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Grade: 11

1 Choose the statement that best describes your experience/education as it relates to this position. Answer to this question is required
  • I have at least 1 year of full-time specialized experience at or equivalent to Grade 09 in the Federal service which is in or directly related to the work of the position that provided the specific knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.
  • I have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in safety or occupational health fields (safety, occupational health, industrial hygiene), or degree in other related fields as described in the announcement.
  • I have a qualifying combination of experience and education.
  • I do NOT have the experience or education described above.
2

Choose the one statement that best describes your experience/education as it relates to this positon.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 level in the Federal service or comparable pay band system related to the work of this position. This specialized experience is defined as identifying and evaluating risk potential involving a variety of environments and occupations using a knowledge of safety and occupational health management principles, practices and procedures and the wide range of laws and regulations; promoting safety programs and principles in a variety of environments to a variety of employee and visitor groups; assessing new procedures to identify and control hazardous operations, conditions and equipment.
  • I have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in safety or occupational health fields (safety, occupational health, industrial hygiene), or LL.M. 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.
  • I have a qualifying combination of experience and education as described in the vacancy announcement.
  • I do not have the experience or education described above.
3 Which of the following best describes your experience with and knowledge to apply safety and occupational health laws, regulations, principles, practices, and procedures to advise on or resolve technical matters dealing with occupational safety and health requirements, applicable in a biological research facility with chemistry laboratories. (Choose the single best answer that relates to your experience.) Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience developing directing safety and occupational health programs to ensure the safety and health of workers in a building/office environment.
  • I have experience developing and directing safety and occupational health programs to ensure the safety and health of workers in a setting that includes both indoor and outdoor areas.
  • I have experience developing and directing safety and occupational health programs to ensure the safety and health of workers in a general laboratory setting.
  • I have experience developing and directing safety and occupational health programs to ensure the safety and health of workers in a large chemical and biological laboratory and outdoor research complex.
  • I do not have experience in this area.
4 Do you have demonstrated experience with identifying trends and patterns of accident/injuries and assisted in evaluating an agency’s health and safety programs? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
5 What is your working experience investigating safety or occupational health mishaps? Answer to this question is required
  • I have led investigations of worker deaths, serious injuries, or illnesses.
  • I have independently investigated worker deaths, serious injuries, or illnesses.
  • I have participated as a team member in investigations of worker deaths, serious injuries, or illnesses.
  • I have independently investigated regular accidents or minor safety and health incidents.
  • I have led or participated in investigations of minor safety and health incidents.
  • I have no experience investigating safety or occupational health mishaps.
6 Do you have training and/ certification in monitoring radioactive chemicals? (Check the answer that best applies to you.) Answer to this question is required
  • I do not have training or certification in monitoring radioactive chemicals.
  • I have training in monitoring radioactive chemicals.
  • I have both training and certification in monitoring radioactive chemicals.
7 Which of the following best describes your experience assisting with applying and evaluating a complex safety program involving a broad range of high-risk safety in a field with constantly changing hazards, particularly those related to chemical research science (or similar) in a biological research facility. (Choose the single best answer that relates to your experience). Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience with the application of a comprehensive safety and health plan that performs root cause analysis and develops interventions for reducing traumatic injuries, illnesses and hazardous exposures across multiple and diverse worksites within a biological research facility with chemical laboratory research.
  • I have experience with the application of a comprehensive safety and health plan that performs root cause analysis and develops interventions for reducing traumatic injuries, illnesses and hazardous exposures a hospital or general laboratory.
  • I have experience application of a safety and health program for a company or worksite.
  • I have experience implementing a worker safety and health program as a team member.
  • I do not have experience in this area.
8

Which of the following statements best describes your experience relative to conducting physical walk-throughs and inspections of facilities to assess work activities and equipment for health/safety risks?

Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  • I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  • I am considered an organizational expert in performing this task: I have supervised performance of this task or I am normally the person who is consulted by other EH&S specialists to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise
9 Please select your level of expertise in: operating a variety of instruments (meters, monitors, detectors, etc.) used in the detection of occupational health hazards. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had experience, education, or training.
  • I have completed formal education, but have not yet performed these tasks on the job.
  • I have experience performing these tasks under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee for technical accuracy and conformance with regulations.
  • I have experience independently performing these tasks.
  • I have routine experience independently performing these tasks, and I have trained others and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in completing these tasks.
10 Please select your level of expertise in: identifying and correcting hazardous operations or conditions. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had experience, education, or training.
  • I have completed formal education, but have not yet performed these tasks on the job.
  • I have experience performing these tasks under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee for technical accuracy and conformance with regulations.
  • I have experience independently performing these tasks.
  • I have routine experience independently performing these tasks, and I have trained others and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in completing these tasks.
11

What is your experience in specific aspects of safety program management? Check all that apply.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have assisted in ensuring an organization is in compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and other applicable federal regulations.
  • I have assisted in the interpretation of new safety and occupational health regulations and recommended the adoption or implementation of specific policies and procedures.
  • I have assisted with the implementation of safety and occupational health programs in accordance with Presidential Directives and the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970.
  • I have determined and selected the appropriate guides for application to each situation from among a number of established technical alternatives.
  • I have assisted with initial reviews of work sites to analyze work tasks and determine existing or potentially hazardous situations.
  • I have worked with supervisors to review inspection findings and to mitigate hazards.
  • I have assisted in the development of new safety criteria used to eliminate or control serious hazards encountered by personnel in the performance of their duties.
  • I have input data into, and maintained, a management information system that generates mishap, injury and illness data for a parent organization.
  • I have collected topical safety related information and incorporated it into a newsletter or web page for internal distribution.
  • I have prepared reports summarizing inspection results.
  • I have inspected worksites posing increased risks of accident or illness, such as new construction or infrastructure repair, to assure incorporation of adequate fire safety features and compliance with applicable codes.
  • I have conducted annual OHSA required inspections for the Agency to evaluate the effectiveness of occupational safety requirements in the work environment.
  • I have inspected work sites with increased risks of accident or illness to assure incorporation of adequate safety features and compliance with applicable codes, ensure contractor compliance, and provide insight for program and safety requirements.
  • I have conducted initial and annual fire and safety inspections.
12 What is your working experience implementing corrective measures to eliminate or control environmental, safety, or health hazards? Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience devising, recommending, and implementing novel corrective measures for complex or unique hazards.
  • I have experience recommending and implementing standard corrective measures, such as removal or substitution of hazardous materials or equipment, modifications to equipment or work processes to minimize hazards, or use of personal protective equipment, for common hazards.
  • I have experience recommending and implementing a limited set of corrective actions for relatively routine problems, such as poor housekeeping.
  • I have experience ensuring a workgroup follows established environmental, health, and safety guidelines.
  • I have experience following established environmental, health, and safety guidelines.
  • I have no experience implementing corrective measures to eliminate or control environmental, safety, or health hazards.
13 Which statements describe you experience presenting safety training information orally? (Check all that apply.) Answer to this question is required
  • I have made formal oral and virtual presentations for training at safety meetings or conferences of 100+ people.
  • I have made formal oral and virtual presentations for training at safety meetings or groups of 25-100 people.
  • I have made oral and virtual presentations for training at local or departmental meetings.
  • I have made oral presentations for training to small workgroups of up to 25 people.
  • I have prepared material for oral training presentations by others.
  • I have not made oral presentations of training information.
14 Which of the following best describes your experience in orienting new staff and students for laboratory and occupational safety requirements with chemical (or similar) setting and briefing curators, researchers and departmental management on the overall safety program? (Choose the single best answer that relates to your experience). Answer to this question is required
  • I have independently led weekly to monthly orientations for new scientists, technical staff and students for laboratory and occupational safety requirements with chemical laboratory (or similar) setting.
  • I have assisted with orienting new scientists, technical staff and students for laboratory and occupational safety requirements with chemical laboratory (or similar) setting.
  • I have assisted with orienting new staff in general occupational health and safety for an office or non-lab type (or similar) setting.
  • I do not have experience with orienting new staff or students in safety procedures.
15 Which of the following best describes your experience informing senior and/or mid-level management of safety issues in a biological research facility with chemical (or similar) setting and briefing curators, researchers and departmental management on the overall safety program? (Choose the single best answer that relates to your experience). Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience making pro-active technical recommendations regarding unsafe conditions and practices, which require departure from existing management policy. I have exercised good judgment in determining unsafe practices that can be fixed through consultation and collaboration and which require me to alert senior management within chemical and biological research facility.
  • I have experience consulting and coordinating with agency experts including industrial hygienists, physicians, environmental engineers, safety managers and fire prevention engineers in the resolution of safety problems.
  • I have experience providing technical guidance and assistance on diverse environmental and hazardous conditions in widely dispersed geographic locations.
  • I have experience assisting with occupational health programs within the organizational unit, including hazardous materials monitoring, inspections, and injury/accident reporting.
  • I have experience providing briefings covering the status of the safety program to senior managers on a consistent basis as part of my regular duties.
  • I have experience informing and updating senior management on a weekly basis regarding on-going safety issues.
  • I do not have experience in this area.
16 Please select your level of expertise in: oral and written communication including the ability to prepare reports, draft plans and guidelines, and convey complex technical requirements and information to internal and external contacts (check all that apply). Answer to this question is required
  • I have conducted interviews with supervisors and managers to obtain information about organizational missions, functions, and work procedures.
  • I have conducted interviews with staff, supervisors, and managers in the course of accident investigations.
  • I have prepared training courses for groups larger than 10 people.
  • I have presented training courses to groups larger than 10 people.
  • I have prepared written lab safety plans.
  • I have communicated with a variety of groups and individuals involving explanation and clarification of detailed regulations and policies.
  • I have encouraged, persuaded, and convinced others to voluntary comply with organizational safety health and environmental policies.

Grade: All Grades

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1 Select the response that best reflects how you learned about this position. Answer to this question is required
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