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    Summary

    This position is located in the Production Chemistry Organization, Industrial Hygiene Chemistry Division, OSHA Salt Lake Technical Center, of the OSHA Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management.

    • This position is at the Full performance Level.

    • This position is inside the Bargaining Unit.

    • Additional vacancies may be filled using this announcement, if authorized.

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    Responsibilities

    Major duties for this position include but are not limited to, the following:

    • Maintains awareness of and coordinates updates and corrections to databases and information sources relevant to sampling and analysis (e.g., Occupational Chemical Database, Agency Expendable Supplies Program, OSHA Technical Manual and Field Operations Manual) to ensure that sampling and analysis methods and adjunct details for assigned area(s) are correct.
    • Uses extensive knowledge of correct analytical processes and traceability requirements to proactively participate in internal audits as directed by management, and in coordination with IHC Division Quality Control Personnel.
    • Attains and maintains advanced knowledge, skills, and abilities related to analytical methods, instrumentation, and chemistry aspects of industrial hygiene exposure assessment. Plans and makes recommendations on the future needs of the laboratory, such as new analytical instruments and maintenance of existing instruments. Keeps informed of the technological and research developments in industrial hygiene chemistry.
    • As applicable, uses standardized Methods Development systems to produce useful sampling and analysis methods for OSHA field activities, in collaboration with Chemists of the Methods Development Team. Revises new or modified methods using analytical techniques and/or computer applications, chemistry principles, or altering of sampling protocols based upon the chemical and physical properties of a substance, current methods, and capabilities of the available instruments. Performs literature searches to find any applicable or related methods and information about the chemistry of a substance. Determines the best sampling and sample storage procedures to allow completion of a technically valid assessment of worker exposure, based upon the stability and chemical properties of the substance and its proposed sampling medium.
    • Plans and coordinates the use of Production Chemistry resources in collaboration with Methods Development Chemists for development and modification of field sampling procedures, sample preparation, and analytical methods for highly complex, unusual, or novel samples and situations.
    • Writes technical papers for publication and/or agency use, describing methods developed and other technical work of the laboratory; and/or prepares replies/responses to inquiries from the general public, other Federal agencies, describing methods developed and other technical work of the laboratory, and/or prepares replies to inquiries from the general public, other Federal agencies, and congressional inquiries of a technical nature; and/or may give presentations at technical conferences.
    • Works as a member of a Production Chemistry team in developing the team’s work plans, and in accomplishing individual tasks and team goals and assignments. This may include the analysis of samples received from OSHA field activities. Verifies that correct sampling and analysis methods are being followed in assigned area(s), and that these are adequate for the assigned area(s), keeping supervisor informed of status with regard to these details. Develops, revises, and writes Quality System operating procedures where existing procedures are not correctly identified or documented, and verifies that proper Quality System procedures are being followed within assigned area(s), and the IHC Division. Proactively engages in resolving issues related to corrective and preventive actions and ensures that these are implemented and well-established within assigned area(s). Coordinates purchasing and contracting activities across all areas for assigned Production Chemistry Team.
    • As a national technical authority, provides expert advice to chemists, industrial hygienists and officials within the Agency, in other federal agencies, state organizations, private laboratories, and industry, on sampling and sample storage procedures, analytical methodology, instruments, the cause of a problem in analyzing highly complex and novel organic or inorganic chemicals as they relate to dangerous workplace contaminants, and the methods used to solve related problems. May act as an Agency representative in meetings with officials of other Federal agencies, state governments, national councils and professional societies to develop interagency liaisons, agreements, plan functions, and to develop other working relationships useful in providing up-to-date technical information to the Agency, and/or to exchange information on progress of technical developments and/or modifications.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional travel maybe required for this position.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    13 - This position is at the full performance level.

  • Job family (Series)

    1320 Chemistry

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