Come Join the Office of Compliance!
The Congressional Accountability Act (CAA) requires Congress and Legislative Branch entities to follow many of the same employment and workplace safety laws that apply to the private sector and the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. The CAA requires the General Counsel of the Office of Compliance to inspect approximately 78 facilities over an area of 18 million square feet in the Legislative Branch of the Federal government for compliance with occupational safety and health (OSH) standards at least once each Congress. The General Counsel is required to submit reports identifying violations, describing the steps necessary to achieve their abatement, and assessing the associated risk to employee safety and health. The General Counsel also enforces OSH standards through requests for inspection brought by covered employees . Another function of the General Counsel is to inspect facilities for violations of Titles II and Ill of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Persons with disabilities may file a charge with the General Counsel for violations of the ADA.
The Office of Compliance is seeking an OSH Specialist to provide professional safety and health services for routine and requested inspections and evaluations of Legislative Branch workplaces. These spaces include the U.S. Capitol, House and Senate office buildings, the Library of Congress buildings, the Capitol Power Plant, the U.S. Botanic Gardens, and other facilities . Workplaces and work operations to be inspected include: warehouses, workshops, special collection storage facilities, office spaces, electrical and mechanical spaces, landscaping, equipment operations, high voltage equipment maintenance, permit required confined space entry and more. Assignment of work is based on qualifications and priorities set by the Office of Compliance. The OSH specialist will work with a team of OSH specialists and attorneys within the Office of the General Counsel.
- Conduct in-person inspections of approximately 78 facilities and complex work operations over an area of 18 million square feet, and make assessments to identify OSH hazards;
- Utilize a computer to conduct research and enter data on inspections;
- Identify violations of OSH standards and violations of the General Duty clause of the OSH Act of 1970;
- Analyze work environments, and programs designed to control, eliminate, and prevent illness or injury caused by chemical, environmental, physical, radiological and biological agents or ergonomic factors;
- Investigate unsafe working conditions that could lead to injuries or illnesses, and recommend similar findings;
- Make recommendations to employing organizations for developing plans and programs for implementing corrective actions when applicable;
- Recommend measures for controlling, abating and qualifying risk for identified hazards when applicable.
- Report inspection findings using the Office of Compliance data base and identify corrective actions for abating hazards;
- Interview employees and collect measurements necessary to quantify employee exposures;
- Document and track abatement of hazards by employing offices;
- Assist in the provision of technical assistance by analyzing work environments and recommending program designs to control, eliminate, and prevent illness or injury caused by chemical, physical, radiological, and biological agents or ergonomic factors;
- Assist with conducting investigations for requested inspections and in the preparation of reports of the findings and risk factors;
- Assist in collecting data used in the preparation of biennial reports to Congress on the status of the OSH program;
- Assist with other tasks as assigned to support the occupational safety and health program effort.
- Conduct ADA inspections and enter barriers that are identified during the inspection into the Office of Compliance data bases.