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SM 445-2-H CHAPTER 2

Responsibilities

Instruction:  This chapter is revised to clarify supervisory safety responsibilities involving USGS employees who work on cross-disciplinary projects or outside their own organizations.

1.  Purpose.  To specify the minimum Occupational Safety and Health Program (Program) requirements for individuals and groups of employees in the implementation of Department of the Interior (DOI) and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) occupational safety and health policy.

2.  Secretary of the Interior (Secretary).

A.  Provides management direction and support necessary for DOI to effectively fulfill its policy commitments.

B.  Appoints a DOI-Designated Agency Safety and Health Official (DASHO) with sufficient authority to effectively represent the interests and support of the Secretary in the management and administration of the Program.

C.  Submits to the Secretary of Labor an annual Program report and abstracts of investigation reports on serious accidents.

D.  Provides adequate staff and funding resources to effectively implement and administer the Program.

E.  Holds the Director of each Bureau accountable for effectively fulfilling Program responsibilities.

3.  DOI Assistant Secretary, Policy, Management, and Budget (PMB).

A.  Submits to the Secretary an annual Program report.

B.  Includes safety and health on the agenda for Secretarial staff briefings as needed.

C.  Carries out the same functions as a Bureau Director for the Office of the Secretary.

4.  DOI-Designated Agency Safety and Health Official (DASHO).

A.  Exercises the authority of the Secretary for the management and administration of the Program.

B.  Directs Program activities through the DOI Deputy DASHO (a senior occupational safety and health manager meeting Office of Personnel Management Standards for GS-018/803/690) in the DOI Office of Occupational Health and Safety, and ensures that adequate staff and funding resources are provided to develop and administer the Program.

C.  Prepares and submits a comprehensive annual Safety and Occupational Health Report.  Advises the Secretary, through the DOI Assistant Secretary, PMB, on the status of the Program

D.  Promulgates policy, directives, and alternate or supplemental standards applicable for implementation of an effective Program.

E.  Participates in DASHO Council meetings.

F.  Participates in the Federal Advisory Council (FAC) on Occupational Safety and Health upon request.

G.  Appoints Serious Accident Investigation Teams or trained investigators for the immediate and primary investigation of serious accidents when needed.

H.  Encourages Bureau safety and health managers to use the DOI Safety and Occupational Health Council as a forum for the exchange of Program information, as a focal point for coordinating safety and occupational health activities, and as a vehicle for formulating recommendations to the DASHO Council regarding the Program.

5.  DOI Office of Occupational Health and Safety (OOHS).

A.  Advises and supports the DOI DASHO in carrying out Program responsibilities.

B.  Coordinates the development of Program policies, directives, guidelines, and alternate or supplemental standards with the DOI Bureaus.

C.  Exercises appropriate action on requests for variances from applicable safety and health standards.

D.  Serves as the principal DOI representative to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Fire Administration, and other agencies on technical matters pertaining to the Program.

E.  Reviews reports of allegation-of-reprisal investigations not resolved at the Bureau level and provides to the DOI DASHO recommendations for resolution.

F.  Assists in developing the agenda for the DOI Annual Safety and Occupational Health Seminar.

G.  Develops and maintains the automated Safety Management Information System (SMIS) to support DOI needs for collecting, assimilating, and analyzing accidents (employee, contractor, or public) involving injuries, illnesses, and property damage related to DOI operations and/or facilities.

H.  Evaluates the Secretary’s staff and Bureaus on their managerial effort and effectiveness in establishing and implementing the Program and provides technical assistance regarding safety and occupational health matters.

I.  Provides interpretation of OSHA and adopted national consensus standards and DOI safety and health standards not resolved at the Bureau level.

J.  Establishes DOI contracts for staff support in areas such as safety and occupational health, industrial hygiene, information resources management, and fire protection engineering as needed.

K.  Provides specialized safety and health training for DOI personnel as needed.

L.  Reviews Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs reports to ensure that job-related injuries and illnesses are properly recorded in the DOI SMIS.

6.  National Business Center (NBC) Aviation Management.  Responsible for DOI functions related to aircraft services and facilities.  The DOI Aviation Safety Program, established by the Aviation Management Directorate, is described in 352 DM 1, 6, and 7.

7.  USGS Director.

A.  Requires compliance with statutory, regulatory, and Program criteria.

B.  Provides management direction and support necessary for the Bureau to effectively fulfill its policy commitments.

C.  Holds the Bureau DASHO, Associate Directors (ADs), Regional Directors (RDs), managers, and supervisors accountable for effectively fulfilling Program responsibilities within their science or administrative program areas.

D.  Supplements the Program with special initiatives, directives, standards, criteria, and training to meet the unique safety and health needs of the Bureau.

E.  Demonstrates personal commitment for the safety and health of employees, contractors, concessionaires, volunteers, and visitors.

F.  Delegates sufficient authority to the Bureau DASHO to effectively represent the interests and support of the Director in the management and administration of the Program.  Provides adequate staff and funding resources to effectively implement and administer the Program within the Bureau.  (See Office of Management and Budget Circular A-11, Sections 13.2(f) and 13.5(f) and 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 1960.7.)

G.  Requires safety and health evaluations of headquarters and each region, state, or area office at least once every 4 years.

H.  Requires formal inspections of all establishments at least once a year with an identified schedule for the abatement of deficiencies.

I.  Requires that Program deficiencies and recommended corrective actions be documented and tracked until resolved.

J.  Submits to DOI an annual Program report.

K.  Requires that accidents be reported and investigated and submits to DOI abstracts of investigation reports on serious accidents as requested.

L.  Provides copies of OSHA, Executive Order (E.O.) 12196, 29 CFR 1960, and Program documentation to managers and supervisors.  Managers and supervisors will respond to requests from personnel and employee representatives to review the documents at a time mutually convenient for all.

M.  Recognizes Bureau employees for outstanding safety and health performances.

N.  Requires that the current DOI safety and health poster be posted in all establishments.  A copy of the poster is located in Appendix 2-1, USGS Safety Program Poster,” as well as on the USGS safety Web site.

8.  USGS DASHO/Associate Director for Administrative Policy and Services.

A.  Serves as the USGS representative on the Aviation Board of Directors in the NBC Aviation Management Directorate.

B.  Exercises the authority of the Director to establish, develop, direct, and manage effective safety and health programs within the Bureau.

C.  Exercises the authority of the Director and Executive Leadership Team (ELT) for the management and administration of the Program.

D.  Directs Program activities, through the Chief, Office of Management Services (OMS) and the USGS Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Program Manager (meeting OPM Standards for GS-018/690) and ensures that adequate staff and funding resources are provided to develop and administer the Program.

E.  Designates a qualified safety professional (meeting OPM qualifications for GS-018/690) to serve as a subject-matter expert to review applications for full-time Bureau headquarters Safety and Health Management Branch position vacancies.  The reviewing official must be at a grade level equal to or higher than that of the vacancy.

F.  Delegates occupational safety and health program administration to the USGS OSH Program Manager, managers of the specialized programs (aviation, diving, firearms, radiation, and watercraft), and others as appropriate.

G.  Advises the Director and ELT on the status of the Program via a comprehensive annual Safety and Occupational Health Report and interim reports as necessary.

H.  Submits to the DOI DASHO an annual safety and health Action Plan as well as interim progress reports on the Bureau’s implementation of the Action Plan.

I.  Participates in the DOI DASHO Council meetings and provides to the DOI DASHO or designee pertinent information concerning the Bureau’s Program upon request.

J.  Participates in the Federal Advisory Council (FAC) on Occupational Safety and Health upon request.

K.  Appoints Serious Accident Investigation Teams or trained investigators for the immediate and primary investigation of serious accidents when deemed appropriate.

L.  Promotes and supports the USGS Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Council as a forum to exchange Bureau program information and coordinate Bureau safety and occupational health activities.  The OSH Council also serves as a vehicle for developing recommendations to the Director and ELT regarding the Bureau program, including recommendations for USGS organizations to establish safety and health committees, where appropriate. (See Chapter 9, “OSH Councils, Committees, and Working Groups.”)

9.  USGS OSH Program Manager.

A.  Administers the USGS OSH Program within the Safety and Health Management Branch (SHMB) of the Office of Management Services (OMS) and reports to the DASHO through the Chief, OMS.

B.  Advises and supports the Bureau DASHO and Bureau management in carrying out the USGS OSH Program responsibilities and in administering occupational safety and health programs within their areas of responsibility.

C.  Provides USGS OSH Program oversight and coordination for all Program elements.

D.  Participates in the DOI Safety and Occupational Health Council and other safety and health councils, committees, and work groups when possible.

E.  Conducts Program evaluations at headquarters and each region at least every 4 years, recommending to Bureau and regional management on appropriate actions to correct Program deficiencies, and tracks corrective actions until abated.

F.  Evaluates headquarters and regional safety and health staffing to determine managerial effort and effectiveness in establishing and implementing the USGS OSH Program.  Supports headquarters and regional safety and health professionals in career development.

G.  Receives and reviews regional and field requests for variances from applicable safety and health standards and submits to the DOI Office of OOHS, for action, requests for alternatives to OSHA regulations or changes to DOI safety and health standards.

H.  Ensures that allegations of reprisal related to the Program, reports of unsafe and unhealthful conditions, and accidents/incidents are investigated.

I.  Directs and coordinates all industrial hygiene activities including the development of policies and the establishment and monitoring of Bureau industrial hygiene contracts.

J.  Provides oversight of safety programs related to aviation, ionizing radiation, watercraft, underwater diving, and firearms.

K.  Coordinates with the USGS Office of Human Resources and the Department of Labor, Office of Workers’ Compensation, on medical surveillance and professional and career development of safety personnel.

L.  Facilitates the establishment of a Radiation Protection Program in locations where ionizing radiation and x-ray-emitting devices are present.

M.  Oversees the identification and development of Bureau safety and health training and professional development programs.  These programs include general safety and health program orientation for new employees, supervisor responsibilities, instruction for collateral duty safety and health personnel, defensive driving, watercraft, firearms, diving, aviation, radiation, and emergency response.

O.  Assists regional safety managers in identifying training resources and developing and providing specialized safety and health training needs for USGS personnel as needed.

P.  Assists in the development of the agenda for the DOI Annual Safety and Occupational Health Seminar and periodically hosts the seminar.

Q.  (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 The reviewing official must be at a grade level equal to or higher than that of the vacancy

R.  Reviews accident/incident information recorded in SMIS to determine the accuracy and completeness of the information and to take appropriate action to correct deficiencies.

S.  Coordinates the use of SMIS to support USGS needs for collecting, assimilating, and analyzing accidents (employee, contractor, or visitor) involving injuries, illnesses, and property damage related to Bureau operations and/or facilities.

T.  Coordinates USGS needs for collecting, assimilating, and analyzing inspection and program assessment compliance related to Bureau operations and/or facilities.

U.  Completes program assessment annually.

V.  Provides Bureau management with accident, auditing, and statistical reports and recommendations for prevention of future incidents.

W.  Coordinates the development of Bureau program policies, directives, and alternate or supplemental standards and guidelines.

X.  Serves as the principal Bureau representative to OSHA, EPA, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and other agencies on technical matters pertaining to USGS safety and health programs.

Y.  Provides interpretation of OSHA and adopted national consensus standards and DOI and USGS safety and health standards not resolved at the regional level.

Z.  Establishes contracts for staff support associated with occupational safety and health, industrial hygiene, information resources management, and fire protection engineering as needed

AA.  Develops and maintains a safety-promotion program aimed at providing information for USGS personnel.  The program will include making available and or recommending safety training materials, journals, reference documents, posters, signs, etc.

BB.  Reviews OWCP reports to insure that job-related injuries and illnesses are properly recorded in SMIS.

CC.  Develops and oversees appropriate initiatives, directives, standards, and criteria to meet contractor, concessionaire, volunteer, and public safety and health requirements.

DD.  As the Bureau’s technical safety and health program advisor, provides assistance and guidance to all levels of management in carrying out the following program activities:

(1)  Organizational Policies and Administration.  Develops organizational policy, plans, programs, directives, and rules; provides interpretation of safety and health policies and procedures, including management and personnel accountability; establishes councils, committees, and working groups that address safety and health issues; and designates appropriate personnel and funds for program implementation.

(2)  Standards.  Ensures that personnel are aware of and have access to applicable policy, documents, codes, regulations, and program standards.

(3)  Safety and Health Program Assessments and Program Planning.  Evaluates Program elements annually, including personnel and financial resources, for the purposes of providing management with information on program effort and effectiveness.  Establishes short- and long-term goals for program enhancement and implementation.

(4)  Inspections.  Conducts operational and facility surveys, inspections, evaluations, and staff visits for the purpose of identifying hazards within the workplace.  Determines the level of organizational compliance with standards.

(5)  Hazard Identification and Abatement.  Reports and corrects unsafe and unhealthful working conditions and identifies/corrects workplace hazards through job hazard analysis.

(6)  Accident/Incident Investigation, Reporting, and Analysis.  Investigates, reports, and analyzes accidents, providing recommended corrective actions and tracking corrective measures through abatement.

(7)  Training.  Identifies, develops, coordinates, schedules, and conducts required training and professional development for target audiences.

(8)  Promotion and Awareness. Includes standard and regulatory compliance assistance, awards and recognition programs, and development of safety and health promotion/awareness plans.

(9)  Industrial Hygiene/Occupational Medicine.  Includes hearing conservation, respiratory protection, personal protective equipment, and laboratory safety.

(10)  Fire Protection, Prevention, and Response.  Ensures USGS facilities and operations are compliant with established fire-safety practices and policies.

(11)  Motor Vehicles and Motorized Equipment.  Ensures that operators of motorized vehicles are identified and trained and that equipment is maintained in safe working condition.

(12)  Specialized Program Assistance/Coordination.  Includes aviation, radiation, firearms, diving, and watercraft activities.

(13)  High Hazard Operations.  Includes blasting safety, confined space entry, electrofishing, rocket netting operations, electrical safety, and field safety.

10.  Programmatic Associate Directors (ADs).

A.  Coordinate and provide oversight for the Program and assistance to managers, supervisors, and personnel in Program implementation for science program areas within their scope of responsibility.

B.  Require compliance with statutory, regulatory, and Program criteria and provide the necessary management direction and support to effectively fulfill policy commitments.

C.  Supplement the Program with special initiatives, directives, standards, criteria, and training to meet the unique safety and health needs within their areas of responsibility.

D.  Demonstrate personal commitment for the safety and health of personnel, contractors, concessionaires, volunteers, and visitors.

E.  Establish manager and supervisor accountability for effectively fulfilling safety responsibilities within their organizational and program areas.

F.  Delegate sufficient authority on safety and health program matters to management and collateral duty personnel within their areas of responsibility for Program administration and implementation.

G.  Provide adequate staff and funding resources to effectively administer a safety and health program within their areas of responsibility.

H.  Require self-conducted annual safety and health program evaluations and inspections of operational facilities.

I.  Require formal safety and health program evaluations and inspections of operational facilities based on high hazard, high accident frequency, and/or program deficiencies.

J.  Require that all inspection deficiencies be noted and that recommended corrective actions be recorded and tracked until resolved.

K.  Require accidents to be reported and investigated in accordance with Chapter 7, “Incident/Accident Reporting and Serious Accident Investigation.”

L.  Provide copies of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, E.O. 12196, 29 CFR 1960, and DOI safety and health program documentation to managers and supervisors.

M.  Recognize employees for outstanding safety and health performance.

N.  Require the current DOI safety and health poster be posted in all organizational establishments under their authority.  A copy of the poster is located in Appendix 2-1, “USGS Safety Program Poster,” as well as on the USGS safety Web site.

O.  Submit to the Bureau DASHO, through the USGS OSH Program Manager, an annual summary report on their safety and health programs and abstracts of investigation reports on serious accidents and other reports as requested.  (See Chapter 3, “Annual Action Plans and Status Reports.”)

11.  Regional Directors (RDs).

A.  Appoint safety and health professionals (meeting OPM standard GS-018/028/803/690) as regional safety and health staff and provide adequate resources for the effective implementation and administration of the Program within their regions. (See Office of Management and Budget Circular A-11, Sections 13.2(f) and 13.5(f); and 29 CFR 1960.7.)

B. Delegate authority on regional safety and health program matters to appointed regional safety and health managers.  These managers will have sufficient authority to effectively support and represent the interests of the region’s science and field organizations in the management and administration of an overall regional program.

C.  Require compliance with statutory, regulatory, and program criteria and provide the management with the necessary support and guidance to effectively fulfill regional policy commitments.

D.  Supplement the program with special initiatives, directives, standards, criteria, and training to meet the unique safety and health needs of the region.

E.  Demonstrate personal commitment for the safety and health of employees, contractors, concessionaires, volunteers, and visitors.

F.  Establish Regional Executive (REx) and field manager/supervisor accountability for effectively fulfilling safety responsibilities within their organizational and program areas.

G.  Require self-conducted safety and health program evaluations and inspections of the Regional Director’s facilities.

H.  Require formal safety and health program evaluations and inspections of the Regional Director’s facilities and field locations based on high hazard, high accident frequency, and/or program deficiencies.

I.  Require that all inspection deficiencies be noted and that recommended corrective actions be documented and tracked until resolved.

J.  Require that accidents be reported and investigated in accordance with Chapter 7, “Incident/Accident Reporting and Serious Accident Investigation.”

K.  Provide copies of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, E.O. 12196, 29 CFR 1960, and DOI safety and health program documentation to managers and supervisors.

L.  Recognize employees for outstanding regional safety and health performance.

M.  Require that the current DOI safety and health poster be posted in all regional establishments. A copy of the poster is located in Appendix 2-1, “USGS Safety Program Poster,” as well as on the USGS safety Web site.

N.  Submit to the Bureau DASHO, through the USGS OSH Program Manager, an annual report on the regional safety and health programs and abstracts of investigation reports on serious accidents, and other reports as requested.  (See Chapter 3, “Annual Action Plans and Status Reports.”)

12.  Regional Executives (RExes).

A.  Require compliance with statutory, regulatory, and Program criteria.  Provide managers and supervisors in local science organizations with the support and guidance needed to effectively fulfill Bureau policy commitments.

B.  Supplement the region’s science program with special initiatives, directives, standards, criteria, and training to meet the unique safety and health needs of specific science projects.

D.  Demonstrate personal commitment to the safety and health of employees, contractors, concessionaires, volunteers, and visitors.

E.  Establish field manager and supervisor accountability for effectively fulfilling safety responsibilities within their organizational and program areas.

F.  Provide adequate staff and funding resources to effectively administer the regional science safety program.

G.  Complete an annual self-program assessment.

H.  Require self-conducted safety and health program evaluations and inspections of all science program field locations annually.

I.  Require formal safety and health program evaluations and inspections of science program field locations based on high hazard, high accident frequency, and/or program deficiencies.

J.  Require that all inspection deficiencies be noted and that recommended corrective actions be documented and tracked until resolved.

K.  Require that accidents be reported and investigated in accordance with Chapter 7, “Incident/Accident Reporting and Serious Accident Investigation.”

L.  Provide copies of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, E.O. 12196, 29 CFR 1960, and DOI safety and health program documentation to managers and supervisors.  Managers and supervisors will respond to requests from employees and employee representatives to review documents at a mutually convenient time.

M.  Recognize employees for outstanding safety and health performance.

N.  Require the current DOI safety and health poster to be posted in all regional science locations.  A copy of the poster is located in Appendix 2-1, “USGS Safety Program Poster,” as well as on the USGS safety Web site.

O.  Ensure that annual reporting on the regional science safety and health program and abstracts of investigation reports on serious accidents and other reports are provided to the appropriate regional safety and health manager as requested.

13.  Field (District/Center/Team) Managers and Supervisors.

A.  Demonstrate personal commitment and actively participate in providing for the safety and health of employees, contractors, concessionaires, volunteers, and visitors.

B.  Implement safety and health program requirements within the scope of authority.

C.  Appoint appropriate personnel resources to provide support services to their respective field managers, supervisors, and employees, and implement the Program within their respective organizations.

D.  Provide and/or secure appropriate safety and health training for employees.

E.  Monitor operations and activities and inspect work areas for hazardous activities and conditions.  Eliminate deficiencies as soon as possible.

F.  Provide and ensure proper use of personal protective equipment necessary to prevent injury, property damage, or occupational diseases.

G.  Investigate and report job-related accidents that result in or have the potential to cause injury, illness, or property damage.  Verify that all such incidents are reported using the data entry screens provided by SMIS at the following Web site: https://www.smis.doi.gov/

H.  Report all serious accidents to the appropriate regional manager(s) within 4 hours of occurrence and coordinate with the USGS OSH Program Manager to facilitate Bureau Investigative Team exploratory efforts.

I.  Hold employees accountable for safe work habits through employee performance standards.

J.  Ensure that employees are able to participate in the Program without fear of restraint, interference, coercion, discrimination, or reprisal.

K.  Require the integration of safety and health practices into the planning of every job through job hazard analyses.  (See Chapter 15, “Job Hazard Analyses.”)

L.  Ensure that self-conducted inspection and Program assessments are performed.  Review findings to assure that abatement actions for deficient facilities and/or programs are appropriately addressed.

M.  Ensure the implementation of the general program elements listed in Paragraph 9 DD (1-15) of this chapter as applicable.

N.  Implement contract operations and activities in compliance with Chapter 33, “Contractor Safety and Health.”

O.  Establish and document a safety-awareness program to continually reinforce safety concepts and goals by one or more of the following methods:

(1)  Engaging in dialogues with employees to raise and maintain safety awareness.

(2)  Encouraging and supporting formal or informal topical training sessions.

(3)  Holding pre- or post-field trip meetings with individuals or groups.

(4)  Holding all-hands staff, section, and field-office meetings.

(5)  Communicating with employees through email and/or periodic supervisor-employee performance reviews.

P.  Require that the current DOI safety and health poster be posted in all regional science locations.  A copy of the poster is located in Appendix 2-1, “USGS Safety Program Poster,” as well as on the USGS safety Web site.

Q.  Ensure the implementation of safety and health responsibilities for employees who are permanently or temporarily assigned to them from another USGS cost center or location.  (See Appendix 2-2,“Cross-Office Safety, Health, and Environmental Responsibilities.”)

14.  USGS Personnel.

A.  Comply with all applicable work rules and procedures including the use of safety equipment provided by the Bureau.

B.  Report unsafe and/or unhealthful working conditions.

C.  Exercise rights and responsibilities as granted by the Program without fear of restraint, interference, coercion, discrimination, or reprisal for reporting an unsafe or unhealthful condition, or otherwise participating in the Program.

D.  Actively participate in safety and health education and training activities.

E.  Report to supervisors every job-related accident or incident that results in, or has the potential to cause, injury, illness, or property damage and any physical or mental condition that adversely affects the ability to perform a job in a safe and healthful manner.

15.  Employee Representatives.

A.  Participate in formal annual inspection of establishments and identification of unsafe or unhealthful conditions.

B.  Review proposed safety and health work rules and regulations.

C.  Participate in and serve as advisors to the Bureau, Regional or local safety and occupational health council or committee, and subordinate work groups, as appropriate.

D.  Provide a focal point for coordinating Program activities of the Bureaus.

F.  Exchange Program information between the USGS Safety and Health Branch and regional safety and health managers.  Advise management of possible ways to improve the Program.

G.  Provide a channel of communication between employees and management to assist management in providing a safe and healthful workplace.

H.  Encourage employees to comply with pertinent safety and health requirements and practice safe procedures during off-duty activities.

I.  Assist in reviewing drafts of Program guidelines and other documentation and in conducting research on safety and health issues.

16.  USGS Occupational Safety (OSH) Council, Committees, and Work Groups.

A.  The USGS OSH Council serves as an advisory body to the DASHO and ELT on Program matters.

B.  Specialized Safety Program Committees serve as advisory bodies to the ELT through the USGS OSH Council on Program matters.

C.  The USGS Regional Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Committees serve as advisory bodies to the RDs and RExes on regional program matters.

D.  Committees in field locations serve as advisory bodies to local management on Program matters.

E.  All councils and committees will serve as focal points for coordinating program activities and exchanging information at all levels of the Bureau.  Activities will also provide a channel of communication between employees and management to assist in providing a safe and healthful workplace, to encourage employees to comply with pertinent safety and health requirements, and to practice safe procedures during off-duty hours.

F.  Work groups may be established by Bureau Councils, USGS Specialized Program Committees, Regional OSH Committees, and field organizations (district, center, and team), as necessary, to address specific Program, operational, or location-specific issues.

 

 

/s/ Karen D. Baker_______                                                     February 5, 2008

      Karen D. Baker                                                                           Date

Associate Director for Administrative Policy and Services


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