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28 Feb 2022

Public Health Full Time, Safety and Occupational Health Specialist

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

Be a part of Department of Labor (DOL)!

This position is within U.S. Dept. of Labor, Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), located in Bridgeport, CT.

  • 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.

As the employee progresses, the assignments will become more difficult and complex with less supervision.

Major Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

GS-07:

  • Participate as a member of an inspection team led by a higher-graded specialist and assist in the planning of and/or conduct a limited segment of a major investigation or a small investigation where the exposure and type of hazard and unsafe working conditions is predictable in advance.
  • Researches and studies records and files covering mishaps, injuries, and equipment maintenance data.
  • Audits employer occupational safety and health injury records, safety plans, and program documentation.
  • 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.
  • Assists in preparing for opening and closing conferences and outreach activities. Responds to requests for information on OSHA policies, regulations, and programs.

GS-09:

  • Independently conducts safety inspections of business establishments and worksites whose operations are generally characterized by the presence of moderately stable, low-risk processes or some higher hazards or unsafe working conditions or technically difficult operations which are covered by specific written guidelines.
  • Assists in investigating mishaps resulting in fatalities or injuries and serious accidents.
  • Conducts research using modern technologies to prepare for onsite inspections or in response to requests for information.
  • Prepares case files or assigned portions of case files to support apparent violations, recommended penalties and abatement dates. Documents case files with relevant documentation to support a legally sufficient case.
  • Assists agency attorneys in the preparation of evidence supporting the agency’s findings of occupational safety and health violations where the employer contests the inspection results.

For GS-11: 

  • Conducts occupational safety and health inspections within a variety of agricultural, construction, general industry, maritime, and federal agency establishments to ensure compliance with federal OSHA regulations. Inspections may involve fatalities, serious injuries, or other unsafe conditions.
  • Documents inspections and generates reports that support a legally sufficient case.
  • Recommends abatement methods common to work processes.
  • Assists agency attorneys in the preparation of contested cases for hearing before administrative law judges.
  • Responds to safety and health related technical inquiries from employers, employees, labor organizations and trade associations.
  • Provides training to lower graded compliance officers.
  • Participates in obtaining warrants and subpoenas associated with inspections.

Conditions of Employment

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

This position is also advertised as vacancy #MS-22-BOS-OSHA-322 for status applicants.  To be considered for each vacancy, 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.

All applicants may be required to provide a writing sample at the interview.

Qualifications

The Safety and Occupational Health Series has and Individual Occupational Requirement (IOR):

In order to qualify for this position, applicants must also meet the specialized experience requirements: Applicants must meet either the specialized experience OR substitution of education for specialized experience described below:

For the GS-07:

One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 that equipped the applicant 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 positions. Examples of specialized experience include:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Analyzing or evaluating new and existing jobs, processes, products, or other systems to determine the existence, severity, probability, and outcome of hazards.

OR

Substitution of Experience GS-07: One year (1) of graduate-level education or Superior Academic Achievement. Information regarding S.A.A. can be found in OPM’s General Schedule Qualification Policies

For the GS-09:

One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 that equipped the applicant 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 positions. Examples of specialized experience include:

  • General knowledge of OSHA or related safety and occupational health standards or codes.
  • 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.
  • Analyzing or evaluating new and existing jobs, processes, products, or other systems to determine the existence, severity, probability, and outcome of 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.

OR

Substitution of Experience GS-09: Two years of graduate education or a Master’s degree in safety or occupational health or related fields that included at least 24 semester hours in the following disciplines: safety, occupational health, industrial hygiene, occupational medicine, toxicology, public health, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological sciences, engineering, and industrial psychology.

For the GS-11: In addition to meeting the individual occupational requirement, applicants must demonstrate 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level, experience may be in Federal or Private Sector. (see description below). Specialized Experience is described as experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Examples of specialized experience are as follows:

As well as examples of specialized experience listed above, applicants must also have one year of specialized experience in the following:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Training of workers, supervisors, managers, or other safety and occupational health personnel in safety or occupational health subjects.

OR

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

The Safety and Occupational Health Series has and Individual Occupational Requirement (IOR):

Education

Undergraduate and Graduate Education: Major study — 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

General Experience: Experience in scientific or technical work that provided an understanding of the basic principles and concepts of the safety and occupational health field. Creditable general experience must have demonstrated the achievement of knowledge equivalent to the education described above.

Specialized Experience (for positions above GS-5): 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 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.

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 requirements for GS-5. Applicants may also qualify for higher grade levels based on their education and/or experience.

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.

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.

In addition, if you wish to use your education as a basis for meeting the 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 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.

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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