The Birmingham VA Medical Center is seeking (1) Safety & Occupation Health Specialist. This vacancy will close when 50 applicants are received, which maybe sooner than the closing date.
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Duties includes but is not limited to the following.
Provides technical advice to personnel on a wide range of occupational health, safety and fire protection issues.
Inspects and evaluates medical center and institutional environments for occupational health and safety hazards and to determine compliance with applicable regulations, standards, codes and requirements.
Investigates accidents which may include those involving fatalities and serious injury, to determine circumstances involved. Interviews witnesses, verifies corrections of reports and adds pertinent comments or corrective action required. Initiates and prepares all required reports.
Reviews corrective actions to insure chemical/physical hazard abatement has been accomplished.
Conducts Life Safety Code (NFPA 101) compliance assessments of the facility, institutional environments, nursing homes, and contracted facilities such as but not limited to, community nursing homes, adult daycare facilities, and homeless shelters.
Work Schedule: Full Time
Position Description/PD#: 9100-0
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Travel Required: Not Required
Relocation Authorized: No
0018 Safety and Occupational Health Management
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to background/security investigation
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
Education: In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements for this position, you must possess a Ph.D. degree or three (3) full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree, OR,
Specialized Experience: Must have one (1) full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position and that is typically in or related to the work of this position? This experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-09) in the normal line of progression for this occupation. You will be rated on the competencies below for this position.
INDIVIDUAL OCCUPATIONAL REQUIREMENTS:
Undergraduate or Graduate Education: Major study in 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, OR,
Experience: Specialized experience in or related to safety and occupational health that provided the specific knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position. Specific examples of qualifying specialized experience include: Works for the elimination of workplace hazards and unsafe practices through education and promoting and proper use of personal protective equipment, inspects and evaluates medical center and institutional environments for occupational health and safety hazards and to determine compliance with applicable regulations, standards, codes and requirements, recommend, and implement environmental and personal monitoring and sampling methods and evaluation and selection of the appropriate engineering, administrative, and personal protective equipment controls for identified physical and environmental stressors or environmental condition and reviews record keeping as required by VA circulars and federal, state and local regulations. OR,
Certificates: Certification as a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), or Certified Health Physicist (CHP), or similar certification that included successful completion of a written examination meets the basic requirements for the GS-05 grade level only. Therefore, applicants must qualify for these higher grade levels this position is announced at based on additional education and/or specialized experience. In addition to meeting one (1) of the three (3) Basic Requirements listed above, all candidates must meet the below grade level education or specialized experience requirements in order to qualify for this position announced at the GS-11 grade level.
You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
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 work environment consists of standard office settings, labs, patient wards, mechanical equipment spaces, roofs, crawl spaces and construction sites. The incumbent's work regularly involves exposure to hazards such as moving machinery, infectious diseases, shielded radiation sources, toxic chemicals and gases, flammables, high noise levels, high and low temperatures, electrical shock, etc. He/she must utilize proper protective equipment and clothing such as hard hats, safety shoes, ear muffs, goggles, respirators, gloves, etc. when in these situations. It may require emergency call back at night and during other natural or human caused disaster and fire incidents.
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Assessment Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of ALL your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to all periods of active duty military service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the SF-15 form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx .
Your Rsum and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.
PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html.
All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.
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