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SAFETY AND OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH SPECIALIST

Essential Competencies

ENTRY LEVEL

Description: These competencies identify the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required to perform basic safety and occupational health management 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.Safety, health and fire codes
B.Hazard recognition
C.Inspection and survey techniques
D.Accident investigation
E.Accident recording and reporting
F.NPS-50 and 485 DM
G.Basic industrial hygiene techniques
H.Ergonomics
I.Personal Protective Equipment
J.Visitor safety

III.Safety Management

A.Safety/Risk Management
B.Regulatory compliance; laws and regulations
C.Safety and Occupational Health program management

IV.Communication

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

V.Training and Development

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

VI.Supervisory and Management - None

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of bureau mission, policy and guidelines.

Knowledge of safety and health standards and regulations.

Basic knowledge of procedures and application of safety and health standards.

Basic knowledge of safety management and legal compliance.

Ability to provide instruction to small groups.

DEVELOPMENTAL LEVEL

Description: These competencies identify the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required to perform intermediate safety and occupational health management 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 safety 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.Analysis of safety and occupational health codes and standards
B.Hazard recognition, assessment techniques, hazard abatement and control
C.Specialized inspection techniques, including construction, design, fire protection and industrial safety
D.Accident investigation
E.Accident recording, reporting and statistical analysis
F.NPS-50 and 485 DM
G.Advanced industrial hygiene techniques and methods
H.Personal Protective Equipment
I.Visitor safety
J.Applied ergonomics
K.Blueprint reading and design analysis

III.Safety Management

A.Advanced Safety/Risk Management
B.Regulatory compliance; laws and regulations
C.Safety and Occupational Health program management
D.Conducts/promotes safety activities/awareness for workplace

IV.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

V.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

VI.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 safety and health standards and regulations.

Ability to apply safety and health standards and regulations, perform procedural safety management tasks and to communicate instructions, techniques and recommendations to others.

Knowledge and understanding of safety management philosophy and 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 safety and occupational health management functions. Work is performed without direct supervision. Individual has competence to effectively manage a safety 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 safety and occupational health, as well as application of that knowledge to all workplace situations
B.Hazard recognition, assessment techniques, hazard abatement and control
C.Specialized inspection techniques, including construction, design, fire protection and industrial safety
D.Complete competence in accident investigative techniques and ability to appear as witness as necessary
E.Accident recording, reporting and statistical analysis
F.NPS-50 and 485 DM
G.Advanced industrial hygiene techniques and methods
H.Personal Protective Equipment
I.Visitor safety
J.Applied ergonomics
K.Interpret and advise on correction to designs and blueprints on safety, fire safety and occupational health issues
L.Recognized as technical authority on safety and occupational health standards and regulations

III.Safety Management

A.Advanced Safety/Risk Management
B.Regulatory compliance; laws and regulations
C.Ability to advise management on any aspect of a safety and occupational health/risk management program
D.Conducts/promotes safety activities/awareness for workplace
E.Formulate and provide recommendations to management on hazard control and abatement
F.Ability to recommend to management program changes/modifications to existing safety and occupational health program

IV.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

V.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 develop training programs
D.Advanced teaching strategies
E.Recognized as an expert

VI.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 interpret and apply safety and health standards, laws and regulations.

Ability to manage a safety management program.

Ability to advise management on safety management issues and to develop and provide recommendations to management on ways to improve the safety of employees, visitor safety and loss control.

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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