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Employment Type:
Full time
Posted:
5/17/2019
Job Category:
Manufacturing
Industrial Hygienist
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Department of Labor | Jamaica, NY
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Job Description

* Duties

Help Duties Summary

This position is located within the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Region 2, Queens District Office in Little Neck, Queens, New York.

This position has a positive education requirement. A copy of all college transcripts are required when applying. Failure to submit a copy of all college transcripts will result in your application being rated ineligible/incomplete.

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Responsibilities

The mission of OSHA is to develop and promulgate occupational safety and health standards, develop and issue regulations; conduct investigations and inspections to determine the status of compliance with safety and health standards and regulations; issue citations and proposes penalties for non-compliance with safety and health standards and regulations.

Selection(s) can be made from any advertised grade level.

This position is inside the bargaining unit.

A writing sample may be required during the interview.

Additional vacancies may be selected using this announcement.

Relocation and/or PCS funds are not available.

As an Industrial Hygienist, you will perform the following duties:

GS-05:

* Participates as a member of an inspection team led by a higher-graded specialist and is exposed to the practical application of techniques and measures used to identify hazards; attends and observes opening sessions and closing sessions where violations of appropriate standards and subsequent corrective requirements are discussed with management representatives.

GS-07:

* Participates as a member of an inspection team and assists in the planning, and conducts a limited segment of a major investigation. Identifies areas in need of immediate corrective action or conditions which are of imminent danger to life or limb.
* Conducts research and studies records and files covering mishaps, injuries, and equipment maintenance data. Compiles and prepares a variety of recurring reports as directed.
* Assists in the documentation of conducted portions of investigations. Assists in conducting interviews with supervisors and employees.

GS-09:

* Assigns abatement dates and follows up as necessary to ensure that required abatement measures are completed, which, in some cases, requires additional inspections.
* Provides technical industrial hygiene advice and assistance to employers, employee organizations, and others concerning industrial health hazards and possible approaches to their control; potential hazards resulting from specific work operations, facilities, and equipment.
* Promotes industrial practices that are consistent with the goals and principles of industrial hygiene, requiring a comprehensive knowledge of a wide variety of chemicals and other hazards, and work practices affecting employee health.
* Reviews laboratory analyses, and prepares reports which include findings and recommendations for control of identified hazards.
* Reviews and/or determines the nature of the problem and the number and type of environmental samples to be collected.
* Examines the effectiveness of existing control measures & collaborates with engineers, safety & occ. health specialists, & other technical personnel to develop & establish effective control measures.
* Obtains immediate corrective action of conditions which are of imminent danger to life or limb.
* Assists in the litigation process, providing agency attorneys with information necessary to support the legal defense of actions.

GS-11:

* Conducts interviews as appropriate with witnesses, employees, employers, medical personnel, law enforcement personnel, and/or other persons in order to identify potential symptoms of occupational illness, conditions and potential causes, and to obtain and communicate other case-related information.
* Documents case files with findings, completes forms, and attaches background notes and other material. Ensures case files are processed within the OSHA Information System in an accurate and timely manner and ensures proper annotation for reporting purposes and achievement of agency goals.
* Diagrams workplace flow processes; documents descriptions of the work environment, operations, and equipment; and/or photographs operations as necessary, as well as documents measurements of conditions and worker exposure and potential injury from the hazard for complete case file documentation. Documents ongoing cases with relevant documentation to support a legally sufficient case.
* Testifies in contested court cases as a witness under oath and is subject to examinations conducted by attorneys representing both the agency and the employer.
* Explains requirements of safety and health standards; effective abatement of hazards; and/or other related matters.
* Identifies and documents hazards, proposes citations for OSHA standards which have allegedly been violated, and secures immediate corrective action of conditions which are of imminent danger.
* Conducts opening conferences with management officials, employees, and employee representatives concerning the nature and purpose of the inspection and the procedures which will be followed.
* Duties at the GS-05, GS-07 and GS-09 are developmental assignments and as the incumbent progresses, the assignments become more difficult and complex at the GS-11 and GS-12 full journeyman.

Travel Required

50% or less - Frequent travel including some extended overnight lodging, some evening and weekend work required to conduct official OSHA enforcement inspection and investigation activities within a specific geographic area, and training purposes.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

12 - There is no obligation to provide future promotions. Future promotions are dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and supervisory approval.


* Job family (Series)

0690 Industrial Hygiene

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* Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* U.S. Citizenship. Must be at least 16 years of age.
* Subject to drug test prior to appointment at GS-11 and GS-12 grade levels.
* Requires a medical examination.
* Requires a valid drivers license.
* Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
* Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.

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

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 the American 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.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

For GS-5: Applicants who meet the basic education requirement described in the Individual Occupational Requirements are fully qualified for this position at the GS-05.

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:

* Participates in occupational safety and/or occupational health inspections of workplaces and is exposed to the practical application of techniques and measures used to identify hazards.
* Reviews records and/or reports to understand the application of technical standards to specific hazardous.
* Identifying occupational health and safety hazard
* Assists in preparing for opening and closing conferences and outreach activities.

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.


* Conducts research and studies 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 hazard
* Assist in developing legally sufficient occupational safety and/or occupational health investigation or inspection reports;
* Assist in and/or knowledge of calculating penalties to be assessed based on the (a) gravity of occupational safety and/or occupational health violations.

For GS-11: 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-09. 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:

* Planning and conducting or assisting in the planning and conducting of evaluations of workplace operations involving potentially hazardous environmental conditions. Such conditions could include any of the following:
* Chemical conditions and/or exposures;
* Biological conditions and/or exposures to biological agents;
* Environmental conditions.


* Assist in conducting sampling for occupational health-related hazards and/or exposure levels and reviewing laboratory analyses of health-related sampling, prepare reports that include findings and recommendations for the control of identified hazards;
* Conducting occupational health investigations and/or occupational health inspections;
* 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 unhealthful working conditions and/or causes of injuries/illnesses/fatalities AND to obtain information required to conduct a legally sufficient occupational health investigation;
* Developing legally sufficient occupational safety and/or occupational health investigation or inspection reports;
* Identifying occupational health and safety hazard and applying occupational safety and/or occupational health standards and criteria to unsafe working conditions.
* 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.

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

To qualify for this position solely on education, in addition to meeting the basic education requirement, the following education may be used to substitute for specialized experience:

GS-05: Applicants who meet the basic education requirement described in this vacancy announcement are fully qualified for this position at the GS-05.

For GS-07: 1 year 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-9: 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. degree or Ph.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 and GS-11) 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, please click here (Application of Qualification Standard/Option 5).

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.

About Department of Labor

ยท The Department of Labor, State of NJ provides two helpful resources: one, a downloadable booklet covering the state's Unemployment and Disability Insurance Program, describes regulations governing temporary disability and unemployment insurance benefits.