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Grade: 05

Carefully read each question and all possible answers before selecting a response. Some questions will be used to screen out ineligible applicants. Applicant errors in responses will not be corrected. You are responsible for the accuracy of your application. Your application must describe your work and experience, in your own words. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information submitted is insufficient, you may lose consideration for the position.
1 You must have three years of general experience, one of which was equivalent to the GS-04 grade level, or meet the education requirements as described in the VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT. Do you meet the experience and/or education requirements for this position? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
NOTE: If you are using education to qualify, you must provide transcripts to receive consideration. Transcripts MUST be received in the announcing office by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
ASSESSMENT QUESTIONS

LISTED BELOW ARE GROUPED STATEMENTS RELATING TO THE ASSESSMENTS/COMPETENCIES NECESSARY FOR THE POSITION. Read each question carefully and select the answer choice that best describes your experience.
2 Safety Specialist must possess the ability to effectively establish and maintain contacts regarding the Safety program with staff and inmates of the institution, vendors, suppliers, prospective vendors, other federal agency personnel, local fire departments, health departments, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Safety Council, and others. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  • I have given safety talks to inmate work crews; and/or I have assisted in facilitating a training session on fire prevention; and/or I have successfully completed a college level training course on public speaking.
  • I have given instructions on the proper way to handle machinery used; and/or I have clarified the Emergency Contingency Plan for the institution; and/or I have used the safety manual to provide basic response to questions pertaining to safety related issues.
  • I have issued safety handbooks and answered basic questions; and/or I have given instructions on the proper use of protective work gear; and/or I have provided clarification on how to safely perform duties related to office equipment.
  • None of the above.
3 Safety Specialists must be able to produce written documents in a clear and concise manner. They prepare written communication for various management officials, employees and other agencies regarding occupational safety, environmental health, fire prevention and OWCP issues. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  • I have completed information on a form letter; and/or I have documented inmate daily activities; and/or I have prepared purchase requests; and/or I have maintained written logs.
  • I have responded to an Inmate Request to Staff Member (cop-out); and/or I have prepared incident reports; and/or I have prepared and distributed internal memorandums; and/or I have prepared status reports to be used by management.
  • I have completed out count slips and property inventory forms; and/or I have successfully completed a training course on written correspondence.
  • None of the above.
4 Safety Specialists must possess knowledge of safety program polices in order to effectively assist in the operation of occupational safety and environmental health program. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  • I have utilized existing guidelines to answer questions; and/or I have successfully completed a college level course in safety, occupational health, industrial hygiene, occupational medicine, toxicology, public health, mathematics, physics, chemistry or engineering.
  • I have utilized existing policies to ensure safety equipment was in compliance with regulations; and/or I have ensured sanitation program met governing regulations/guidance; and/or I have referenced the Safety Manual to complete assigned tasks.
  • I have assisted in the inspection of work areas to ensure safety standards are met on a continual basis; and/or I have instructed inmate work details on the proper use of buffing machines; and/or I have referred to MSDS sheet for chemical content of a product; and/or I have successfully completed certification requirements for Certified Safety Professionals (CSP), Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), or Certified Health Physicist (CHP).
  • None of the above.

Grade: 07

Carefully read each question and all possible answers before selecting a response. Some questions will be used to screen out ineligible applicants. Applicant errors in responses will not be corrected. You are responsible for the accuracy of your application. Your application must describe your work and experience, in your own words. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information submitted is insufficient, you may lose consideration for the position.
1 You must have one year of specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-5 grade level, or meet the education requirements as described in the VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT. Do you meet the experience and/or education requirements for this position? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
NOTE: If you are using education to qualify, you must provide transcripts to receive consideration. Transcripts MUST be received in the announcing office by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
ASSESSMENT QUESTIONS

LISTED BELOW ARE GROUPED STATEMENTS RELATING TO THE ASSESSMENTS/COMPETENCIES NECESSARY FOR THE POSITION. Read each question carefully and select the answer choice that best describes your experience.
2 Safety Specialists must possess the ability to effectively establish and maintain contacts regarding the Safety program with staff and inmates of the institution. Contacts may include vendors, suppliers, prospective vendors, other federal agency personnel, local fire departments, health departments, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Safety Council, and others. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  • I have given instructions on the proper way to handle machinery used; and/or I have clarified the Emergency Contingency Plan for the institution; and/or I have used the safety manual to provide basic responses to questions pertaining to safety related issues.
  • I have given a lecture to persuade, convince and encourage voluntary compliance by management and staff on new safety rules or procedures; and/or I have conducted training sessions for staff during scheduled meetings; and/or I have trained an Alternate Occupational Safety and Environmental Health Specialist.
  • I have issued safety handbooks and answered basic questions; and/or I have given instructions on the proper use of protective work gear; and/or I have provided clarification on how to safely perform duties related to office equipment.
  • None of the above.
3 Safety Specialists must be able to produce written documents in a clear and concise manner. They prepare written communication for various management officials, employees and other agencies regarding occupational safety, environmental health, fire prevention and OWCP issues. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  • I have drafted a memorandum to staff members relaying safety information; and/or I have typed various inspection reports; and/or I have prepared inmate and employee injury reports; and/or I have typed a standard form letter.
  • I have submitted monthly safety reports to department heads and the regional office; and/or I have drafted a response to a request for information related to a safety issue; and/or I have assisted in drafting and processing a safety related Tort Claim.
  • I have filled in information on a form letter; and/or I have documented inmate daily activities; and/or I have prepared purchase requests; and/or I have maintained written logs.
  • None of the above.
4 Safety Specialists must possess knowledge of safety program policies in order to effectively assist in the operation of occupational safety and environmental health program. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  • I have utilized existing policies to ensure safety equipment was in compliance with regulations; and/or I have ensured the sanitation program met governing regulations/guidelines; and/or I have referenced the Safety Manual to complete assigned tasks.
  • I have assisted in the inspection of work areas to ensure safety standards are met on a continual basis; and/or I have instructed an inmate work detail on proper use of buffing machine; and/or I have referred to an MSDS sheet for chemical content of a product.
  • I have revised an interagency policy; and/or I have prepared revisions to an environmental health policy; and/or I have revised current policy to reflect changes in regulations.
  • None of the above.
5 Safety Specialists must possess the ability to recognize unsafe working conditions and make recommendations to comply with established standards and practices. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  • I have worn protective gear while performing certain tasks; and/or I have assisted in gathering forms required for an OWCP claim; and/or I have maintained copies of MSDS sheets in a centralized location for easy access.
  • I have eliminated and/or resolved hazardous conditions in the work area by ensuring warning signs and labels were visible; and/or I have assisted in the inspections for safety hazards; and/or I have investigated a minor work related injury and took appropriate corrective actions.
  • I have ensured protective machine guards remained in place at all times during use; and/or I have monitored sanitation programs to ensure they remained consistent with requirements; and/or I have ensured protective working gear was worn when required; and/or I have successfully resolved an issue with the Department of Labor regarding a OWCP claim.
  • None of the above.

Grade: All Grades

1 How did you hear about this employment opportunity with the Bureau of Prisons (BOP)?
  • Private information service
  • Magazine
  • Newspaper
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Poster/Flyer
  • Private employment office
  • State Employment/Unemployment Office or Career Service Center
  • State or local Job Information Center
  • BOP Employee Services Department (bulletin board or other form announcement)
  • School or college counselor or other official
  • Agency or other Federal government recruitment at school or college
  • Recruitment event (other than school or college)
  • Friend or relative working for the BOP
  • Friend or relative not working for the BOP
  • Religious organization
  • USAJOBS, the official job site of the US Federal Government
  • BOP Website
  • Internet job site
  • Contacted the BOP on my own
  • Military publication
  • Military Separation Center
  • Professional Organization
  • Federal Job Publication (i.e., Federal Jobs Digest, etc)
  • Discover Corrections
  • Other
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