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Job opening: Safety and Occupational Health Specialist

Salary: $82 830 - 107 680 per year
Published at: Aug 10 2023
Employment Type: Full-time
This position is part of the SP- Assistant Secretary for Fossil, Department of Energy. As a Safety and Occupational Health Specialist, you will define, develop, initiate and coordinate planning and specialized safety activities necessary to optimize the design, construction, and operation features required to protect critical infrastructure facilities of the Department of Energy in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi.


As a Safety and Occupational Health Specialist, you will: Assign priorities to corrective actions based on applicable risk assessments and monitor progress of corrective measures taken. When the need arises, upon approval of higher authority, stops any operation that is of imminent danger to facilities, property, personnel, and the environment. Develop and conduct occupational safety awareness and educational programs with emphasis on new or modified work procedures and techniques due to the unique conditions and practices of a variety of activities. Provide technical assistance in accident investigations as a team member when assigned. Evaluate and analyze all pertinent accident data to isolate significant facts and trends (seasonal accidents, location of hazards, extent of injuries and property damage, etc.).


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • Subject to satisfactory security and suitability requirements.
  • May be required to successfully complete a 1-year probationary period.
  • Positions may be covered by a bargaining unit. Bargaining unit will vary by departmental element, grade, and/or location.
  • Occasional travel is required.
  • A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work. Current Federal employees or other individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check.
  • Hiring incentives may be authorized for a highly qualified candidate based on budget availability and in accordance with federal regulations.


BASIC REQUIREMENTS: 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. (Transcripts must be provided) OR Experience in or related to safety and occupational health that provided the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully 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 Certification as a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), or Certified Health Physicist (CHP), or similar certification that included successful completion of a written examination meets the requirements for GS-5. Applicants may also qualify for higher grade levels based on their education and/or experience. Safety and Occupational Health Specialist Individual Occupational Requirement for 0018 Series https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0000/safety-and-occupational-health-management-series-0018/ In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below: SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, GS-11, in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as meeting ALL of the following: Applying safety and occupational health regulations, methods, standards, and techniques when performing safety inspections or safety surveys on oil storage, pipeline and workover operations, or construction projects at crude oil sites; and Assisting with evaluating engineering specifications and drawings to identify hazardous conditions or code violations for projects. The OPM Group Qualification Standard for this position is: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0000/safety-and-occupational-health-management-series-0018/ "Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. 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. CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must (1) meet all of the requirements as described in this section; and 2) be rated "well-qualified", which is defined as scoring in the in Well Qualified category (or higher). You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


This vacancy has a positive education requirement. In order to be rated as qualified, you must provide copies of your college transcripts. Failure to provide copies of your college transcripts may result in a rating of "Ineligible". Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website.


  • Address SP- Assistant Secretary for Fossil P.O. Box 5088 Oak Ridge, TN 37831 US
  • Name: Ronzell Pettaway
  • Phone: 202-657-8116
  • Email: [email protected]


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