Safety and Occupational Health Specialist (Spanish Required)
Department of Labor
 Shawnee Mission, KS
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Summary

Position is with U.S. Dept. of Labor, Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), Omaha, NE, Kansas City, MO, & Wichita, KS Area Offices. Few positions located in each office. Position inside the bargaining unit. Applicants need to pass physical exam for performance of job duties. Applicants need to possess valid driver's license. Additional Selections can be made from this vacancy. Proficiency in the Spanish language, reading and writing is required.

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Responsibilities

For GS-07:

Participate as a member of an inspection team led by a higher-graded specialist and assist in the planning of and/or conduct a limited segment of a major investigation or a small investigation where the exposure and type of hazard and unsafe working conditions is predictable in advance. Researches and studies records and files covering mishaps, injuries, and equipment maintenance data. Audits employer occupational safety and health injury records, safety plans, and program documentation. Assists in the documentation of conducted portions of investigations to help support a legally sufficient case. Takes photographs and videos of apparent violations of occupational safety and health standards. Assists in preparing for opening and closing conferences and outreach activities. Responds to requests for information on OSHA policies, regulations, and programs.

For GS-09:

Assists in planning and conducting portions or limited inspections or compliance reviews (or independently conducts inspections of business establishments and worksites whose operations are generally characterized by the presence of moderately stable, low-risk processes or some higher hazards or unsafe working conditions. Studies records and reports of occupational safety and health mishaps, injuries, and illnesses. Conducts research of employers and their previous OSHA enforcement activity in advance of new inspections or investigations and to respond to requests for information. Utilizes the automated enforcement system to calculate penalties assessed to employers based on the gravity, severity, and probability of occupational safety and health violations. Writes complete and legally sufficient case files documenting all inspection procedures, interviews, sampling, identified hazards, and corrective actions. Assists Department of Labor attorneys in the preparation of evidence for contested cases. Assists in conducting or may conduct opening and closing conferences with management officials, employees, and labor representatives regarding enforcement findings and applicable occupational safety and health policies and regulations.

For GS-11:

Plans, schedules, and conducts the full range of occupational safety and health inspections of private businesses and worksites where there is a strong probability of encountering unsafe and unhealthful working conditions from minor to serious in severity. Inspections may include fatalities, large numbers of serious injuries, or very serious accidents. Studies records and reports of occupational safety and health mishaps, injuries, and illnesses. Conducts research of employers and their previous OSHA enforcement activity in advance of new inspections or investigations and to respond to requests for information. Conducts workplace analyses to determine hazardous processes that contribute to employee injury and illness. Develops strategies to mitigate or abate workplace hazards. Utilizes the automated enforcement system to calculate penalties assessed to employers based on the gravity, severity, and probability of occupational safety and health violations. Writes complete and legally sufficient case files documenting all inspection procedures, interviews, sampling, identified hazards, and corrective actions. Assists Department of Labor attorneys in the preparation of evidence for contested cases. Serves as a witness and testifies on behalf of the Department. Conducts opening and closing conferences with management officials, employees, and labor representatives.

Travel Required

75% or less - Local travel for inspection related activities. Occasional overnight travel for training/conferences.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

12

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0018 Safety and Occupational Health Management

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Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Requires a valid drivers license and ability to operate a motor vehicle.
  • Subject to drug test prior to appointment at GS-11 grade level
  • Requires a medical examination.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Appointment to this position will require a background investigation.

Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the “Required Documents“ section for additional requirements.

This vacancy is being advertised as both Spanish language proficiency required and non-Spanish language proficiency required. There are only a few positions that will be filled in each location, not a few for each vacancy announcement.

Also advertised as job #DE-20-BOS-OSHA-80 (USA Jobs Control #558849100), #DE-20-BOS-OSHA-90 (USA Jobs Control #558852300), & #MS-20-BOS-OSHA-91, (USA Jobs Control #558856700), for non-status applicants; to be considered for each, apply to each position.

Language Preference: this announcement is open to all Spanish speaking candidates. Candidates will be required to interview in English and Spanish and to provide a writing sample or perform a written translation from one language to the other.

This position is a Non-Sensitive-Moderate Risk position, due to the agency's commitment to the health and safety for workers and the public at large.

Relocation and/or PCS funds not available.

All applicants may be required to provide a writing sample at the interview.

Qualifications

Applicants must meet either the specialized experience OR substitution of education for specialized experience described below:

For GS-07: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level which involved each of the following:

  • Participating as a member of a team responsible for conducting occupational safety and/or occupational health inspections of workplaces;
  • Identifying occupational health and safety hazards;
  • Evaluating or assisting in the evaluation of occupational safety and health programs;
  • Interpreting and/or applying basic occupational safety and health standards and criteria to unsafe working conditions;
  • Writing entire or segments of an occupational safety and health inspection report, evaluation, analysis, or review;
  • Providing general information about occupational safety and health regulations, activities, policies, and initiatives to interested parties (i.e., employers and/or employees and/or governmental agencies and/or private sector parties and/or members of the general public).

Substitution of Experience GS-07: Substitution of education for experience- One year (1) of graduate-level education or superior academic achievement. One year (1) of graduate-level education or superior academic achievement. Information regarding S.A.A can be found in OPM's General Schedule Qualification Policies.

For GS-09: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level which involved each of the following:

  • Assisting in the planning of and/or conducting occupational safety and/or occupational health inspections of workplaces. These inspections involve some or all of the following: Machine operations; Equipment operations; Environmental conditions; Work practices; Protective devices and/or protective equipment; Safety procedures.
  • Studying records and/or files regarding any of the following: Occupational safety and/or occupational health mishaps/accidents; Occupational safety and/or occupational health injuries; Equipment maintenance data.
  • Identifying occupational health and safety hazards;
  • Recording and/or photographing plain-view occupational safety and/or occupational health hazards;
  • Evaluating occupational safety and/or occupational health programs and making recommendations for improvement when deficiencies are noted;
  • Compiles occupational safety and/or occupational health reports;
  • Applying occupational safety and/or occupational health standards and criteria to unsafe working conditions;
  • Developing legally sufficient occupational safety and/or occupational health investigation or inspection reports;
  • Calculating penalties to be assessed based on the (a) gravity of occupational safety and/or occupational health violations and (b) the severity of possible injury or illness and the probability that such could occur;

Substitution of Experience GS-09: Two years of graduate education or a Master's degree in 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.

For GS-11: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level which demonstrates:

  • Planning and conducting the full range of occupational safety and/or occupational health inspections at worksites and professional establishments;
  • Investigating occupational safety and/or occupational health complaints;
  • Conducting file and/or record reviews, to include case files of previous occupational health and/or occupational safety investigations and inspections;
  • Conducting occupational health and safety investigations and inspections AND identifying causation factors for: Fatalities; A large number of injuries and/or serious accidents and/or illnesses; High-profile cases.
  • Conducts interviews with employers and/or employees and/or employee representatives and/or emergency services personnel and/or law enforcement officials and/or other parties to identify unsafe/unhealthful working conditions and/or causes of injuries/illnesses/fatalities AND to obtain information required to conduct a legally sufficient occupational safety and health investigation;
  • Conducting workplace analyses and reviewing the occupational safety and health programs of employers and businesses;
  • Writing occupational safety and/or occupational health reports;
  • Identifying occupational safety and/or occupational health hazards;
  • Develops and/or works with safety and health professionals in the development of abatement programs;
  • Calculating penalties to be assessed based on the (a) gravity of occupational safety and/or occupational health violations and (b) the severity of possible injury or illness and the probability that such could occur;
  • Testifying during and/or working with counsel in the development of litigation pursuant to occupational safety and/or occupational health cases.

Substitution of Experience GS-11: A Ph.D degree or three years of graduate education leading to such a degree in the safety or occupational health or related fields that included at least 24 semester hours in the following disciplines: safety, occupational health, industrial hygiene, occupational medicine, toxicology, public health, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological sciences, engineering, and industrial psychology.

Education

If you apply on the basis of education, you must submit academic transcripts demonstrating that you meet the qualifying educational requirements. If specific course work is required to fulfill the eligibility and/or minimum qualification requirements, you must supply transcripts from each academic institution in which the required courses were taken in order to receive credit for that course work. See the 'Qualifications and Evaluations' section of this announcement for more details.

If you do not submit sufficient academic documentation necessary to demonstrate that you meet the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements described in this announcement, your application will be deemed incomplete and you will be ineligible for further consideration for this vacancy.

College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education - The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from unauthorized secondary schools or post-secondary institutions that are not accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Department of Education. Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.