This position is located at Fort Eustis is located near Newport News, VA.
Serves as an Industrial Hygienist responsible for identification and evaluation of conditions affecting the health of employees, formulation and recommendation of measures to eliminate or control the hazards, and the promotion of occupational health programs, which involves employee exposures to a variety of biological, physical, chemical, ergonomic, and/or radiological hazards.
Plans, develops, administers, evaluates, and promotes a comprehensive Industrial Hygiene Program to identify, evaluate and control hazards and stresses which could potentially affect the health of government, civilian, and military personnel.
Works and collaborates closely with command, directorate, supervisory, medical and safety personnel to ensure that health hazards have been eliminated or controlled to within acceptable levels and to advise on newly defined requirements.
Provides guidance and direction for the Industrial Hygiene Program to ensure that activities and operations are conducted in accordance with appropriate laws, regulations, procedures, and approved practice.
Conducts periodic surveys of working conditions to determine the nature and magnitude of hazardous exposures and the effectiveness of existing control measures such as chemical hoods, paying close attention to changes in work processes, or the use of new materials.
Conducts and/or oversees necessary sampling to quantify extent of hazardous exposure.
Maintains and ensures calibration of industrial hygiene equipment.
Prepares written reports of findings and recommendations for hazardous control.
Where hazardous exposures are discovered, devises or works with engineers to develop control measures such as changes in work procedures, ventilation systems, material substitutes, or the use of personal protective devices.
Enter all information into the Defense Occupational and Environmental Health Readiness System – Industrial Hygiene (DOEHRS-IH) Program.
30% Conducts design review of proposed new work processes or materials particularly in construction during planning and developmental stages to assure incorporation of adequate measures for prevention of occupational diseases or injury. Devises or works with engineers to develop control measures, such as changes in work procedures, ventilation systems, material substitution, or the use of personal protective equipment.
Identifies employee exposures to be used as the basis for the medical surveillance program.
Defines Similar Exposure Groups (SEGs), populates the SEGs with exposed employee information and enters all Industrial Hygiene monitoring data into the DOEHRS-IH program.
Coordinates with medical officer to establish and operate the program for physical screening of employees exposed to identify hazards.
Investigates health problems, which arise among workers to identify potential causations.
Provides guidance, education, and awareness on important issues such as asbestos, lead, indoor air quality, toxic gases, chemical usage and various other issues.
Provides consultation and advice on issues such as occupational health, including toxicological data, arranging for and interpreting laboratory analysis of samples, directing studies of specific industrial processes to evaluate potential health hazards and providing advice on other administrative and technical aspects of the Occupational Health Program.
Serves as one of the primary consultants to the hazardous Material/Waste Spill team determining the protective equipment to wear while handling toxic chemicals during emergency spill clean up.
Prepares written technical reports for the organizations surveyed to include findings and recommendations.
Coordinates survey findings and recommendations with appropriate personnel to ensure required corrective action is taken.
Maintains comprehensive files of survey results and findings in accordance with established guidelines.
- Professional knowledge of industrial hygiene concepts, principles, and practices applicable to planning and carrying out an Industrial Hygiene program for a military activity concerned primarily with moderately complex industrial processes.
- Knowledge of administrative and managerial practices applicable to planning, implementing, and evaluating an industrial hygiene program for an activity.
- Knowledge required to recognize and evaluate occupational health hazards, including those for which the nature and extent of hazard is not completely understood.
- Knowledge and skill required to devise a variety of control measures, including ventilation, shielding, material substitution, change in work procedures, isolation, education, personal protective devices and the management of waste materials.
-Knowledge required to evaluate proposed new work processes and/or materials and to recommend measures to minimize health hazards.
- Knowledge required to investigate health problems, which arise among workers, to determine probable cause, and to recommend measures to protect the workers health The Chief, Preventive Medicine, sets the overall objectives and resources available, however, the employee is responsible for planning the day-to-day work to be done, determining priorities and scheduling surveys.
- The employee is independently responsible for carrying out the industrial hygiene program, resolving most problems which arise and coordinating with the Chief, Preventive Medicine, engineering personnel, and the USMA Safety Office, as needed.
- The industrial hygienist may discuss employees symptoms with the Chief, Preventive Medicine or occupational health physician.
- Completed work is reviewed only from an overall standpoint in terms of feasibility Guidelines consist of published Federal occupational health and safety standards and criteria documents, standards published by recognized professional organizations, agency manuals and policies, professional journals, reports from past evaluations and established practices.
- These published guidelines may not be applicable to a given situation.
- The employee is asked to evaluate the degree of hazard associated with a new work operations or material development.
- Since the published guidelines may not apply to the situation it will therefore necessitate a thorough literature review to determine the potential health hazard.
- The employee must use experienced judgment in evaluating the survey findings and will be required to modify past practices or revise guidance to control the hazardous exposure. Assignments include evaluating a variety of industrial environments and identifying and evaluating hazards about which little may be known, such as monitoring hazard abatement for asbestos or lead or analyzing buildings for unknown foul odors associated with worker symptoms.
- These duties require the ability to recognize a variety of chemical, biological, physical and environmental hazards.
- The work is complicated by new or unusual processes and the incumbent exercises resourcefulness in planning and carrying out the work to reach conclusions.
- The purpose of the work is to identify, evaluate and control occupational health hazards in USMA facilities.
- The work results in the reduction or elimination of health hazards, thereby providing workers with a more healthful working environment.
- Contacts are with both military and civilian personnel such as safety personnel, engineers, physicians, other industrial hygienists, supervisors and workers throughout the installation.
- Contacts outside the agency are with occupational health and safety professionals from other Federal agencies, from local governments and local health and sanitation departments, and with private contractor representatives and members of professional associations.
- The purpose of contacts is to promote good health practices; investigate and evaluate conditions; and convince others to follow acceptable safety practices using tact.
- The position also gathers information on work operations and materials, coordinate surveys, and to discuss findings and possible corrective measures.
- Contacts with other industrial hygienists are to exchange information, discuss developments in the field, and to provide advice on specific problems.
- Contacts with managers and supervisors require persuasion to convince them of the existence of hazardous conditions and of the preference of certain control measures.
- Contacts with private contractors and with representatives of local governments are to resolve health problems affecting workers at the installation and the citizens of the adjacent community.
- The work requires frequent inspections, investigations and surveys of industrial, academic, administrative, mechanical and manufacturing workplaces, requiring the employee to carry a considerable amount of sampling equipment (20-50 lbs.) while wearing personal protective equipment and subjected to long periods of physical exertion such as climbing, crouching, standing, bending, and crawling in areas like confined spaces and mechanical areas or otherwise uncomfortable environments.
- The employee is exposed to a variety of industrial health hazards in offices and fieldwork requiring use of protective equipment and clothing such as respirators, ear plugs, gloves, coveralls, etc.
U.S. Citizenship required
At least one year of clinical experience as an Industrial Hygenist