The Laundry Worker 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), in Vancouver, Oregon. PHYSICAL EFFORT AND WORK CONDITIONS: 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, or storing on shelving. 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. Employee 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. Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Federal Wage System Qualifications. For this position, the job element method is used to match what you, the applicant, can do against what the work calls for. Your knowledge, skills and abilities will be compared to the knowledge, skills and abilities (called job elements) needed for success. Your qualifications will first be evaluated against the prescribed screen out element (WG-2 and higher only; screen-outs are not applicable to WG-1). Applicants who appear to meet the screen out element are considered for further rating; those who do not are rated ineligible and are eliminated from consideration. The potential eligibles are rated against the remainder of the job elements. While a specific length of training and experience is not required, your responses to the questionnaire must be supported by detailed descriptions of your experience on your resume. You will be rated on the following Job Elements as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position: Dexterity and Safety Interpret Instructions, Specifications (other than blueprint reading) Operation of Equipment/Machinery Work Practices IMPORTANT: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. All experience listed on your resume must include the month and year start/end dates. 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. 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; religious; 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. ["Major duties and responsibilities include: Sorting general Medical Center soiled linens, patient clothing and surgical linen. Feeding various sizes of flatwork linen into the flatwork ironer. Stacking folded flatwork, folding roughdry items, checking flatwork and rough-dry, linens for rewash or repair. Keeping records of items being processed, including soiled linen cart weight, clean linen shipped, and full linen cart weight. Keeping equipment and work area clean and free of hazards and debris. Operating the flatwork ironing systems, small and large piece folders, tunnel finishing system, clean monorail system, gas and steam dryers, small piece washer pass through washer, Continuous Batch Washer (CBW), operation of soiled product conveyer, soiled monorail system, and be familiar with the use and transfer of wash chemicals. Proper use of germicidal agent for daily cleaning of work area to include fogging of trailer after unload. Performing other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 6:00am to 2:30pm Recruitment & Relocation Incentives: Not authorized"]
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