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    *** THIS IS AN INTERDISCIPLINARY POSITION AND MAY BE FILLED AS A SUPERVISORY GENERAL ENGINEER, INDUSTRIAL HYGIENIST, PHYSICAL SCIENTIST OR CHEMIST***

    Relocation Bonus, PCS Expense and Recruitment Incentives are not authorized.

    Selection(s) can be made at any advertised occupational series.

    Additional selections may be made from this announcement.

    This position is outside the bargaining unit.

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    Responsibilities

    This position is located in the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration, Pittsburgh Safety and Health Technology Center (PSHTC), Physical and Toxic Agents Division in South Park, PA. 

    The Physical and Toxic Agents Division provides technical assistance to MSHA enforcement personnel and mine operators nationwide in the recognition, evaluation, and control of broad industrial hygiene health hazards associated with coal and metal/non-metal mining industries. Field investigations and fatal/non-fatal accident investigations are conducted with respect to physical and toxic hazards. Information regarding harmful physical and toxic agents in the mining environment is gathered and analyzed for exposure determination and development of practical exposure controls. The Division conducts surveys, demonstrations, and experiments to provide the latest scientific data in support of enforcement activities and to assist mine operators in achieving compliance with established exposure standards. The Division maintains specialized instrumentation, analytical, and experimental laboratories, including: radon and acoustical instrument calibration laboratories; experimental laboratories for the evaluation of industrial hygiene instrumentation, hearing protection, and noise controls; and gas chromatography laboratories, including an American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) accredited laboratory for the analysis of organic compounds. Additionally, the Division manages and maintains several mobile gas laboratories for emergency response and deployment to mine fires or other emergency events.

    The incumbent services as the Supervisor of the Toxic Agents Branch, responsible for the planning, implementation, direction, and review of work performed by subordinate professional and technician employees. Develops and maintains in-house capabilities for the evaluation and interpretation of the products of combustion formed during mine fires. Directs, maintains, and develops gas chromatography analytical laboratories, including mobile gas laboratories for deployment and on-site gas analysis during mine emergencies. Directs a group of professionals in responding to field and accident investigations involving chemical hazards; provides technical expertise in the area of instrumentation and methodology for the measurement of toxic agents in the mining environment. Plans and coordinates individual assigned projects involving the measurement and assessment of toxic hazards; makes technical decisions when problems arise. Technically evaluates and makes recommendations on research projects; serves on technical committees for projects in area of technical expertise. Assists other professionals in the field of industrial hygiene for the measurement and assessment of toxic agents in developing standards through participation in technical standard committees. Provides expert testimony in the area of instrumentation and measurement of toxic agents for the purpose of standards and regulation development and litigation; represents the Division at technical meetings as an expert in instrumentation, measurement, and assessment of toxic agents both within the Department and outside the Department, for the purpose of developing consistent measurement and assessment policy.

    Plans and assigns work to subordinates, setting priorities, and preparing schedules for completion of work, considering the difficulty of the assignments and capabilities of employees. Gives advice, counsel, or instructions to individual employees on both work and administrative matters. Ensures that employees are kept informed on all matters, which may affect their employment. Interviews candidates for positions in the Branch, making recommendations for appointment, promotion, or reassignment. Evaluates the performance of subordinates. 

    Hears and resolves complaints from employees. Refers more serious complaints which are not resolved to higher-level supervisors. Effects minor disciplinary measures, such as warnings and reprimands. Recommends action in more serious cases. Identifies developmental and training needs of employees, providing or making provisions for such developmental training.

    Ensures equal opportunity for all Branch employees for training, promotion, awards and recognition and other career development opportunities. Responsible for the on the job safety and health of Branch employees; supporting established safety programs, identifying and correcting safety hazards, reviewing and reporting loss incidents and inspection of work areas; Labor-Management relations and any applicable labor agreements.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - 10%

    Supervisory status

    Yes

    Promotion Potential

    13 - This position has no further promotion potential.

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