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INDUSTRIAL HYGIENIST

Essential Competencies

ENTRY LEVEL

Description: These competencies identify the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required to perform basic industrial hygiene functions. Duties are performed under the direct supervision or technical leadership of a senior safety professional. Emphasis at the entry level is on developing and acquiring work skills with movement to developmental level.

I.Bureau Orientation and Administration

A.Government and bureau organization and function
B.Bureau philosophy and mission
C.Diversity
D.Workers' Compensation (OWCP)

II.Standards, Regulations and Procedures

A.State and Federal regulations and occupational health standards
B.Hazard recognition
C.Inspection and survey techniques
D.NPS-50 and 485 DM
E.Basic industrial hygiene techniques
F.Ergonomics
G.Personal Protective Equipment

III.Communication

A.Interpersonal communication skills
B.Writing basic reports and instructions
C.Computer skills; DOS, Windows, word processing, Dbase
D.Basic instructional skills

IV.Training and Development

A.Preparation of instructional materials
B.Informal field workplace instruction

V.Occupational Workplace Surveillance

A.Hazard identification
B.Operation and process identification
C.Personal protective equipment (PPE) identification
D.Engineering controls identification

VI.Environmental Monitoring and Sampling

A.Personal and area air monitoring and sampling
B.Equipment calibration

VII.Supervisory and Management - None

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of bureau mission, policy and guidelines.

Knowledge of health standards and regulations.

Basic knowledge of industrial hygiene procedures and application of occupational health standards.

Knowledge of workplace environments, potential occupational health hazards and workplace evaluation techniques.

Ability to provide instruction to small groups.

DEVELOPMENTAL LEVEL

Description: These competencies identify the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required to perform intermediate industrial hygiene functions. Duties are performed under general supervision or technical leadership of a senior safety professional. Emphasis at the developmental level is on developing and acquiring additional work skills with movement to full performance level. Individual has competence to lead a small to mid-size occupational health program.

I.Bureau Orientation and Administration

A.Government and bureau organization and function
B.Bureau philosophy and mission
C.Diversity
D.Workers' Compensation (OWCP)
E.Travel regulations and budget
F.Personnel and payroll
G.Career development

II.Standards, Regulations and Procedures

A.Interpretation and application occupational health codes and standards in a workplace environment
B.Hazard recognition, assessment techniques, hazard abatement and control
C.Inspection and survey techniques
D.NPS-50 and 485 DM
E.Advanced industrial hygiene techniques and methods
F.Personal Protective Equipment
G.Applied ergonomics
H.Applicable state and Federal regulations

III.Communication

A.Interpersonal communication skills
B.Writing reports and instructions
C.Advanced computer skills as required
D.Instructional skills
E.Public speaking
F.Negotiation skills
G.Meeting organization and management

IV.Training and Development

A.Conduct training sessions on safety and occupational health topics, accident prevention and technical safety practices
B.Research, preparation and organization of educational materials and techniques
C.Organizing conferences and training

V.Occupational Workplace Surveillance

A.Hazard identification and assessment
B.Operation and process identification and assessment
C.Personal protective equipment (PPE) identification and assessment
D.Engineering controls identification and assessment

VI.Environmental Monitoring and Sampling

A.Personal and area air monitoring and sampling
B.Equipment calibration
C.Maintain and document calibration measurements
D.Prepare, package and ship field samples
E.Rudimentary field calculations and data organization

VII.Supervisory and Management

A.Supervision and leadership
1.Accountability
2.Leave administration
3.Effective supervision
4.Employee Evaluations
5.Employee development/career counseling
6.Principles of human behavior
7.Conflict management

B.Decision making

C.Organizational skills
1.Managing work groups
2.Team building

D.The budget process
E.Public policy administration
F.Liabilities, bureau and personal

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of bureau mission, philosophy, policy and guidelines; and Federal government administrative procedures.

Knowledge and understanding of occupational health standards and regulations.

Ability to apply occupational health standards and regulations, perform procedural industrial hygiene tasks and to communicate instructions, techniques and recommendations to others.

Knowledge and understanding of industrial hygiene and occupational health programmatic requirements.

Ability to develop and provide training.

Ability to supervise a few lower graded personnel.

FULL PERFORMANCE LEVEL

Description: These competencies identify the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required to perform advanced industrial hygiene functions. Work is performed without direct supervision. Individual has competence to effectively manage an occupational health program and supervise subordinate personnel; and routinely advises management on programmatic matters.

I.Bureau Orientation and Administration

A.Government and bureau organization and function
B.Bureau philosophy and mission
C.Diversity
D.Workers' Compensation (OWCP)
E.Travel regulations and budget
F.Personnel and payroll
G.Career development

II.Standards, Regulations and Procedures

A.Full and complete knowledge and analysis of codes, standards, laws and regulations that apply to occupational health, as well as application of that knowledge to all workplace situations
B.Hazard recognition, assessment techniques, hazard abatement and control
C.Inspection and survey techniques
D.NPS-50 and 485 DM
E.Advanced industrial hygiene techniques and methods
F.Personal Protective Equipment
G.Applied ergonomics
H.Formulation of local standards and procedures policy where clear guidance may not be available
I.Recognized as technical authority on occupational health standards and regulations

III.Communication

A.Interpersonal communication skills
B.Technical writing
C.Advanced computer skills as required
D.Instructional skills
E.Public speaking
F.Negotiation skills
G.Meeting organization and management

IV.Training and Development

A.Conduct training sessions and occupational health
B.Research, preparation and organization of educational materials and techniques
C.Organizing conferences and develop training programs
D.Advanced teaching strategies
E.Recognized as an expert

V.Occupational Workplace Surveillance

A.Hazard identification and assessment
B.Operation and process identification and assessment
C.Personal protective equipment (PPE) identification and assessment
D.Engineering controls identification and assessment
E.Develop techniques to control occupational exposure
F.Formulate and provide recommendations to control occupational exposure

VI.Environmental Monitoring and Sampling

A.Personal and area air monitoring and sampling
B.Equipment calibration
C.Maintain and document calibration measurements
D.Prepare, package and ship field samples
E.Perform complex field data calculations and data organization
F.Develop monitoring and sampling strategies
G.Interpret exposure data to applicable regulations, standards and guidelines

VII.Supervisory and Management

A.Supervision and leadership
1.Accountability
2.Leave administration
3.Effective supervision
4.Employee Evaluations
5.Employee development/career counseling
6.Principles of human behavior
7.Conflict management

B.Develop position descriptions and evaluation standards

C.Advanced Management
1.Management by objective (and other current management theories)
2.Integrated management/resource sharing/partnerships
3.Project management/program planning
4.Executive development
5.Analytical skills

D.Organizational skills
1.Managing work groups
2.Team building

E.Plan and administer budget
F.Formulate and administer policy
G.Liabilities, bureau and personal
H.EEO training

I.Ethics

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge and understanding of bureau mission, philosophy, policy and guidelines; and Federal government administrative procedures.

Ability to analyze the workplace environment and propose remedial actions.

Ability to establish and implement an environmental monitoring and sampling program.

Ability to manage a safety management program.

Ability to advise management on occupational health issues and to develop and provide recommendations to management on ways to improve the health of employees and visitors.

Ability to develop safety training programs and provide formal instruction.

Ability to supervise a multi-level staff at several locations.

National Park Service
Training and Development Division
Essential Competencies
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