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SM 445-2-H CHAPTER 11

Staffing Safety And Health Positions

1.  Purpose. To specify the minimum Occupational Safety and Health Program (Program) requirements for staffing safety and health positions within the Department of the Interior (Department or DOI) and U.S. Geological Survey (Bureau or USGS).

2.  Reference. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Personnel Qualification Standards Series 018, 019, and 803.

3.  Requirements.

A. USGS full-time safety and health members will have the appropriate OPM qualifications for their assigned duties.

B. USGS Designated Agency Safety and Health Official (DASHO) will assure that the Bureau Safety and Health Program Manager and other technical staff meet, as a minimum, the OPM qualifications for GM-018/019/803, as appropriate. The Bureau Safety and Health Program Manager, or a qualified designee, will serve as the subject matter expert to review applicants for all Bureau headquarters full-time professional safety and health position vacancies.

C. Collateral Duty Safety Program Coordinators (CDSPCs) will be trained, within six (6) months of appointment, in the basic elements of organizing, planning, and managing an effective safety and health program, unless they have had the training/experience within the last 3 years. In addition to general orientation training within 6 months of appointment, CDSPCs are required to complete 16 hours of annual training in accordance with Chapter 14.4 of this Handbook. (See Chapters 12, 13, and 14 of this Handbook for specific orientation and professional development and training requirements for CDSPCs.)

4.  Responsibilities.

A. Bureau DASHO. Assures that the Bureau Safety and Health Program Manager and other technical staff meet, as a minimum, the OPM qualifications for GM-018/019/803, as appropriate.

B.  Bureau Safety and Health Program Manager.

(1)  Serves as the Bureau DASHO designee within the USGS and as the subject matter expert to review applicants for full-time Bureau headquarters Safety and Health Management Branch position vacancies.

(2)  Establishes professional certification programs for full-time and collateral duty safety and health staff

(3)  Identifies the standard training content for use in meeting Collateral Duty Safety Program Coordinator instruction to meet the Department requirement as outlined in paragraph 3C above.

C.  Regional Safety and Health Program Managers.

(1)  Serve as the Regional Safety and Health Program Manager subject matter experts to review applicants for all regional full-time regional safety and health position vacancies.

(2)  Regional Safety and Health Program Managers, with assistance from respective regional safety and health staff, shall be responsible for coordinating training mentioned in paragraph 3C above within each region, as appropriate.  (See Chapter 13 of this Handbook for specific training requirements.)

 

/s/ Karen D. Baker_____________                                        February 19, 2008
Karen D. Baker                                                                   Date
Associate Director for Administrative Policy and Services


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