As a Safety and Occupational Health Specialist you will be responsible for maintaining a comprehensive knowledge of safety and occupational health management principles, practices and procedures, laws, regulations, standards, and precedent decisions in order to implement policies, procedures and significant hazard control techniques that will minimize or eliminate unsafe operations and conditions critically affecting employees of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF).
Initiates and carries out safety education activities such as hearing conservation, lock out and tag out, electrical safety, respiratory protection, fire extinguisher training, and more.
Conducts evaluations and inspections to determine if maintenance shops/trade shops, animal resource unit work locations, and laboratories are in compliance with published standards.
Informs a unit/work group of confirmed or potential violations, proposes interim corrective actions and recommends final corrective measures.
Identifies unsafe acts or conditions and makes recommendations to appropriate supervisors for correction.
Carries out follow-up inspections to determine if corrective action has been taken.
Conducts accident and mishap investigations, investigates and analyzes all circumstances involved in individual cases, prepares formal written report findings, and performs analysis for prevention.
Reviews specifications for safety considerations for new construction, building alterations, and changes in installation equipment, and monitors projects through completion to ensure compliance.
Conditions of Employment
You must be a US Citizen or US National
Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt
Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check
Successful completion of one-year probationary period, unless previously served.
Direct Deposit: Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution
Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit E-Verify at https://www.e-verify.gov/
Testing Designated Position: Selectee must submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and random testing thereafter. Final appointment and continued employment is conditional on negative results for illegal drug use.
Valid state driver's license is required at the time of application.
The health status of personnel is monitored periodically using biologic and serologic tests and physical examinations.
Immunizations with vaccines may be required to enter facilities conducting work with human diseases.
The work requires an average degree of dexterity and strength associated with the movement and placement of equipment needed to evaluate safety systems and/or equipment. Work activities require some walking, climbing, and lifting.
May be required to occasionally wear personal protective equipment such as masks or respirators, hearing protection, eye protection, boots, gloves, and coveralls.
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement, including specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.
FOR THE GS-11 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-09 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:
Writing policies and procedures for a safety, occupational health, or respiratory protection program.
Working with or managing investigations of safety and health incidents, complaints or accidents.
Participating in inspections or audits of facility safety and occupational health programs.
OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a 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 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree
OR LL.M., if related
Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for this grade level.
TRANSCRIPTS are required if:
You are qualifying for the position based on education.
You are qualifying for this position based on a combination of experience and education.
This education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university
COMBINATION OF EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-11 GRADE LEVEL: Applicants may have combinations of successfully completed education and specialized experience to meet total qualification requirements. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for that grade level. To learn more about combining education and experience for this series, click the following: Combining Education and Experience for Administrative and Management Positions
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 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 see above for education qualification requirement information.
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): Visit the OPM website for information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP
Telecommuting is allowed.
Internal Number: DE-10485249-16-VS
About USDA, APHIS, VS, National Bio and Agri-Defense Facility
The NBAF, a new, state-of-the-art biosafety level (BSL) 3 & 4 facility, located in Manhattan, KS, will enable the U.S. to conduct comprehensive research, develop vaccines and anti-virals, and provide enhanced diagnostic and training capabilities to protect our country from numerous foreign animal, emerging and zoonotic diseases to assist in protecting our food supply and the nation’s agriculture economyand public health.