Specialized Experience: is experience that equipped 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 Safety & Occupational Health Specialist.
For the GS-07 level: Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-05, in the Federal Service.
Specialized experience is defined as experience in at least three of the following:
- Participating as a member of a team responsible for conducting occupational safety and/or occupational health inspections of workplaces;
- Identifying occupational health and safety hazards;
- Evaluating or assisting in the evaluation of occupational safety and health programs;
- Interpreting and/or applying basic occupational safety and health standards and criteria to unsafe working conditions;
- Writing entire or segments of an occupational safety and health inspection report, evaluation, analysis, or review;
- Providing general information about occupational safety and health regulations, activities, policies, and initiatives to interested parties (i.e., employers and/or employees and/or governmental agencies and/or private sector parties and/or members of the general public).
For the GS-09 level: Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-07, in the Federal Service.
Specialized experience is defined as experience in the following: applicants must possess knowledge of safety and occupational health principles, practices, techniques, and standards to independently conduct inspections of business establishments and worksites whose operations are generally characterized by the presence of moderately stable, low-risk processes or some higher hazards or unsafe working conditions or technically difficult operations which are covered by specific written guidelines; knowledge of agency regulations, policies, procedures, manuals, and pertinent appeal rulings to accurately cite violations of safety and occupational health provisions and to explain basis for citations; and knowledge of corrective safety and occupational health measures to recommend possible courses of actions effective in the control or elimination of hazards detected.
For the GS-11 level: Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-09, in the Federal Service.
Specialized experience is defined as experience in the following: applicants must possess comprehensive knowledge of safety and occupational health regulations, techniques, procedures, practices, and standards applicable to the performance of compliance inspections for a wide range of industries, manufacturing plants, transportation facilities, maritime activities, construction projects, and other privately owned establishments; knowledge of utility systems applicable to industrial and manufacturing structures, construction practices, materials, and equipment, and personal protective devices sufficient to recommend new methods to employers that will minimize or eliminate hazardous operations, conditions, and practices; and skill in the interpretation of construction design and specifications sufficient to detect potential hazardous conditions.
Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, you may qualify if your education meets the definitions below:
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.
For the GS-07 level: 1 full year of graduate level education or superior academic achievement (S.A.A). S.A.A. is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership.
- Class standing -- Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses.
- Grade-point average (G.P.A.)-- Applicants must have a grade-point average of: (a) 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or (b) 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.
- Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society
For the GS-09 level: Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related
For the GS-11 level: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related