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Grade: 07

1 Select the one answer that best describes your educational/experience background to meet the basic qualifications requirements for the Safety Specialist, GS-07, position. Answer to this question is required
  • I have 1 YEAR OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-05 level in or related to safety and occupational health that provided the specific knowledge's, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of THIS POSITION.
  • I have 1 FULL YEAR OF GRADUATE LEVEL EDUCATION in safety or occupational health or a related discipline that included 24 semester hours in safety, occupational health, industrial hygiene, occupational medicine, toxicology, public health, math, physics, chemistry, biological sciences, engineering or industrial psychology that provided the knowledge's, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of THIS POSITION.
  • I have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE in safety or occupational health or a related discipline that included 24 semester hours in safety, occupational health, industrial hygiene, occupational medicine, toxicology, public health, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological sciences, engineering or industrial psychology and SUPERIOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT demonstrated by my CLASS STANDING. I graduated in the UPPER THIRD of my class or major university subdivision.
  • I have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE in safety or occupational health or a related discipline that included 24 semester hours in safety, occupational health, industrial hygiene, occupational medicine, toxicology, public health, math, physics, chemistry, biological sciences, engineering or industrial psychology and SUPERIOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT demonstrated by my GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA). I have a CUMULATIVE UNDERGRADUATE GPA OF 2.95 OR HIGHER out of a possible 4.0 based on 4 YRS of education.
  • I have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE in safety or occupational health or a related discipline that included 24 semester hours in safety, occupational health, industrial hygiene, occupational medicine, toxicology, public health, math, physics, chemistry, biological sciences, engineering or industrial psychology and SUPERIOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT demonstrated by my GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA). I have a GPA OF 2.95 OR HIGHER out of a possible 4.0 in courses completed during the FINAL TWO YRS.
  • I have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE in safety or occupational health or a related discipline that included 24 semester hrs in safety, occupational health, industrial hygiene, occupational medicine, toxicology, public health, math, physics, chemistry, biological sciences, engineering or industrial psychology and SUPERIOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT demonstrated by my GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA). I have a GPA of 3.45 OR HIGHER out of a possible 4.0 based on the average of required courses completed in my MAJOR.
  • I have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE in safety or occupational health or a related field that included 24 sem. hrs in safety, occupational health, indus. hygiene, occupational medicine, toxicology, public health, math, physics, chem., biological sciences, engineering or indus. psychology and SUPERIOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT demonstrated by my GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA). I have a GPA of 3.45 OR HIGHER out of a possible 4.0 based on the average of required courses completed in my MAJOR during the FINAL 2 YRS.
  • I have a BACHELOR'S DEGREE in safety or occupational health or a related discipline that included 24 semester hours in safety, occupational health, industrial hygiene, occupational medicine, toxicology, public health, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological sciences, engineering or industrial psychology and SUPERIOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT demonstrated by my ELECTION TO MEMBERSHIP in a national scholastic honor society.
  • I have a combination of SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equal GS-05 level of THIS POSITION in or related to safety and health and GRADUATE EDUCATION in safety or occupational health or a related discipline that included 24 sem. hrs. in safety, occupational health, Ind. Hygiene, occupational medicine, toxicology, public health, math, physics, chem. biological sciences, engineering or industrial psychology that provided the specific knowledge's, skills and abilities to perform the duties of THIS POSITION.
  • I do not meet any of the education and/or experience /education combination options above.
2 Select all the following statements that apply to you. Answer to this question is required
  • As part of my duties, I have worked with individuals of opposing interests to reach consensus.
  • I have participated in informal negotiations between individuals or groups to reach consensus
  • I have received training covering alternative dispute resolution or conflict resolution.
  • I have facilitated groups with diverse interests to achieve a common goal.
  • None of the above.
3 Select the response that best describes your highest level of experience working cooperatively and collaboratively with others. Answer to this question is required
  • I do not have prior experience of this nature.
  • I have worked on a team or group with my peers, each designated with a distinctly separate role.
  • I have worked on a team or group with individuals from different divisions, organizations, or offices and have guided others to work effectively in a team environment.
  • I have worked with a team or group in the safety and health industry on many occasions to achieve goals by sharing or integrating ideas, knowledge, information, resources, and responsibility.
  • I have led a team or group to achieve goals by sharing or integrating ideas, knowledge, information, resources, and responsibility.
4 Select the answer that describes the manner in which you prefer to have your work assigned by a supervisor: Answer to this question is required
  • I prefer a supervisor who assigns one task and allows me to work it to completion.
  • I prefer a supervisor who assigns multiple tasks and gives me directions on which one to complete first.
  • I prefer a supervisor who assigns multiple tasks and gives me the latitude to determine which to complete first.
  • I prefer a supervisor who expects me to independently identify tasks that need to be completed.
5 Select the response that best describes your level of safety and health experience analyzing data, interpreting facts, and drawing logical conclusions. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience in this area.
  • As a student in an academic setting, I have participated in analyzing data, interpreting facts, and drawing logical conclusions.
  • At work, with supervision, guidance, or as part of a team, I have analyzed data, interpreted facts, and drawn conclusions.
  • I have independently analyzed data, interpreted facts, and drawn logical conclusions.
6 Select all the responses that describe the methods and sources you have used to gather data. Answer to this question is required
  • Safety and health research websites
  • Fact-finding interviews
  • Hazard investigation
  • Case law or legal documents
  • Government regulations
  • Organizational policy manuals
  • Newspapers, magazines, periodicals
  • Trade journals
  • Review of research documentation (i.e., medical records, experimental studies, epidemiological studies).
  • Injury illness records/data or accident reports.
  • None of the above
7 Select the response that best describes the environment in which you think that you work most efficiently: Answer to this question is required
  • Routine, specific duties with occasionally changing tasks.
  • Routine, specific duties with constantly changing tasks.
  • Few routine or specific duties, with frequently changing tasks.
  • No routine duties, with an unstructured, creative environment.
8 In urgent situations in which you have been faced with multiple or conflicting priorities, select the one option that you would be most likely to use to manage them. Answer to this question is required
  • Analyze the situation and make a plan to address the issues.
  • Consult with others involved in the task.
  • Address the least complex issues first, and then move on to the larger problems.
  • Address the most urgent issues (or those with the most immediate impact) first; then address the less pressing issues.
  • Consult with your supervisor or project leader to determine priorities.
  • Develop options for addressing multiple issues.
  • None of the above
9 Select all responses to the following statement that apply to your experience. I have had experience communicating with others by: Answer to this question is required
  • Facilitating meetings.
  • Interviewing people.
  • Consulting with and advising industry, management, labor, the general public, and other groups on safety and health issues.
  • Communicating results of evaluations of compliance reviews.
  • Making formal and informal oral presentations to internal and external groups.
  • Presenting complex, technical information to persons unfamiliar with the subject.
  • Participating in education or training programs requiring oral presentation.
  • None of the above.
10 Check all the responses that describe your writing activities to date: Answer to this question is required
  • Composed project status reports
  • Composed documents or correspondence of a business nature.
  • Composed complex occupational safety and health documents or correspondence.
  • Wrote reports or findings regarding occupational safety and health (such as accident investigation reports, materials to support legal filings, etc.).
  • Wrote trade or professional association publication articles.
  • Developed technical manuals or other instructional materials.
  • Wrote graduate level or professional school thesis, practicum, or dissertation (or equivalent).
  • Reviewed the written work of others for accuracy.
  • None of the above.
11 Select the occupational safety and health areas in which you have worked as a regular part of your job for at least three years. (Select all that apply): Answer to this question is required
  • Accident investigation
  • Chemical process safety management.
  • Confined spaces
  • Construction
  • Crane safety
  • Electrical
  • Electrical power generation, transmission, and distribution
  • Fall protection
  • Hazardous energy controls (Lockout/tagout)
  • Machine guarding and mechanical hazards
  • Material handling
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Scaffolding
  • Steel erection
  • Trenching and excavation
  • Walking working surfaces (ladders, stairs, and ramps)
  • Ergonomics
  • Safety and health management
  • Job hazard analysis
  • None of the above
12 Select the industries in which (as a regular part of your job) you have worked for at least one year identifying hazards. Answer to this question is required
  • Agriculture
  • Chemical Process
  • Construction
  • Health Care
  • Logging
  • Manufacturing
  • Marine cargo handling (longshoring or marine terminals)
  • Food Processing
  • Mining
  • Oil and/or Gas
  • Shipyard employment (ship breaking, ship building, or ship repair)
  • Utilities (such as electric, gas, or sanitary services)
  • Wholesale or Retail Trade
  • Service Industry
  • Transportation
  • Government
  • None of the above
13 I have proficiency in using the following technology applications or functions (select all that apply): Answer to this question is required
  • Word processing.
  • Spreadsheets.
  • Databases.
  • Presentation Software.
  • Reporting tools (for data mining, statistical analysis, etc.).
  • Research tools (such as Internet search engines).
  • None of the above.
14 Select the response that best describes your knowledge of the Occupational Safety and Health Act and OSHA safety and health standards. Answer to this question is required
  • I have expert knowledge of a variety of OSHA standards and have applied them to ensure compliance at a worksite or during the development of compliance assistance materials.
  • I am familiar with OSHA standards, procedures, and principles and work closely with other professionals to evaluate safety and health hazards and compliance.
  • I am familiar with the standards, procedures, and principles identified but have not applied them during my career.
  • I am not familiar with the standards, procedures, and principles identified.
15 Select from the list all of the types of equipment that you have used in the assessment of health and safety hazards. Answer to this question is required
  • Cyclone
  • High flow pumps
  • Low flow pumps
  • Noise dosimeter
  • Sound level meter
  • Octave band analyzer
  • Calibration equipment
  • Detector tubes
  • Passive dosimeter
  • Photo ionization detector
  • Wet bulb globe temperature indicator
  • Portable infrared spectrophotometer
  • Combustible gas meter
  • Thermal anemometer or velometer
  • Impingers
  • Evacuated cylinder
  • Pitot tube
  • Carbon monoxide dosimeter
  • Elutriator (horizontal and/or vertical)
  • Light (illumination) meter
  • Radiation meters
  • Surface sampling equipment
  • Video cameras and/or digital photography equipment
  • Sling psychrometer
  • None of the above

Grade: 09

1 Select the one answer that best describes your educational/experience background to meet the basic qualifications requirements for the Safety Specialist, GS-09, position. Answer to this question is required
  • I have 1 YEAR OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-07 level in or related to safety and occupational health that provided the specific knowledge's, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of THIS POSITION.
  • I have a MASTER'S OR EQUIVALENT GRADUATE DEGREE LEVEL EDUCATION in safety or occupational health or a related discipline that included 24 semester hours in safety, occupational health, industrial hygiene, occupational medicine, toxicology, public health, math, physics, chemistry, biological sciences, engineering or industrial psychology that provided the knowledge's, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of THIS POSITION.
  • I have 2 FULL YEARS OF PROGRESSIVELY HIGHER LEVEL GRADUATE EDUCATION in safety or occupational health or a related discipline that included 24 semester hours in safety, occupational health, industrial hygiene, occupational medicine, toxicology, public health, math, physics, chemistry, biological sciences, engineering or industrial psychology that provided the knowledge's, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of THIS POSITION.
  • I have a combination of SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equal GS-07 level of THIS POSITION in or related to safety and health and GRADUATE EDUCATION in safety or occupational health or a related discipline that included 24 sem. hrs. in safety, occupational health, Ind. Hygiene, occupational medicine, toxicology, public health, math, physics, chem. biological sciences, engineering or industrial psychology that provided the specific knowledge's, skills and abilities to perform the duties of THIS POSITION.
  • I do not meet any of the education and/or experience /education combination options above.
2 Select all the following statements that apply to you. Answer to this question is required
  • As part of my duties, I have worked with individuals of opposing interests to reach consensus.
  • I have participated in informal negotiations between individuals or groups to reach consensus
  • I have received training covering alternative dispute resolution or conflict resolution.
  • I have facilitated groups with diverse interests to achieve a common goal.
  • None of the above.
3 Select the response that best describes your highest level of experience working cooperatively and collaboratively with others. Answer to this question is required
  • I do not have prior experience of this nature.
  • I have worked on a team or group with my peers, each designated with a distinctly separate role.
  • I have worked on a team or group with individuals from different divisions, organizations, or offices and have guided others to work effectively in a team environment.
  • I have worked with a team or group in the safety and health industry on many occasions to achieve goals by sharing or integrating ideas, knowledge, information, resources, and responsibility.
  • I have led a team or group to achieve goals by sharing or integrating ideas, knowledge, information, resources, and responsibility.
4 Select the answer that describes the manner in which you prefer to have your work assigned by a supervisor: Answer to this question is required
  • I prefer a supervisor who assigns one task and allows me to work it to completion.
  • I prefer a supervisor who assigns multiple tasks and gives me directions on which one to complete first.
  • I prefer a supervisor who assigns multiple tasks and gives me the latitude to determine which to complete first.
  • I prefer a supervisor who expects me to independently identify tasks that need to be completed.
5 From the following list of interpersonal skills, please identify those that you have routinely and successfully applied at work. Answer to this question is required
  • Facilitated the resolution of competing or conflicting interests among parties whose cooperation is needed in order to meet a program objective
  • Interacted effectively in situations where frequent changes, delays, or unexpected events arise that cause major shifts in priorities, timetables, or work assignments
  • Persuaded others to adopt new methods, procedures, or techniques in order to improve operations
  • Influenced others who are hostile to my recommendations regarding program activities
  • Diffused confrontational contacts with people who are difficult, hostile or distressed
  • None of the above
6 Select the response that best describes your level of safety and health experience analyzing data, interpreting facts, and drawing logical conclusions. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience in this area.
  • As a student in an academic setting, I have participated in analyzing data, interpreting facts, and drawing logical conclusions.
  • At work, with supervision, guidance, or as part of a team, I have analyzed data, interpreted facts, and drawn conclusions.
  • I have independently analyzed data, interpreted facts, and drawn logical conclusions.
7 Select all the responses that describe the methods and sources you have used to gather data. Answer to this question is required
  • Safety and health research websites
  • Fact-finding interviews
  • Hazard investigation
  • Case law or legal documents
  • Government regulations
  • Organizational policy manuals
  • Newspapers, magazines, periodicals
  • Trade journals
  • Review of research documentation (i.e., medical records, experimental studies, epidemiological studies).
  • Injury illness records/data or accident reports.
  • None of the above
8 Select the response that best describes the environment in which you think that you work most efficiently: Answer to this question is required
  • Routine, specific duties with occasionally changing tasks.
  • Routine, specific duties with constantly changing tasks.
  • Few routine or specific duties, with frequently changing tasks.
  • No routine duties, with an unstructured, creative environment.
9 In urgent situations in which you have been faced with multiple or conflicting priorities, select the one option that you would be most likely to use to manage them. Answer to this question is required
  • Analyze the situation and make a plan to address the issues.
  • Consult with others involved in the task.
  • Address the least complex issues first, and then move on to the larger problems.
  • Address the most urgent issues (or those with the most immediate impact) first; then address the less pressing issues.
  • Consult with your supervisor or project leader to determine priorities.
  • Develop options for addressing multiple issues.
  • None of the above
10 Select all responses to the following statement that apply to your experience. I have had experience communicating with others by: Answer to this question is required
  • Facilitating meetings.
  • Interviewing people.
  • Consulting with and advising industry, management, labor, the general public, and other groups on safety and health issues.
  • Communicating results of evaluations of compliance reviews.
  • Making formal and informal oral presentations to internal and external groups.
  • Presenting complex, technical information to persons unfamiliar with the subject.
  • Participating in education or training programs requiring oral presentation.
  • None of the above.
11 Check all the responses that describe your writing activities to date: Answer to this question is required
  • Composed project status reports
  • Composed documents or correspondence of a business nature.
  • Composed complex occupational safety and health documents or correspondence.
  • Wrote reports or findings regarding occupational safety and health (such as accident investigation reports, materials to support legal filings, etc.).
  • Wrote trade or professional association publication articles.
  • Developed technical manuals or other instructional materials.
  • Wrote graduate level or professional school thesis, practicum, or dissertation (or equivalent).
  • Reviewed the written work of others for accuracy.
  • None of the above.
12 Select all the statements which best describe your ability to give oral presentations. Check all that apply. Answer to this question is required
  • I have provided briefings to all levels of management on a wide variety of subjects and topics of interest.
  • I have provided presentations or oral reports to co-workers, supervisors, groups, or management.
  • I have experience as part of a team giving individual presentations and/or oral reports to supervisors, groups or management.
  • I have provided information over the phone to government and non-government personnel.
  • I have training in how to conduct presentations and/or oral reports.
  • None of the above.
13 Select the occupational safety and health areas in which you have worked as a regular part of your job for at least three years. (Select all that apply): Answer to this question is required
  • Accident investigation
  • Chemical process safety management.
  • Confined spaces
  • Construction
  • Crane safety
  • Electrical
  • Electrical power generation, transmission, and distribution
  • Fall protection
  • Hazardous energy controls (Lockout/tagout)
  • Machine guarding and mechanical hazards
  • Material handling
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Scaffolding
  • Steel erection
  • Trenching and excavation
  • Walking working surfaces (ladders, stairs, and ramps)
  • Ergonomics
  • Safety and health management
  • Job hazard analysis
  • None of the above
14 Select the industries in which (as a regular part of your job) you have worked for at least one year identifying hazards. Answer to this question is required
  • Agriculture
  • Chemical Process
  • Construction
  • Health Care
  • Logging
  • Manufacturing
  • Marine cargo handling (longshoring or marine terminals)
  • Food Processing
  • Mining
  • Oil and/or Gas
  • Shipyard employment (ship breaking, ship building, or ship repair)
  • Utilities (such as electric, gas, or sanitary services)
  • Wholesale or Retail Trade
  • Service Industry
  • Transportation
  • Government
  • None of the above
15 I have proficiency in using the following technology applications or functions (select all that apply): Answer to this question is required
  • Word processing.
  • Spreadsheets.
  • Databases.
  • Presentation Software.
  • Reporting tools (for data mining, statistical analysis, etc.).
  • Research tools (such as Internet search engines).
  • None of the above.
16 Select the response that best describes your knowledge of the Occupational Safety and Health Act and OSHA safety and health standards. Answer to this question is required
  • I have expert knowledge of a variety of OSHA standards and have applied them to ensure compliance at a worksite or during the development of compliance assistance materials.
  • I am familiar with OSHA standards, procedures, and principles and work closely with other professionals to evaluate safety and health hazards and compliance.
  • I am familiar with the standards, procedures, and principles identified but have not applied them during my career.
  • I am not familiar with the standards, procedures, and principles identified.
17 Select from the list all of the types of equipment that you have used in the assessment of health and safety hazards. Answer to this question is required
  • Cyclone
  • High flow pumps
  • Low flow pumps
  • Noise dosimeter
  • Sound level meter
  • Octave band analyzer
  • Calibration equipment
  • Detector tubes
  • Passive dosimeter
  • Photo ionization detector
  • Wet bulb globe temperature indicator
  • Portable infrared spectrophotometer
  • Combustible gas meter
  • Thermal anemometer or velometer
  • Impingers
  • Evacuated cylinder
  • Pitot tube
  • Carbon monoxide dosimeter
  • Elutriator (horizontal and/or vertical)
  • Light (illumination) meter
  • Radiation meters
  • Surface sampling equipment
  • Video cameras and/or digital photography equipment
  • Sling psychrometer
  • None of the above

Grade: All Grades

1 I understand that the responses I selected in this questionnaire must be fully supported by detailed descriptions of my work experiences in my resume. In the event that my responses are not supported by my resume, the human resources office will amend my responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency demonstrated in my resume. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
2 I understand submission of supporting documentation, e.g., transcripts, DD-214, SF-50, may be required for this position. I also understand that my application will not be considered if the required supporting documentation is not submitted or is not submitted in accordance with the time frames indicated in the announcement. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
3 Where did you learn about this Department of Labor job opportunity? Answer to this question is required
  • DOL Website
  • USAJOBS
  • DOL Employee (former or current)
  • Employment Office (Federal, State, or Local)
  • Friend or Relative
  • Job Fair, Conference or Convention
  • Public Notice or Service Announcement
  • Radio/Television Broadcast/Magazine Ads
  • Government Recruitment at School
  • Other
  • Email recruitment communication
4 The incumbent of the position must have a driver's license and be able to drive a car on local streets as well as highways in urban and suburban/rural areas. Select one of the following options: Answer to this question is required
  • I have a valid driver's license AND I drive a car/small truck as described above on a regular basis.
  • I have a valid driver's license but I do not drive a motor vehicle as described above.
  • I do not have a driver's license.