Safety and Occupational Health Specialist

This position is located in the Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Region 3 Area Office in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

  • This position is inside the bargaining unit.
  • More than one selection may be made based on the agency’s needs.
  • Applicants may be required to provide a writing sample at the time of interview.


Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Assists in conducting and/or participates in opening and closing conferences with management officials, employees, and employee representatives reviewing hazards or unsafe working conditions cited or observed, advising employers of their legal responsibilities to providing an occupationally safe worksite, and of their legal right to appeal inspection findings.
  • Assists in investigating mishaps resulting in fatalities or injuries and serious incidents.
  • Compiles and prepares a variety of recurring reports as directed by the specialist’s supervisor.
  • Assists in planning and conducting portions or limited inspections or compliance reviews (or independently conducts inspections of business establishments and worksites whose operations are generally characterized by the presence of moderately stable, low-risk processes or some higher hazards or unsafe working conditions or technically difficult operations which are covered by specific written guidelines) in establishments and worksites.
  • Identifies areas in need of immediate corrective action or conditions which are of imminent danger lo life or limb.
  • Inspects worksites, machine and equipment operations, environmental conditions, work practices, protective devices and equipment, and safety procedures.

For GS-11: 

  • Plans, schedules, and conducts the full range of occupational safety and health inspections of private businesses /worksites where there is a strong probability of encountering unsafe/unhealthful working conditions from minor to serious in severity.
  • Inspections may include fatalities, large numbers of serious injuries, very serious accidents or catastrophes.
  • Studies records and reports of occupational safety and health mishaps, injuries, and illnesses.
  • Conducts research of employers and their previous OSHA enforcement activity in advance of new inspections or investigations and to respond to requests for information.
  • Conducts workplace analyses to determine hazardous processes that contribute to employee injury and illness.
  • Develops strategies to mitigate or abate workplace hazards. Utilizes the automated enforcement system to calculate penalties assessed to employers based on the gravity, severity, and probability of occupational safety and health violations.
  • Writes complete and legally sufficient case files documenting all inspection procedures, interviews, sampling, identified hazards, and corrective actions.
  • Assists Department of Labor attorneys in the preparation of evidence for contested cases.
  • Serves as a witness and testifies on behalf of the Department.
  • Conducts opening and closing conferences with management officials, employees, and labor representatives.

Travel Required

75% or less – To conduct inspections and/or training.