US Department of Veterans Affairs Jobs as Safety & Occupational Health Specialist at Leeds,England,UnitedKingdom 2022

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<!--> Summary The position serves as the Safety & Occupational Health Specialist and is responsible for assisting the Safety Program Manager in planning, coordinating and administering a comprehensive safety, occupational health, emergency management and fire prevention program for the VA Medical Center in Leeds, Massachusetts and Satellite facilities engaged in medical, minor surgical, psychiatric, radiological studies, long term nursing care and an employment and community program. Learn more about this agency Help Duties

The major duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Plans and schedules required Environment of Care hazard surveillance inspections of the Medical Center and Satellite facilities for compliance with codes and standards;
  • Provides advice and guidance to supervisors and managers;
  • Conducts Safety and Occupational Health, Emergency Management and Fire Prevention training courses for employees;
  • Manages the computerized Accident Reporting Program (ASISTS) or a comparable system, compiles data and statistics on accidents/ incidents to establish trends, identify problems, and calculates an incident rate (IR) in order to reduce accident/incident rates;
  • Conducts fire drills;
  • Serves as a compliance officer relating to construction, renovation or demolition projects dealing primarily with safety related items;
  • Ensures the requirements of the Lockout/Tagout and Confined Space Programs are being complied with in accordance with regulatory requirements throughout this facility and its satellites;
  • Conducts inspections;
  • Liaison for the Medical Center with the Fire Department and HazMat Response Team for the Chemical Spill and Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plan as well as the Licensing and Permitting of fuel and oxygen tanks at this facility;
  • Assists the Safety Program Manager by checking the Hazardous Chemical Storage Building weekly, testing the negative air rooms in Building One weekly and as necessary and performing basic environmental air testing utilizing passive monitoring devices or gas detector tubes;
  • Conducts respirator fit testing, training and documents all actions and findings for the Respiratory Protection Program;
  • Conducts Occupational Safety, Health and Fire Prevention Hazard Surveillance Inspections semi-annually at this Medical Center and Satellite facilities;
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Recruitment & Relocation Incentives: Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required Help Requirements Conditions of Employment
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to background/security investigation
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
  • Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP)
  • Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details.
Qualifications You must have at least one-year of specialized experience that has equipped you 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 position. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in Federal service (GS-7) or experience in or related to safety and occupational health that provided specific knowledge skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: Managing safety or occupational health program elements; Developing and recommending safety and occupational health policy to higher levels of management; Applying safety and occupational health laws, regulations, principles, theories, practices, and procedures to advise on or resolve technical matters dealing with occupational safety and health requirements; Developing safety and occupational health standards, regulations, practices, and procedures to eliminate or control potential hazards; Developing or implementing programs to reduce the frequency, severity, and cost of accidents and occupational illnesses; Analyzing or evaluating new and existing jobs, processes, products, or other systems to determine the existence, severity, probability, and outcome of hazards; Designing or modifying workplaces, processes, products, or other systems to control or eliminate hazards; Inspecting or surveying workplaces, processes, products, or other systems for compliance with established safety and occupational health policies or standards and to identify potential new hazards; Training of workers, supervisors, managers, or other safety and occupational health personnel in safety or occupational health subjects; Work in occupational fields such as industrial hygienist, safety engineer, fire prevention engineer, health physicist, and occupational health nurse. - OR - You may substitute experience with education if you have a 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. with a major study in safety or occupational health fields (safety, occupational health, industrial hygiene), or a degree in another related field 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. NOTE: A copy of your transcript must be submitted at the time of application. - OR - Combinations of successfully completed graduate level education and specialized experience may also be used to meet total qualification requirements. Note: Only graduate education (above a bachelor's degree) may be combined with experience to qualify. A copy of your transcript is required at the time of application. You will be rated on the following Competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:
  • Administration and Management
  • Compliance
  • Incident Management
  • Safety Engineering

A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. All experience listed on your resume must include the month and year start/end dates. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at Education
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. NOTE: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: Additional information Physical Requirements: The work requires frequent inspections of the Medical Center and Satellite facilities, which necessitate prolonged standing, walking, climbing, bending, crouching, stretching, reaching and other physical movements. In areas where renovation/ construction is taking place, some physical coordination and balance is necessary. Work Environment: Although some of the work is performed in an office setting, most of the work involves inspections and investigations which may expose you to constructionenovation, electrical, chemical, and environmental hazards and adverse weather conditions. You will be required to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) while in the performance of assigned tasks. Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. Selected applicants may qualify for credit toward annual leave accrual, based on prior work experience or military service experience. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed. Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities (i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities), and/or disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. For more information on how to apply using this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator within the office, contact the facility Human Resources Department at (413) 584-4040. The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Therefore, to the extent a VA job announcement includes language requiring applicants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to Executive Order 14043, that requirement does not currently apply to this Job Announcement. VA may request information regarding your vaccination status, if selected, for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine. Read more
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