Housekeeping Aid (OPEN CONTINUOUS)

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration | Aspinwall, PA

Posted Date 3/26/2020
Description IMPORTANT NOTICE: By law, Housekeeping Aid positions are restricted to Veterans with Veterans preference. Non-preference eligible may be considered only of there is an insufficient number of preference eligible. In order to receive consideration a copy of your DD-Form 214, discharge from the military service or other acceptable proof must be submitted.
The Housekeeping Aid position is located at the Veterans Administration Pittsburgh Health Care System (VAPHS) in the Environmental Management Service (EMS) as it relates to EMS Housekeeping Operations. The Housekeeping Aid performs a variety of cleaning and sanitation related tasks. Typically, the incumbent works independently with general supervision, or works with a team and is responsible for the full-range cleaning duties in assigned are throughout the hospital including patient care units, offices, community areas and linen rooms. The incumbent may be assigned to any tour and may be required to work in various designated areas during one tour of duty. The incumbent of this position performs routine and specialized tasks in completing sanitation duties in critical care areas as assigned. In addition to the routine and specialized tasks assigned the incumbent may be assigned to clean patient-discharge, inter-ward transfers of long-term care patient units. They will be familiar with sanitation techniques for maintaining an aseptically clean and aesthetically pleasing environment as well as for the protection and safety of patients, visitors and staff alike. The incumbent will be familiar with the safe and proper operation and daily maintenance of a variety of electrically operated equipment. This equipment may include but is not limited to vacuums (dry/wet), buffers, automatic floor scrubbers (walk behind/riding), high pressure washers, carpet extractors, compactors, etc.Routine tasks include but are not limited to:
  • Waste Removal
  • Dusting and Polishing
  • Damp Mopping
  • Bed Washing
  • Cleaning of Restrooms
  • Restocking Supplies
  • Maintenance of Equipment Used
  • Moving heavy furniture during cleaning process
  • Cleaning Walls and Ledges
  • Cleaning of Patient Units
  • Folding Linen
Note: The incumbent will be assigned to the University Drive facility or the H.J. Heinz facility but may be required to perform assignments at both facilities of the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System.

This is a Bargaining Unit
Telework: Position Not Eligible
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized
Work Schedule: Various shifts and tours neededPosition Description Title/PD#: Housekeeping Aid (OPEN CONTINUOUS) /00320A???????This position is not subject to financial disclosure as outlined in Human Resource Management Letter 05-16-04.To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 09/28/2020.

EXPERIENCE: A specific length of training and experience is not required, but you must show evidence of training or experience of sufficient scope and quality of your ability to do the work of this position. Evidence which demonstrates you possess the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of this position must be supported by detailed descriptions of such on your resume. Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standard Handbook X-118C.

SCREEN-OUT ELEMENT: Your qualifications will first be evaluated against the prescribed screen out element, which usually appears as question 1 in the on-line questionnaire.
The screen-out element for this position is Ability to perform the duties of a Housekeeping Aid without more than normal supervision.

Those applicants who appear to possess at least the minimal acceptable qualification requirement are considered for further rating; those who do not are rated ineligible and are eliminated. The potential eligibles are then rated against the remainder of the

Job Elements:

Those who meet the minimum level of experience and training for the screen-out element will then be evaluated in each of the following job elements:
1. Ability to handle weights and loads
2. Work Practices; includes keeping things neat, clean, and in order.
3. Ability to interpret instructions.
4. Dexterity and ability to use housekeeping tools and equipment safely.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

Physical Requirements/Working Conditions:
Physical Requirements: The position requires performance of work which involves light physical effort, such as that involved in using vacuum cleaners and dry mops; continually standing, bending, stooping and reaching; frequently lifting and emptying waste baskets; frequently pushing carts loaded with waste; and lifting and carrying items weighing up to 20 pounds. Also performs work which involves moderate to heavy physical effort, such as required to move heavy equipment and furniture, i.e., heavy industrial vacuum cleaners, heavy duty floor scrubbers and buffers, couches, beds, etc., and lifting, carrying and/or moving items weighing up to 40-50 pounds.

Working Conditions: Usually works indoors in areas which normally have adequate heat, light, and ventilations. Will be exposed to vibration from heavy equipment and to skin irritations from strong cleaning solutions used in stripping floors, etc., as well as subject to cuts and bruises. Continually exposed to dust, dirt, and disagreeable odors, and is frequently exposed to organic material which may be contaminated and/or infectious and require special handling.

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