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Job Title:Safety and Occupational Health Specialist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:KL-13-LMo-924610

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$68,809.00 to $89,450.00 / Per Year


Friday, July 19, 2013 to Thursday, July 25, 2013




Full Time - Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
North Little Rock, AR United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy ID: 924610 

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise – “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service. If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (“I CARE”).

America's Veterans need you! To find out more, go to


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation.


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This position is located in Engineering service at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System in North Little Rock, Arkansas.

Major Duties and Responsibilities include:

-      Develops or prepares written policies and procedures to implement established industrial safety, fire prevention and fire evacuation standards and practices, and to guide supervisors and managers in interim safety procedures in rare instances where no previously established standards exist.


-      Conducts or participates in Annual Workplace Evaluation and other similar types of inspections.

-      Participates in conferences with management and employee representatives, explaining the purpose and scope of inspections and pertinent safety and occupational health regulations.

-      Participates in Life safety Code building tours and facility document reviews.

-      Manages a wide variety of correspondence from within and outside the agency to include reviewing, highlighting and/or summarizing correspondence and researching and preparing responses.

-      Prepares final reports or assigned portion of reports, showing apparent violations and recommend abatement dates.

-      Researches records and files covering incidents, injuries and equipment maintenance data.

-      Reviews safety activities for evidence of compliance with safety requirements.

-      Schedules and conducts required fire drills, safety, fire and occupational health surveys. Conducts inspections of entire medical facility to identify and evaluate risk potential involving a wide variety of work environments and occupations on a regularly recurring basis.

-      Advises high level management officials on the status of the Safety and Occupational Health program and recommends changes in the design of work programs to meet new standards.

-      Provides training to supervisors and employees on safe work practices in a variety of settings.

-      Other related duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm.



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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 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.

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 some situations.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at .

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).

Veteran's Preference:

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 and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit



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.


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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package.  This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

The Federal Government has special excepted appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities, such as Schedule A. Specific information can be found at  IMPORTANT: If you would like to receive consideration as a Schedule A applicant, you must contact the Human Resources office at the facility where this position is located at (501)257-1442.



Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at  

VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

You may be required to serve a probationary period. 


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application (See "Required Documents" section below).  The complete Application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, July 25, 2013.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button on the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Be sure to upload the required documents before you submit your application.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.  Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.

Note: To change or update your application, simply reapply through My USAJOBS, before the closing date.  To check the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (, select Application Status and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire: .
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 924610.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


The following documents are required:

  1. Resume
  2. Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire
  3. Other documents - use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for well-qualified, displaced Federal employees), or documentation to support Veterans Preference claims.  You will not be contacted for additional information.


VHA Nationwide DEU
Phone: (501)257-4134
Agency Information:
VHA DEU Little Rock
Thank You, AR


After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address.  Otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.

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