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 Job posting 18-31
Opening date: April 5,2017
Closing date: April 16, 2017

TITLE:Safety and Occupational Health Specialist, GS-0018, Grades 9 and 11; $50,949-$80,138 annually
TYPE OF POSITION: Federal Career/Career-Conditional
DIVISION: - OIR
LOCATION: Amado, AZ
AREA OF CONSIDERATION: This position is open to current and former Federal employees with permanent status or reinstatement eligibility residing in the local commuting area. Individuals who are eligible for a special appointing authority may also apply; such as applicants with a disability, former Peace Corps volunteers, certain military spouses, veterans seeking a VRA/VEOA appointment, or veterans who have been separated from armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous active service.

DUTIES:

GS-09 level:

* Monitors overall site safety and occupational health practices and procedures, investigates and documents mishaps in compliance with Smithsonian Institution and FLWO policies and procedures and recommends measures to eliminate or control hazardous practices or conditions that may cause mishaps.

* Maintains cognizance of occupational safety and health standards applicable to site operations through research and relevant course work.

* Performs periodic onsite surveys of FLWO facilities, and reviews project plans and inspects construction work performed both by FLWO staff and contractors—in particular electrical work-- to determine compliance with applicable occupational safety standards.

* Prepares and/or revises and distributes safety instructions and guides; and using a wide variety of materials, publications, exhibits, protective devices, and visual aids provides technical safety training to staff, volunteers, and as appropriate, others working on site.

* Posts safety displays that are relevant to FLWO staff, volunteers and visitors.

* Chairs FLWO Safety Committee, convenes and coordinates regular meetings, advises members of appropriate safety and occupational health measures to control or eliminate hazardous operating processes or environmental conditions, serves as its representative to SAO and OSHEM and supports OSHEM.

* Prepares annual safety budget for FLWO, including training recommendations.

* Ensures that all required safety and personal protective equipment is procured in a timely manner and that staff are trained in its use.

* Serves as certified water system operator for the Observatory water distribution system consisting of a number of water catchment area/spring, pumping stations, water storage tanks, and fluid level and flow controllers

* Performs other duties as required. GS-11 level:

* Designs and implements an overall safety program-- including relevant training --for staff, visitors, and volunteers; and serves as technical advisor on safety issues related to FLWO operations

* Evaluates the level of safety and environmental health at FLWO facilities through both independent on- site inspections and support to the institution’s Management Evaluation and Technical Review (METR).

* Originates and recommends corrective action where needed, and insures compliance with all applicable codes and standards.

* Serves As Liaison To SI Safety And Occupational Health Operations including conducting thorough investigations of safety incidents involving personnel, visitors, volunteers and others; preparing necessary reports; analyzing statistical data for trends, and making recommendations to eliminate and/or control any hazards identified.

* Chairs FLWO Safety Committee, convenes and coordinates regular meetings, and serves as its representative to SAO and SI OSHEM. Advises supervisors and safety representatives of appropriate safety and occupational health measures to control or eliminate hazardous operating processes or environmental conditions and recommends accident prevention measures that promote the safety of staff, scientific collaborators, contractors and public visitors.

* Performs periodic onsite surveys of various types of construction work in progress at FLWO facilities, and reviews project plans and inspects both in-process and completed work performed both by FLWO staff and contractors—in particular electrical work-- to determine compliance with applicable Institution and occupational safety standards.

* Supports the FLWO Site Director, SAO management, and the SI Emergency Coordinator in preparing and maintaining a Disaster Preparedness Plan for FLWO. Coordinates any required safety/security drills.

* Serves as certified water system operator for the Observatory water distribution system consisting of a number of water catchment area/spring, pumping stations, water storage tanks, and fluid level and flow controllers

* Performs other duties as required.


QUALIFICATIONS :

You must meet at least ONE of the requirements below:

Time in Grade: Merit promotion applicants must meet applicable time-in-grade requirements to be considered eligible. Submit your SF-50 that shows Time-in-Grade eligibility and reflects your title, series, and grade).

Experience

Grade 9: One year of full-time experience equivalent to the Grade 7 level that is close or similar to the work of this job.

Grade 11: One year of full-time experience at the Grade 9 level or equivalent that is close or similar to the work of this job.

Specialized Experience (must be demonstrated on resume):

* 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.

* Developing safety and occupational health standards, regulations, practices, and procedures to eliminate or control potential hazards.

* Developing or implementing programs to reduce the frequency, severity, and cost of accidents and occupational illnesses.

* Analyzing or evaluating new and existing jobs, processes, products, or other systems to determine the existence, severity, probability, and outcome of hazards.

* Designing or modifying workplaces, processes, products, or other systems to control or eliminate hazards.

* Inspecting or surveying workplaces, processes, products, or other systems for compliance with established safety and occupational health policies or standards and to identify potential new hazards.

* Training of workers, supervisors, managers, or other safety and occupational health personnel in safety or occupational health subjects.

Part-time and/or unpaid experience related to this position will be considered to determine the total number of years and months of experience. Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week.

Or Education

Grade 9: Two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master’s or equivalent degree related to this position may be substituted to meet the experience requirements.

Grade 11: Three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree related to this position may be substituted to meet the experience requirements.

Or a Combination:

For Grades 9 or 11 Only: Education and experience may be combined to meet the basic qualifications; for example, a half year of experience and a half year of graduate education beyond the first year in the field may be qualifying for Grade 9.

Or Certification: Have received certification as a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), or Certified Health Physicist (CHP), or similar certification that included successful completion of a written examination that meets the requirements for the GS-5 level.

Education

Undergraduate and Graduate Education: 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.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: We will only accept applications on line for this position. For complete information about this position and the online application procedures, please visit: USAJOBS

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