Qualification requirements in vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualifications standards. This handbook is available on OPM's website at: Qualification Standards
There is no education requirement for this position.
Applicant must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the ZA-3 (GS-12 equivalent). Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience need not have been in the Federal Government.
Specialized experience at the ZA-04 level is defined as experience: applying leadership and program management skills, and using the concepts, laws, standards, principles, practices, and regulations of safety occupational health, and industrial hygiene.
Applicants cannot substitute education for experience at the ZA-04 (GS-13) level.
Individual Occupational Requirements: EDUCATION 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 Specialized Experience: Experience in or related to safety and occupational health that provided the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include:
-Managing safety or occupational health program elements.
-Developing and recommending safety and occupational health policy to higher levels of management.
-Applying safety and occupational health laws, regulations, principles, theories, practices, and procedures to advise on or resolve technical matters dealing with occupational safety and health requirements.
-Developing safety and occupational health standards, regulations, practices, and procedures to eliminate or control potential hazards.
-Developing or implementing programs to reduce the frequency, severity, and cost of accidents and occupational illnesses.
-Analyzing or evaluating new and existing jobs, processes, products, or other systems to determine the existence, severity, probability, and outcome of hazards. -Designing or modifying workplaces, processes, products, or other systems to control or eliminate hazards.
-Inspecting or surveying workplaces, processes, products, or other systems for compliance with established safety and occupational health policies or standards and to identify potential new hazards.
-Training of workers, supervisors, managers, or other safety and occupational health personnel in safety or occupational health subjects.
-Work in occupational fields such as industrial hygienist, safety engineer, fire prevention engineer, health physicist, and occupational health nurse. OR CERTIFICATES Certification as a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), or Certified Health Physicist (CHP), or similar certification that included successful completion of a written examination meets the requirements for GS-5. Applicants may also qualify for higher grade levels based on their education and/or experience.
Your resume must document specialized experience and support your responses to the vacancy questions.
For more information about the qualifications requirements for this position: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/IORs/gs0000/0018.htm
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/ No, Multiple Choice questions) and place you in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are "gold," "silver," and "bronze." However, your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the self-assessment questions, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the "gold" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.
How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility: Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed. Preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold) depending on the position and grade level of the job.
The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:
- Knowledge of safety and occupational health principles, methods, and techniques.
- Knowledge of pertinent elements of engineering, physical science, ergonomics, psychology, industrial hygiene, physiology, sociology, and other scientific and technological fields which contribute to the achievement of comprehensive safety and occupational health objectives.
- Skilled in recognizing hazardous or potentially hazardous conditions, relating conditions to a specific policy issue, and developing measures to eliminate or control these conditions and communicating the appropriate measures to resolve these problems.
- Ability to represent the organization and present controversial issues and recommendations orally and in writing.
- Ability to perform the full range of supervisory functions, including planning/assigning/reviewing work, providing or arranging training and development, and evaluating performance.
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