SAFETY SPECIALIST
Department of the Army - Indianapolis, IN

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The mission of the Indiana National Guard Full-Time Force is to maintain properly trained and equipped units available for prompt mobilization for war, national or state emergency. For information about membership call: 1.800.GO GUARD

NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERSHIP IS REQUIRED

DUTY LOCATION: JFHQ, General Safety Office, Indianapolis, IN

JOB SUMMARY: The purpose of this position is to provide assistance in implementing and administering the troop and operational safety support programs.

This job announcement is for employment as an Indiana Army National Guard Technician; a Federal Civil Service position. This is a dual-status technician job whereby you are required to maintain active membership in a National Guard unit and are required to wear the military uniform at the workplace. As members of a unit of the Indiana National Guard, you will be required to train with your unit, normally one weekend a month and 15 days of annual training each year. Indiana Army National Guard units and members are subject to immediate call to federal or state active duty to meet national or state emergencies.

APPOINTMENT FACTORS: This position is a Temporary Excepted Service position.

MILITARY RANK REQUIREMENTS: E6-E9 or WO1-CW4

MILITARY SPECIALITY REQUIREMENTS: Individuals must meet the qualifications for the technician position but will have 1 year from date of hire to be assigned to a compatible MOS in a compatible unit for the technician position advertised.

Compatible Military Assignments: 00

AREA(S) OF CONSIDERATION:
Permanent (Tenure 1 or 2) Technicians employed by the Indiana Army National Guard

Temporary, TERM or Indefinite Federal (Tenure 0 or 3) Technicians employed by the Indiana Army National Guard
Traditional M-Day Soldiers with the Indiana Army National Guard
Guard members from another state; Reservists/IRR; and/or Active Duty Soldiers willing to join the Indiana Army National Guard
Civilians with prior military service willing to join the Indiana Army National Guard

KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizenship Required

Must be in the grades: E6-E9 or WO1-CW4

Must be a member of the Indiana National Guard or be willing to join

Must participate in direct deposit

DUTIES:
As a Safety Specialist with the Indiana Army National Guard (ARNG), your duties will include, but will not be limited to:

Provides safety related expertise to unit commanders and supervisors in the establishment of techniques and procedures for the elimination or control of unsafe acts (conditions), environments or hazards.
Conducts safety assistance visits to units during annual training, convoy, range and other related tactical operations to ensure compliance with all safety regulations and guidelines and to minimize accident risk.
Provides technical assistance in accident investigations. Conducts on-site investigations in cases of multiple injury accidents to determine causes and procedures for eliminating causal factors.
Collects, reviews, analyzes, and investigates accident reports submitted to the State Safety and Occupational Health Office, Ground Safety Section. Coordinates and assists the collateral duty unit safety Officer/NCO in the preparation of, and timely submission
DA Forms 285 to the U.S. Army Safety Center and APNG Safety Office.
Conducts periodic and unscheduled surveys and inspections of ARNG facilities to determine compliance with Occupational Safety Health Act (OSHA) and other regulatory requirements. Prepares reports based on survey findings and analyzes mishap trends. Assists the senior Safety Specialist in the assignment of risk assessment codes, and abatement plans. Observes work methods and recommends corrective measures to eliminate unsafe work practices.
Prepares training materials and conducts safety training classes, demonstrations, seminars, pre-annual training briefings and other briefings as required. Prepares graphs, charts and information for use in determining accident trends. Analyzes factors such as the number of accidents and causes. Calculates ratios as to the cause and results. Develops countermeasure procedures, by recommending changes and remedies that will reduce accident rate and reverse trends.
Assists the senior safety specialist in the promotion of the safety programs. Advises personnel on the need for safety and health protective equipment based on work environments and established regulatory requirements.
Conducts construction site inspections of facilities and contractor personnel to determine compliance with applicable safety code requirements (OSHA, National Fire Codes, etc.)
Conducts surveys of indoor/outdoor ranges within the state. Advises the senior safety specialist of their status and the necessary requirements to apply or waivers for non-standard ranges.
Assists in the preparation of regulatory, quarterly and annual safety reports and other documents required by NGB, U.S. Department of Labor (DCL), and United States Army Safety Center (USASC) . Maintains log of recordable and reportable accidents/incidents within the state.
May attend and participate in unit safety council meetings to determine potential problem areas and provide guidance in proper safety procedures.
Provides guidance to unit commanders in the storage, handling and transportation of munitions, explosives and hazardous materials. Studies the safety impact of transporting these items and makes recommendations to ensure regulatory compliance. Recommends the procurement and distribution of safety promotional materials.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Incumbent may be required to prepare for and support the mission through the accomplishment of duties pertaining to military training, military readiness, force protection and other mission related assignments including, but not limited to, training of traditional Guard members, CWDE/NBC training, exercise participation (ORE/ORl/UCI/MEI/OCl/I G, etc.), mobility exercise, FSTA/ATSO exercise participation, SABC training, LOAC training, weapons qualification training, participation in military formations, and medical mobility processing within the guidelines of NGB/ARNG/ANG/State/TAG rules, regulations and laws. These tasks have no impact on the classification of this position and should NOT be addressed in any technician’s performance standards.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
In order to meet the Minimum Qualifications for this Safety Specialist position at the GS-09 grade level, you must have at least:

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.
OR
Experience in scientific or technical work that provided an understanding of the basic principles and concepts of the safety and occupational health field. Creditable general experience must have demonstrated the achievement of knowledge equivalent to the education described above.
AND
24 months experience, education, or training in or directly related to this position and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities that will be evaluated for this position include:
Sufficient knowledge of safety procedures, principles and methods necessary to independently perform a full range of duties in both industrial and tactical military operations such as, the detection and correction of unsafe conditions in vehicle maintenance shops, warehouses, munitions/hazardous materials handling and storage areas, and offices. Skill in determining unsafe acts during range operations, convoy movements, and other military unique tactical operations and to recommend corrective procedures.
Practical knowledge of laws, regulations, policies and procedures necessary to independently perform recurring assignments, and to identify, explain, and correct unsafe acts, operations and risks which would cause injury to personnel and damage to equipment/property.
Knowledge and ability to prepare and conduct formal safety training for supervisors and employees in such subjects as accident investigation, hearing conservation, OSHA compliance management site conservation, respirator protection, lifting techniques, and adverse weather protection.
Knowledge and skill necessary to evaluate and analyze safety standards and data such as accident frequency, causal factors, survey reports, tactical operations, and to determine effective countermeasure procedures.
Ability to review construction plans relating to fixed installations to ensure OSHA and other safety code requirements are incorporated in engineering designs.

Substitution of Education for Specialized Experience - Successful completion of all requirements for a master’s or an equivalent degree, or two full academic years of graduate education, which is safety and occupational health management or safety engineering, industrial engineering or directly related fields such as Industrial Hygiene, Fire Prevention Engineering or Industrial Psychology. To be creditable, applicants must submit transcripts, diplomas or other forms of completion certificates to provide verification of courses.

Must participate in Direct Deposit

A criminal history check will be completed on all selectees before hire date.

Permanent Change of Station (PCS) funds are not available for this position.

ENLISTMENT CASH BONUSES: Acceptance of technician position may affect any bonus and/or educational assistance that may be payable.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Work involves frequent exposure to construction hazards, high noise levels, and adverse weather conditions. Protective gear may be required when conducting surveys.

PHYSICAL EFFORT: The work requires frequent on-site surveys necessitating prolonged standing, walking, climbing, bending, crouching, stretching, reaching and other physical movements. Some physical coordination and balance may be necessary due to work in facility construction or maintenance sites.

If you are not a member of the Indiana Army National Guard, but are interested in applying for this position, please call the Indiana Army National Guard Recruiting Office at 800-GO-GUARD. You can also view our website at http://www.in.ng.mil/Recruiting/tabid/1041/Default.aspx .

If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

BENEFITS:
Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc .

OTHER INFORMATION:
Under 32 USC 709, Veterans Preference does NOT apply.

For a complete list of Job Vacancy Announcements available at the Indiana National Guard, please visit our website at Joint Forces Headquarters, Human Resources .

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