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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Housekeeping Aid (Leader) in Sioux Falls, South Dakota


The purpose of this position is to lead from four to six Housekeeping Aids, in accomplishing the goals established for the Operating Room Section, Pharmacy and in general housekeeping duties within the Sioux Falls Veterans Health Care System (SFVHCS), Environmental Management Service.



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To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 01/21/2021. 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, question 1 in the on-line questionnaire. Ability to Lead or Supervise (Screen Out): Ability to lead a group of other housekeeping aids in the performance of a wide variety of work requiring significant physical effort and knowledge of infection control and hazardous waste procedures within the hospital housekeeping industry? 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)Lead or SuperviseUse and Maintain Tools and EquipmentWork 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: Incumbent must be able to perform moderate to heavy physical effort over an eight-hour period including continuous standing, bending, lifting and climbing. Sustained physical activity involves turning, stooping, crouching, pushing, rubbing and reaching. Objects weighing as much as fifty (50) pounds must be lifted or moved. Incumbent is subjected to regular standing, walking, pulling, pushing, bending, shifting and lifting boxes in excess of seventy (70) pounds. Must be in good physical condition to be able to exert a steady force pushing and pulling when handling waste and recycle containers' bags. Incumbent uses a manual dolly lift to move and reposition gaylords and bales in excess of 1000 lbs. An electric forklift is utilized to load trucks with individual baled recyclable materials weighing in excess of 1000 lbs. Incumbent is subject to temperature variations - hot, humid, wet conditions in the summer and cold, damp conditions in the winter. Has regular contact with contaminated recyclables and regulated medical wastes. Personal protective equipment is mandatory and reduces the risk of regulated medical waste exposure. May be subject to disagreeable odors created during the treatment process of both regulated medical waste and recycling. Driving conditions will vary during the seasons; potential slippery roads and/or adverse conditions may exist. Work is normally performed in a clean, well-lit, heated and ventilated building. He/she is exposed to noise, vibrations and other potential physical harm from operating power equipment and tools. He/she must use PPE appropriately as they are subject to skin irritation and respiratory symptoms from chemical cleaning solutions. He/she is routinely exposed to disagreeable odors such as feces, vomit, and blood, etc. He/she is also routinely exposed to BBP/OIM, MOROs, diseases and other infectious organisms that can cause physical harm and/or death (if PPE is not used appropriately or is defective). He/she is exposed to potential injury and contamination from sharps, needles, etc. He/she is exposed to predatory pests such as bed bugs, lice and scabies.



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