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Safety and Occupational Health Specialist

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U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration

$41,365.00 to $65,778.00

Tampa, FL

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$41,365 to $65,778 per year

Pay scale & grade

GS 07 - 09

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Few vacancies in the following location:

Tampa, FL

Tampa, FL

Relocation expenses reimbursed


This job is open to

Federal employees - Competitive service

Current or former competitive service federal employees.

Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)

Federal employees who meet the definition of a surplus or displaced employee.


Individuals with disabilities

Peace Corps & AmeriCorps Vista

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DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees’ differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.

These position(s) are located at the U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA Area Office in Tampa, FL. This position has promotion potential to GS-12.

Promotion Potential: There is no obligation to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions are dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and supervisory approval.

- This position is inside the bargaining unit.

- Relocation costs will not be paid.

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Conduct safety and health inspections in all types of industry, i.e., general industry, construction, maritime, etc., including those involving fatal accidents. Conduct inspections and investigations in establishments and work sites covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Act in a variety of industrial settings covering a wide range of work processes. Plan, schedule, and conduct inspections and investigations in establishments and work sites where the likelihood of a high degree of hazard can be expected. Conduct opening conference with employers and employee representatives to explain the purpose and scope of the inspection or investigation. Review and evaluate establishment's accident history and safety program. Conduct walk-through inspection of establishment work sites, observing work operations and conditions, noting hazardous conditions or unsafe work practices. Make measurements and take samples to determine hazards and accrue evidence needed to prove violations of safety and health standards. Use a variety of sampling and measuring devices such as sound level meters, velometers, air sampling testers, etc. Take photographs of hazardous conditions which may be useful in final review of case or subsequent legal action. Conduct closing conference with the employer to review hazards and/or violations noted; advise employer of possible action which may be proposed as a result of inspection or investigation; advise employer of rights and obligations under the Occupational Safety and Health Act; and determine the estimated time required for abatement of each hazardous condition. Conduct investigation of accidents and fatalities. Conduct interviews with witnesses, employees, medical personnel, police, or other personnel who may have information bearing on the case. Recommend the type of citations and proposed penalty by determining the degree of exposure to the hazard, the probability and possibility of injury and the expected severity of injury. Testify in contested court cases as a witness under oath and is subject to examination conducted by attorneys representing both the agency and the employer. Assist in the on-the-job training of lower grade compliance officers by accompanying them during inspections and investigations; reviewing case reports and providing consultations with respect to the proper application of standards.

Travel Required

76% or greater - Approximately 11 or more days per month.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply

This job is open to…

Current/former Federal employees w/ competitive/reinstatement eligibility; ICTAP/CTAP eligibles in local commuting area; Veterans Employment Opportunity Act eligibles; pres/former Peace Corps (PC) personnel & former PC volunteers; individuals eligible for these non-competitive authorities: Veterans Recruitment Appointment, 30% or > compensably disabled vets; individuals with disabilities.

Questions? This job is open to 5 groups.

Job family (Series)

0018 Safety and Occupational Health Management

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Conditions of Employment

U.S. Citizenship.

Subject to frequent travel.

Requires a medical examination.

Subject to drug test prior to appointment at GS-11 grade level.

Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.

Applicants must meet time-in-grade, time-after-competitive-appointment and qualifications requirements within 30 calendar days after the closing date of the vacancy to be eligible for consideration for selection. Reference the Required Documents section for additional requirements.


BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL GRADES: Degree: Undergraduate and Graduate Education: Major study--safety or occupational health fields (safety, occupatioal 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.


Specialized Experience (for positions above GS-05): 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 t detemine the existence, severity, probability, and outcome of hazards.

* Designing or modifying workplaces, processes, products, or other systems to control or eliminate hazards.

* Insecting 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.


1 full year of graduate level education or superior academic achievement


1 year of specialized experience equivalent at at least GS-05.

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS FOR GS-9: In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a maste's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree,

Or, 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-07.

Combination of Graduate Education and Professional Experience: Combinations of successfully completed graduate level education and specialized experience may be used to meet total experience requirements. Only graduate level education in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade level may be combined with experience.


If you wish to use your education as a basis for meeting the eligibility and/or minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must submit academic transcripts demonstrating that you meet the qualifying educational requirements. If specific course work is required to fulfill the eligibility and/or minimum qualification requirements, you must supply transcripts from each academic institution in which the required courses were taken in order to receive credit for that course work. See the 'Qualifications and Evaluations' section of this announcement for more details.

If you do not submit sufficient academic documentation necessary to demonstrate that you meet the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements described in this announcement, your application will be deemed incomplete and you will be ineligible for further consideration for this vacancy.

College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education - The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from unauthorized secondary schools or post-secondary institutions that are not accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Department of Education. Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education

for more information.

Additional information

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

The Department of Labor does not make unfavorable hiring decisions on the basis of an applicant's previous or current unemployment, or the fact that an applicant has experienced financial difficulty through no fault of his/her own and has undertaken good faith efforts to meet his/her financial obligations. Consideration is given to financial status in relation to appointments only where required by law, regulation, or Executive Order.

Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION





How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

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for Evaluation details. For Displaced Employees ONLY: if you meet the eligibility requirements for special priority selection under ICTAP


, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. ICTAP/CTAP eligibles will be considered well-qualified if they attain at least a rating score of 85 in a numerical rating scheme. Be sure to review DOL Account Eligibility Questions #23 and 26 to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP/CTAP eligible and submit supporting documentation.

Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:

Decision Making: Specifies goals and obstacies to achieving those goals, generates alternatives, considers risks, and evaluates and chooses the best alternative in order to make a determination.

Customer Service: Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or recieve the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, and individuals who work in the agency, or other agencies.

Technical Competence: Uses knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience to perform one's job; works with, understands, and evaluates technical information.

Reading: Learns from written material by determining the main idea or essential message. Recognizes correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling.

Teamwork: Encourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust, and group identity; fosters commitment and team spirit; works with others to achieve goals.

Technology Application: Uses machines, tools or equipment effectively; uses computers and computer applications to communicate information in the appropriate format.

Oral Communication: Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audeince and nature of the information.

Writing: Recognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information in a succinct and organized manner.

The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview). Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the vacancy questions. If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume. Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments (ex. interview, panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.

To preview questions please click here

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

Required Documents

Required Documents

The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Follow the instructions: click How To Submit Supplemental Documentation Document

. Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission. Also, do not upload password protected documents.

The following documents are required from ALL applicants:

- Most Recent SF-50 that indicates current grade, step, and competitive status - All status candidates or reinstatement eligibles

MUST submit.

* Warning: An award SF-50 (ex. cash or time off award) may not indicate grade, step and competitive status. For current DOL employees, an award SF-50 DOES NOT indicate grade and step. Ensure you submit your most recent SF-50 indicating grade, step and competitive status to establish your eligibility for this position.

- Most recent performance appraisal/evaluation signed and dated within 18 months (or reason explaining why one cannot be provided) - applies to current and former Federal employees.

- If you do not have one, you must submit a statement explaining why one cannot be provided or you may not be considered for this position.

The following documents are required if applicable:

- Displaced Employee Placement Documents - Only required if requesting priority consideration under ICTAP



- DD-214 - verifying military service, eligibility for consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA)

and showing character of discharge (ex. Member Copy 4 vs. Copy 1)

- Special/Non-Competitive Appointing Authority Documents - Applicants who are eligible for consideration, and wish to be considered, under one of the following non-competitive hiring authorities must submit appropriate documentation (click on the links below to see the documentation requirements):

(a) Persons with Severe Disabilities (SCHEDULE A)

(b) Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA)

(c) 30% or More Compensably Disabled Veterans

(d) Former Peace Corps Volunteers

or Current or Former Peace Corps Employees

- Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted

Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship

, and the E-Verify

system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.

- Unofficial Transcript(s) (in English) - submit if using education as a basis for qualifying for this position. If so, you must submit all applicable academic transcripts demonstrating that you meet the qualifying educational requirements (ex. BA/BS, MA, JD, PHD, etc). If specific course work is required to qualify, you must supply transcripts from each academic institution in which the required courses were taken in order to receive credit.

You may upload your transcript(s) as one document (3 MB size limit). If over 3 MB, please submit via fax feature.

OFFICIAL Transcripts MUST BE RECEIVED prior to selection and report date. Reference the Education Section for College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.



A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How to Apply

How to Apply

Follow the steps below to apply. Your application and ALL required supplemental documents MUST be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on the vacancy closing date to receive consideration. Paper applications and supplemental documents submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the vacancy contact will not be considered. Click here

for information on Reasonable Accommodations.

SAVE your information before the 30 MINUTE TIMEOUT! For help, go to

STEP 1 - Create USAJOBS Account on, including Resume and Saved Documents

Your resume must provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions. If not, HR may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the competency indicated by resume content. FOR EACH EMPLOYMENT PERIOD, include: start/end month & year and note full-time or part-time (if part-time, include # of hours worked per week); otherwise, your application may be considered incomplete.

STEP 2 - Complete the 1st part of the application process (USAJOBS)

Once you have identified a job on that you wish to apply for, click on the title and click the Apply button. For questions about the vacancy, click the Agency Contact Information link. Click “Start Application” and proceed through 5 steps noted at the top of the USAJOBS page. You will be able to select a resume and documents from your USAJOBS Account that you can submit as a package as part of your DOL application. At Step 5, click “Continue to Agency Site”.

STEP 3 – Complete the 2nd part of the application process (DOL)

On the Department of Labor (DOL) page, create a DOL Account if you have not already and click “APPLY TO THIS VACANCY. Continue through the 7 progress steps indicated by circles at the top of the DOL page. The 3rd progress step is where you answer the vacancy specific questions. The 4th progress step Documents is where you submit required documents (only if applicable to you) specified in the Required Documents section of this vacancy. Pull documents from your USAJOBS Account by clicking U icon under Action. Warning: BE SURE TO pull documents from your USAJOBS Account by clicking U UPLOAD icon under Action. If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.

STEP 4 – On the “Application Review” step, click “Submit Application”

The last “Confirmation” step will turn green noting that your application was submitted successfully.

STEP 5 - Edit Application as needed by 11:59 pm ET of Closing Date by returning to USAJOBS, clicking the vacancy, then “Update Application”.

Agency contact information

Julia Newton Julia Newton









Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Admin

OASAM - Dallas Region

Dallas, Texas

United States

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Next steps

Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and refer candidates for selection consideration. Candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome. A selection is expected to be made within 30 calendar days from the issuance date of the certificate.

To check the status of your application: Click here

. To sign up for Application Status Updates via email: Click Here

Fair & Transparent

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations

or how to contact an agency.

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Financial suitability

Social security number request

Privacy Act

Signature and false statements

Selective Service

New employee probationary period

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

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