Safety & Occup Hlth Mgr
Employment Type: Part-Time
The Loma Linda Veterans Health Care Systems is currently recruiting for one (1) Safety and Occupational Health Manager for the Associate Director for Resources Office. The primary purpose of the Safety and Occupational Health Manager is to serve as the Environmental, Health and Safety (EH&S) Manager/Service Chief of the VA Loma Linda Healthcare System.
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The position has the primary responsibility for the management, which includes the operation, direction, and control of the safety and emergency management program for the medical center and its off-site properties 24 hour a day, 7 days a week basis. The position is directed to accomplish managerial responsibilities and interface them with staff responsibilities in a highly visible manner while cultivating an environment that promotes high reliability principles. The position performs a variety of duties in an extremely complex healthcare system, which is constantly evolving. This includes being an integral part of the environment of care, safety and emergency preparedness initiatives and programs. Work is performed at VA's busiest and most complex health delivery medical centers in the nation. The healthcare system typically maintains one or more academic affiliations and supports/trains large numbers of residents, interns and other health care providers in a wide variety of medical specialties and health care occupations. The Safety and Occupational Health Manager plays a key role in executing the healthcare system strategic plan by:
* Determining long-range, intermediate, and short-range program goals and policies independently or jointly with higher management and/or the appropriate healthcare system committee and multi-disciplinary stakeholders.
* Determining need for and allocation of resources, accounting for their use through effective budget management.
* Considering a broad spectrum of factors when making decisions including requirements of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, guidance and policy from VHA, public relations, effect on the other healthcare system activities, and economic impact.
* Coordinating program efforts with other internal activities and, as necessary, program management officials at the headquarters level to ensure a continuous readiness posture.
* Understanding agency and local healthcare system policies and priorities and communicating them; and communicating the goals of the EHS Program to internal and external stakeholders.
* Establishing personnel management policies for EHS which are in line with the general personnel policies of the agency and the local healthcare system.
* Dealing with personnel actions affecting key employees and with other actions with possible serious repercussions; while promoting an inclusive and high reliability organization.
* Delegating authority to staff and holding them responsible for the performance of their respective organizational units while promoting a culture of high reliability.
* Coordinating and managing the healthcare system's Environment of Care and Water Safety Programs.
* Developing and/or applying methods, techniques, and abatements to control or eliminate unsafe acts or conditions that arise from the introduction of new clinical/administrative practices, equipment and the construction or modification of structures in a hospital setting.
* Developing, implementing and sustaining comprehensive safety training programs and personal protective equipment management to personnel, supervisory employees, and employees' representatives as required.
* Developing policies, oversight plans, and communicating to a diverse group of employees to comply with specific federal, state and local laws and regulations while minimizing adverse impact to patient care.
* Ensuring implementation of i.e. the Safety, Occupational Health, and Fire Protection Programs in accordance with the Joint Commission (TJC), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Committee on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA), National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) and the National Health Physics Program Office (NHPP).
* Assessing achievements and/or implements new procedure or ergonomic adjustments after reviewing i.e. work processes, conducting semi-annual industrial hygiene audits, FIT testing, investigating accidents, responding to emergency incidents, inspecting both industrial, health care work sites to include inspecting and reviewing of new construction worksites.
* Serving as the primary representative for the review of safety and occupational health programs including industrial Hygiene, GEMS, Emergency Management, Radiation and Water Safety to achieve/maintain compliance with agency regulations and standards.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 7:00am-3:30pm
Telework: Not available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Description/PD#: Safety & Occup Hlth Mgr/PD13235O
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: May be authorized for highly qualified individuals
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
* Job family (Series)
0018 Safety and Occupational Health Management
* Engineers, Industrial
* Hygienists, Industrial
* Industrial Engineers
* Industrial Hygienists
Conditions of Employment
* You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
* Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
* 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
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 07/29/2021.
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-13 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-12 level. 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.
You may qualify based on your experience as described below:
* Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-12 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: 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
You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
* Interpersonal Skills
* Planning and Evaluating
* Technical Competence
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.
Physical Requirements: The work involves the frequent performance of surveys and onsite visits to offices, laboratory and maintenance shops necessitating prolonged periods of walking, standing, climbing, crouching, and lifting as much as 50 pounds.
For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/.
There is no educational substitution at this grade level.