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Peter A. Petch

RPIH, CIPS, CIMT, CHS-V

Industrial Hygiene Program Manager GS-14

Serve as the USDA, Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Industrial Hygiene Program Manager responsible for the safety and health of all APHIS employees nation-wide. APHIS has employees engaged in a wide variety of job functions to include: Veterinary Services; Plant Protection & Quarantine; Animal Care; Wildlife Services; and International Services. For past three years have been serving as the subject matter expert for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) needs for employee response to Avian Influenza and other animal & plant incidents.

I serve as the recognized expert in industrial hygiene for the agency with responsibility for developing policy and objectives, appraising programs, and initiating requirements for the elimination or control of agricultural environmental health hazards at their source. My industrial hygiene assignments are of such breadth as to cover complex problems in multiple and in some cases never seen before agricultural and emergency response operations, and/or development of testing and evaluations of complex agricultural based operations. Prepare industrial hygiene direction by anticipating future concerns and constraints, performance of on-site evaluations and testing, and knowledge and experience based on over 30 years in the field. An example of this was my involvement in the large scale TB Cattle incident in California, where APHIS Veterinary Services personnel were involved in an operation that had new physical, health, and procedural aspects that were indicating a higher level of accidents and stress. Preliminary communications and actual site visit lead to a decrease in accidents and a realistic change in operational procedures. I work closely with the APHIS Medical Officer to provide medical and health guidance to all APHIS employees. Review of standards, evaluation of non-routine situations that require new and sometimes untested guidance, and convincing employees of the benefits of the guidance provided is an important part of my position.

An example of this would be the establishment of my current position and/or tasking of preparing APHIS for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza as far as Personal Protective Equipment. Avian Influenza, both the high and low pathogenic type, are a fairly new biological concern, especially within the US, therefore evaluation and the resultant recommendations and/or policies had a limited amount of informational assistance. I represent the agency in inter-agency meetings involving policy and procedural matters related to industrial hygiene. An example of this is my current participation on the OSHA NRF Worker Safety and Health Support Annex Committee, the Radiation Advisory Team for Environment, Food, and Health, the USDA ESF-11 NRCC Desk, and the ACGIH Agricultural Safety and Health Committee. I direct the preparation of and maintenance of status reports and incentives that lead to the enhancement of the APHIS industrial hygiene program objectives. An example of this is my current involvement in the hiring process for the vacant Occupational Safety and Health Specialist in the office. I head the process and am driving the inclusion of industrial hygiene experience and abilities from and in the candidates. I have been equally involved in past hiring processes both within MRPBS and outside. I provide consultative services both to APHIS industrial hygiene and safety and health professionals and exterior industrial hygiene and safety and health professionals. An example of this is my continued involvement with the US Army AMMEDD - Smart V Team - whom I have trained in APHIS Avian Influenza response, fit-tested, and trained in donning and doffing procedures. All of the above described roles and responsibilities are based on my knowledge of industrial hygiene principles and practices and my unwavering thirst for gaining new knowledge, skills, and abilities that I can use to further assist APHIS and others. I served as the Acting Branch Chief for the Safety, Health, and Environmental Protection Branch for 120 day detail and performed the annual employee performance rating, recognized individual achievements with awards, and also developed the new rating period performance standards.

I serve as the recognized expert in industrial hygiene for the agency with responsibility for developing policy and objectives, appraising programs, and initiating requirements for the elimination or control of agricultural environmental health hazards at their source. My industrial hygiene assignments are of such breadth as to cover complex problems in multiple and in some cases never seen before agricultural and emergency response operations, and/or development of testing and evaluations of complex agricultural based operations.

I prepare industrial hygiene direction by anticipating future concerns and constraints, performance of on-site evaluations and testing, and knowledge and experience based on over 30 years in the field. An example of this was my involvement in the large scale TB Cattle incident in California, where APHIS Veterinary Services personnel were involved in an operation that had new physical, health, and procedural aspects that were indicating a higher level of accidents and stress. Preliminary communications and actual site visit lead to a decrease in accidents and a realistic change in operational procedures. I work closely with the APHIS Medical Officer to provide medical and health guidance to all APHIS employees. Review of standards, evaluation of non-routine situations that require new and sometimes untested guidance, and convincing employees of the benefits of the guidance provided is an important part of my position. An example of this would be the establishment of my current position and/or tasking of preparing APHIS for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza as far as Personal Protective Equipment. Avian Influenza, both the high and low pathogenic type, are a fairly new biological concern, especially within the US, therefore evaluation and the resultant recommendations and/or policies had a limited amount of informational assistance.

I represent the agency in inter-agency meetings involving policy and procedural matters related to industrial hygiene. An example of this is my current participation on the OSHA NRF Worker Safety and Health Support Annex Committee, the Radiation Advisory Team for Environment, Food, and Health, the USDA ESF-11 NRCC Desk, and the ACGIH Agricultural Safety and Health Committee. I direct the preparation of and maintenance of status reports and incentives that lead to the enhancement of the APHIS industrial hygiene program objectives. An example of this is my current involvement in the hiring process for the vacant Occupational Safety and Health Specialist in the office. I head the process and am driving the inclusion of industrial hygiene experience and abilities from and in the candidates. I have been equally involved in past hiring processes both within MRPBS and outside. I provide consultative services both to APHIS industrial hygiene and safety and health professionals and exterior industrial hygiene and safety and health professionals.

An example of this is my continued involvement with the US Army AMMEDD - Smart V Team - whom I have trained in APHIS Avian Influenza response, fit-tested, and trained in donning and doffing procedures. All of the above described roles and responsibilities are based on my knowledge of industrial hygiene principles and practices and my unwavering thirst for gaining new knowledge, skills, and abilities that I can use to further assist APHIS and others. I served as the Acting Branch Chief for the Safety, Health, and Environmental Protection Branch for 120 day detail and performed the annual employee performance rating, recognized individual achievements with awards, and also developed the new rating period performance standards.








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