Consumer Safety Inspector

Department Of Agriculture Robards, KY
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Consumer Safety Inspector, GS-1862-08, SJ-517

Establishment: P19514 - Tyson Foods Inc., located in Henderson County

Work Schedule: 2nd Shift, Monday - Friday, 2:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Activity: Slaughter and Processing

Species: Poultry

Salary Range:

GS-08: $45,810 to $59,557

* All applicants (including FSIS employees) must provide a copy of their Notification of Personnel Action (Form SF-50) that includes, tenure and career-conditional/career status and preferably includes position title, series and grade.[Note: FSIS bargaining unit employees are exempted from this requirement in accordance with the Labor Management Agreement]

* This is a Bargaining Unit position covered by the National Joint Council (NJC) of Food Inspection Locals.

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As a CSI you will ensure that regulated establishments produce a safe product by executing appropriate inspection methods, determining noncompliance with regulatory requirements, documenting noncompliance and initiating enforcement action, where warranted. Here's what you will be assigned to do:

* Verify that meat and poultry slaughter and/or processing establishments' Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOP) and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) Plans meet regulatory requirements and are being executed effectively to prevent unsanitary conditions and adulteration of product.

* On a rotational basis, you will perform carcass and verification inspection, will collect and analyze date, and will conduct regulatory activities inside the plant for food safety, and other consumer protections concerns related to carcasses and parts, as they proceed through the slaughter process.

* Carcass inspections (CI) will include post-mortem inspection by visually observing the outside of each carcass for the presence of food safety related disease conditions.

* Verification inspection (VI) will include both routine and directed verification tasks to evaluate an establishment's regulatory compliance and process control, and will also include random sampling at critical control points and other control points.

* GS-8 (SJ-517) May be required to perform Hazard Analysis Verification (HAV) under the oversight of the supervisor. HAV is an analytical review of establishments production process in order to ensure regulatory obligations to conduct a food safety hazard analysis.

* Review records, observe plant operations and conduct hands-on verification to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements. You will prepare detailed documentation (Non-Compliance Records) of noncompliance with regulatory requirements. You will determine when regulatory control action is necessary. You will assess whether the plants corrective or preventative actions are acceptable and effective, if there are trends in noncompliance, or if enforcement action is warranted.

* Conduct regulatory oversight activities inside plants in matters relating to other consumer protections (e.g., economic adulteration and misbranding).

* Have contact with plant managers, owners and others to explain legal and regulatory requirements, discuss operation of the plants SSOP, HACCP plan and other food safety programs. You will communicate on and defend determinations on noncompliance issues and discuss plans for addressing non-compliance. You will also work with a variety of individuals to resolve problems, clarify differences of interpretation concerning HACCP and other food safety or consumer protection requirements and you will advise other Agency inspectors, supervisors and officers on inspection and enforcement matters for which you are involved. You may conduct various samplings, surveys and tests to obtain pertinent data on potential problem areas, industry trends, or other issues of current interest to the Agency.

* You may be involved in performing health and safety verification sampling and tests for detection of specific microbes (e.g., salmonella, listeria, etc.), residues or contaminants. You may also perform direct, structured sampling involving Protein Fat Free (PFF), undeclared species, undeclared ingredients or suspected economic violations involving net weight or labeling.

* You will observe all aspects of plant sanitation, and will initiate appropriate regulatory controls to gain regulatory compliance.

* You will perform Food Defense verification tasks as mandated by agency policy.

* Additionally, you will perform your work within the Agency's automated Public Health Information System (PHIS) and will apply critical thinking skills in your review, evaluation, and assessment of product, environmental conditions, regulatory controls, and appropriate regulatory actions to take in the performance of your duties.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel required may vary, depending on geographical assignment

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply This job is open to… Current permanent Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) employees with competitive status in the local commuting area of Robards, KY and USDA CTAP/RPL eligibles.

Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

* Job family (Series)

1862 Consumer Safety Inspection

* Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* Must be a current FSIS employee or USDA Career Transition Eligible (CTAP)

* Meet Time-In Grade (TIG) by completing 52 weeks at next lower grade

* Resume documenting 52 weeks of specialized experience

* Training as a condition of employment is required (TCOE)

* Satisfactory background investigation and/or fingerprint check

* U.S. Citizenship required

You must complete the on-line application no later than the announcement close date. If you submit a hard copy application, your application must be postmarked no later than the closing date and received in our office within 5 days after the closing date. Your resume and the required forms must be filled out and mailed to:


Butler Square West, Suite 420C

100 N Sixth Street

Minneapolis, MN 55403.

Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a Public Trust security clearance.

Appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of training.


Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements within 30 days after the closing date of the announcement, including time-in-grade restrictions, specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.

* Time-In-Grade/Time-In-Band: Applicants must meet one year at the next lower grade to be considered for the next higher grade. (e.g. one year at the GS-07 grade level for consideration for the GS-08 grade level.)

* Specialized experience: CSI GS-8 Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-07 level). (Note: There is no education substitution for this grade level.)

Specialized experience includes: working with the Federal Meat, Poultry, and Egg Products Inspection Acts in order to inspect meat, poultry and egg products; working with basic SSOP and HACCP principles and practices in order to verify plant HACCP and SSOP responsibilities; performing basic mathematics and elementary statistical concepts and methods to perform testing and sampling procedures and experience in reaching and interpreting conclusion.

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, 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.

Please view OPM's Qualifications Standards, Consumer Safety Inspector Series, GS-1862.