The incumbent is assigned to the sorting or finish area of the consolidated Medical Center Laundry, within the Facilities Management Service at the Portland VA Medical Center (PVAMC), Oregon, with duty in Vancouver, Washington. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 03/27/2023. 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 ability to do the job of a Laundry Worker without more than normal supervision. Examples of such duties include but are not limited to the ability to do the work of a Laundry Worker without more than normal supervisor. Examples include: Ability to to read and understand requests and types of textiles and work quotas, to count and use basic arithmetic. Ability to operate a variety of textile processing equipment such as a flat-worker ironer, spreader-feeder, folder-cross folder, small piece folder, and to make minor adjustments to facilitate equipment operation. Ability to recognize fabrics that may need special processing or may become damaged during the washing process. Demonstrate ability to recognize items which have been damaged during the washing and/or recognize spotted or other items which have not been properly processed. The potential eligibles are then rated against the remainder of the Job Elements: Dexterity and Safety Interpret Instructions, Specifications (other than blueprint reading) Operation of Equipment/Machinery Without more than normal supervision Work 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: Duties required include frequently maneuvering heavy carts of soiled and clean linens, maneuvering slings of soiled and clean linens on overhead monorail system, standing for long periods of time, pushing and pulling heavy carts on and off trailer/truck. Soiled linens trucks can way upwards of 600 pounds clean linen trucks can weigh upwards of 900 depending on product, exposing workers to possible muscle strain. Position requires some heavy lifting, pulling, pushing, bending, stooping, standing and walking continuously on cement surface as well as working in an area around moving machinery. Design of most of the processing equipment is ergonomically correct, however the employee will be required to work at or above shoulder level when maneuvering soiled/ clean linen on over head rail system, and when loading textiles into shipping carts, storing on shelving. Working Conditions: Work is accomplished indoors where lighting is good. Working conditions can change with the season; it can become hot during summer months. The use of barrier gowns, face shields, latex gloves and any other PPE will increase temperature. In winter early duty hours are subject to cold drafts when dock doors are open during unloading of linens. Incumbent is subject to muscle strain, because of bending, stooping, pulling and pushing. Incumbent is exposed to medical waste, blood body fluid, and contaminated medical devices (sharps). Employees will be exposed to strong odors from soiled linen. ["The incumbent's primary assignment consists of sorting general Medical Center soiled linens, patient clothing and surgical linen, feeding various sizes of flatwork linen into the flatwork ironer, stack folded flatwork, fold roughdry items, check flatwork and rough-dry, linens for rewash or repair. Incumbent must also keep records of items being processed, including soiled linen cart weight, clean linen shipped, and full linen cart weight. Incumbent is required to keep equipment and work area clean and free of hazards and debris. The incumbent may perform other duties under the direction of the Textile Care Manager; however, instructions controlling the work performed originate with the Laundry Work Leader. The Laundry Manger will evaluate this position with input from the working Leader in that area. Duties include but not limited to: Feeding flatwork and four lane feeders Feeding small and large piece folders Correct loading and unloading of wash equipment Sorting of infectious linens by classification /degree of soil Proper handling of various infectious waste and sharps found in Medical Center linens Proper handling of Patient Personal effects HIPPA guide lines for proper and security of PII material found in Medical Center linens Functional knowledge in the load and operation of wash equipment and finishing equipment Responsible for keeping work area and equipment clean on a daily basis, using whatever cleaning tools or disinfectants necessary Must be capable of performing a variety of tasks and may be required to work in a different area of the laundry plant upon need and/or any multiple of tasks within a day Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 06:00am to 2:30pm Position Description Title/PD#: Laundry Worker/PD20814A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized"]
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