Safety and Occupational Health Specialist
Department Of Agriculture - Gainesville, FL

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This position will be responsible for planning, organizing, administering and evaluating the safety program at the Gainesville, FL location.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position

Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered with Selective Service

DUTIES:
Plans, organizes, administers, and evaluates the location’s safety programs; serves as Chairperson of the Location Safety, Health, and Environmental Committee; manages the location’s environmental compliance programs; develops and implements programs for disposal of hazardous waste, chemicals, bio-hazardous wastes and radioactive wastes; develops and manages the packaging and organization of programs for hazardous waste disposal; oversees and ensures that chemical inventories are accurately maintained by each user; organizes and maintains Material Safety Data Sheet collection for all chemicals in use at the location; manages the location’s documentation/record of all safety-related matters to assure compliance with state and federal regulations; takes the lead and works in coordination with the Locations Radiation Safety Officers to ensure the health and safety of all employees using radioactive materials and equipment; manages the location’s Occupational Health Maintenance Program (OHMP) ensuring that individuals working with chemicals participate; participates in annual safety inspections with the Collateral Duty Safety Officer and intermittently inspects offices and laboratories; indicates actions to be taken to avoid accidents and injuries; analyzes and evaluates findings and recommends corrective measures to the appropriate Research Leader; develops and prepares local safety and environmental directives, manuals, and plans; provides instruction to employees covering a variety of safety and occupational health subjects including chemical, biological and physical safety and various laboratory safety needs and ventilation requirements; establishes and maintains safety training and safety orientation for all new employees, including films, pamphlets, etc.; and initiates and coordinates regular inspection and maintenance of safety equipment at the location, including fire extinguishers, fume-hoods, and pesticide application protective gear and respirators.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
GS-11:
One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level in the Federal service OR directly related Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree.

Directly Related 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 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.

Specialized experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled. The specialized experience requirements for this position are:

1. Knowledge of general administrative practices and procedure to interpret and apply basic standards, criteria, and operating instructions to specific unsafe acts and condition.

2. Knowledge of codes, regulations, laws, and standards required for compliance with EPA, OSHA, and all Federal, State and local authorities.

3. Knowledge of basic safety and occupational health principles, common hazards, and protective measures, including safety devices.

4. Skill in principal inspection and survey techniques to identify occupational hazards.

5. Ability to use personal computers, hardware, and software applications to establish, manage or produce records, information systems, reports, or documents in relation to safety, health, and environmental programs.

Applicants must address the specialized experience requirements in their resume (or application documents). Applications that do not reflect the specialized experience requirements will not be deemed qualified.

If qualifying all or in part based on your education, you must submit a copy of your academic transcripts OR a list of college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grade point average or class ranking to verify education when applying for this position. If this information is not provided, your education may not be appropriately evaluated and you may lose consideration for this position. If you are selected for this position, you will have to provide an official copy of your transcripts prior to entering on duty.

Graduate education must be directly related to the work of the position and must have equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.

Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Please visit the Office of Personnel Management's website for additional information on this topic.

Time-in-grade restrictions apply for all candidates considered under Alternative Merit Promotion.

Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

Applicants must be available to report for duty at the time a selection is made. Selections are typically made within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You will be evaluated to determine if you meet the basic and any additional requirements. The Agricultural Research Service uses a category rating process. Based on evaluation of all written materials submitted in your application for the position, you will be determined to be Ineligible if you do not meet eligibility and/or minimum qualifications criteria; Eligible if you meet all eligibility and minimum qualifications criteria; OR Quality if you meet quality criteria in addition to eligibility and minimum qualifications criteria.

BENEFITS:
The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc .

OTHER INFORMATION:
Persons with disabilities, disabled veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more, certain other veterans, spouses of certain members of the armed forces, and returning Peace Corps volunteers are examples of individuals who are potentially eligible for non-competitive appointment. For further information click here .

Qualified candidates eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) will be considered. VEOA eligibles are preference eligibles or veterans who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of active service. Veterans who are released under honorable conditions shortly before completing a 3-year tour are also eligible. You must submit member 4 copy of your DD-214.

Displaced/Surplus Employees: Individuals eligible under the USDA Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. CTAP and ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area will be considered well qualified if they meet basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors, and are rated in the Quality Category as described in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. Employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent performance rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location. Click here for additional information on CTAP and ICTAP.

Financial Disclosure Requirement : Federal employees are subject to prohibitions against officially dealing with outside organizations in which they have a financial interest. If hired for this position, you may be required to submit a financial disclosure report within 30 days of the effective date of your appointment and annually thereafter.

Reasonable Accommodation : If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, or have questions regarding reasonable accommodation and/or accessibility for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Disability Program Manager on 202-720-6161 or through the DC Relay Service on 202-855-1234 (TDD).

False Statements : If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; may be fired after beginning work; or may be fined or jailed.

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