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28 Feb 2022

Public Health Full Time, Industrial Hygienist

Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration – Posted by Kayla Rochon Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States

Job Description

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! Positions available in Bridgeport, CT and Concord, NH

Duties:

This position is within the Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), located in Bridgeport, CT and Concord, NH.

  • Selectee will be expected to report to one of the offices listed above.
  • Position is inside the bargaining unit and requires pre-employment physical and a valid drivers license.
  • Additional selections may be made from this announcement if funding becomes available.
  • A recruitment bonus may be available.

Major Duties of this position: 

Duties at the GS-7 Level – 

  • Participates as a member of an inspection team and assists in planning for the inspection. May conduct a limited segment of a major inspection or a small investigation where the hazard and exposures are predictable in advance.
  • Conducts research and studies records and files covering mishaps, injuries, and illnesses.
  • Assists in the documentation of conducted portions of investigations to help support a legally sufficient case. Takes photographs and videos of apparent violations of occupational safety and health standards.
  • Responds to requests for information on OSHA policies, regulations, and programs.

Duties at the GS-9 Level –

  • Assists in planning and conducting portions of or limited inspections or compliance reviews of private businesses and worksites whose operations are generally characterized by the presence of moderately stable, low-risk processes and some higher hazards and unsafe working conditions.
  • Writes complete and legally sufficient case files documenting all inspection procedures, interviews, sampling, identified hazards, and corrective actions.
  • Assists in conducting or may conduct opening and closing conferences with management officials, employees, and labor representatives regarding enforcement findings and applicable occupational safety and health policies and regulations.

Duties at the GS-11 Level –

  • Conducts inspections of private businesses and industrial firms to determine compliance with published standards and regulations, record hazards and overexposure, issue citations for violations, and propose fiscal penalties.
  • Writes complete and legally sufficient case files documenting all inspection procedures, interviews, sampling, identified hazards, and corrective actions.
  • Assists attorneys in preparation of contested cases for hearings. May be called to serve as an expert witness.
  • Enforces Federal occupational safety and health standards.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Subject to drug test prior to appointment at GS-11 and GS-12 grade levels.
  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Requires medical exam and must maintain physical requirements.
  • Requires a valid driver’s license and ability to operate a motor vehicle.
  • Must be at least 16 years old and a U.S. Citizen.
  • This position requires the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • You will be required to lift items weighing up to 25 pounds.

Also advertised as job #MS-22-BOS-OSHA-320 for status applicants; to be considered for each, apply to BOTH jobs.

Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the “Required Documents” section for additional requirements.

Notification Concerning COVID-19 Vaccinations.  As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal executive branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee’s duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law.  If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and to submit documentation of proof of vaccination or to be in the process of requesting an exception to the vaccination requirement before appointment or onboarding with the agency.  The agency will provide additional information regarding which forms of documentation can be accepted and how you can request to be considered for a legally required exception from this requirement.

Currently, implementation and enforcement of Executive Order 14043 has been suspended pursuant to an injunction pending further litigation.

This position requires an initial medical examination and reoccurring medical examinations throughout employment in this position, as a condition of employment. If you refuse the medical examination, do not submit required medical documentation, or do not meet the medical requirements of the position, the tentative job offer will be rescinded and you will not be extended a final job offer or may be removed from Federal service. The legal authority to conduct medical examinations is found under 5 CFR § 339.301 – Authority to require an examination.

Qualifications

THIS POSITION HAS A BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT. ALL APPLICANTS MUST MEET THIS REQUIREMENT IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED.

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.

For GS-7: In addition to meeting the basic education 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-05. 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:

  • Assisting in the planning of and/or conducting basic occupational safety and/or occupational health inspections of workplaces. These inspections involve some or all of the following:
    • Health sampling;
    • Chemical exposures and/or overexposures;
    • Noise exposures and/or overexposures;
    • Equipment and/or machine operations;
    • Environmental conditions;
    • Work practices;
    • Protective devices and/or protective equipment;
    • Safety procedures.
    • Identifying occupational health and safety hazards;
    • Evaluating occupational safety and/or occupational health programs and making recommendations for improvement when deficiencies are noted.
  • Applying occupational safety and/or occupational health standards and criteria to unsafe working conditions;
  • Interpreting and/or applying standards and/or criteria and/or operating instructions for occupational safety and/or occupational health.

For GS-09:  In addition to meeting the basic education requirement, Applicants must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience at the next lower level in the normal career progression of the position being filled. When comparing Private Sector to Federal Service experience, this specialized experience must be equivalent to at least the next lower grade level of GS-07. Resumes should reflect but is not limited to the following specialized experience listed below:

  • Assisting in the planning of and/or conducting occupational safety and/or occupational health inspections of workplaces where the exposures and types of hazards are predictable in advance. Examples may include the following:
    • Health sampling;
    • Chemical exposures and/or overexposures;
    • Noise exposures and/or overexposures;
    • Equipment and/or machine operations;
    • Environmental conditions;
    • Work practices;
    • Protective devices and/or protective equipment;
    • Safety procedures.
  • Studying records and/or files regarding any of the following:
    • Occupational safety and/or occupational health mishaps/accidents;
    • Occupational safety and/or occupational health injuries;
    • Equipment maintenance data.
  • Identifying occupational health and safety hazards;
  • Recording and/or photographing plain-view occupational safety and/or occupational health hazards.

For GS-11In addition to meeting the basic education requirement, Applicants must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience at the next lower level in the normal career progression of the position being filled. When comparing Private Sector to Federal Service experience, this specialized experience must be equivalent to at least the next lower grade level of GS-09. 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;

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.

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.

Education

For GS-09: 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master’s degree or master’s or equivalent graduate degree

For GS-11: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

Combining Education and Experience

In addition to meeting the basic education requirement, an equivalent combination of successfully completed related undergraduate (GS-07) and graduate (GS-09) level education and specialized experience as described in the “Qualifications” section of this announcement, can be used to meet the total experience requirements for this position. For more information please click here (Application of Qualification Standard/Option 5).

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.

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.

 

DOL and OSHA are an Equal Opportunity Employer

 

How to Apply

To apply for this position, you must create an account here and complete the initial online application, including submission of the required documentation specified:


  • Resume

  • Veterans Documents (if applicable)

  • Displaced Employee Placement Documents (only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP or ICTAP eligability)

  • Cover Letters (not mandatory)

  • All applicable academic transcripts if using education as a basis for qualification

Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Public Health. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000 and 80,000 - 100,000.

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