, with occasional lifting of up to 50 pounds.

  • Have manual dexterity of the upper body, including arms, hands, and fingers with a normal sense of touch in both hands.

  • Must have good near and distance vision, be free of chronic eye disease and have correctable vision of at least 20/30 in one eye.

  • Have the ability to distinguish shades of color. Any significant degree of color blindness (25 percent or more error rate on approved color plate test) may be disqualifying.

  • Individuals with some hearing loss and/or requiring hearing amplification will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Education

Education may be used to qualify in lieu of specialized experience as described below.

For the GS-09 Level: Two full years of directly related graduate education or a directly related master's degree is qualifying for GS-9.

OR

A combination of education and specialized experience. In this instance, only graduate education in excess of the first 18 semester hours directly related to the work of the position is creditable towards meeting the requirements, along with specialized work experience. The combination must equal 100% of the requirement. For example, if you have 33% of the education requirement, then you will need 67% of the specialized experience requirement.

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Consumer Safety Inspector

Department Of Agriculture