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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Housekeeping Aid (1st Shift) in Waco, Texas


Housekeeping Aid positions are restricted to preference eligibles. (5 USC 3310 and 5 CFR 330.401) How applicants will be referred: This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT and will remain open until May 15, 2020. The initial cut--off date for referral of eligible applications will be February 28, 2020. Eligible applications received after February 28, 2020, will be referred at regular intervals or as additional vacancies occur on an as--needed basis until all positions are filled.


Incumbent performs as a Housekeeping Aide in areas where significant aseptic are required. Incumbent is responsible for performing a full range of cleaning and disinfecting duties. Incumbent shall clean all areas consisting of regular cleaning, terminal cleaning and disinfecting. Other areas/responsibilities that require thorough cleaning consist of offices, restrooms, showers and other areas by dusting, mopping, stripping and waxing of floors, scrubbing floors using scrub machines, utilizing proper personal protective equipment (PPE). Incumbent may be required to work rotational shift depending on workload. Incumbent works as a member or a team to ensure that areas and connecting areas are maintained at the highest levels of sanitation through proper use of aseptic techniques and practices. Incumbent disinfects floors, walls, ceilings, corners, doors, kick plates, baseboards, equipment, and other surfaces to ensure that areas are aseptically clean and pleasing. Incumbent uses proper disinfectants to disinfect areas where body wastes (bloody fluid, urine, bile, liquid feces, etc.) are processed. All chemicals will be used in accordance with label directions and disposed of in the approved manner. Incumbent will follow all applicable guidelines outlined in CTVHCS policies and local, state, and federal regulations relating to proper chemical dilutions and sound safety practices. The CTVHCS is a very complex operation consisting of over 1,800 beds and an estimated 2.4 million square feet. The Temple Site includes research, surgery, day surgery, domiciliary, nursing home care unit, emergency room (urgent care), surgical intensive care, medical intensive care, sleep lab, SCI clinic, MRI facilities. Incumbent when needed will be assigned to the surgical unit (O.R., PACU, etc.), and will have professional knowledge in these areas. The Waco Site consist of psychiatry, blind rehabilitative, intermediate, and clinics. This site is also one of the three Centers of Excellence in VHA. The work requires incumbent to be knowledgeable of supplies and chemicals and a means of accomplishing the assigned task as safely as possible. Incumbent has the ability and know how to clean and sanitize blood borne pathogens spills, i.e.. blood and other body fluids/excretions, using correct and effective methods. Incumbent is responsible for cleaning heavy soiling consisting of body excretions such as stool, urine, etc. Proper removal, cleaning, and disinfecting shall be exhibited by the incumbent following proper blood borne pathogen procedures and understanding. Incumbent accomplishes bed-making services to ensure admitting process operates efficiently and effectively. During regular and terminal cleaning discharges, removal of linen from the bed and placing linen in proper hamper is included in the discharge cleaning process/procedure. Incumbent follows safety practices such as safety, PPE, use, etc. Work Schedule: Sunday through Saturday; 7:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Position Description Title/PD#: Housekeeping Aid/674-7874-A

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized


Conditions of Employment


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 05/15/2020. 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)Use 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: The incumbent is a housekeeping aid in the Environmental Management Service. Incumbent cleans offices, storerooms, corridors, stairways, hospital rooms and units, clinics, laboratories, imaging, psychiatric areas, blind rehabilitative areas, restrooms and other areas. Incumbent is responsible for the terminal cleaning of all bed units (frames, mattresses, bed casters, bedside stand/lockers - inside and out - over-bed tables), and chairs, which includes making of clean bed. Incumbent also does routine/daily cleaning of beds units with the exception of the

inside of occupied bedside stands/lockers. Incumbent is responsible for cleaning wheeled equipment except medicine carts, treatment carts and wheelchairs. Incumbent dust, wax, and polish furniture, empty waste containers; clean windows (inside), ceilings, furniture, sinks, walls, beds, fans, light fixtures, and other items of fixed and portable equipment; and clean restrooms, shower areas, and fixtures incidental thereto. Incumbent is responsible for performing the full range of cleaning and disinfecting duties. Incumbent ensures that the area assigned is maintained in a neat, pleasing, and sanitary condition. Incumbent correctly and effectively disinfects blood spills and other body fluids to meet infection control standards. Incumbent cleans and disinfects rolling stock at the CTVHCS. Rolling stock consists of gurneys, stretchers, geri-chairs, beds, bedside stands, over bed tables, and other similar direct patient use wheeled items. Incumbent dust, wax, and polish furniture, vacuum and shampoo carpet,

wash walls and windows (normally interior), empty waste containers, clean sinks, collect trash, collect soiled linen (Waco site), place clean linen on shelves in linen room (Waco site), clean restrooms and shower areas, replace needed products such as paper towels, toile tissue, soap, and other similar items in all areas as assigned. Incumbent has the knowledge of Environment of Care issues as it relates to safety and the environment. Environment must be clean and organized. Incumbent mush have knowledge of SDS proper chemical storage and usage, PPE use, etc. Incumbent is knowledgeable in Infection Control policies which include Standard Precautions and OSHA's Blood borne Pathogen Regulations. Emphasis placed on Air-Boren Droplets, TB, Contact Isolation, and MRSA initiatives. All include specific knowledge concerning proper chemical use, cleaning practices, procedures, etc. to ensure room is

maintained in a manner not to place patients, visitors, staff, etc. at risk. Working Conditions: The incumbent will have personal contact with all sections of Engineering, Infection Control, Safety, and Industrial Hygiene Management Services, clinical chief, administrative Chiefs, supervisors, patients/residents, visitors, volunteers, employees, nursing staff in particular, etc. Personal contact will be enormous. Incumbent must be prepared to work with all soci0-economic levels. Incumbent performs duties of a Housekeeping Aid in all locations of CTVHCS, excluding the Community Base Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs). Incumbent will have immediate and frequent contacts with Physicians, RNs, LVNs, NAs, and clerical staff in the area(s) assigned. Incumbent will perform duties that require moderate physical effort in moving and setting-up equipment. Incumbent works on ladders and scaffolds and operates heavy, powered equipment. Incumbent regularly lifts and empties trash receptacles, lifts and carries bags of soiled linen and mop buckets filled with water, and lifts and carries other items that weight up to 50 pounds. When items exceed 50 pounds, the incumbent will request additional help from his/her supervisor or work leader to prevent injury to self. Safe methods of moving and/or lifting items are a job prerequisite. Incumbent usually works indoors in areas that normally have adequate heating, cooling, lighting, and ventilation. Occasionally, the incumbent is exposed to skin irritants from strong cleaning solutions used in stripping/resurfacing floors, etc. The incumbent usually works indoors, in areas that normally have adequate heat, light, and ventilation. Occasionally, incumbent is exposed to skin irritants from strong cleaning solutions used in resurfacing floors, etc., and performs duties utilizing ladders, etc. Incumbent works in health care settings that requires handling of infectious materials, i.e. pathological, and antineoplastic wastes.


Education is NOT a qualifying factor for this position.

Additional Information

Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed. Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator. The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. Financial disclosure not required. For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.