Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration SAFETY & OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH SPECIALIST in Boston, Massachusetts
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
- Boston, MA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent
Opened Friday 10/14/2016 (6 day(s) ago)
** Closes Thursday 10/20/2016 (0 day(s) away)
Vacancy ID: 1818926
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This position involves a multi-grade career ladder. The major duties listed below represent the full performance level of GS-11. At the GS-09 grade level, you will perform assignments of a more limited scope and with less independence. You will progressively acquire the background necessary to perform at the full performance level of GS-11. Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of higher level work, and availability of funds.
This position is located at the West Roxbury Campus of the Boston VA Healthcare System in Boston, MA. The Safety & Occupational Health Specialist performs survey work to identify and evaluate hazardous and non-hazardous Boston Healthcare System's work operations and conditions and to recommend corrective procedures where the potential for injury or property damage exists. Program elements include the prevention and control of mishaps, promotion of safety education, fire safety and traffic safety. The Specialist also conducts safety inspections embracing private institutions/dwellings assuring compliance with applicable Federal, State and local building, fire, occupational health and safety code requirements.
Major duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Identifies, analyzes and evaluates a variety of hazards;
- Applies proven methods, techniques and abatements to control or eliminate unsafe acts or conditions that arise from the construction or modification of structures;
- Plans, organizes and administers a scheduled series of comprehensive inspections of numerous wards, clinics, RBC's, and chemical storage structures;
- Conducts safety education program to fulfill the employee development requirements of a diverse healthcare organization;
- Occasionally represents the VHABHS at Sate and US Government safety meetings involving the coordination of occupation safety and health programs throughout the assigned area;
- Provides documented statistical data to the Safety Manager, as requested;
- Supervises and checks the inspection and testing of fire detection, protection and alarm equipment such as smoke detectors, sprinkler systems, portable and fixed fire extinguishing equipment Hydrant and central fire detection/alarm control units; and
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm
- Not Required
- You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Background investigation may be required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
To qualify for this position at the GS-09 level, you must meet one of the following requirements:
Experience: One (1) year of specialized experience in or related to safety and occupational health that provided you with the specific knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform successfully the duties of this position at a developmental level. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-07 grade level of Federal service. Specialized experience includes: 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 to determine the existence, severity, probability, and outcome of hazards; designing or modifying workplaces, processes, products, or other systems to control or eliminate hazards; inspecting 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. NOTE: Experience must be fully documented on your resume and must include job title, duties, month & year starting and ending dates AND hours worked per week. OR Education: A master's degree, equivalent graduate degree, or two (2) full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree from an accredited college or university with a major field of study in the safety or occupational health fields (safety, occupational health, industrial hygiene), or a 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 may be substituted for the experience required at the GS-09 grade level. 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 is considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement. NOTE: You must submit a copy of your transcript with your application. Education cannot be credited without documentation. OR Combination: A combination of specialized experience and graduate education as described that demonstrates your ability to perform the duties of this position may be substituted for the experience required at the GS-09 grade level, but only graduate education in excess of 18 semester hours (one year) may be used to qualify. NOTE: You must submit a copy of your transcript with your application and your resume must support the specialized experience. Education cannot be credited without documentation.
To qualify for this position at the GS-11 level, you must meet one of the following requirements:
Experience: One (1) year of specialized experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in Federal service (GS-9) or experience in or related to safety and occupational health that provided specific knowledge skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience include: managing safety or occupational health program elements; developing emergency readiness and response training programs; develops and projects budget requirements; applying safety and occupational health laws, regulations, principles, theories, practices, and procedures to advise on or resolve technical matters dealing with occupational safety, health requirements, and emergency management; 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 to determine the existence, severity, probability, and outcome of hazards; designing or modifying workplaces, processes, products, or other systems to control or eliminate hazards; inspecting 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; working in occupational fields such as industrial hygienist, safety engineer, fire prevention engineer, health physicist, and occupational health nurse. NOTE: Experience must be fully documented on your resume and must include job title, duties, month & year starting and ending dates AND hours worked per week. OR Education: A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree. Must have a major study in safety or occupational health fields (safety, occupational health, industrial hygiene), or a degree in another related field 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. NOTE: You must submit a copy of your transcript with your application. Education cannot be credited without documentation. OR Combination: A combination of education and specialized experience, as described above. Only graduate education beyond the second year is creditable. For example, 9 semester hours beyond the second year (based on 18 hours equivalent to one year of graduate education) would be equivalent to 6 months of experience; combined with 6 months of experience as stated above would be qualifying. NOTE: You must submit a copy of your transcript with your application and your resume must support the specialized experience. Education cannot be credited without documentation.
You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:
- Knowledge of safety & occupational health principles, standards & techniques.
- Skill in recognizing hazardous conditions & in developing measures to eliminate or control these conditions.
- Ability to communicate effectively.
- Knowledge of the methods, techniques and procedures applied by Industrial hygienists, environmental and safety engineers and fire prevention/protection personnel.
- Ability to participate in the formulation, implementation, maintenance or modification of the safety and occupational health program.
Physical Demands and Working Conditions: Survey or inspection work requires regular and recurrent physical exertion such as walking, standing, bending, climbing, crouching, reaching and lifting of a variety of moderately heavy items such as large metal lids on storage containers and entry into confined spaces. The work involves regular and recurring onsite evaluations and inspections involve exposure to chemical and biological hazards while performing laboratory, maintenance shop, nursing homes, clinics and RBC's surveys. Where there are moving machine parts, acid fumes, irritant chemicals and high noise level. Protective clothing and equipment is frequently required.
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 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.
For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).
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.
Veteran's Preference: When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.
Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed " SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," (go to http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdffill/SF15.pdf) and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.
What To Expect Next
After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.
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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp.
VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.
The Federal Government has special excepted appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities, such as Schedule A. Specific information can be found at http://www.opm.gov/disability/peoplewithdisabilities.asp. IMPORTANT: If you would like to receive consideration as a Schedule A applicant, you must contact the Human Resources office at the facility where this position is located at (774)826-1106.
Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.
The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.
VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
Salary Range: $53,610.00 to $84,320.00 / Per Year
Series & Grade: GS-0018-09/11
Promotion Potential: 11
Supervisory Status: No
Who May Apply: United States Citizens
Control Number: 453168900
Job Announcement Number: ANS-17-SER-1818926-BU