Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Safety and Occupational Health Specialist in Kerrville, Texas
The Safety and Occupational Health Specialist serves as a recognized expert in safety, occupational health and ergonomics, life safety, and fire protection serving at the Kerrville Campus in Kerrville, Texas.
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The Safety and Occupational Health Specialist will serve as a recognized expert in safety, occupational health and ergonomics, life safety, and fire protection. Responsibility for developing policies, goals, and plans for execution of activities; evaluating programs; and providing advice to field activities, private contracting companies, and other Agencies which have participating or related programs. Review analytical results taken during various work process physical assessments when trying to identify potential exposure hazards in the workplace. Plan, organize, direct, and control safety activities; develop, oversee, and implement the Safety and Ergonomic Programs and the Safety Management System (SMS). Ensures the various clinical and administrative operations are conducted in compliance with all applicable regulations pertaining to environmental management, public health and safety, and the Safety Program. Responsible for comprehensive safety oversight of all Kerrville facilities and grounds. You will implement and monitor OSHA goals for Safety Management and Occupational Health procedures. You will report safety hazards, accidents and injuries. Under the purview of the SMS, ensure programs are implemented, and monitors and reviews impact and effectiveness of hazardous material/Safety Data Sheets (SDS), waste management, fire protection, emergency preparedness, and security.
Work Schedule:Full-Time Compressed/Flexible: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm Telework:Not Available Virtual:This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#:671-3308-0 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives:Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report:Not required
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
- #### Job family (Series)
0018 Safety and Occupational Health Management
- Engineers, Industrial
- Hygienists, Industrial
- Industrial Engineers
- Industrial Hygienists
- Occupational Health And Safety Specialists
Occupational Health Specialists
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, 07/20/2018.
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-09 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-07. 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:
Basic Qualifications A. I possess major study education -- 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. (Note: You must include a copy of your transcripts.) B. I possess 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: (1) Managing safety or occupational health program elements. (2) Developing and recommending safety and occupational health policy to higher levels of management. (3) 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. (4) Developing safety and occupational health standards, regulations, practices, and procedures to eliminate or control potential hazards. (5) Developing or implementing programs to reduce the frequency, severity, and cost of accidents and occupational illnesses. (6) Analyzing or evaluating new and existing jobs, processes, products, or other systems to determine the existence, severity, probability, and outcome of hazards. (7) Designing or modifying workplaces, processes, products, or other systems to control or eliminate hazards. (8) 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. (9)Training of workers, supervisors, managers, or other safety and occupational health personnel in safety or occupational health subjects. (10) Work in occupational fields such as industrial hygienist, safety engineer, fire prevention engineer, health physicist, and occupational health nurse.
Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-07 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: safety and occupational rules and regulations; developing, implementing, and managing one or more programs; use of computers to provide statistical analysis of data and graphical presentation of information; use of Microsoft Office Suite to design and generate reports, write policies, design spreadsheets, graphs, and PowerPoint presentations, and Publisher tools for reporting, training, and public affairs activities; communication orally and in writing; plan, organize, direct, operate, and evaluate a safety and occupational health program in health care settings, including clinical, palliative care, therapeutic care, facilities support (engineering occupations), and administrative occupancies; evaluate and apply methods and equipment to the practice of ergonomics and occupational health; needs of the health care system, in areas such as accident/incident investigation, ergonomics, safety communication, recognition of unsafe and unhealthful conditions, hand and portable power tool safety, lockout/tagout procedures, machine guarding, prevention of workplace violence, reporting workplace injury and illness, and safety training requirements; NFPA, OSHA, VA, TJC, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulatory codes to apply these standards to control hazardous situations in existing facilities as well as new construction areas; industrial hygiene, safety engineering, fire protection, and life safety sufficient to identify common deficiencies within offices, health care environments, industrial environments, and other work environments; traffic safety programs and conduct safety and occupational health training.. OR, Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have a Master's or 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 that is directly related to the work of the position or LL.B. or J.D., if related. (Note: You must include a copy of your transcripts.). OR, Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have an combination of specialized experience and education beyond the GS-07 level to include 1 full year of graduate level education or superior academic achievement. (Note: To combine education and experience, first determine how much of the qualifying experience and education you have, as a percentage of what is required for each. Add the percentage together, and if the total is 100% or more, then the combined education and experience is qualifying for the position. (Note: You must include a copy of your transcripts.) You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
- Accident Investigation
- Compliance Inspection
- Problem Solving
- Risk Management
- Technology Application
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.
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: 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.
Physical Requirements: this position to include the work environment of the Safety and Occupational Health Specialist requires regular and frequently recurring periods of standing (8 hours), walking (8 hours), bending (1 hour), crouching, climbing ladders, working on roofs or in basements, working in chemical laboratory environments, including pushing and pulling (1 hour) carts to transport equipment, supplies, and/or hazardous materials, and standing and walking during training sessions and safety awareness activities such as safety fairs. There will be some periods of sedentary work while managing administrative duties. Moderate lifting and carrying (15-44 pounds), reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, both hands required, crawling, both legs required (Prosthetic legs permitted), operation of crane, truck, tractor, or motor vehicle, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other, depth perception, ability to distinguish basic colors, ability to distinguish shades of colors, hearing (aid permitted), emotional and mental stability, outside and inside environmental factors, excessive heat, cold, humidity, and noise, dust, fumes, smoke, or gases; solvents (degreasing agents), grease and oils; radiant energy, slippery or uneven walking surfaces; working around machinery with moving parts; working around moving objects or vehicles; working closely with others; working alone, protracted or irregular hours of work, wearing personal protective equipment such as respirator; and working with hazardous chemicals.
Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's 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.
The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA 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/.
Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.
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.
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.
For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.
If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
Narrative responses are not required at this time. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.
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- Required Documents
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), most recent non-award SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
- Cover Letter
- Other Veterans Document
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and 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 Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference.For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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How to Apply
All applicants are encouraged to apply online.To apply for this position, you must complete the questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 07/20/2018 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10240921.
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Audie L Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital 7400 Merton Minter Boulevard San Antonio, TX US
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/503947100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Open & closing dates: 06/29/2018 to 07/20/2018
Salary: $50,598 to $65,778 per year
Pay scale & grade: GS 9
Work schedule: Full-Time
Appointment type: Permanent