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Job Title:Safety Engineer

Department:Department Of Labor

Agency:Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:DE-13-OSHA-21

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$89,033.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year


Thursday, November 15, 2012 to Wednesday, December 05, 2012




Full-time - Permanent




1 vacancy - Washington, D.C.View Map


This position is open to all U.S. citizens.

This position is also being advertised as MS-13-OSHA-21, which is open to status candidates (current or former federal employees with competitive or reinstatement eligibility); ICTAP/CTAP eligibles in local commuting area; and Veteran's Employment Opportunity Act eligibles.


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) mission is to ensure the safety and health of America’s workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health.

This position is located in the Directorate of Enforcement Programs, Office of Chemical Process Safety and Enforcement Initiatives.  The office is responsible for developing a comprehensive program for occupational safety inspections and investigations related mostly to chemical and safety engineering.

Location: OSHA Directorate of Enforcement Programs, Office of Chemical Process Safety and Enforcement Initiatives; Washington, D.C.

Bargaining unit: Local 12



  • You must be a U.S. citizen. You must submit all transcripts in ENGLISH.
  • You may be required to complete a one-year probationary period.
  • This position requires travel up to 3 times per year and drug testing.
  • Five-point veterans must submit a DD-214.
  • Ten-point veterans must submit a DD-214, SF-15, and letter from the VA.
  • CTAP/ICTAP candidates must submit proof of eligibility.


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Provides safety engineering, and especially chemical and process safety management, advice and assistance for the resolution of difficult and complex, technical safety matters forwarded from other National Office organizational elements, OSHA field offices, the Office of the Solicitor, and the private sector in keeping with a policy of attaining national compliance equity in occupational safety.
Provides professional advice on matters involving a variety of enforcement settings with a focus on refining and chemical manufacturers and users for the purpose of developing enforcement strategies, evaluating evidence being developed in significant enforcement actions, interpreting standards, applying the General Duty Clause, and providing enforcement guidance to OSHA personnel.

Represents the agency with the Office of the Solicitor to provide advice and background information needed to support litigation. May be called upon to serve as an expert witness in cases being litigated for OSHA by the Solicitor.

Prepares clarifications of safety standards, especially chemical and process safety standards, via appropriate media, such as directives, memoranda to the field, etc., that  provide nationally consistent application of standards in the field.  Reviews and evaluates field interpretations for adequacy. 
Evaluates and resolves issues pertaining to the adequacy of proposed designs, methods, or procedures for preventing and mitigating catastrophic releases at chemical manufacturing facilities.  Evaluates new and existing technology and products affecting compliance operations.

Reviews and evaluates inspection and investigation reports to identify significant compliance issues. Prepares modifications to directives, the Field Inspection Reference Manual, SAVEs Manuals and other media, as need is indicated.

Serves as a point of contact in the National Office for regional administrators and their designees and for state government safety and health agencies to address questions related to the interpretation, clarification, and application of standards provisions relating to chemical safety hazards and other subject matter, as assigned.

Reviews safety variance applications and performs field inspections of establishments requesting variances, as requested to ascertain whether variances are as effective as OSHA requirements, are enforceable, and are consistent with safety engineering principles.


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Knowledge and Skills Required by the Position

In-depth knowledge of advanced, technical principles and techniques in chemical and process safety and safety engineering to represent and speak for OSHA on major technical issues before technical groups, including chemical and process safety stakeholders; to serve as a consultant to OSHA officials, other government agencies and industry engineers, and management officials; and to lead in the application of engineering principles to safety criteria and systems, including all aspects of chemical and process safety.

Expert knowledge of national safety and occupational health laws, policies, regulations, operational directives, methodologies, and objectives sufficient to plan, coordinate, and carry out projects; provide guidance, direction, and technical assistance to other experts; and advise on special safety problems involving diverse chemical operations and other high-hazard and high-risk operations.

Broad knowledge of the concepts, principles, techniques and procedures applied by chemical and process safety engineers and specialists in related areas (i.e., chemical, processing, civil, mechanical, electrical, construction, maritime and industrial hygiene) sufficient to evaluate and advise on the whole range of safety and occupational health activities, hazards, and engineering controls in the chemical processing industry and other sectors, as assigned. 

Skill in communication and public relations techniques to represent and serve as a spokesperson for OSHA at conferences, intra-agency meetings and to provide consultation to state agencies, employer/employee groups, unions, national industry organizations, and special interest groups on chemical, process safety, and other safety engineering matters and a wide range of safety standards, regulations, programs, and issues applicable to the areas of expertise.

A. Degree: professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.
B. Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering.

For further explanation go to: http//

College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education - Transcripts (in English) must be submitted if (a) a degree is required for the position, and/or (b) education is used as the basis for qualifying for this position.  The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from schools that are not accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the Department of Education.  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 courses were taken at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, or from several different colleges or universities, you must submit all the necessary transcripts. 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.

Applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience comparable to the next lower grade.  Specialized experience is non-routine safety engineering work that required and was characterized by (1) professional knowledge of safety engineering; (2) professional ability to apply such knowledge to safety engineering problems; and (3) positive and continuing development of professional knowledge and ability.  For further explanation go to: http//


If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be evaluated against the evaluation factors below and will be placed into a category based on your vacancy question responses.


Category A: Qualified applicants who, on average, exhibit a high level of competency in engineering, public safety and security, interpersonal skills, oral communication, written communication

Category B: Qualified applicants who, on average, exhibit a moderate level of competency in engineering, public safety and security, interpersonal skills, oral communication, written communication

Category C: Qualified applicants who, on average, exhibit a basic level of competency in engineering, public safety and security, interpersonal skills, oral communication, written communication

Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies (click Evaluation Tools for information):

Engineering: Knowledge of safety concepts, principles, and practices implemented to ensure occupational safety and health; safety investigation and inspection techniques; or rules, regulations, precautions, and prevention techniques for the protection of workers

Public Safety and Security: Knowledge of investigation and inspection techniques or rules, regulations, precautions, and prevention techniques for the protection of people in the workplace

Interpersonal Skills: Developing and maintaining effective relationships with others; effectively dealing with individuals who are hostile, difficult, or distressed

Oral Communication: Expressing information to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information; making clear and convincing oral presentations; listening to others, attending to nonverbal cues, and responding appropriately

Written Communication: Recognizing and using correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicating information in a succinct and organized manner; producing written information, including technical material that is appropriate for the intended audience


The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview).  The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings.  Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the vacancy questions.  If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume.  Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments (ex. interview, panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.)

INFORMATION FOR ICTAP ELIGIBLES ONLY: If you are eligible for special priority selection under ICTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration.  ICTAP eligibles who are placed into Category [INSERT WELL-QUALIFIED CATEGORY] or higher will be considered "well-qualified".

Click Application of Veterans Preference for Category Rating Jobs for more information.

To preview questions please click here.


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The Department of Labor (DOL) offers a great benefit package to eligible employees.  The benefit package includes but is not limited to health benefits, supplemental dental and vision plans, flexible spending accounts, 13 days paid sick leave per year, vacation leave and 10 paid holidays per year.  We offer a variety of employee benefit options, a family-friendly work environment, a child care subsidy program, transit subsidy program, career assistance program, health services and fitness programs, access to LifeCare, a resource and referral service and more.  For a comprehensive site about all federal benefits, please refer to OPM.  For specific DOL benefits information, please refer to DOL BENEFITS.


The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.  Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION, ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION, SELECTIVE SERVICE REGISTRATION, PROBATIONARY PERIOD, FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES


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Follow the 5 steps below to apply.  Your application and ALL required supplemental documents must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on the vacancy closing date to be considered.  Paper applications and supplemental documents submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the vacancy contact will not be considered.
For more details, click How To Apply Detailed Instructions Document or How To Apply Video.  For help, refer to the Vacancy Contact in the "Questions about this job" section.  SAVE your information before the 60 MINUTE TIMEOUT!
STEP 1 - Create USAJOBS Account, including Resume and Saved Documents
Your resume must provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions.  If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the competency indicated by resume content.
STEP 2 - Answer Vacancy Questions (DOORS)
Click the Apply Online button, which is available when you search for a job on, click on the title and proceed.

STEP 3 - Submit Supplemental Documents
Submit the required documents (only if applicable to you) specified in the "Required Documents" section of this vacancy by the close date.  For details: click How to Submit Supplemental Documentation Document or Submit Supplemental Documentation Video.  Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.

STEP 4 - Review Application and click Finish  Click here to submit an updated resume after initial application.

STEP 5 - Edit Application as needed by 11:59 pm ET of Close Date


The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Follow the instructions: click How To Submit Supplemental Documentation Document or Submit Supplemental Documentation Video.  You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you.Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.
-Veterans Documents (if applicable): To be considered as a 5-point preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty.  To claim 10-point preference, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference, SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. (For active duty service members expecting to be honorably discharged or released within 120 days, click Active Duty)  Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference.  For more information, go to:
-Displaced Employee Placement Documents - Only required if requesting priority consideration under ICTAP Eligibility.
-Applicants with disabilities who wish to claim eligibility under SCHEDULE A)  of the excepted service (persons with severe disabilities) must submit the following documentation from a licensed medical professional or other authorized entity:
(1) proof of disability; and
(2) certification of job readiness.
For more details, please see
-College transcripts (all applicants):  You must submit college transcripts in English.  See Education section for further details.

-Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted.
-Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship, and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.


TaNesha Eccles
Phone: 202-693-1800
Fax: 202-693-1697
TDD: 202-693-2349
Agency Information:
Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Admin
200 Constitution Ave., NW
Rm. N3308
Rm. N3308
Washington, DC
Fax: 202-693-1697


Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and refer candidates for selection consideration.  Candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome.  

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