The incumbent serves as an Industrial Hygienist in the Safety Office at the VA Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics (VA SORCC).Learn more about this agency
Incumbent performs various duties in Industrial Hygiene program to access work practices and environmental conditions for hazards to the health and safety of workers. Duties include conducting studies of work operations and processes, examining work environments, analyzing findings promulgating recommendations, and preparing various reports.
Environmental conditions involve a variety of hazards including physical, chemical and biological hazards; ionizing and nonionizing radiation; and other environmental agents. Assigned work areas include industrial shops, surgical suites, production areas, laboratories, research areas, confined spaces, and outdoor work sites. Incumbent regularly inspects the medical center to identify potential occupational health hazards and the need to further investigative studies and surveys. Studies and surveys performed involve determining compliance with various established criteria, evaluating exposures, and advising on control measures and changes in work procedures or schedules to comply with established health requirements, and providing information for evaluation purposes. In performing surveys/studies, incumbent must; 1) select or devise methods and instruments; 2) personally or through others, conduct measurements; and 3) study and test materials associated with the work operation or work environment.
Performs analysis to determine nature and degree of toxic materials present. Interprets results of studies for the work environment in terms of possible impairment to health, nature of health impairment, potential for medical center damages, etc., and presents specific conclusions and recommendations to appropriate management and health officials. Determines the need for and effectiveness of, control measures and changes in work procedures. Recommends procedures that will be suitable and effective for the environment. Conducts surveys to identify and evaluate health hazards and potential health hazards. Surveys involve determining compliance with established threshold limit values (TLV), evaluating exposures, and advising on control measures and changes in work procedures or schedules to comply with the established health requirements and to provide information for evaluation purposes.
Performs analysis using standard methods to determine nature and degree of toxic material present in a variety of materials, such as environmental samples, body fluids, and industrial products. Determines measurements to be made and methods to be used, calibrates and adapts various kinds of equipment, such as standard spectrophotometers, pH meters, and gas sampling equipment.
Work Schedule: Mon-Fri, 8:00am to 4:30pm
Position Description Title/PD#: Industrial Hygienist/ PD # 90389, 90390, 90391
Physical Requirements: The performance of duties requires long periods of walking, standing, crawling, kneeling and bending. Moderate lifting and carrying of equipment, use of personal protective devices, and work in hazardous and confined spaces is required. Use of all appendages, good vision and hearing are necessary. Emotional and mental stability are required.
Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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