Industrial Hygienist

Department Of Labor Little Rock , AR 72215

Posted 2 months ago

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Join the mission to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees while improving working conditions, advancing opportunities for profitable employment and assuring work-related benefits and rights! This position conducts work place inspections and assesses employee exposure to health hazards as part of OSHA's mission to ensure that workers are provided with safe and healthful workplaces. Your work has an immediate positive effect on employee's lives!

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Responsibilities

Be a part of Department of Labor! This Position is located in DOL, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in Region VI. Selectees will be expected to report to one the offices listed above.

Join our team! Federal employment has many benefits! As a new or existing federal employee, you and your family may have access to a range of benefits, such as:

  • The Federal Employee Health Benefits Program (FEHB). This program offers health insurance for you, your spouse and your children under the age of 26. It offers many different health plan choices, so you can find a plan that works best for you and your family;

  • Federal Employee Dental Vision Insurance Plan (FEDVIP) for a dental plan, a vision plan, or both types of insurance; life insurance;

  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA);

  • The Federal Employees Retirement System, which, after the appropriate amount of years of service and at the right age, you can retire with a basic monthly annuity. This means a defined pension plan - which many private sector companies do not offer;

  • The Thrift Savings Plan or TSP, which is a 401K plan for Federal employees;

  • Earn annual and sick leave every pay period to use for vacation on sick time;

  • 11 paid Federal holidays;

  • DOL also offers transit subsidy benefits, where you may be reimbursed for commuting;

  • Work-life balance is also stressed! DOL recognizes various expanded workplace flexibilities intended to support and enhance a productive workforce by providing various work schedule options that can help employees balance their responsibilities both at work and at home.

A recruitment incentive may be authorized.

GS-11: Incumbent is expected to perform the duties listed above at the lower level as well as:

  • Conducts interviews as appropriate with witnesses, employees, employers, medical personnel, law enforcement personnel, and/or other persons in order to identify potential symptoms of occupational illness, conditions and potential causes, and to obtain and communicate other case-related information.

  • Documents case files with findings, completes forms, and attaches background notes and other material. Ensures case files are processed within the OSHA Information System in an accurate and timely manner and ensures proper annotation for reporting purposes and achievement of agency goals.

  • Diagrams workplace flow processes; documents descriptions of the work environment, operations, and equipment; and/or photographs operations as necessary, as well as documents measurements of conditions and worker exposure and potential injury from the hazard for complete case file documentation. Documents ongoing cases with relevant documentation to support a legally sufficient case.

  • Testifies in contested court cases as a witness under oath and is subject to examinations conducted by attorneys representing both the agency and the employer.

  • Explains requirements of safety and health standards; effective abatement of hazards; and/or other related matters.

  • Identifies and documents hazards, proposes citations for OSHA standards, which have allegedly been violated, and secures immediate corrective action of conditions, which are of imminent danger.

  • Conducts opening conferences with management officials, employees, and employee representatives concerning the nature and purpose of the inspection and the procedures, which will be followed.

GS-12: Incumbent is expected to perform the duties listed above at the lower level as well as:

  • Plans, schedules, and conducts inspections either individually-determined or as assigned, based on complaints or referrals received from employees, union representatives, and/or the general public, of establishments and worksites where there is a strong probability of encountering hazardous work processes, materials, and unsafe environmental conditions.

  • Prepares for inspections by conducting reviews of available and pertinent records, including case files of previous inspections to become familiar with work processes, operations, and standards applicable to the workplace to be inspected, anticipate hazards, and recognize environmental conditions or stresses arising in or from the workplace which may cause sickness, impaired health, significant discomfort, or inefficiency.

  • Conducts inspections of industrial facilities and worksites in order to identify and evaluate occupational health hazards. Observes work practices and environmental conditions for hazards to health and safety and to detect violations of published health standards and regulations.

  • Identifies and documents hazards, proposes citations for OSHA standards which have allegedly been violated, and secures immediate corrective action of conditions which are of imminent danger.

  • Conducts opening conferences with management officials, employees, and employee representatives concerning the nature and purpose of the inspection and the procedures which will be followed.

Travel Required

75% or less - Frequent travel including some extended overnight lodging, some evening and weekend work required to conduct official OSHA enforcement inspection, investigation activities and training purposes.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

12 - There is no obligation to provide future promotions. Future promotions are dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and supervisory approval.

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0690 Industrial Hygiene

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Conditions of Employment

  • Subject to drug test prior to appointment at GS-11 and GS-12 grade levels.

  • Requires a medical examination.

  • Requires a valid drivers license.

  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.

  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.

The salaries listed in the announcement are basic rate of pay and contain no locality rate. If you would like to see the pay tables for each location, please copy or click on this link: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/2021/general-schedule/

Also advertised as job #DE-21-BOS-OSHA-314 for non-status applicants; to be considered for each, apply to BOTH jobs.

This position is inside the Bargaining Unit. Additional selections may be made from this vacancy announcement if needed. Candidate may be required to submit a writing sample as part of the interview process.

Applicants must meet time-in-grade, time-after-competitive-appointment and qualifications requirements within 30 calendar days after the closing date of the vacancy to be eligible for consideration for selection.

Federal Employees Please Note: Your SF-50 must include enough information to be able to determine that time-in-grade requirements have been met and reflects your position title, pay plan/series/grade, tenure and the type of appointment (i.e. competitive/excepted). In some cases you may need to submit more than one SF-50.

Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.

Qualifications

OSHA's Mission

With the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, Congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to ensure safe and healthful working conditions for workers by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance. Join our team!

THIS POSITION HAS A INDIVIDUAL OCCUPATIONAL REQUIREMENT. ALL APPLICANTS MUST MEET THIS REQUIREMENT IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED.

Basic Requirements:

The education must be accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education at the time the degree was obtained. Applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

  • A bachelor's or graduate/higher level degree in industrial hygiene, occupational health sciences, occupational and environmental health, toxicology, safety sciences, or related science; or

  • A bachelor's degree in a branch of engineering, physical science, or life science that included 12 semester hours in chemistry, including organic chemistry, and 18 additional semester hours of courses in any combination of chemistry, physics, engineering, health physics, environmental health, biostatistics, biology, physiology, toxicology, epidemiology, or industrial hygiene; or

  • Certification from the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (external link) (ABIH).

Evaluation of Education: All science or engineering courses offered in fulfillment of the above requirements must be acceptable for credit toward the completion of a standard 4-year professional curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in science or engineering at an accredited college or university.

Evaluation of Experience: Qualifying experience involves the recognition, evaluation, corrective actions, and elimination of environmental conditions in the workplace that causes sickness, impaired health, or illness. This experience must demonstrate a professional knowledge of the theory and application of the principles of industrial hygiene and closely related sciences such as physics and engineering controls. Such work must have involved experience in all of the following areas: the acquisition of quantitative and qualitative data, and the measurement of exposures for a variety of chemical, physical, and biological stresses; the analysis of the data acquired and the prediction of probable effects of exposures on the health and well-being of workers; and the selection and recommendation of appropriate controls, including management, medical, engineering, education or training, and personal protective equipment.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

For GS-11: In addition to meeting the individual occupational requirement, Applicants must have at least 52 weeks experience at the next lower level in the normal career progression of the position being filled. When compared to Federal experience, this experience must be equivalent to at least the next lower grade level of GS-09. This experience may have been gained either in the Federal or Private sectors. Resumes should reflect but is not limited to the following specialized experience listed below:

  • Planning and conducting or assisting in the planning and conducting of evaluations of workplace operations involving potentially hazardous environmental conditions. Such conditions could include any of the following:

  • Chemical conditions and/or exposures;

  • Biological conditions and/or exposures to biological agents;

  • Environmental conditions.

  • Assist in conducting sampling for occupational health-related hazards and/or exposure levels and reviewing laboratory analyses of health-related sampling, prepare reports that include findings and recommendations for the control of identified hazards;

  • Conducting occupational health investigations and/or occupational health inspections;

  • Conducts interviews with employers and/or employees and/or employee representatives and/or emergency services personnel and/or law enforcement officials and/or other parties to identify unhealthful working conditions and/or causes of injuries/illnesses/fatalities AND to obtain information required to conduct a legally sufficient occupational health investigation;

  • Developing legally sufficient occupational safety and/or occupational health investigation or inspection reports;

  • Identifying occupational health and safety hazard and applying occupational safety and/or occupational health standards and criteria to unsafe working conditions.

  • Calculating penalties to be assessed based on the (a) gravity of occupational safety and/or occupational health violations and (b) the severity of possible injury or illness and the probability that such could occur.

Substitution of Education for Experience: Three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

For GS-12: In addition to meeting the individual occupational requirement, Applicants must have at least 52 weeks experience at the next lower level in the normal career progression of the position being filled. When compared to Federal experience, this experience must be equivalent to at least the next lower grade level of GS-11. This experience may have been gained either in the Federal or Private sectors. Resume should reflect but is not limited to the following specialized experience listed below:

  • Investigating occupational health complaints;

  • Conducting file and/or record reviews, to include case files of previous occupational health investigations and inspections;

  • Conducting occupational health investigations and/or occupational health inspections;

  • Conducting workplace analyses and reviewing the occupational safety and health programs of employers and businesses;

  • Writing occupational safety and/or occupational health reports;

  • Testifying during and/or working with counsel in the development of litigation pursuant to occupational safety and/or occupational health cases.

Substitution of Education for Experience: There is no educational substitution for this grade level.

Education

Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service.

If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.

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