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TO TEACH OR TO COACH Navigating Between Approaches

By Wyatt Bradbury

If someone is looking for me most Saturday mornings, I can be found pacing the pool deck at my local YMCA. I grew up a swimmer in sunny southern California and, for the past half-decade, have worked to pass along my passion for the water to people of all ages.

The water is a great equalizer. Some ac- complished adult swimmers leave train- ing sessions frustrated and exhausted. However, as much as I love working with adults, it is when teaching the tadpoles, or elementary-aged swimmers, that I am challenged as an instructor.

During my time as a safety profes- sional, I have repeatedly been frustrated when people seem unable to pick up the simplest of concepts. Why is it so hard to choose the appropriate ladder or fall pro- tection when they are right there? Why can’t the foreman just fill out the daily safety briefing form correctly? Why can’t “they” just get “it”?

As a professional, I repeatedly try to coach the behavior I am looking for. Feedback, positive reinforcement and spot coaching are all provided on a con- sistent basis. I am doing my best to im- part the expectations to employees based on what I see them doing. Why can’t “they” just get “it”?

When a new group of athletes, usually age 5 to 7, are promoted into my level 4 stroke introduction class, it is my first time working with these students. It is also possibly the first time they are tak- ing a class in “the big pool” and expected to actually swim laps by the end. They are coming from the level 3 class suppos- edly knowing how to “use big arms” and breathe to the side. It is at this point that I am also presented with a choice: How will I approach these students?

You see, one of the reasons I believe our employees “just can’t get it” is because
we fail as professionals and leaders to un- derstand the magnitude of the choice we

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face when new employees start with our organization and go through their initial orientation. We assume that because they have an OSHA training class or decades of experience they should already know how to do something. This is a common assumption and seemingly not without justification. However, behind this as- sumption is ultimately a critical choice: Whether I am going to teach or to coach. Interestingly, the dictionary defini- tions for these words also fail to pick

up on the subtle but crucial distinction between the two approaches. They relate one to another and the methodology of training, and thus they are not useful for the purposes of understanding the differ- ences between the two concepts.

In its most basic form, teaching refers to the imparting of a skill, lesson or piece of knowledge for the first time. This does not mean that the learner does not have any prior knowledge or skill, it simply means that the next skill to learn is being developed or imparted for the first time. When I work with level 4 swimmers, I am often teaching them how to breathe

on their side and how to properly swim with “big arms.” Many already know how to float, roll and kick from their level 3 classes. The skills of breathing on their side and swimming with their freestyle “big arms” that I am teaching validate and integrate their prior knowledge and build upon it to accomplish a new or more complicated skill. I have to under- stand their initial capacity, then teach the new skills they need to master.

Once these budding athletes have be- gun to demonstrate their competency of the skill, coaching can begin. Coaching relates to the continued development of a skill to achieve advanced levels of perfor- mance. Coaching is personalized and be- gins to take into account the unique goals of the individual based on how far beyond mere competency they desire to achieve.

As the students progress to levels 5 and 6, they have already learned how to swim freestyle through my level 4 teaching and we now work on the specific nuances such as how to pull more efficiently and in a motion that will reduce the potential for damage to the rotator cuff. Were I to start

You see, one of the reasons I believe our employees “just can’t get it” is because we fail as professionals and leaders to understand the magnitude of the choice we face when new employees start with our organization

and go through their initial orientation.

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by trying to coach these methods before they were effectively taught, there is a good chance that all parties would become frus- trated and proficiency would take longer to achieve, if it could be achieved at all.

When employees fail to demonstrate competency of a safety expectation, we must carefully consider whether teaching or coaching is needed. Teaching when the content is already known runs the risk of disengaging employees from the safety system because they are hearing the same information over and over. When they can recite the information, chances are they do not need teaching. They will tune it out and the feedback will go unheeded.

Coaching employees prematurely
runs the risk of them not understanding base-level expectations or being able to demonstrate competency, and they are given feedback that does not align with the base-level understanding they have. These two approaches are not mutually exclusive. In many cases, there will be some blend of the two, particularly as the core skills are validated and advanced skills imparted. The key is recognizing

when either teaching or coaching is needed in a particular situation. When employees are hired, they need to go through a validation of their skills and abilities to determine where gaps exist and in what areas coaching or teaching might be needed. This means that professionals need to become adept at identifying when teaching or coaching is needed and have developed a nuanced approach to effec- tively blend the concepts into their daily work. Reliance on one or the other will ultimately limit the potential impact and therefore a blend of teaching and coaching depending on the situation is key.

One of the best ways to identify what method is needed at a particular time
is to let employees demonstrate their competency. If they fail to demonstrate a

basic level of proficiency, then training is undoubtedly needed. If the employee has working knowledge, then coaching can bring the individual to a more advanced skill level. When it is time to start build- ing upon prior knowledge and learn new skills, a teaching approach can resume.

Navigating between the teaching
and coaching approaches is crucial to ensuring that employees are receiving the appropriate level of information and through a means that supports, validates and builds upon their knowledge, skills and abilities. When properly employed, the likelihood that employees “just don’t get it” is reduced, and employees become part of the solution to growth and de- velopment, not perceived as part of the problem or source of failure. PSJ

Wyatt Bradbury, M.Eng., CSP, CHST, CIT, serves as an HSE advisor for Hitachi Rail and as an adjunct professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has experience in aquatic and rec- reation risk management, electrical construction, powerline safety, rail safety and safety consulting. Bradbury currently holds an M.Eng. in Advanced Safety Engineering and Management from the Univer- sity of Alabama at Birmingham. He serves as Assistant Regional Vice President—Communications for Region VI, and as a member of the Chapter Leader Training Committee. He is a professional member and past president of ASSP’s National Capital Chapter, and a member of the Society’s Emerging Profession- als in OSH Common Interest Group.

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MACSC (the Mid Atlantic Construction Safety Conference) 2021 – We’re back!

The Mid Atlantic Construction Safety Conference (MACSC) is returning this spring in a big way! We are all aware the pandemic has created challenges and our conference has certainly felt the impact of those challenges. The construction industry continues as essential business and the dangers the industry faces have not gone away. In order to continue to meet the needs in the construction safety field, we are going to provide an all virtual conference this year. 

We were unable to provide a 2020 conference but, we just can’t wait another year without reaching out to the construction industry. Our six sponsoring seed organizations have been busy developing the 2021 Conference. 

This year’s (2021) conference (May 11th and 12th) will take place over two days, with 5 educational sessions each day. It will begin at 7am EDT both days and run through early afternoon. The agenda is being finalized and will be published soon.

We thank all of you who have supported the conference in the past. We look forward to a 2022 in person event that will be our best yet, thank you!

Attendees Click Here to register

Sponsors Click Here to register

Seed Organizations 

ABC Virginia

http://www.abcva.org/

American Subcontractors Association of Metro Washington

https://asamw.org/

ASSP National Capital Chapter

ASSP NOVA Chapter

Chesapeake Region Safety Council

Washington Metropolitan Area Construction Safety Association

http://www.wmacsa.com/

Vote for Your Society Leaders in the ASSP 2021 Elections

Voting for the 2021 elections will run from March 1 to March 31. Ballots will be sent to ASSP members via e-mail on March 1, 2021. Members can find candidate information, including biographies and platform statements for all candidates and video statements for Board of Director candidates, on the ASSP elections web page.

This year, you will have an opportunity to vote for senior vice president; director-at-large; vice president, professional affairs; and vice president, professional development. Members of regions, areas, practice specialties and common interest groups that have a position in this election will vote in the respective races.

Voting for your ASSP leaders is important because the members elected to office will help your Society to pursue its strategic initiatives and advance the OSH profession. These elected candidates will become influential leaders within ASSP, so be sure to cast your vote and let your voice be heard. Election results will be published in the May 2021 issue of Professional Safety.

Become an informed voter by visiting the elections web page, where you can read candidate biographies and platform statements about each candidate’s ideas about ASSP’s direction and future. For questions, send an e-mail to the elections team.

Public Health Professional

Eastern Research Group, Inc. – Washington, DC


Eastern Research Group, Inc. (ERG) has an opening for a bright, motivated and detail oriented public health professional for our Washington, DC, offices. ERG is a nationally recognized consulting firm specializing in environmental and occupational health, environmental science and engineering, economics, risk assessment, information technology, climate change, facility management, and training, communications, and outreach. ERG supports government clients in assessing the impacts from environmental health and safety (EHS) hazards. 

You will be helping to:

  • Develop tools, products, and tracking mechanisms designed to improve agency EHS performance.
  • Prepare and revise EHS plans, programs, and procedures.
  • Monitor, interpret, and communicate changes in legal and other requirements.
  • Prepare agendas, presentations, and summaries for EHS-related meetings.
  • Assist with developing, updating, and presenting training.
  • Update a website to communicate key messages.
  • Assist with outreach efforts such as preparing posters and fact sheets.

Candidates must have:

  • At a minimum, a B.S. degree in a related field. An M.P.H. in environmental and/or occupational health sciences is a plus.
  • Two to five years of experience.
  • Experience researching, analyzing, and writing technical documents.
  • Familiarity with EHS topics.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Ability to quickly learn new processes and software programs.
  • Ability to work well as part of a team.
  • Excellent communication, writing, time management, organizational, and analytical skills.

Job ID: ARLAL0316212B11
Successful candidates must be committed to working with a diverse and inclusive team.

Eastern Research Group, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and complies with applicable EEO and affirmative action regulations. EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability

Please be aware, the only authentic corporate domain for Eastern Research Group, Inc. (ERG) is www.erg.com. ERG may, on occasion, screen applicants via telephone or video interviews via Skype, Teams, GoToMeeting, or another type of video platform. However, any candidate extended a job offer will be asked to meet in person with an ERG employee before being asked to provide confidential personal information associated with new employment. COVID-19 HIRING – most hiring processes are currently virtual during the pandemic. All interviews, as well as new hire orientations, will take place via video conference using Teams, Skype, or GoToMeeting.

For applicants that require an accommodation: As a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you have the right to request a reasonable accommodation if you are unable or limited in your ability to use or access ERG’s online application process as a result of your disability. Please contact Human Resources via e-mail at Resumes-Lex@erg.com or telephone 781-674-7293 to request an accommodation.

There’s a reason ERGers are so dedicated. We work in a friendly, flexible, inclusive environment with clients who are committed to making the world a better place. We promote and recognize principles of fairness, equity, and social justice in the work we do, partnerships we foster, and culture we value both within and outside of our organization.

Apply HERE

Safety and Occupational Health Specialist

Central Intelligence Agency

Washington, DC 20505 (Foggy Bottom area)
Safety and Occupational Health Specialists support the CIA’s environmental safety program at Agency facilities. 

Full-Time 
$68,146 – $131,341* 

  • Higher starting salary possible depending on experience level

Bachelor’s degree 

About the Job 

Responsibilities of the Safety and Occupational Health Specialist include: 

Coordinate all safety and health (S&H) compliance programs at the location of assignment 
Conduct S&H inspections to ensure compliance with applicable regulations and prevailing professional standards and practices 
Develop and implement S&H policies and programs 
Provide S&H training to personnel including managers and supervisors 
Conduct industrial hygiene (IH) monitoring to verify personnel are protected from occupational exposures 
Analyze and Investigate S&H incidents to ensure that action is taken to correct deficiencies or violations of established standards 
Investigate employee complaints and suggestions regarding hazardous conditions 
Evaluate new and existing jobs, processes, or products to determine existence and severity of hazards and recommend controls 
Maintain S&H records and manage support contracts, to include acting as the contracting officer’s representative 
Provide technical guidance on S&H issues 
Coordinate on all construction activities to ensure S&H is considered in the planning & decision-making 
Develop & execute a budget 
Brief leadership on risks and recommend mitigations 
Interact with Federal, state and local regulatory officials. 

This position requires a commitment to serve where mission needs are located. You must maintain an ongoing readiness to travel and relocate to meet short and long-term organizational requirements. A commitment to travel overseas, including hardship locations, is required. 

Who You’ll Work With 

At the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), we recognize our Nation’s strength comes from the diversity of its people. People from a broad range of backgrounds and viewpoints work at CIA, and our diverse teams are the reason we can keep our country safe. 

Read more about diversity and inclusion 

What You’ll Get 

Our benefits support every aspect of a working professional’s life, including health and wellness, time off, family, finances, and continuing education. Our programs include highly sought-after government health benefits, flexible schedules, sick leave, and childcare. In some cases, we also offer sign-on incentives and cover moving expenses if you relocate. 

As a CIA employee, you’ll also get the satisfaction of knowing your work is part of something bigger than yourself. Our work is driven by one mission: to keep our Nation safe. Every day is an opportunity to enhance U.S. national security. 

Learn more about working at CIA 

Minimum Qualifications 
Bachelor’s degree in one of the following fields or related studies: 
Occupational Safety and Health 
Industrial Hygiene 
Public Health 
Safety Sciences 
Safety Risk Management 
Chemistry 
GPA of at least a 3.0 on a 4-point scale is preferred, but exceptions may be made for extenuating circumstances. 
Excellent verbal, quantitative, and written communication skills 
Strong interpersonal skills 
Highly motivated self-starter, who is flexible, detail-oriented, and is able to work independently and as part of a team 
Willing to take on additional duties related to the Environmental Protection and Compliance field, as well as become a subject matter expert in a specific S&H area 
Willing to travel & regularly rotate assignments/locations 
What You’ll Need to Apply 
Resume 
Unofficial transcripts for all degrees 
A cover letter in which you specify your qualifications for this position. Please address why you want to work in this role and what differentiates you from other applicants.

Apply HERE

Safety Promotions Program Manager

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

Locations:  Washington, DC 20001


Job Description
Join a dynamic team at the center of WMATA’s ongoing Safety program transformation.As a member of the Department for Safety and Environmental Management (SAFE), you will be leading efforts to engage our workforce and customers to advance our Safety Management System (SMS).Metro’s Safety Program is experiencing a transformation to become the industry-leader in the development and implementation of a robust SMS. The SMS is composed of four fundamental components: Safety Policy, Safety Risk Management, Safety Assurance, and Safety Promotion.This leader will be responsible for leading the effort to advance the Safety Promotion component of Metro’s SMS. This role includes improving our Voluntary Safety Reporting Program, Engaging with Safety Committees, preparing safety content for Metro-wide communications, and maintaining the SAFE page of Metro’s intranet. Ideal candidates should have a background in project management and communications and also have the ability to manage multiple project simultaneously. Excellent written and oral communication skills as well as critical thinking skills are considered essential.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in Project Management, Technical Management, Business Management, Marketing, Communications, or related field

Experience

  • Minimum five (5) years of relevant experience in Project Management, Technical Management, Business Management, Marketing, Communications, or related field

Certification/Licensure

  • N/A

Preferred

  • MBA or MS in Project Management, Technical Management, Marketing or Communications
  • Prior experience in transportation industries or a comparable relevant operational environment
  • Experience with Confidential Close Call Reporting Systems such as C3RS, ASIAS, ASRS is considered a plus

SUMMARY

The Safety Promotions Program Manager is responsible for managing Metro’s internal and external Voluntary Safety Reporting Programs. This includes managing the cost, schedule, and performance of the Confidential Close Call Reporting System (C3RS), facilitating the executive steering committee, and leading Peer Review Teams (PRTs) in the investigation of reported incidents. The incumbent will design and continuously improve voluntary reporting processes/tools and establish metrics to measure the program’s effectiveness. Administering these programs also includes actively promoting the safety reporting mechanisms available to employees, capturing employee safety reports, analyzing report data, coordinating with the affected parties, tracking the actions taken in response, and communicating progress and results. Additionally, the Safety Promotions Program Manager is responsible for strategically crafting employee training, knowledge sharing, and other content required to support the promotion of Metro’s Safety Management System (SMS). The accountability includes helping employees understand their role in Metro’s SMS, the processes and tools available to them, and where to go when they have a safety question or concern. The incumbent manages the Safety page of Metro’s intranet to include organizing the content with end-user interface and end-user experience in mind and actively maintaining the content to ensure the latest information is always made available. The Safety Promotions Program Manager contributes to special initiatives, such as recognition events, awareness campaigns, and other activities designed to advance Metro’s safety culture. Direct experience managing C3RS or comparable programs, such as the Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) System or Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) considered a plus.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Manages Metro’s Voluntary Safety Reporting Programs to ensure that employee safety questions are answered, and safety concerns are addressed.
  • Manages the Confidential Close Call Reporting System to include activities related to the planning, design, implementation tracking and reporting phases of defined projects. Maintains cost controls for all project-related activities in strict adherence to the approved project budget.
  • Maintains Safety’s webpage on Metro’s intranet to ensure the organization is end-user friendly with information that is current and easily accessible.
  • Contributes to the success of Recognition Events (such as Metro Awards), awareness campaigns, and other initiatives designed to advance Metro’s safety culture.Partners with Communications to consistently deliver relevant, meaningful Safety content through various vehicles such as email, newsletters, and social media.

The essential duties listed are not intended to limit specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Nor is it intended to limit in any way the right of managers and supervisors to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.

Evaluation Criteria

Consideration will be given to applicants whose resumes demonstrate the required education and experience. Applicants should include all relevant education and work experience.

Evaluation criteria may include one or more of the following:

  • Skills and/or behavioral assessment
  • Personal interview
  • Verification of education and experience (including certifications and licenses)
  • Criminal Background Check (a criminal conviction is not an automatic bar to employment)
  • Medical examination including a drug and alcohol screening (for safety sensitive positions)
  • Review of a current motor vehicle report

Closing

WMATA is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by applicable federal law.

This posting is an announcement of a vacant position under recruitment. It is not intended to replace the official job description. Job descriptions are available upon confirmation of an interview.

Apply HERE

SAFETY DIRECTOR – Century Concrete

REPORTS TO: PRESIDENT & CEO

FLSA STATUS: SALARIED/EXEMPT

LOCATION: RICHMOND POSITION OVERVIEW

The Safety Director assumes full responsibility for all aspects of the corporate safety program and champions the Safety First culture. Primary responsibilities require creation, implementation and management of Safety First program; general responsibilities address employee training, continuous improvement measures and vendor and customer relations. Leadership responsibilities include guidance for the safety department and teambuilding to develop constituencies needed to transform organizational safety.

To ensure program success, the Safety Director establishes a reputation of competence and credibility through industry knowledge, exemplary practice and effective communication, leadership and teamwork skills. Objective: all operational practices and results reflect the Safety First philosophy (i.e., operations and installations are conducted with safety as the first priority).

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • B.S. degree in Environmental Health & Safety or related field
  • Must be authorized to teach OSHA Construction Outreach Courses: 10 hour & 30 hour
  • 5 years’ management experience in a structured safety program
  • ASP and/or CSP designation a plus
  • Strong knowledge of applicable environmental statutes and safety regulations (federal, state and local)
  • Proven ability to recognize hazardous situations and implement effective solutions to complex problems
  • Proven experience managing staff and working with third-party stakeholders
  • Willingness to travel within corporate region approximately 50% of the time
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States
  • Must have a valid driver’s license

Interested individuals can reach-out directly to  chenderson@centuryconcreteinc.com .

Safety, Health & Environmental Senior Manager

The Isosceles Group – Washington, DCRemote

Occupational Health & Safety + Environmental Senior Manager – Corporate & Global Operations

The Isosceles Group is looking for a full-time Occupational Health & Safety + Environmental (OH&S+E) Senior Manager to oversee corporate and global operations for one of its prestigious clients headquartered in the Washington DC metropolitan area. Our client is a large, governmentally focused, diversified management and facility support services firm providing operational services globally. Work will require an innovative-forward thinking leader with OH&S+E vision and strategy experience, the ability to work with and lead highly effective teams, while reporting directly to the Director of Risk Management, Safety, Environment and Quality for the company. OH&S+E Senior Manager will work daily with key decision makers, and additional key leaders within the organization. This senior position offers abundant growth opportunities for the successful candidate.

Occupational Health & Safety + Environmental (OH&S+E) Senior Manager drives the following:

  • OH&S+E related culture, awareness, strategy, and leadership at all levels across the organization by developing, implementing, and improving OH&S+E compliance, management systems, policies, and procedures, in addition to continuously building and leading highly effective teams on the global scale.
  • Ensures compliance with relevant external (e.g., EPA, OSHA, In-country compliance, ISO 14001 & ISO 45001 Quality Standards) and internal (e.g., corporate compliance, PP’s, BMP’s) along with reporting, and conducting compliance and management system reviews to document performance and drive corrective actions.
  • Ensuring an adequate level of training and understanding in the organization in relation to OH&S+E.
  • Provides guidelines for the operational OH&S+E organizations but has no direct responsibility for the relevant daily activities performed in the operating sites. The responsibility is focused on oversite and management of site leads to ensure compliance and systems integration (sites, supply chain, OH&S+E regulatory, ISO 14001 & ISO 45001 Certification).
  • Ensure planning and realization of internal and external audits, ensure accreditation.
  • Ensure timely reporting of performance relative to corporate and regional KPIs and the periodic review of KPI targets to drive continuous improvement. Ensure definition and implementation of corrective actions. Compile the required reports in a timely fashion and report to c-suite Directors on a regular basis.
  • Quality Management/Continuous Improvement.
  • Assess and improves the knowledge and the applying of techniques and tools to drive continuous improvement throughout the Americas and International organization.
  • OH&S+E initiatives for meeting KPI targets and obtaining continuous improvement, ensure timely reporting of performance and corrective actions.
  • Guide the preparation of expense forecasts for OH&S+E in the region, analyze and approve OH&S+E capital investments that best meet the business needs.
  • Actively participates as the global representative in OH&S+E steering c-suite team, ensures two-way communication between regions and the teams, and drives implementation of initiatives.

Qualifications:

  • Education and Experience: M.A., MBA Experience in OH&S+E / Continuous Improvement tools and techniques, 10-15 years relevant working experience.
  • Primary Location: Remote with some travel as requested.
  • Job: OH&S+E Organization: Americas/International
  • Schedule: Regular Shift
  • Senior Manager, Job Type: Full-time
  • Team player with experience or demonstrated passion for OH&S+E work is required.
  • Detailed oriented.
  • Understand how to analyze laws and explain their requirements.
  • Working knowledge of OSHA and EPA laws and requirements.
  • Experience with management systems such as ISO 14001 or 45001.
  • The selected candidate must be a US citizen and will be required to pass a background and medical check, as required by its client, as a condition of employment.

Benefits include:

  • Working collectively with the Director of Risk Management, Safety, Environment and Quality and the CEO of Isosceles, and overall OH&S+E team at large.
  • Benefits will include major medical, vacation, holidays, sick time, and participation in an IRA program.
  • The anticipated start date is immediate.

The Isosceles Group is a Boston, MA based international consulting firm, providing domestic and international corporations with environmental, health and safety regulatory compliance support and sustainability services.

Job Type: Full-time

Benefits:

  • Disability insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan

Schedule:

  • Monday to Friday

Work Location:

  • Multiple locations

Company’s website:

Work Remotely:

  • Yes

COVID-19 Precaution(s):

  • Remote interview process

SAFETY SPECIALIST II

Arlington County, VA 

Arlington, VA 22201 (Radnor-Ft Myer Heights area)

$64,272 – $98,218 a year
Position Information


Arlington County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) is seeking a high energy Safety Specialist II to develop, administer, and manage Occupational Safety and Health, policies and programs for users of the Detention Facility and Courthouse. This includes Sheriff’s Office staff, DHS/DES staff, contractors and inmates.

Specific duties include:


  • Analyze regulatory legislation and develop new or revised policies and programs;
  • Analyze and determine applicability of the ACSO and ensure compliance with Federal, State and local regulatory requirements;
  • Provide technical guidance and policy direction to upper management on safety and regulatory issues;
  • Develop and maintain technical manuals and training programs that provide specific direction on safety and regulatory matters;
  • Conduct internal safety audits to ensure a safe and compliant work environment for ACSO, staff, contractors and inmates;
  • Serve as a liaison of Sheriff’s Office with other County agencies; Federal, State, Regional and local regulatory bodies and other safety organizations;
  • Identify and analyze accident trends and make appropriate recommendations; and
  • Manage workers compensation and staff’s temporary disability cases due to non-work-related injury or surgery.

The Ideal Candidate:

The successful candidate will possess excellent communication, interpersonal, analytical, organizational, and multitasking skills, including the ability to continuously change priorities and deadlines while ensuring accuracy and attention to detail, along with a broad knowledge of Occupational Safety to include;

  • Training in Hazardous Material and Emergency Response;
  • Chemical/Biological weapons;
  • Use of Personal Protective Equipment and monitoring instruments; and/or
  • Regulatory Compliance, OSHA Instructor Training, Scott Air packs training and fit testing, and work environment inspections.

Selection Criteria

Minimum:


  • Associate degree in environment health, safety science, or related field;
  • Three years of experience performing technical safety related work in/for an industrial or closely related environment.

Substitution:

  • Additional relevant experience may substitute for the education requirement on a year for year basis.

Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with a Bachelor’s Degree in related field with experience/certifications in one or more of the following:

  • Providing safety instruction or related work;
  • Working in a correctional setting;
  • Managing worker’s compensation cases;
  • Monitoring procedures to ensure safety accreditation or compliance standards are met; and/or
  • Designation as a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and/or Associate Safety Professional (ASP).

Special Requirements


Candidates for the position must pass a Character/Background Investigation prior to assignment in the position. The background investigation will be conducted by the Sheriff’s Office, after a conditional offer of employment has been made, and will include a polygraph examination administered by a licensed/certified polygraph examiner. Additionally, candidates must pass a drug screening test prior to hire.

Additional Information


Work Hours: 

Monday – Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required.

Please complete each section of the application. A resume may be attached; however, it will not substitute for the completed application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

This position is not in the County’s competitive service, however, Sheriff’s Office employees receive all other County benefits including eligibility for retirement.

Safety and Occupational Health Manager

US Department of the Interior Washington, DC

$87,198 – $113,362 a year – Full-time, Part-time – Remote

  • Provide technical support to the safety programs of supported parks in areas such as noise, asbestos, carbon monoxide, welding fumes, silica dust, solvent vapors, oxygen-deficient atmosphere, toxic and explosive gases, flammable materials, blood borne pathogens, laboratory hazards, chemical hazards mechanized equipment hazards, confined space, and work processes.
  • Conduct annual safety inspections and evaluate workplace environments, equipment, or practices to ensure compliance with safety standards and government regulations.
  • Investigate accidents to identify causes or to determine how such accidents might be prevented in the future.
  • Develop local safety and environmental directives and recommend measures to help protect workers from potentially hazardous work methods, processes, or materials.
  • Develop and provide Safety education and training.
  • Manage documentation and records of all safety related matters.
  • Develop and implement policies and programs that facilitate safe and healthful operations.
  • Provide guidance and oversight in the management of programs involving hazardous operations and activities conducted by National Park Service employees.
  • Manage the Occupational Health Maintenance Program (OHMP).
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    • Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males
    • Selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Electronics Funds Transfer Program.
    • Any individual who is currently holding, or has held within the previous 52 weeks, a General Schedule position under non-temporary appointment in the competitive or excepted service, must meet time-in-grade requirements (must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent in the Federal service). Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
    • You will be required to operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties; a valid driver’s license is required. You will be required to submit a Motor Vehicle Operator’s License and Driving Record. You must also submit (within a State sealed envelope or submitted directly by the State authorities), and at your own expense, all certified driving records from all States that disclose all valid driver’s licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you.
    • You will be required to wear a uniform and comply with the National Park Service uniform standards. A uniform allowance will be provided.
    • If you are a new employee or supervisor in the Federal government, you will be required to complete a one-year probationary period.
    • You may be required to complete training and obtain/maintain a government charge card with travel and/or purchase authority.
    • You will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450 on an annual basis.
    • Qualifications
    • All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement-03/01/2021-unless otherwise stated in this vacancy announcement.

      Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience. For current Federal employees, if hours worked per week are not included on your resume, you must submit a non-award SF-50 as part of your application to be used to validate your work schedule and determine the amount of specialized experience that you will be granted. An award SF-50 will not be acceptable documentation for which to consider your amount of qualifying experience. For all other applicants who are not current federal employees, your resume must state either “full-time” (or “40 hours a week”) or “part-time” with the number of hours worked per week to ensure proper crediting of specialized experience.

      For periods of time that reflect military service, the DD-214 or Statement of Service is sufficient to meet the full and/or part-time hours requirement as the service dates will be reflected.

      To qualify for this position at the GS-12 grade level, you must possess at least one of the following minimum qualifications by close of the announcement:

      EXPERIENCE: At least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience includes activities such as: 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 must include hours per week worked.

      Volunteer Experience: 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; religious; 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.EducationThere is no substitution of education for experience at the grade level(s) of this announcement.Additional informationA selectee receiving a first appointment to the Federal Government (Civil Service) is entitled only to the lowest step of the grade for which selected The display of a salary range on this vacancy shall not be construed as granting an entitlement to a higher rate of pay.This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if identical vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate.

      Physical Demands: The performance of inspections and investigations of mishaps requires frequent physical exertion such as frequent walking and hiking over rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces, crouching, climbing, stooping, crawling under buildings and in attics, etc. Occasionally is required to ride as a passenger in light fixed wing aircraft and/or helicopters, and to ride in or operate small watercraft. The use of personal protective equipment (hard hat, steel-toed boots, gloves, eye goggles, and respirators) is required due to exposure to hazardous occupational environments. The interpersonal relationships and conflicts involved with compliance and problem resolution can produce high job stress. Frequent travel away from the incumbent’s office is required.

      Working Conditions: Incumbent is subject to exposure to operating machines and equipment, hazardous materials, high noise level, hazardous gases, fumes and dust, hazardous waste materials, and other occupational environments. Protective clothing and equipment is required. Incumbent also serves in a staff position in a heated/air conditioned office setting. However, field work often occurs in rough terrain and under varying weather conditions. Work may be underground, may have exposure to high electrical energy and/or heights. Emergency operations may also require working in nighttime operations, in adverse terrain and all climatic conditions.

      The National Park Service has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval. 

      If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document that you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application. Click the following link for more information, https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Alternate_Application_Information.
      How You Will Be EvaluatedYou will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.You will be evaluated based on how well you meet the qualifications listed in this vacancy announcement. Your qualifications will be evaluated based on your application materials (e.g., resume, supporting documents), the responses you provide on the application questionnaire, and the result of the additional assessments required for this position. A review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses provided in the Assessment Questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation, you will be rated ‘ineligible’, ‘not qualified’, or your score will be adjusted accordingly. If a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications or experience, you can lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully; errors or omissions can affect your rating.

      Candidates who apply under Competitive Merit Promotion procedures will undergo a quality review to determine if they are highly qualified based on the content of their resume and their responses to the questionnaire. Best qualified candidates will be referred if all required supporting documentation has been provided.

      Candidates who apply under Noncompetitive Merit Promotion procedures will undergo a quality review to determine if they are minimally qualified based on the content of their resume and their responses to the questionnaire. Qualified candidates will be referred if all required supporting documentation has been provided.

      You will be evaluated on the following competencies:
    • Oral Communication
    • Public Safety and Security
    • Risk Management
    • Technical Competence
    • Written Communication

      In order to be considered for this position, you must complete all required steps in the process. In addition to the application and application questionnaire, this position requires successful completion of additional assessments, including a panel resume review. These assessments measure the critical competencies listed above that are required to successfully perform the job

      Please submit 1) a copy of your most recent performance appraisal/evaluation and 2) a list of any awards (e.g. superior performance awards, special act or achievement awards, quality step increase, etc.) you received in the last 5 years. Any performance appraisal/evaluation and award documentation you provide will be forwarded to the selecting official. The selecting official will review this documentation and give it due weight consideration during the overall selection process.