BSEE Safety Manager

Safety and Occupational Health Management

GS-0018

Position Overview

DOI’s workforce of 70,000 deserves a work environment that is as healthy, comfortable and safe as possible.  Safety and Occupational Health Specialists and Managers strive for this goal every day by identifying and eliminating or minimizing the chances of preventable work-related illnesses and injuries and potential harm to property and productivity.

This position is represented at the following bureaus

Bureau of Indian Affairs
Bureau of Land Management
Bureau of Reclamation
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
Department of the Interior Offices
National Park Service
Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Geological Survey

Candidate Description

The ideal candidate is an adept problem solver with an understanding of and interest in occupational health and safety principles and best practices and is familiar with engineering, construction, ergonomics, industrial hygiene, physiology, chemical safety, biosafety, and other fields.  This person can effectively collaborate, encourage, persuade and motivate others to understand and follow important rules while maintaining productive and positive relationships.

Specialty Areas

Biosafety, firearms, watercraft, dive safety, aviation, radiation, laboratory practices, instructor training, outdoor hazard recognition, machine guarding

Work Environment

Works in a variety of environments. This includes indoors in a laboratory, shop, or office area, and outdoors in potentially extreme temperatures. May work in isolated locations and high traffic areas (e.g., along roads). May also work on watercraft.

Minimum Education Requirements

Please see the Individual Occupation Requirements and the Administrative and Management Positions Group Qualification Standard on the OPM websites.

Career Level Requirements

Responsibilities by Level

  • Entry:

    • Serving as member of a survey team checking for health/safety hazards and compliance with OSHA standards
    • Performing simple, low risk inspections for cleanliness or presence of operable protective gear
    • Completing inspection reports
    • Providing safety orientations to new employees
    • Answering questions from employees about basic safety and health requirements and procedures
    • Coordinates safety training activities and monitoring staff safety training status
    • Identifies industrial hygiene monitoring concerns and coordinates employee exposure monitoring

  • Mid:

    • Planning and carrying out safety and occupational health surveys and inspections at DOI facilities
    • Recommending measures to eliminate hazardous practices or conditions
    • Reviewing contracts for safety language, and providing guidance to others on inspecting contractor safety plans
    • Analyzing accident and injury reports to identify trends and develop prevention recommendations
    • Assists in development and annual review of safety plans.

  • Journey:

    • Providing advice to leadership on accident prevention/investigation or specialized programs such as defibrillators or hearing protection
    • Applying technical knowledge to resolve complex issues or hazards
    • Developing safety policies/procedures and developing safety training curricula
    • Coordinating multi-site safety inspection programs
    • Assists with the development of Bureau safety programs and policies
    • Manages safety databases
    • Monitors injury trends and implements initiatives to reduce injuries
    • Provides safety training and facility safety program direction
    • Manages a network of multi-facility safety contacts

  • Senior:

    • Planning, developing, implementing and managing comprehensive regional/national safety and health programs
    • Developing broad policy and overseeing safety and health management programs
    • Consulting, coordinating and serving on high level councils, advisory groups, and committees

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Strengths by Level

Entry 5-7
Mid 9-11
Journey 12-13
Senior 14-15
  • Accountability
    Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results. Determines objectives, sets priorities, and delegates work. Accepts responsibility for mistakes. Complies with established control systems and rules.
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  • Attention to Detail
    Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.
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  • Creative Thinking
    Uses imagination to develop new insights into situations and applies innovative solutions to problems; designs new methods where established methods and procedures are inapplicable or are unavailable.
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  • Customer Service
    Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.
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  • Decision Making
    Makes sound, well-informed, and objective decisions; perceives the impact and implications of decisions; commits to action, even in uncertain situations, to accomplish organizational goals; causes change.
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  • Flexibility
    Is open to change and new information; adapts behavior or work methods in response to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles; effectively deals with ambiguity.
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  • Influencing/Negotiating
    Persuades others to accept recommendations, cooperate, or change their behavior; works with others towards an agreement; negotiates to find mutually acceptable solutions.
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  • Interpersonal Skills
    Treats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect. Considers and responds appropriately to the needs and feelings of different people in different situations.
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  • Oral Communication
    Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
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  • Organizational Awareness
    Knows the organization's mission and functions, and how its social, political, and technological systems work and operates effectively within them; this includes the programs, policies, procedures, rules, and regulations of the organization.
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  • Partnering
    Develops networks and builds alliances; collaborates across boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals.
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  • Planning and Evaluating
    Organizes work, sets priorities, and determines resource requirements; determines short- or long-term goals and strategies to achieve them; coordinates with other organizations or parts of the organization to accomplish goals; monitors progress and evaluates outcomes.
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  • Problem Solving
    Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.
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  • Reasoning
    Identifies rules, principles, or relationships that explain facts, data, or other information; analyzes information and makes correct inferences or draws accurate conclusions.
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  • Self-Management
    Sets well-defined and realistic personal goals; displays a high level of initiative, effort, and commitment towards completing assignments in a timely manner; works with minimal supervision; is motivated to achieve; demonstrates responsible behavior.
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  • Teamwork
    Encourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust, and group identity; fosters commitment and team spirit; works with others to achieve goals.
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  • 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 related to the job; advises others on technical issues.
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  • Writing
    Recognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a succinct and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material, that is appropriate for the intended audience.
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