NIH Position Information-Food Safety and Sanitation Officer


NIH Position Information-Food Safety and Sanitation Officer

Target Category: Environmental Health Officer (Sanitarian)
Position Billet: Environmental Health Specialist III (Non-Supervisory) O– 04
Eligible Officer Rank: The target officer rank is (02 – 03).
Recently promoted 0-4 will also be considered.
Close Date: 19 August 2011

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This position is located in the Community Health Branch (CHB) in the Division of Occupational Health and Safety (DOHS), Office of Research Services (ORS), Office of the Director (OD), National Institutes of Health (NIH).  The DOHS creates and maintains a safe and healthful working environment, which supports the NIH biomedical research mission, by providing central administrative and technical services to plan, conduct, coordinate and support safety and health programs.  The DOHS functions through planning, developing and directing research hazard assessments that include: (1) identifying potentially hazardous factors and risks, (2) developing the means to eliminate or control those potentially hazardous factors and risks, (3) recommending guidelines for the safe conduct of work, (4) planning and conducting education and training, and (5) providing technical guidance to develop, evaluate and promote the use of safe practices and facilities.  The DOHS furnishes support services and specialized assistance to the NIH in the following areas: (1) biological safety, (2) chemical safety, (3) physical safety, (4) safety engineering, (5) industrial hygiene, (6) toxicology, (7) occupational safety (8) ergonomics (9) personal protection (10) integrated pest management, (11) food and drinking water safety, (12) external defibrillator and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation training, (13) laboratory safety training, and (14) injury and illness trend analysis.

Duties and Responsibilities
The incumbent will serve as the Food Safety and Sanitation Officer within the CHB.  The CHB is a service provider, liaison and education resource.  Clients are NIH researchers, patients, staff, visitors and neighbors in the local community.  The CHB provides services to the NIH community based on public health practices and guidelines to protect and conserve essential resources in support of the NIH research mission.  

The Food Safety and Sanitation Officer, will work as the subject matter expert for food safety, drinking water and general environmental health.  You will work to identify and eliminate hazardous conditions in the environment generally and conduct programs to promote a clean and healthful environment and to prevent the spread of disease.  You will place a great emphasis upon the sanitary and hygienic aspects of food preparation, processing, and serving.  You will evaluate food products to determine the methods of processing, inspection, and regulation for the purpose of safeguarding against dangerous bacterial agents, poisons, or other chemicals.  You will be responsible for accomplishing periodic risk-based routine inspections of all NIH supported cafeterias, snack bars, beverage stations/carts, both on and off campus, and the Clinical Center Nutrition Kitchen.  These inspections will be conducted in accordance with established OSHA standards and the most current version of the U.S. Public Health Service, Food and Drug Administration, Food Code.  You will prepare inspection reports citing deficiencies, standards violated, and recommended corrective actions.  You will monitor and assess the effectiveness of control measures to determine causes/trends and recommend measures to prevent recurrence.  Inspections will include as a minimum: (1) management practices, (2) review of physical facilities, (3) food production and temperatures, (4) personnel health and hygiene practices, (5) food and utensil storage and handling, (6) equipment cleanliness and general sanitation, (7) water, plumbing and waste, (8) pest management, (9) poisonous or toxic materials, and (10) compliance and enforcement.

As the Food Safety and Sanitation Officer, you will: (1) review and advise regarding enforcement procedures, documents affecting procurement of food service equipment, contract provisions, and facility plans/project documents, (2) conduct food borne illness/adulterated food investigations, to include assisting in epidemiology investigations with an interdisciplinary health team (if necessary), (3) provide consultative services relating to food safety and public health sanitation, (4) conduct training and presentations on varied general topics including food and drinking water safety, occupational health and safety, disease prevention, and injury prevention, (5) provide advice to managers, supervisors and personnel regarding relevant occupational health and safety concerns to abate/control hazardous practices, operations or conditions, (6) conduct temporary food establishment inspections, when necessary, and (7) review and develop new (and revise existing) standards, regulations, policies, methods, procedures, technical guides, bulletins, articles, periodic food and water vulnerability studies, training manuals, information papers, and health risk assessments to aid in developing, improving, and maintaining an effective environmental health program.  You will support on campus NIH Facility Management in maintaining the quality of drinking water at the NIH, by sampling drinking water for concentrations of lead (or other possible contaminants when necessary) to ensure that each building’s drinking water distribution system is not contaminating the water.  You will respond to concerns relating to public health associated with food and drinking water; and maintain records of sampling results and corresponding locations to aid in responding to inquiries concerning drinking water quality and sampling history.  

You will be interacting with a variety of personnel ranging from wage grade employees to senior executive service staff.  As such, the Food Safety and Sanitation Officer must be tactful, possess good communication skills and be a team player. The Food Safety and Sanitation Program Officer is required to work with a high degree of independence and, therefore, must be knowledgeable and experienced in all aspects of food safety and hygiene. You will promote and advise on all aspects of environmental health, therefore you will require knowledge of the basic concepts and techniques of a science directly related to environmental health.  Additional duties include: (1) leading and participating on the DOHS Community Outreach Committee, (2) serving as DOHS Website Content Contributor for the CHB, (3) developing safety educational and marketing materials, and (4) establishing and maintaining an NIH Food Safety and Sanitation Policy Manual and data management system.  You will also be required to assist (when necessary) other CHB program managers in regards to: (1) integrated pest management, (2) laboratory safety training, (3)  automated external defibrillator and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation training, (4) Nursing Mothers Program Management, (5) workplace injury and illness trend analysis, and (6) special projects.

Candidates for this position must identify in their resume that they possess one year of specialized experience at the GS 9 grade level or equivalent in the Federal Service that demonstrates: (1) Professional knowledge of facility sanitation concepts, principles and practices that enabled the incumbent to conduct comprehensive sanitation evaluations, to develop control methods and provide expert advice.  (2) Broad knowledge of any combination of health, agricultural, physical or biological sciences, sufficient to understand the basic concepts, principles, methods and techniques of environmental health.  (3)  Practical knowledge of health laws, rules and regulations.  (4) Ability to evaluate and apply new methods and equipment to sanitation; develop and review regulations, policies, technical guides and bulletins, training manuals, information papers and health risk assessments; and apply experienced judgment and knowledge of new developments to solve novel or obscure problems.

A Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian (REHS/RS) or Certified Professional-Food Safety (CP-FS) is desired (both come from the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA)); however, training support will be provided to achieve certification.  Experience in inspectional, investigational, technical support, or other responsible work that provided a knowledge and a fundamental understanding of, and the ability to use, environmental principles, methods, and techniques, to include public speaking is critical to performance of the duties as the Food Safety and Sanitation Officer.

Close Date: 19 August 2011

POC Name and Email

Candidates should send a letter describing their qualifications and interests along with their curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references to: LCDR Derek Newcomer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Target Category:Environmental Health Officer (Sanitarian)

Position Billet: Environmental Health Specialist III (Non-Supervisory) O– 04

Eligible Officer Rank: The target officer rank is (02 – 03). Recently promoted 0-4 will also be considered.

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