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Safety Technician

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Department Of Veterans Affairs Phoenix , AZ 85002

Posted 2 months ago

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HelpDuties Summary

The Safety Technician will perform support work in the Safety Section of the Quality, Safety, Improvement

Service (QSI) in direct support of the Phoenix VA Health Care System and associated Community-Based

Outpatient Clinics (CBOC's). The Safety Technician may act as a backup person to the Industrial Hygienist and/or

Safety Specialist under the supervision of the Safety Officer, who reports to the Chief of QSI.

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Incumbent will be required to conduct inspections for a variety of reasons, including compliance with The Joint Commission, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and VA standards for safety; work practices; integrity of building fire restrictive construction; machine guarding; equipment safety; and other local, state, and federal standards as applicable. Incumbent is responsible for the construction and maintenance of draft policies and procedures to ensure compliance with all applicable safety standards.

Incumbent is required to produce safety-related reports using computerized systems and provide administrative support. Incumbent performs regular inspections of the medical centers fire protection system, which includes fire hydrants, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, fire and smoke doors, and other fire protection components as necessary. Incumbent is responsible for the follow-up of previous inspections, which includes tracking deficiencies, necessary reports, and re-evaluation of previously noted deficiencies.

Incumbent will maintain records of all test and inspection activity. Incumbent may participate in the investigation of accidents and safety complaints and may be required to take action to resolve noted problems.

Incumbent may be requested to participate in hazardous affordability studies and risk assessments. Incumbent will be responsible for the coordination of maintenance and testing of the medical centers fire and safety systems. Incumbent will be required to perform regular audits of the medical center staff/service lines in an effort to evaluate and ensure compliance of safe practices. Incumbent will utilize the audit procedure to recommend changes in an effort to improve the medical center's safe work environment.

Incumbent will also be required to serve as backup to the Safety Specialist on various safety committees throughout the medical center. Incumbent will give informal sessions on equipment safety and general work practices when requested. Incumbent may conduct fire training sessions, safety training, and drills for employees and patients.

Work Schedule: 7:00am-3:30pm

Telework: Not available

Virtual: This is not a virtual position.

Position Description/PD#: Safety Technician/11482-O

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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HelpRequirements 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


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 10/18/2018.

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-6 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-5. 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. 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:

  • Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-5 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.

    Specialized experience is experience that involved (l) identifying, preventing, or eliminating safety hazards in work methods or environmental conditions; or (2) safety training or promotion. Such experience must have provided a practical knowledge of occupational and environmental safety hazards, survey techniques, and control and preventive methods. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: biological technician, medical technician, engineering technician, fire prevention inspector, and environmental health worker. OR,
  • Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience.

    To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have graduate or education. NOTE: Graduate education or an internship meets the specialized experience required above GS-5 only in those instances where it is directly related to the work of the position. One full year of graduate education meets the requirements for GS-7.

    Two full years of graduate education or a master's degree meets the requirements for GS-9. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement. Part-time graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school attended.

You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:

  • Communication

  • Critical Thinking

  • Follow Directions

  • Safety Engineering

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:
Inspection work requires frequent visitations to areas that are cramped, noisy, or where temperature extremes or inclement weather conditions exist.

Such inspection work they require long periods of standing, crouching, stretching, reaching, lifting, and other physical movement. Since work areas are sometimes under construction or not easily accessible, incumbent should have a fair degree of coordination to prevent injuring self. Incumbent will occasionally be required to lift and move heavy or awkward objects, usually not exceeding 60 lbs. Employee may be required to travel.


A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

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:

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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Department Of Veterans Affairs