To qualify at the GS-12 level in the Federal service,
you must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next
lower grade level in Federal service that
equipped you (the applicant) with the particular knowledge, skills, and
abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is
typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized
experience is 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
- 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.
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
- 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.
You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position: (Narrative Responses not Required)
- Ability to develop or prepare written policies and procedures to implement established standards and practices.
- Ability to conduct inspections and meet with management and employees to explain purpose and scope of inspection.
- Ability to conduct research and prepare final reports.
- Skill in scheduling and conducting required drills and surveys of healthcare facilities.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: This work requires frequent on-site inspections and surveys of
laboratories and maintenance areas of the facility along with offsite facility
inspections necessitating prolong standings, walking, climbing, bending,
crouching, stretching, reaching, and other physical movement. The work involves
frequent exposure to research functions and medical laboratories which include
chemical and biological hazards associated with power tools and operating
machinery in maintenance areas (along with fumes and dust), confined spaces and
construction sites. Temperature extremes and high noise levels can at times be
expected; the use of personal protective equipment and clothing is required in
For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications .
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).
When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.
Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed " SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," (go to http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf) and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applicants will be ranked based on four quality groups, as follows:
- Best qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;
- Highly qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job;
- Well qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job; and
- Qualified - applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors.
After the vacancy announcement closes, reviewed applications are evaluated against the questionnaire responses and placed in the appropriate quality group. Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by being placed at the top of the appropriate quality group. Qualifying veterans with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the best qualified group. The best qualified group is the first to be referred to the hiring facility for further consideration and possible interview. The remaining groups may be referred based on the number of applicants available.