Occupational Safety and Health Administration Industrial Hygienist in Augusta, Maine
Summary Join the mission tofoster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees while improving working conditions, advancing opportunities for profitable employment and assuring work-related benefits and rights! This position conducts work place inspections and assesses employee exposure to health hazards as part of OSHA’s mission to ensure that workers are provided with safe and healthful workplaces. Your work has an immediate positive effect on employee’s lives! Responsibilities Be a part of Department of Labor (DOL)! This Position is located in DOL, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in Augusta, ME. Selectee will be expected to report to the office. OSHA's Mission With theOccupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, Congress created theOccupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to ensure safe and healthful working conditions for workers by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance. Join our team! Federal employment has many benefits! As a new or existing federal employee, you and your family may have access to a range of benefits, such as: The Federal Employee Health Benefits Program (FEHB). This program offers health insurance for you, your spouse and your children under the age of 26. It offers many different health plan choices, so you can find a plan that works best for you and your family; Federal Employee Dental Vision Insurance Plan (FEDVIP) for a dental plan, a vision plan, or both types of insurance; life insurance; Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA); The Federal Employees Retirement System, which,after the appropriate amount of years of service and at the right age, you can retire with a basic monthly annuity. This means a defined pension plan – which many private sector companies do not offer; The Thrift Savings Plan orTSP, which is a 401K plan for Federal employees; Earn annual and sick leave every pay period to use for vacation on sick time; 11 paid Federal holidays; DOL also offers transit subsidy benefits, where you may be reimbursed for commuting; Work-life balance is also stressed! DOL recognizes various expanded workplace flexibilities intended to support and enhance aproductive workforce by providing various work schedule options that can help employees balance their responsibilities both at work and at home. Please see the Benefits link at the bottom of this announcement for further details. This position is inside the Bargaining Unit.Additional selections may be made from this vacancy announcement if needed.Candidate may be required to submit a writing sample as part of the interview process. A recruitment bonus may be paid. Major Duties of this position: Duties at the GS-7 Level - Participates as a member of an inspection team and assists in planning for the inspection. May conduct a limited segment of a major inspection or a small investigation where the hazard and exposures are predictable in advance. Conducts research and studies records and files covering mishaps, injuries, and illnesses. 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. Responds to requests for information on OSHA policies, regulations, and programs. Duties at the GS-9 Level - Assists in planning and conducting portions of or limited inspections or compliance reviews of private businesses and worksites whose operations are generally characterized by the presence of moderately stable, low-risk processes and some higher hazards and unsafe working conditions. Writes complete and legally sufficient case files documenting all inspection procedures, interviews, sampling, identified hazards, and corrective actions. 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. Duties at the GS-11 Level - Conducts inspections of private businesses and industrial firms to determine compliance with published standards and regulations, record hazards and overexposure, issue citations for violations, and propose fiscal penalties. Writes complete and legally sufficient case files documenting all inspection procedures, interviews, sampling, identified hazards, and corrective actions. Assists attorneys in preparation of contested cases for hearings. May be called to serve as an expert witness. Enforces Federal occupational safety and health standards. Requirements Conditions of Employment May be subject to drug test prior to appointment. Appointment to this position may require a background investigation. Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met. Requires a medical examination. Requires a valid driver's license. Also advertised as job #MS-21-BOS-OSHA-284 for status applicants. To be considered for each vacancy, apply to BOTH jobs. Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements. Additional selections made be made from this announcement. Qualifications THIS POSITION HAS A BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT. ALL APPLICANTS MUST MEET THIS REQUIREMENT IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED.Applicants must meet one of the following requirements: 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 Certification from theAmerican Board of Industrial Hygiene (external link)(ABIH). Evaluation of Education:All science or engineering courses offered in fulfillment of the above requirements must be acceptable for credit toward the completion of a standard 4-year professional curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in science or engineering at an accredited college or university. For GS-7:In addition to meeting the basic education requirement, Applicants must have at least 52 weeks experience at the next lower level in the normal career progression of the position being filled. When compared to Federal experience, this experience must be equivalent to at least the next lower grade level of GS-05. This experience may have been gained either in the Federal or Private sectors. Resumes should reflect but is not limited to the following specialized experience listed below: Assisting in the planning of and/or conducting basic occupational safety and/or occupational health inspections of workplaces. These inspections involve some or all of the following: Health sampling; Chemical exposures and/or overexposures; Noise exposures and/or overexposures; Equipment and/or machine operations; Environmental conditions; Work practices; Protective devices and/or protective equipment; Safety procedures. Identifying occupational health and safety hazards; Evaluating occupational safety and/or occupational health programs and making recommendations for improvement when deficiencies are noted; Applying occupational safety and/or occupational health standards and criteria to unsafe working conditions; Interpreting and/or applying standards and/or criteria and/or operating instructions for occupational safety and/or occupational health. For GS-9:In addition to meeting the basic education requirement, Applicants must have at least 52 weeks experience at the next lower level in the normal career progression of the position being filled. When compared to Federal experience, this experience must be equivalent to at least the next lower grade level of GS-07. This experience may have been gained either in the Federal or Private sectors. Resumes should reflect but is not limited to the following specialized experience listed below: Assisting in the planning of and/or conducting occupational safety and/or occupational health inspections of workplaces where the exposures and types of hazards are predictable in advance. Examples may include the following: Health sampling; Chemical exposures and/or overexposures; Noise exposures and/or overexposures; Equipment and/or machine 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 for compliance with applicable safety and health regulations and/or 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. For the GS-11:In addition to meeting the basic education requirement, Applicants must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience at the next lower level in the normal career progression of the position being filled. When comparing Private Sector to Federal Service experience, this specialized experience must be equivalent to at least the next lower grade level of GS-09. Specialized experience at the GS-09 is defined as experience in at least 8 of the following: Planning and conducting or assisting in the planning and conducting of evaluations of workplace operations involving potentially hazardous environmental conditions such as: chemical conditions and/or exposures; biological conditions/exposures to biological agents. Conducting or assisting in the conducting of sampling for occupational health-relates hazards and/or exposure levels; Reviewing or assisting in the reviewing of laboratory analyses of health-related sampling reports that include findings for the control of identified hazards; Investigating occupational health complaints; Conducting file and/or record reviews, to include case files of previous occupational health investigations and inspections; Conducting occupational health investigations and/or occupational health inspections; Conducting interviews with employers/employees and/or employee representatives and/or emergency services personnel and/or law enforcement officials and/or other parties to identify unhealthful working conditions and/or causes of injuries/illnesses/fatalities AND to obtain information required to conduct a legally sufficient occupational 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 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. Evaluation of Experience- Qualifying experience involves the recognition, evaluation, corrective actions, and elimination of environmental conditions in the workplace that causes sickness, impaired health, or illness. This experience must demonstrate a professional knowledge of the theory and application of the principles of industrial hygiene and closely related sciences such as physics and engineering controls.Work must have involved experience in all of the following areas: the acquisition of quantitative and qualitative data, and the measurement of exposures for a variety of chemical, physical, and biological stresses; the analysis of the data acquired and the prediction of probable effects of exposures on the health and well-being of workers; and the selection and recommendation of appropriate controls, including management, medical, engineering, education or training, and personal protective equipment. Education Education Requirements: To qualify for this positionsolely on education,in addition to meeting the basic education requirement, the following education may be used to substitute for specialized experience: For GS-07:1 year of graduate-level education or superior academic achievement. Information regardingS.A.A can be found in OPM’sGeneral Schedule Qualification Policies.For GS-09:2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree For GS-11:3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degreeorPh.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. Combining Education and Experience In addition to meeting the basic education requirement, an equivalent combination of successfully completed related undergraduate (GS-07) and graduate (GS-09) level education and specialized experience as described in the "Qualifications" section of this announcement, can be used to meet the total experience requirements for this position. For more information pleaseclick here(Application of Qualification Standard/Option 5). If you wish to use your education as a basis for meeting the eligibility and/or minimum qualification requirements for this position, 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. 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. Additional Information DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees’ differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential. Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION, ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION, FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES Position Telework eligibility is determined by management based on position duties during the recruitment process. Employee participation in telework on a routine or situational basis is determined by management primarily based on business needs. Employees participating in telework are subject to the terms and conditions of the Department of Labor’s Telework Program.