As an Industrial Hygienist you will be responsible for the implementation of all industrial hygiene activities including: chemical safety; industrial safety; industrial hygiene; hazard abatement; collaborating on incident and accident reporting; and assisting with emergency planning and preparedness at the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF).
Ensures the compliance with requirements of the OSHA Laboratory Standard.
Conducts inspections of laboratory modules and support service locations.
Manages the Respiratory Protection Program to include training, fit testing, and selection of the proper type of respirator for the operation or hazard.
Identifies personnel for medical surveillance in accordance with applicable regulatory standards.
Develops, implements, and oversees programs in the Industrial Hygiene areas to ensure regulatory compliance.
Schedules and conducts industrial hygiene surveys to ensure compliance with current USDA, Agency, Federal, State, and Local regulations.
Determines methods, procedures, and measuring devices for use in evaluating the extent to which hazards are present and the effectiveness of control procedures.
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.
This position is eligible for telework within the local commuting area of the duty location of the position. Employee participation in telework is at the discretion of the supervisor.
Duties require working in personal protective equipment, a mask or respirator, biological safety cabinet or chemical fume hood.
The selectee may be expected to disrobe, shower in and shower out, and wear laboratory-issued uniforms when working in high Bio-Security Level 2, 3, and 4 laboratories as a regular part of his/her duties.
Vaccinations maybe required
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement, including specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.
BASIC REQUIREMENT: Industrial Hygiene Series 0690
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
OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a major study - chemistry, biology, physics, or statistics, or degree in a closely related field
OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree
OR LL.M., if related Courses in the history or teaching of chemistry are not acceptable.
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 comprehensive industrial hygiene program.
Working with or managing investigations of safety and health incidents, complaints, or accidents and developing mitigation strategies.
Participating in sampling of workspaces and inspections or audits of facility safety or industrial hygiene features.
Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for this grade level.
TRANSCRIPTS are required if:
This position requires specific coursework or a degree in a specific field to be basically qualified.
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 Professional and Scientific 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
Internal Number: DE-10486028-19-VS
About USDA, APHIS, VS, DB, National Centers for Animal Health
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.