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Safety and Occupational Health Specialist

Company name
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide

Salary
$61,218.00 to $79,586.00

Location
Cheyenne, WY

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Open & closing dates

02/12/2018

to

03/05/2018

Salary

$61,218 to $79,586 per year

Pay scale & grade

GS 11

Work schedule

Full-Time

Appointment type

Permanent

Location

1 vacancy in the following location:

Cheyenne, WY

Relocation expenses reimbursed

No

This job is open to

Federal employees

Current or former competitive service employees, including:

Merit promotion

Career Transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)

Transfer

Veterans

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Announcement number

CBAZ-10120684-18-HDM-BU

Control number

491012600

Duties

Duties

Summary

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.

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Responsibilities

As a Safety and Occupational Health Specialist you will inspect and evaluate the Cheyenne VA Medical Center and institutional environments for occupational health and safety hazards, fire protection and life safety requirements and determine compliance with applicable regulations, standards, codes and requirements within the Facilities Management Services. Duties include but are not limited to:

Serves in a role supporting safety and health staff in regulatory compliance, research, training, program development, accident prevention and safety surveys in a health care environment according to applicable standards and regulations.

Serves as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on the following safety subjects: Lock-Out/Tag-Out, Confined Space, Fall Prevention and OSHA reporting. Also provides technical advice to VA personnel on a wide range of occupational safety and health program requirements.

Provides formal instruction to work leaders and employees covering a variety of standard, general safety, and occupational health subjects including mishap prevention and safe working practices.

Analyzes accident and injury reports, studying data to discover trends and mishap causes and to develop recommendations for eliminating or controlling the hazards detected.

Maintaining the Automated Safety Incident Surveillance Tracking System (ASISTS) for the medical center and all associated outpatient clinics. Ensuring incident reports are entered correctly and timely, and follows up on necessary corrective actions.

Conducts background reviews of service operations and of the work processes, reviews applicable occupational safety and health standards and requirements contained in VA directives, handbooks, and applicable federal, state and local requirements to ensure regulatory compliance.

Serves as a general staff assistant for safety-related programs in the Facilities Management Service, providing technical expertise, staff work and guidance to the Executive Leadership Team on pertinent program areas.

Travels for training and to outlying clinics as needed for official purposes.

Work schedule: Monday - Friday, 0800-1630

Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Not available

Telework: Not available

Virtual: This is not a virtual position.

Position Description Title/PD#: Safety and Occupational Health Specialist/ 11148-0

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized

Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required

Travel Required

25% or less - To outlying clinics as needed for official purposes and training.

Supervisory status

No

Who May Apply

This job is open to…

Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

Job family (Series)

0018 Safety and Occupational Health Management

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Requirements

Requirements

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

Must meet Time-In-Grade requirements

Physical Requirements: Work requires some physical exertions, such as, long periods of standing, walking of long distances, recurring bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, climbing of tall ladders, staging or scaffolding, or similar activities. The work also requires recurring lifting of light to moderately heavy items weighing less than 50 lbs., and regular visits to construction sites and facility buildings. Otherwise, work is generally performed in an office environment.

Working Conditions: A large part of the Safety Officer's time is spent throughout the medical facility, to include construction sites where there is exposure to physical handicaps, i.e. tripping, falling, being stuck, electrical shock, burns, dust and debris, fluids, fumes, noise and falling objects, and occupational health hazards in the work environments (i.e. skin contact with solid or liquid hazardous materials or wastes and/or inhalation of hazardous air contaminants). The position requires occasional climbing of tall ladders, or use of man lift to inspect roofs or other hard to reach locations; also, crawling and ducking in low overhead spaces as in crawl spaces or attics of the facility. Use of personal protective equipment (PPE) including hearing protection, respiratory protection may be required (e.g. in a hazardous waste management area). The Safety Officer work is performed in administrative and patient care areas as well as outside in inclement weather or in other areas that are wet, very hot (boiler plants), cold (walk-in freezers) or unventilated, such as crawl spaces and mechanical rooms or energy plants. May also be exposed to contagious disease(s) when working in patient care areas or asbestos containing materials/lead when performing inspection work. Safety procedures must be followed and appropriate protective safety gear must be worn, when appropriate, for the specific work area or task.

Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.

Qualifications

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 03/05/2018.

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-11 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-09. 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:

Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-09 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Experience 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; analyzing or evaluating new and existing jobs, processes, products, or other systems to determine the existence, severity, probability and outcome of hazards; or designing or modifying workplaces, processes, products, or other systems to control or eliminate job hazards. OR,

Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree. 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 first 60 semester hours of a Ph.D.

You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: Knowledge of NFPA fire codes, life safety codes, OSHA requirements and VA regulations to provide technical support to the safety program.

Knowledge of appropriate codes and standards with specific training in NFPA 101 Life Safety Code, is required (e.g., NFPA13 and 13a Sprinkler Systems, NFPA 72 and 72E Fire Alarm Systems, and Federal Emergency Management requirement s).

Ability to conduct inspections.

Skills in hazard abatement and surveillance procedures, and ability to correct hazards identified.

Skill in oral and written communication to resolve problems, give direction and prepare policies and correspondence.

Knowledge of fire prevention and fire protection standards in order to identify and evaluate life safety requirements with construction building codes; as well as eliminate risks in environmental, fire and building construction areas.

Knowledge of safety and occupational health standards pertinent to a healthcare setting sufficient to identify and evaluate a wide variety of environmental risks.

Knowledge of BOCA, ASTM, UL, NFPA, ANSI, OSHA and VA master construction specifications, as well as building design and construction practices sufficient to provide occupational health and safety input into the construction process and with new equipment usage.

Preferred Experience: National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 99, Health Care Facilities Code, training certificate.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Respiratory Protection training course.

OSHA 511, Safety Standards for General Industry.

30-Hour Occupational Safety and Health Course - OSHA card.

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.

Education

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.

Additional information

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.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Required Documents

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

Resume

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), 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

DD-214

OF-306

Other

Other Veterans Document

Resume

SF-15

SF-50

Transcript

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.

Benefits

Benefits

A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits

Review our benefits

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How to Apply

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 03/05/2018 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10120684

To begin, click Apply Online to create a USA JOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login

, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Application page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

Agency contact information

Hope Meade

Phone

307-778-7550 X3865

Fax

307-433-3615

Email

Hope.Meade@va.gov

Address

Cheyenne VA Medical Center

2360 East Pershing Boulevard

Cheyenne, WY

US

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Next steps

*Telephone or email inquiries requesting application package reviews prior to the closing date of the announcement will not be honored.* If you have not received a confirmation email of your successful application submission, please try again.

Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USA Jobs account and clicking on Applications. Information regarding your application status can be found in the USAJobs Help Center

Fair & Transparent

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations

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Social security number request

Privacy Act

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Selective Service

New employee probationary period

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

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Company info

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
Website : http://www.va.gov/

Company Profile
The Veterans Health Administration is home to the United States’ largest integrated health care system consisting of 152 medical centers, nearly 1,400 community-based outpatient clinics, community living centers, Vet Centers and Domiciliaries. Together these health care facilities and the more than 53,000 independent licensed health care practitioners who work within them provide comprehensive care to more than 8.3 million* Veterans each year.

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