Industrial Hygienist (*Bilingual Preferred) (Recent Graduate) - #19580543

Department of Labor

Date: May 8, 2021
City: Providence, RI
Contract type: Full time
Department of Labor

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Positions will be filled in location listed above for the US Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Region I, Boston. Selectees will be expected to report to one of the offices listed above. Positions are inside the bargaining unit, require pre-employment physical and a valid drivers license. Additional selections may be made from this announcement if funding becomes available.

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Department of Labor does not negotiate salary. If you have never worked for the Federal government, your salary will reflect the step 1 rate of the grade level for which you have been selected.

Major Duties for this Position:

GS-07: Participates as a member of an inspection team and assists in the planning, and conducts a limited segment of a major investigation. Identifies areas in need of immediate corrective action or conditions which are of imminent danger to life or limb. Conducts research and studies records and files covering mishaps, injuries, and equipment maintenance data. Compiles and prepares a variety of recurring reports as directed. Assists in the documentation of conducted portions of investigations. Assists in conducting interviews with supervisors and employees.

GS-09: Provides technical industrial hygiene advice and assistance to employers, employee organizations, and others concerning industrial health hazards and possible approaches to their control; potential hazards resulting from specific work operations, facilities, and equipment. Promotes industrial practices that are consistent with the goals and principles of industrial hygiene, requiring a comprehensive knowledge of a wide variety of chemicals and other hazards, and work practices affecting employee health. Reviews laboratory analyses, and prepares reports which include findings and recommendations for control of identified hazards. Reviews and/or determines the nature of the problem and the number and type of environmental samples to be collected. Examines the effectiveness of existing control measures & collaborates with engineers, safety & occ. health specialists, & other technical personnel to develop & establish effective control measures. Obtains immediate corrective action of conditions which are of imminent danger to life or limb. Assists in the litigation process, providing agency attorneys with information necessary to support the legal defense of actions. Assigns abatement dates and follows up as necessary to ensure that required abatement measures are completed, which, in some cases, requires additional inspections.

Travel Required

50% or less - Frequent travel including some extended overnight lodging, some evening and weekend work required to conduct official OSHA enforcement inspection and investigation activities and training purposes

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

12 - There is no obligation to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Promotions are dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the need for an employee promoted to the higher level, and supervisory approval.

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0690 Industrial Hygiene

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Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.

  • Requires a valid drivers license. Requires a medical examination.

  • U.S. Citizenship and must be at least 16 years old.

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

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

This is an appointment is under the DOL Recent Graduates program. The program duration is one year. Appointee must be a U.S. citizen in order to be eligible for conversion to a permanent position in the competitive service upon completion of the program. Upon successful completion of the program and at the agency's discretion, the appointee may be converted to a term or permanent position in the competitive service. Full performance level in the competitive service is the GS-12.

  • Bilingual ability preferred, but not required, in one (not all) of the following languages and English: Spanish, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Haitian Creole, Cape Verdean Creole, Vietnamese or Mandarin. Bilingual ability refers to the ability to comprehend, read and write in both English as well as another language.



Basic Requirements:

The education must be accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education at the time the degree was obtained. Applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

  • A bachelor's or graduate/higher level degree in industrial hygiene, occupational health sciences, occupational and environmental health, toxicology, safety sciences, or related science; or

  • A bachelor's degree in a branch of engineering, physical science, or life science that included 12 semester hours in chemistry, including organic chemistry, and 18 additional semester hours of courses in any combination of chemistry, physics, engineering, health physics, environmental health, biostatistics, biology, physiology, toxicology, epidemiology, or industrial hygiene; or

  • Certification from the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (external link) (ABIH).

Evaluation of Education: All science or engineering courses offered in fulfillment of the above requirements must be acceptable for credit toward the completion of a standard 4-year professional curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in science or engineering at an accredited college or university.

Evaluation of Experience:


Qualifying experience involves the recognition, evaluation, corrective actions, and elimination of environmental conditions in the workplace that causes sickness, impaired health, or illness. This experience must demonstrate a professional knowledge of the theory and application of the principles of industrial hygiene and closely related sciences such as physics and engineering controls. Such work must have involved experience in all of the following areas: the acquisition of quantitative and qualitative data, and the measurement of exposures for a variety of chemical, physical, and biological stresses; the analysis of the data acquired and the prediction of probable effects of exposures on the health and well-being of workers; and the selection and recommendation of appropriate controls, including management, medical, engineering, education or training, and personal protective equipment.

Specialized Experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the Industrial Hygienist.

For the GS-07 level: In addition to meeting the individual occupational requirement, applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-05, in the Federal Service.

Specialized experience is defined as experience in:

  • Identifying occupational health and safety hazards;

  • Evaluating occupational safety and/or occupational health programs and making recommendations for improvement when deficiencies are noted;

  • Applying occupational safety and/or occupational health standards and criteria to unsafe working conditions;

  • Interpreting and/or applying standards and/or criteria and/or operating instructions for occupational safety and/or occupational health.

  • Assisting in the planning of and/or conducting basic occupational safety and/or occupational health inspections of workplaces. These inspections involve some or all of the following:

  • Health sampling;

  • Chemical exposures and/or overexposures;

  • Noise exposures and/or overexposures;

  • Equipment and/or machine operations;

  • Environmental conditions;

  • Work practices;

  • Protective devices and/or protective equipment;

  • Safety procedures.

For the GS-09 level: In addition to meeting the individual occupational requirement, applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-07, in the Federal Service.

Specialized experience is defined as experience in:

  • Health sampling;

  • Chemical exposures and/or overexposures;

  • Noise exposures and/or overexposures;

  • Equipment and/or machine operations;

  • Environmental conditions;

  • Work practices;

  • Protective devices and/or protective equipment;

  • Safety procedures;

  • Conducting research and studies records and/or files regarding any of the following: â—¦Occupational safety and/or occupational health mishaps/accidents; â—¦Occupational safety and/or occupational health injuries;

  • Equipment maintenance data.

  • Identifying occupational health and safety hazard

  • Assisting in developing legally sufficient occupational safety and/or occupational health investigation or inspection reports;

  • Assisting in and/or knowledge of calculating penalties to be assessed based on the gravity of occupational safety and/or occupational health violations.

Education Substitution:

Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, you may qualify if your education meets the definitions below:

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.

For the GS-07 level: 1 full year of graduate level education or superior academic achievement (S.A.A)

S.A.A. is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership.

  • Class standing -- Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses.

  • Grade-point average (G.P.A.)-- Applicants must have a grade-point average of:

  • 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or

  • 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.

  • Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society

For the GS-09 level: Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related.


To be eligible for an appointment, you must meet the requirement A or B:

A. Completed all requirements for Associates, Bachelors, Masters, Professional, Doctorate, Vocational, or Technical Degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution within the previous two years;


B. Was released or discharged from active duty within the previous two years, where the applicant is a veteran who, due to a military service obligation, was precluded from applying for a recent graduate position during any portion of the two-year eligibility period following completion of his/her degree or certificate requirements, provided that not more than six years have transpired since the applicant completed the requirements for a degree or certificate.

You must submit an academic transcript from your academic institution showing the date that you most recently completed the academic requirements described above. See the "Required Documents" section of this announcement. To use your education as a basis for meeting the Minimum Qualification Requirements (MQR) 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 MQR, you must supply transcripts from each academic institution in which the required courses were taken 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 demonstrating that you meet the eligibility and MQR for this position, your application will be deemed incomplete & 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 or you will be ineligible for further consideration.

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