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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Laundry Machine Operator in Fort Meade, South Dakota


The incumbent performs laundry washing duties to clean soiled linen, textiles and other fabrics/materials. He/she operates washers/extractors, tumbler dryers, sorts laundry via automated sorting technology/electronic floor scales and uses overhead rail systems to move laundry. He/she reports to the Supervisor Laundry Operations Specialist/ Laundry Work Leader. The position is located in the Environmental Management Service Line at the Black Hills VA Health Care System (BHHCS).



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To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 01/22/2021. 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 Federal Wage System Qualification Standards. 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. 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:

Dexterity and SafetyInterpret Instructions, Specifications (other than blueprint reading)MaterialsTechnical PracticesUse and Maintain Tools and EquipmentWithout more than normal supervisionWork Practices 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 EFFORT

Incumbent stands and walks continuously on concrete floors and requires strength and stamina for doing heavy physical tasks for long periods of time, such as pulling wet wash from washer/extractors, pushing heavy carts and lifting heavy bundles weighing over 50 pounds. Pushing and pulling linin carts up to 400lbs. All duties are performed while standing, walking, bending or stooping on a concrete floor. Heavy lifting and pulling are required while loading or unloading machines, handling heavy laundry slings, handling washroom supplies, etc. WORKING CONDITIONS

Performs duties indoors under favorable lighting at various temperatures. On occasion may be exposed to strong cleaning solutions. Incumbent performs duties and is exposed to dirt and disagreeable odors, seen and unseen bloodborne pathogens, medical waste in and outside of protective waste containers, medical waste sharps/needles in and outside of protective waste containers, noise from working with power equipment, seen and unseen contagious and possible infectious substances, urine, feces, puke, and large and small amounts of blood. Incumbent

will be required to wear the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) while performing their day to day duties. That PPE may include respirator, face mask, gloves, double gloves, gowns, shoe covers, hair covers, face shields, goggles, and eye protection. May work on weekends and holidays as scheduled performing Laundry duties. From time to time may be asked or assigned to work overtime with or without advanced notice based on the needs of facility. Incumbent is exposed to various weather conditions when working as truck driver.



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