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SM 445-2-H CHAPTER 12

Professional Development

Instructions:  To update this chapter to reflect requirements in the Training and Technical Skills and Abilities for Collateral Duty and Full Time Safety Personnel Handbook released by the Department of the Interior in FY 2007.

1.  Purpose. To specify the minimum Occupational Safety and Health Program (Program) requirements for developing and administering a formal career development program for the Department of the Interior (Department or DOI) and the U.S. Geological Survey (Bureau or USGS) full-time and collateral duty safety and health personnel.

2.  References.

A.  29 CFR 1960, "Basic Program Elements for Federal Employees”, Subpart H "Training”.

B.  Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Technical Standard 227, “Qualification Standard for Administration, Management, and Specialist Positions.”

C.  Department of the Interior, Office of Occupational Health and Safety, Training and Technical Skills and Abilities for Collateral Duty and Full Time Safety Personnel Handbook.

3.  Responsibilities:

A.  DOI Office of Occupational Health and Safety.

(1)  Identifies, by series, grade, and position, the minimum knowledge, skills, and abilities to fully perform the functions of each generic position in the Department.

(2)  Identifies appropriate training courses/experiences and available sources to satisfy these knowledge and skill needs.

(3)  Establishes individual development plans (IDPs) for Occupational Health and Safety personnel and maintains records of their training.

B.  Associate Director for Administrative Policy and Services.

(1)  Ensures establishment of career development programs for full-time and collateral duty safety and health personnel.

(2)  Provides support and funding resources necessary to equip safety and health personnel with training needed to fulfill their responsibilities and meet professional development requirements.

C.  Safety and Health Management Branch (SHMB).

(1)  Establish career development programs that enable full-time and collateral duty occupational safety and health personnel to acquire the knowledge, skills, and abilities that meet present and future program needs of the Bureau and prepare them to perform necessary technical monitoring, consulting, testing, inspecting, and designing; hazard recognition, evaluation, and control; equipment and facility design and standards; analysis of accident, injury, and illness data; and other safety- and health-related tasks.

(2)  Identify specific/special knowledge, skills, and abilities required for safety and health positions and special training needs of safety and health personnel.

(3)  Promotes professional development through the establishment of mandatory curricula for career development of full-time safety and health personnel that correspond to the courses detailed in the DOI Training and Technical Skills and Abilities for Collateral Duty and Full Time Safety Personnel Handbook.  Specific USGS mandated training for full-time safety and health personnel is detailed in Appendix 12-1, Mandatory Career Development Requirements for USGS Full-Time Safety and Health Personnel.”  Completion of training courses detailed in this appendix is considered a minimum requirement.

(a)  USGS full-time safety and health personnel have up to 6 years to complete all the mandatory training requirements.  First-year requirements may be met by completing cost-free, online training hosted in the DOI Learning Management System.

(b)  Credit may be given for equivalent courses completed prior to the establishment of this career development program or those completed through prior employment outside the USGS.  Substitutions for required courses shall be forwarded to the Bureau Safety and Health Management Branch for approval. 

(c)  Professional certifications obtained by full-time safety and health staff through private organizations may be recognized as meeting these training requirements; e.g., Associate or Certified Safety and Health Professional issued by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals; Certified Industrial Hygienist through the American Board of Industrial Hygiene; or Certified Safety and Health Manager from the Institute for Safety and Health Management.

(d)  Professional certifications must be current, with associated documentation provided to the Bureau Safety and Health Program Manager for approval that they meet part or all of the mandated career development requirements.

(4)  Coordinates the establishment of professional training courses through the use of cooperative agreements with external training vendors, as appropriate, to facilitate instructional offerings that meet mandatory and recommended career development needs.

(5)  Promotes professional development through the establishment of a recommendedprofessional development training program for collateral duty safety program coordinators that corresponds to those courses detailed in the DOI Training and Technical Skills and Abilities for Collateral Duty and Full Time Safety Personnel Handbook.

D.  Chiefs, Headquarters and Regional Offices of Management Services.

(1)  Provide primary funding resources necessary to equip the safety and health personnel with the training needed (up to the 24 hours per year as required by DOI) to fulfill their responsibilities and to meet individual mandatory career development requirements listed in Appendix 12-1.

(2)  Ensure IDPs, corresponding to the career development curricula detailed in Appendix 12-1, as a minimum, are developed and maintained for safety and health personnel. Appendix 12-1 may be used for this purpose.

(3)  Ensure that Appendix 12-1 is completed for each full-time safety and health staff member to document individual mandatory training completions and completion dates.  Appendices and associated transcripts/course completion certificates for each full-time safety and health staff member shall be maintained locally.  A copy of all documentation shall be forwarded to the Bureau Safety and Health Management Branch not later than September 30 of each fiscal year.

(4)  Encourage subordinate safety and health professionals to participate in local field Federal Safety Council activities, as applicable.

E.  All Full-Time Safety and Health Staff.

  1. Document and annually update mandatory safety and health career development training completions and completion dates using Appendix 12-1. Maintain a hard copy of Appendix 12-1 and associated transcripts/course completion certificates and forward a copy of all documentation to the Bureau Safety and Health Management Branch not later than September 30 of each fiscal year until all courses are completed.


  2. Upon formally completing the USGS required mandatory training, complete a minimum of 24 hours per year (DOI requirement) of career development courses in occupational safety and health training from the expanded list of courses within the DOI Safety Training and Technical Skills and Abilities for Collateral Duty and Full Time Safety Personnel Handbook, Appendix A.  Attendance at the DOI Safety and Health Seminar may be used to meet this requirement.

/s/ Karen D. Baker                                                                      7/22/08
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Karen D. Baker                                                                           Date
Associate Director for Administrative Policy and Services


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