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Web Content Viewer (JSR 286)

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Web Content Viewer (JSR 286)

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Web Content Viewer (JSR 286)

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Web Content Viewer (JSR 286)

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Web Content Viewer (JSR 286)

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Position Requirements

Requirements apply to in-plant:

  • Public Health Veterinarian
  • Food Inspector
  • Consumer Safety Inspector

Veterinary Medical Officers, Food Inspectors and Consumer Safety Inspectors are involved in ante-mortem inspection of livestock or poultry, post-mortem inspection of red meat or poultry, and other aspects of inspection of red meat, egg and poultry products used for human consumption. This inspection activity is performed in a noisy industrial environment with large moving machinery that cannot be stopped instantly. Workstations and walkways can be extremely narrow and slippery. Excellent stability and balance is required. Frequent physical activities such as walking, climbing, standing, and kneeling are required, including climbing and walking on catwalks. Common environmental conditions include sub-freezing temperatures and frequent summertime temperatures at 80 to 90 degrees with extreme humidity.

Inspection activity requires rapid, constant repetitive motion with both hands and wrists. Red meat viscera inspection requires the palpation of organs and slicing with extremely sharp knives. Accurate color vision is essential to notice subtle shades of product color in the detection of abnormalities that make a product unfit for human consumption. A normal sense of smell is needed to detect odors.

Functional Requirements:

  1. Moderate light lifting, 30 pounds, with occasional lifting of up to 50 pounds.
  2. Repetitive motion of upper body and limbs (8 hours).
  3. Reaching above shoulders.
  4. Use of fingers—dexterity and normal sensation required.
  5. Both hands required.
  6. Walking (8 hours).
  7. Standing (8 hours), in limited space (2 x 4 feet).
  8. Climbing stairs and vertical ladders.
  9. Both legs required (prosthesis acceptable if full range of mobility is allowed).
  10. Near vision using appropriate vision screening device.
  11. Far vision correctable to 20/40.
  12. Normal depth perception.
  13. Normal peripheral vision (85 degrees temporally in each eye).
  14. Color vision allowing identification of subtle shades
  15. Normal hearing. (with or without hearing aids)
  16. Ability to detect odors.
  17. Clear speech.
  18. Ability to palpate organs & note product differences.

 

Environmental Factors:

  1. Working indoors and outdoors.
  2. Excessive heat.
  3. Excessive cold.
  4. Excessive humidity.
  5. Excessive dampness or chilling.
  6. Excessive noise, continuous.
  7. Slippery and uneven walking surfaces.
  8. Working around machinery with moving parts.
  9. Working around moving objects or vehicles.
  10. Working with hands in water.
  11. Working in close proximity to others.
  12. Protracted or irregular hours of work.
  13. Working with knives or other tools.
  14. Exposure to offensive odors such as manure, blood, etc.
  15. Possible exposure to noxious fumes.
  16. Will be required to wear appropriate safety protection.
  17. Sub-freezing temperatures
  18. Summer time temperatures at 80 to 90 degrees
  19. Rapid, constant repetitive motion with hands/wrists

Failure to fully meet a functional requirement is not automatically disqualifying. Please contact the hiring agency/employing agency directly if you wish to request reasonable accommodation in connection with the functional requirements, environmental factors or other general position requirements. FSIS responds to reasonable accommodation requests based on the facts of each case, conducting an individualized assessment to evaluate each request on its own merits.

 

Last Modified Nov 01, 2019