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Safety & Occupational Health Manager

Company: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Altoona
Posted on: November 20, 2022

Job Description:

Summary The Safety Manager serves as the Altoona Veteran Affair's Medical Center (AV AMC) Chief, Safety Section and Safety Officer, reporting directly to the Executive Assistant of the Associate Director. The incumbent of this position has full delegated authority and responsibility for the planning, coordination, operation, and internal evaluation of all the Hospital Safety and Occupational Health Programs. Responsibilities Duties include but not limited to the following: Plan work to be accomplished by subordinates, set and adjust short-term priorities, and prepare schedules for completion of work. Assign work to subordinates based on priorities, selective consideration of the difficulty and requirements of assignments, and the capabilities of employees. Evaluate work performance of subordinates. Give advice, counsel, or instruction to employees on both work and administrative matters. Interview candidates for positions in the unit; recommend appointment, promotion, or reassignment to such positions. Hear and resolve complaints from employees, referring group grievances and more serious unresolved complaints to a higher-level supervisor or manager. provide administrative and policy direction to Service Chiefs and supervisors throughout the hospital as well as providing expert advice and counsel to all members of the Executive Team including the Hospital Director. Determining whether contractor performed work meets standards of adequacy necessary for authorization of payment. Finding and implementing ways to eliminate or reduce significant bottlenecks and barriers to production, promote team building, or improve business practices. Manages a comprehensive Green Environmental Management System (GEMS) in accordance with VHA and VA Medical Center policy and guidance. Responsible for applying environmental science and technology to demonstrate relationships between the operation of the VA Medical Center with human health, ecosystems, environmental media and natural resources. Provides leadership and direction to management, professional and technical personnel regarding the development and implementation of the facility GEMS program. Plans, organizes, implements, oversees and provides technical assistance for projects to resolve environmental problems. Assignments include, but are not limited to, domestic and industrial wastewater treatment and disposal; safe drinking water; treatment, storage and disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous solid waste; release of hazardous material/spill response; air pollution control; environmental media permitting; toxic substances and regulatory oversight. Lead and support the local EOC Committee by the following: Lead the EOC rounding and inspection process, preparing indicator reports reflective of areas of responsibility, for example accident and incident rate statistics; assures that the committee is kept abreast of issues affecting the safety/life safety of employees, staff, visitors, and patients. Establishes program goals, benchmarks and implements actions to improve program performance and develops and maintains a comprehensive safety program. Provides administrative guidance and sets broad program objects. Reviews and improves the safety program by reviewing for OSHA compliance and for compliance with the applicable provisions of the Joint Commission standards, the Life Safety Code and the National Fire Codes produced by the NFP A to assure compliance throughout the campus including CBOCs, contract Nursing Homes and contract Residential Board and Care Facilities. Reviews accident reports and incident reports and directs and evaluates the effectiveness of corrective actions impacting organization-wide employee, Veteran and visitor safety. Implements, develops, conducts, maintains and revises comprehensive Safety, Fire Prevention/Protection, GEMS, Emergency Management and Occupational Health training programs. Directs the implementation of training in accordance with changes in the state of the art, knowledge about safety, fire prevention/protection, and occupational health issues. Provides administrative guidance and sets broad program goals for the Industrial Hygienist. Establishes a mechanism for monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of the program. Reviews, plans, develops, implements and evaluates occupational safety procedures and policies to handle occupational hygiene issues (proper use of materials and equipment, carcinogens, antineoplastic agents, hazardous chemicals, biohazards, asbestos, noise abatement, respiratory protection, use of personnel protective equipment, etc.) Performs other related duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm Eastern Time Unless Otherwise Approved by Supervisor Compressed/Flexible: Not Available Telework: VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Safety & Occupational Health Manager/PD022510 Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. 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 To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 11/17/2022. Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-12 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-11. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment. Individual Occupational Requirements:Education: 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.ORExperience: 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. In addition to the above IOR, you must qualify with grade requirements below: GS-12 Grade Requirements: Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-7 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include: Acts as a technical expert on issues related to safety in a health care facility with intimate knowledge of JC, OSHA, NFPA, NIOSH, ADA, and CARF standards; Regulates and enforces Safety policies, programs, and activities; Maintains accountability for developing, implementing, managing and monitoring a comprehensive Environmental Safety and Health Program. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: Environmental Engineering Managing Human Resources Project Management Safety Engineering 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; religions; 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. Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. 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. 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 The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified: applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the required competencies of the job. 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. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

Keywords: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Altoona , Safety & Occupational Health Manager, Executive , Altoona, Pennsylvania

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