Safety & Occupational Health Manager (Environmental & Safety Compliance Administrator)

Justice, Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System | Loretto, PA

Posted Date 5/22/2020

Why work for the Federal Bureau of Prisons?

You can have a meaningful career with an agency that truly values a diverse workforce. You will find a diverse workforce employed from entry level jobs to senior management positions. We protect public safety by ensuring federal offenders serve their sentences of imprisonment in facilities that are safe, humane, and provide reentry programming. Employees at correctional facilities perform correctional work regardless of their specific occupation.

Responsible for planning, directing and developing the safety and environmental health and industrial hygiene programs at a correctional facility.

Manages a program requiring a dynamic administrative approach to continual changes in regulations and executive orders and to newly mandated ones.

Develops and implements programs for hazardous waste and emergency response operations, recycling, pollution prevention, ozone reduction, storm water management, lead and asbestos abatement, storage tank management, air pollution emissions and toxic chemical inventories.

Develops safety and environmental programs designed to comply with specific regulatory requirements such as confined space entry, control of hazardous energy, machine guarding, fall protection, hazardous waste, chemical spill response, fire emergency response/evacuation, workers’ compensation and hazard communication.

Serves as the principal technical advisor and subject matter expert to management at the facility for the development, implementation and enforcement of safety, fire prevention and suppression, occupational health/safety and environmental programs, and workers' compensation programs.

Conducts the on-going specialized training for both staff and inmates as mandated by the Bureau of Prisons and other federal and private agencies such as OSHA, EPA, FDA, USDA, DOL, NFPA, etc.

 Along with all other correctional institution employees, incumbent is charged with responsibility for maintaining security of the institution. The staff correctional responsibilities precede all others required by this position and are performed one regular and recurring basis.

To be considered for the position, you must meet the following qualification requirements:


GS-11:  Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related.

Graduate Education: Major study - 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.

Graduate education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position.

GS-12: There is no substitution of education for specialized experience for this grade level.



GS-11 and GS-12:

You must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade level in federal service. To be creditable, this experience must have equipped the applicant with the particular qualifications to perform successfully the duties of the position, and must typically be in or related to the position to be filled.

Some examples of qualifying experience are:


  • Experience advising supervisors and safety representatives of appropriate safety and occupational health measures to control or eliminate hazardous operating processes or environmental conditions.
  • Experience preparing and revising safety instructions and guides that are relevant to current or planned contractor and base employees.
  • Experience investigating mishaps, obtaining statements from witnesses, and photographing mishap scene; records circumstances of mishap and extent of injuries, estimates cost of property damage, and prepares a final report of findings with recommendations to correct the unsafe acts or conditions that caused the personnel injury or property damage.
  • Experience training workers, supervisors, managers, or other safety and occupational health personnel in safety or occupational health subjects.


  • Experience recommending to management the application of specific techniques, methods, and procedures to eliminate or control unsafe acts or conditions identified in surveys or through a mishap information system.
  • Experience planning, organizing, coordinating, directing, evaluating and financially managing a comprehensive safety and occupational health program. The goal of this program is to eliminate or control the risk of injury to personnel assigned to clerical, administrative, maintenance, warehousing, and industrial occupations.
  • Experience developing and preparing local safety and occupational health directives and regulations through adaptation of higher command instructions and policies formulated by other Federal Government agencies.
  • Experience training workers, supervisors, managers, or other safety and occupational health personnel in safety or occupational health subjects.


Combination of Education and Experience:

GS-11 Only:  Have a combination of education and experience. This experience must have equipped you with the qualifications required to perform the major duties of this position as described above.

Credit will be given for paid and unpaid experience.

To receive proper credit, you must show the actual time (such as the number of hours worked per week) spent in activities.

**Your eligibility for consideration will be based on your responses to the questions in the application.**

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