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Grade: 09
* 1.Select the one answer that best describes your educational/experience background to meet the basic qualifications requirements for the Safety Specialist, GS-09, position.
  1. I have 1 YEAR OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-07 level in or related to safety and occupational health that provided the specific knowledge's, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of THIS POSITION.
  2. I have a MASTER'S OR EQUIVALENT GRADUATE DEGREE LEVEL EDUCATION in safety or occupational health or a related discipline that included 24 semester hours in safety, occupational health, industrial hygiene, occupational medicine, toxicology, public health, math, physics, chemistry, biological sciences, engineering or industrial psychology that provided the knowledge's, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of THIS POSITION.
  3. I have 2 FULL YEARS OF PROGRESSIVELY HIGHER LEVEL GRADUATE EDUCATION in safety or occupational health or a related discipline that included 24 semester hours in safety, occupational health, industrial hygiene, occupational medicine, toxicology, public health, math, physics, chemistry, biological sciences, engineering or industrial psychology that provided the knowledge's, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of THIS POSITION.
  4. I have a combination of SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equal GS-07 level of THIS POSITION in or related to safety and health and GRADUATE EDUCATION in safety or occupational health or a related discipline that included 24 sem. hrs. in safety, occupational health, Ind. Hygiene, occupational medicine, toxicology, public health, math, physics, chem. biological sciences, engineering or industrial psychology that provided the specific knowledge's, skills and abilities to perform the duties of THIS POSITION.
  5. I do not meet any of the education and/or experience /education combination options above.


* 2.Select all the statements that apply to you.
  1. As part of my duties, I have worked with individuals of opposing interests to reach consensus.
  2. I have participated in informal negotiations between individuals or groups to reach consensus.
  3. I have received formal training (classroom, apprenticeship, seminars, etc.) in topics such as: alternative dispute resolution, conflict resolution, or negotiation skills.
  4. I have worked with labor management officials, bargaining unit representatives, or union representatives on occupational safety and health issues.
  5. I have facilitated groups with diverse interests to achieve a common goal.
  6. I have been successful in influencing others with my ideas and recommendations.
  7. None of the above


* 3.Select all the responses below which describe education or training you have received:
  1. Sexual Harassment prevention
  2. Diversity awareness or multi-cultural issues
  3. Equal employment opportunity or affirmative employment
  4. Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) or mediation/negotiation
  5. Team building or effective communication skills development
  6. None of the above


* 4.Select the response that best describes your level of occupational safety and health experience in analyzing data, interpreting facts, and drawing logical conclusions.
  1. I have no experience in this area.
  2. As a student in an academic setting, I have participated in analyzing data, interpreting facts, and drawing logical conclusions.
  3. In a work environment, I have analyzed data, interpreted facts, and drawn logical conclusions with supervision, guidance, or as part of a team.
  4. I have independently analyzed data, interpreted facts, and drawn logical conclusions.


* 5.In an academic or work environment, I have made oral presentations to:
  1. Groups of fewer than 20 in a classroom or work setting
  2. Groups of 20 or more in a classroom or work setting
  3. General public
  4. Workshops, conferences, and other professional settings
  5. Formal meetings or hearings
  6. None of the above


* 6.Select all the responses that apply to your experience communicating with others orally.
  1. Conducting or facilitating group discussions
  2. Conducting or facilitating formal meetings
  3. Interviewing people to elicit facts or obtain information
  4. Consulting or advising on occupational safety and health issues
  5. Communicating results of evaluations or reviews
  6. Presenting complex, technical information to persons unfamiliar with the subject
  7. Providing instructions, training, and advice to other professional employees
  8. None of the above


* 7.Check all the responses that describe your writing activities to date:
  1. Project status reports.
  2. Composed documents or correspondence of a business nature.
  3. Reports or findings regarding occupational safety and health (such as accident investigation reports).
  4. Trade or professional association publication articles.
  5. Technical manuals or other instructional materials.
  6. College level research papers.
  7. Graduate level or professional school thesis, practicum, or dissertation (or equivalent).
  8. None of the above.


* 8.In situations in which you have been faced with multiple or conflicting priorities, select the option that you would most likely to use to manage them.
  1. Analyze the situation an make a plan to address the issue(s).
  2. Consult with others involved in the task(s).
  3. Address the lease complex issues first, then move on to the larger problems.
  4. Address the most urgent (or those with the most immediate impact) first, then address the less pressing issues.
  5. Delegate to others to look to see if others can manage the issue(s).
  6. Consult with supervisor or project leader to determine priorities.
  7. Develop options for addressing multiple issues.
  8. None of the above


* 9.Select the answer that describes the manner in which you prefer to have your work assigned by a supervisor:
  1. I prefer a supervisor who assigns one task and allows me to work it to completion.
  2. I prefer a supervisor who assigns multiple tasks and gives me directions on which one to complete first.
  3. I prefer a supervisor who assigns multiple tasks and gives me the latitude to determine which to complete first.
  4. I prefer a supervisor who expects me to independently identify tasks that need to be completed.


* 10.Which of the following best reflects your highest level of experience working cooperatively and collaboratively with others?
  1. I do not have prior experience of this nature.
  2. I have partnered with one other person to accomplish work.
  3. I have worked on a team with my peers, each designated with a distinctly separate role.
  4. I have worked on a team with individuals from different divisions, organizations, or offices and have guided others to work effectively in a team environment.
  5. I have worked with a group of people on many occasions to achieve goals by sharing or integrating ideas, knowledge, information, resources, and responsibility.


* 11.Select the areas in which you have the most occupational safety and health formal education/training. (Check all that apply.)
  1. Accident investigation
  2. Asbestos
  3. Boilers or pressure vessels
  4. Chemical hazard communication
  5. Chemical process
  6. Combustibles and flammable liquids
  7. Confined spaces
  8. Construction
  9. Crane safety
  10. Disaster planning
  11. Electrical
  12. Electrical power generation, transmission, and distribution
  13. Engineering
  14. Ergonomics
  15. Explosives
  16. Fall protection
  17. Fire prevention or protection
  18. Hazardous energy controls (Lockout/tagout)
  19. Hazardous waste disposal
  20. Health care
  21. Industrial Hygiene
  22. Lead
  23. Machine guarding and mechanical hazards
  24. Material handling
  25. Medical service, first aid, or CPR
  26. Motor vehicle safety
  27. Noise exposure
  28. Personal protective equipment
  29. Radiation safety
  30. Robotics
  31. Scaffolding
  32. Steel erection
  33. Toxic materials
  34. Transportation (rail, air, surface, or marine safety)
  35. Trenching and excavation
  36. Ventilation
  37. Walking working surfaces (ladders, stairs, and ramps)
  38. Welding
  39. PSM - Process Safety Management
  40. None of the above


Grade: 11
* 1.Select the one answer that best describes your educational/experience background to meet the basic qualifications requirements for the Safety Specialist, GS-11, position.
  1. I have 1 YEAR OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-09 level in or related to safety and occupational health that provided the specific knowledge's, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of THIS POSITION.
  2. I have a PH.D. OR EQUIVALENT DOCTORAL DEGREE in safety or occupational health or a related discipline that included 24 semester hours in safety, occupational health, industrial hygiene, occupational medicine, toxicology, public health, math, physics, chemistry, biological sciences, engineering or industrial psychology that provided the specific knowledge's, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of THIS POSITION.
  3. I have 3 FULL YEARS OF PROGRESSIVELY HIGHER LEVEL GRADUATE EDUCATION in safety or occupational health or a related discipline that included 24 semester hours in safety, occupational health, industrial hygiene, occupational medicine, toxicology, public health, math, physics, chemistry, biological sciences, engineering or industrial psychology that provided the knowledge's, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of THIS POSITION.
  4. I have a combination of SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equal GS-09 level of THIS POSITION in or related to safety and health and GRADUATE EDUCATION in safety or occupational health or a related discipline that included 24 sem. hrs. in safety, occupational health, Ind. Hygiene, occupational medicine, toxicology, public health, math, physics, chem. biological sciences, engineering or industrial psychology that provided the specific knowledge's, skills and abilities to perform the duties of THIS POSITION.
  5. I do not meet any of the education and/or experience /education combination options above.


* 2.Select all the statements that apply to you.
  1. As part of my duties, I have worked with individuals of opposing interests to reach consensus.
  2. I have participated in informal negotiations between individuals or groups to reach consensus.
  3. I have received formal training (classroom, apprenticeship, seminars, etc.) covering alternative dispute resolution, conflict resolution, or negotiation skills.
  4. I have facilitated groups with diverse interests to achieve a common goal.
  5. I have worked with labor management officials, bargaining unit representatives, or union representatives on occupational safety and health issues.
  6. I have been successful in influencing others with my ideas and recommendations.
  7. I have presented controversial findings to senior level managers or officials.
  8. None of the above


* 3.From the following list of interpersonal communication skills, please identify those that you have routinely and successfully applied at work.
  1. I have facilitated the resolution of competing or conflicting interests among parties whose cooperation is needed in order to meet a program objective.
  2. I have interacted effectively in situations where frequent changes, delays, or unexpected events arise that cause major shifts in priorities, timetables, or work assignments.
  3. I have persuaded others to adopt new methods, procedures, or techniques in order to improve operations.
  4. I have been successful in influencing others who are hostile to my recommendations regarding inspection activities.
  5. I have diffused confrontational contacts with people who are difficult, hostile, or distressed.
  6. None of the above


* 4.Select the response that best describes your level of occupational safety and health experience in analyzing data, interpreting facts, and drawing logical conclusions.
  1. I have no experience in this area.
  2. As a student in an academic setting, I have participated in analyzing safety and health data, interpreting facts, and drawing logical conclusions.
  3. In a work environment, I have analyzed safety and health data, interpreted facts, and drawn logical conclusions with supervision, guidance, or as part of a team.
  4. I have independently analyzed safety and health data, interpreted facts, and drawn logical conclusions.


* 5.Select the response that best describes your experience in analyzing, prioritizing, and organizing information from a variety of sources and providing feedback to senior management.
  1. I have extensive experience in independently planning, analyzing, prioritizing, organizing, and providing feedback to management on information from a variety of sources.
  2. I have some experience reviewing and organizing information from sources identified by management and providing feedback to the supervisor.
  3. I have reviewed information under the direct supervision of the supervisor or manager, who developed the feedback.
  4. I have not had experience prioritizing and organizing information.


* 6.I am skilled in oral communications (i.e. expressing information to individuals or groups, taking into account the audience and nature of material; making clear and convincing oral presentations; listening to others, attending to non-verbal cues and responding).
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 7.Select all the responses that apply to your experience communicating with others orally.
  1. Conducting or facilitating group discussions
  2. Conducting or facilitating formal meetings
  3. Interviewing people to elicit facts or obtain information
  4. Consulting or advising on occupational safety and health issues
  5. Communicating results of evaluations or reviews
  6. Presenting complex, technical information to persons unfamiliar with the subject
  7. Providing instructions, training, and advice to other professional employees
  8. None of the above


* 8.Check all the responses that describe your writing activities to date:
  1. Project status reports.
  2. Composed documents or correspondence of a business nature.
  3. Reports or findings regarding occupational safety and health (such as accident investigation reports).
  4. Trade or professional association publication articles.
  5. Technical manuals or other instructional materials.
  6. College level research papers.
  7. Graduate level or professional school thesis, practicum, or dissertation (or equivalent).
  8. None of the above.


* 9.In situations in which you have been faced with multiple or conflicting priorities, select the option that you would most likely to use to manage them.
  1. Analyze the situation an make a plan to address the issue(s).
  2. Consult with others involved in the task(s).
  3. Address the lease complex issues first, then move on to the larger problems.
  4. Address the most urgent (or those with the most immediate impact) first, then address the less pressing issues.
  5. Delegate to others to look to see if others can manage the issue(s).
  6. Consult with supervisor or project leader to determine priorities.
  7. Develop options for addressing multiple issues.
  8. None of the above


* 10.Select the answer that describes the manner in which you prefer to have your work assigned by a supervisor:
  1. I prefer a supervisor who assigns one task and allows me to work it to completion.
  2. I prefer a supervisor who assigns multiple tasks and gives me directions on which one to complete first.
  3. I prefer a supervisor who assigns multiple tasks and gives me the latitude to determine which to complete first.
  4. I prefer a supervisor who expects me to independently identify tasks that need to be completed.


* 11.Which of the following best reflects your highest level of experience working cooperatively and collaboratively with others?
  1. I do not have prior experience of this nature.
  2. I have partnered with one other person to accomplish work.
  3. I have worked on a team with my peers, each designated with a distinctly separate role.
  4. I have worked on a team with individuals from different divisions, organizations, or offices and have guided others to work effectively in a team environment.
  5. I have worked with a group of people on many occasions to achieve goals by sharing or integrating ideas, knowledge, information, resources, and responsibility.


* 12.Select the response that best describes your experience in occupational safety and health.
  1. I have held a position with a private company or organization for which occupational safety and health was the primary responsibility.
  2. I have held a position with a private company or organization for which occupational safety and health was one of my assigned responsibilities.
  3. I have worked as a consultant or trainer in the field of occupational safety and health.
  4. I have completed formal training or courses covering the topic.
  5. None of the above


* 13.Please choose the statement(s) that describe your knowledge/experience with occupational safety and health principles.
  1. With supervision, performed occupational safety and/or health inspections.
  2. Utilized industry standards (ANSI, NFPA, etc.) to provide abatement advice/strategies to address identified occupational safety and health hazards.
  3. Conducted occupational safety and health training.
  4. Knowledge or experience with safety and health management systems (CFR 1960, Z-10, OHSAS 18001, etc.).
  5. None of the above


Grade: All Grades
* 1.Do you have a valid driver's license?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 2.Can you operate a moving vehicle?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.From the following choices, identify those that reflect your experience in the area of customer service.
  1. Coordinated/conducted meetings with managers and staff to ensure customers needs are met..
  2. Established priorities to meet customer needs.
  3. Evaluated and modified the services to improve and ensure quality customer service.
  4. Directly investigated and resolved customer issues.
  5. Provided customer service that was favorably recognized by a colleague, supervisor, or the customer.
  6. None of the above.


* 4.Choose the statement that describes your focus on addressing customer needs while continuing to seek to improve the quality of services, products, and processes.
  1. Process, research, and follow-up on customer requests and complaints.
  2. Evaluate customer surveys results to determine the needs of customers, improvements to services, products, and processes.
  3. Establish positive customer service relationships where differences must be negotiated and effective communication developed.
  4. Ensures that services and schedules are implemented in a timely, efficient, and accurate manner.
  5. Deals calmly and effectively with customers in high stress situations (for example, tight deadlines, hostile individuals, etc.)
  6. None of the above.


* 5.Select all the responses that describe the methods and sources you have used to gather occupational safety and health data.
  1. Research websites
  2. Fact-finding interviews
  3. Hazard investigations
  4. Case law or legal documents
  5. Government regulations
  6. Organizational policy manuals
  7. Newspapers, magazines, or periodicals
  8. Trade or professional association journals
  9. Consensus standards
  10. Injury or illness records or accident reports.
  11. None of the above


* 6.What is the highest degree in a safety or health related discipline or field that you have completed?
  1. Ph.D or equivalent doctorial degree
  2. Master's degree
  3. Bachelor's degree
  4. Associate's degree
  5. None of the above


* 7.Select the occupational safety and health areas in which you have worked (as a regular part of your job) for at least one year. (Select all that apply):
  1. Accident investigation
  2. Chemical process safety management.
  3. Confined spaces
  4. Construction
  5. Crane safety
  6. Electrical
  7. Electrical power generation, transmission, and distribution
  8. Fall protection
  9. Hazardous energy controls (Lockout/tagout)
  10. Machine guarding and mechanical hazards
  11. Material handling
  12. Personal protective equipment
  13. Scaffolding
  14. Steel erection
  15. Trenching and excavation
  16. Walking working surfaces (ladders, stairs, and ramps)
  17. Welding
  18. Oil and Gas Drilling and related operations
  19. Grain Handling
  20. None of the above


* 8.Select the industries in which (as a regular part of your job) you have worked for at least one year identifying hazards. (Check all that apply)
  1. Agriculture
  2. Chemical Process
  3. Construction
  4. Health Care
  5. Logging
  6. Manufacturing
  7. Marine cargo handling (longshoring or marine terminals)
  8. Food Processing
  9. Mining
  10. Oil and/or Gas
  11. Shipyard employment (ship breaking, ship building, or ship repair)
  12. Utilities (such as electric, gas, or sanitary services)
  13. Wholesale or Retail Trade
  14. Service Industry
  15. Transportation
  16. None of the above


* 9.I use computer software to complete certain requirements of my current position:
  1. Rarely; once a month
  2. Occasionally; once in two weeks
  3. Frequently; daily
  4. On an as needed basis
  5. Never


* 10.Choose the statement(s) that accurately describe your computer skills. Products selected must reflect your personal work. Be prepared to bring a sample to an interview.
  1. Experienced in using Word to format documents, presentations and flyers with graphics.
  2. Experienced in creating PowerPoint presentations with charts and graphics.
  3. Experienced in using Excel; to create spreadsheet formulas and charts and graphs.
  4. Experience in Outlook (including functions other than e-mail; such as setting meetings, tracking tasks, or establishing contact lists).
  5. Experience using Access.
  6. None of the above.


* 11.I understand that the responses I selected in this questionnaire must be fully supported by detailed descriptions of my work experiences in my resume. In the event that my responses are not supported by my resume, the human resources office will amend my responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency demonstrated in my resume.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 12.I understand submission of supporting documentation, e.g., transcripts, DD-214, SF-50, Most recent performance appraisal dated within 18 months (or reason explaining why one cannot be provided) may be required for this position. I also understand that my application will not be considered if the required supporting documentation is not submitted or is not submitted in accordance with the time frames indicated in the announcement.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 13.Where did you learn about this Department of Labor job opportunity?
  1. DOL Website
  2. USAJOBS
  3. DOL Employee (former or current)
  4. Employment Office (Federal, State, or Local)
  5. Friend or Relative
  6. Job Fair, Conference or Convention
  7. Public Notice or Service Announcement
  8. Radio/Television Broadcast/Magazine Ads
  9. Government Recruitment at School
  10. Other
  11. Email recruitment communication


* 14.Do you have a foreign language skill?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 15.Are you Bilingual in English/Spanish and able to communicate using the English and Spanish languages, i.e., speaking, reading, writing and comprehension, in a business context?
  1. Yes
  2. No