Safety & Occup. Health Spec.

Government of the District of Columbia – Washington, DC


This position is located in the Risk Identification, Analysis and Control Division (RlACD), Office of Risk Management, Office of the City Administrator. RlACD is responsible for implementing and maintaining an integrated program of risk control for designated District of Columbia agencies, primarily through systematic loss and incident analysis, consultative risk exposure solution development, compliance monitoring and targeted loss prevention training.

This position serves as Safety and Occupational Health Specialist, responsible for performing the full range of inspection in a variety of District agencies where accidents involving multi-fatalities and employee complaints concerning hazardous work operations and conditions ranging from serious to minor in severity.


Investigates and reviews reports of injuries, property damage, non-employee accidents, automotive and industrial accidents, and claims involving the ORM, and initiates appropriate action. Plans each inspection, reviewing work processes, practices and conditions characteristic of the site to be inspected, and studies information available from previous compliance reviews. Inspects and evaluates facilities, construction sites, equipment, work practices, and safety devices for conformance with legal requirements and recommends changes to develop safer working conditions. Records hazards and obtains evidence of regulatory violations through use of measurement devices and by photographing unsafe conditions. Secures factual data for the legal safety standards either during accident complaint investigation, inspection or surveys. If hazards are identified in an establishment, a written report, detailing correction and specifying the exact elimination or correction to be made, is produced for the employer.

Visits worksites explains purpose of visits and provides information on legislation and regulations which govern the Office of Risk Management compliance activities. When appropriate, notifies representatives of management, contractors, and employees to assure their presence for the visit. Assists in the revision of injury reports, accident investigations, safety grievance reports; develops and reviews statistics, and by other means, evaluates the effectiveness of the existing safety program. Participates in studies and research in order to be familiar with all aspects of occupational safety and health, in addition to being able to convince employers of the values of an effective safety program, which adheres to best practices of applicable safety standards and procedures. Participates in the implementation of specialized training programs tailored for hazards unique to the various job assignments within the RIACD. Participates in formal safety training courses. Organizes material to provide clarify, continuity and coverage in presentation, and to arouse interest and participation.


A degree with a major in 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.


Applicants must have specialized 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 position to be filled. To be creditable, one (1) year of specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level. Specialized experience can include but not limited to managing safety or occupational health program elements, applying safety and occupational health laws, regulations, principles, theories, practices, and procedures to eliminate or control potential hazards, and developing and recommending safety and occupational health policy to higher levels of management.


Certification as a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), or Certified Health Physicist (CHP), or similar certification that included successful completion of a written examination meets the requirements for GS-5. Applicants may also qualify for higher grade levels based on their education and/or experience.




The work is performed in an office setting. However, the work also requires exposure to operating machinery and equipment used on construction sites. The employee is also exposed to hazards caused by adverse weather conditions affecting travel or unimproved roads, streets, etc.


Pay Plan, Series, Grade: CS-0018-11

Promotional Potential: CS-0018-12

Duration of Appointment: Career Service Permanent

Collective Bargaining Unit (Union): This position is a part of a collective bargaining unit.

EEO Statement: The District of Columbia Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, or political affiliation.

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