This position is located in an area office within the regional component of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and is responsible for assisting in ensuring safe and healthful workplaces in a specified geographic area.
This position is inside the bargaining unit.
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Conduct safety and health inspections in all types of industry, i.e., general industry, construction, maritime, etc., including those involving fatal accidents. Conduct inspections and investigations in establishments and work sites covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Act in a variety of industrial settings covering a wide range of work processes. Plan, schedule, and conduct inspections and investigations in establishments and work sites where the likelihood of a high degree of hazard can be expected. Conduct opening conference with employers and employee representatives to explain the purpose and scope of the inspection or investigation. Review and evaluate establishment's accident history and safety program. Conduct walk-through inspection of establishment work sites, observing work operations and conditions, noting hazardous conditions or unsafe work practices. Make measurements and take samples to determine hazards and accrue evidence needed to prove violations of safety and health standards. Use a variety of sampling and measuring devices such as sound level meters, velometers, air sampling testers, etc. Take photographs of hazardous conditions which may be useful in final review of case or subsequent legal action. Conduct closing conference with the employer to review hazards and/or violations noted; advise employer of possible action which may be proposed as a result of inspection or investigation; advise employer of rights and obligations under the Occupational Safety and Health Act; and determine the estimated time required for abatement of each hazardous condition. Conduct investigations of accidents of fatality. Conduct interviews with witnesses, employees, medical personnel, police, or other personnel who may have information bearing on the case. Recommend the type of citations and proposed penalty by determining the degree of exposure to the hazard, the probability and possibility of injury and the expected severity of injury. Testify in contested court cases as a witness under oath and is subject to examination conducted by attorneys representing both and agency and the employer. Assist in the on-the-job training of lower grade compliance officers by accompanying them during inspections and investigations; reviewing case reports and providing consultations with respect to the proper application of standards.
50% or less
Occupational Health And Safety Specialists
Occupational Health Specialists
HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment
Subject to frequent travel.
Requires a medical examination.
Subject to drug test prior to appointment at GS-11 grade level.
Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.
BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL GRADES: Degree: Undergraduate and Graduate Education: Major study--safety or occupational health fields (safety, occupatioal 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 (for positions above GS-05): 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 t detemine the existence, severity, probability, and outcome of hazards.
Designing or modifying workplaces, processes, products, or other systems to control or eliminate hazards.
Insecting 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.
ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS FOR GS-07:
1 full year of graduate level education or superior academic achievement
1 year of specialized experience equivalent at at least GS-05.
ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS FOR GS-9: In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a maste's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree,
Or, 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-07.
INFORMATION FOR ICTAP ELIGIBLES ONLY
: If you are eligible for special priority selection under ICTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration. ICTAP eligibles who are placed into Category B or higher will be considered "well-qualified".
Combination of Graduate Education and Professional Experience: Combinations of successfully completed graduate level education and specialized experience may be used to meet total experience requirements. Only graduate level education in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade level may be combined with experience.
If you wish to use your education as a basis for meeting the eligibility and/or minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must submit academic transcripts demonstrating that you meet the qualifying educational requirements. If specific course work is required to fulfill the eligibility and/or minimum qualification requirements, you must supply transcripts from each academic institution in which the required courses were taken in order to receive credit for that course work. See the 'Qualifications and Evaluations' section of this announcement for more details.
If you do not submit sufficient academic documentation necessary to demonstrate that you meet the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements described in this announcement, your application will be deemed incomplete and you will be ineligible for further consideration for this vacancy.
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