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SM 445-2-H CHAPTER 35

Public Safety and Health

Instruction: This chapter is revised in order to add a reference to bloodborne pathogens requirements for Automatic Extermal Defibrillators (AED) teams.

1. Purpose. To specify the minimum Occupational Safety and Health Program (Program) requirements for protecting the visiting public from recognized hazards related to Department of the Interior (Department or DOI) and U.S. Geological Survey (Bureau or USGS) facilities or operations.

2. References.

A. Applicable Federal, State, and local regulations.

B. American National Standard A117.1.

C. 36 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 1190-1192, Federal Accessibility Standards, Minimum Guidelines and Requirements.

D. U.S. Geological Survey Manual SM 445-2-H Chapter 25 Occupational Industrial Hygiene – Human Bloodborne Pathogens Protection Program.

3. Requirements. The USGS will establish a public safety program that minimizes the potential for injury, illness, death, and/or property damage to the public while visiting USGS facilities or in the proximity of USGS operations. The program will include the following, as a minimum:

A. Inspecting workplaces/facilities for public related hazards.

B. Planning each job with the public in mind.

C. Designing, constructing, operating, and maintaining facilities to eliminate or control hazards, with special consideration for the physically impaired.

D. Planning for the control and protection of the public during potential emergencies.

E. Providing, at USGS staffed facilities, first-aid treatment; assistance in activating the nearest emergency medical system (911); or initial transportation, if necessary, to medical assistance.

(1) USGS Regional Headquarters and field organization safety management programs shall address public safety, as applicable to each location, to minimize the potential for injury, illness, death, and/or property damage to the public while visiting USGS sites/facilities.

(2) USGS personnel who are designated as “First Responders” shall receive training in the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.139, Bloodborne Pathogens Standard and USGS 445-2-H requirements, as contained herein.

(3) Personnel in USGS locations with AED shall ensure that a program is established that complies with state requirements, falls under the oversight of a medical director, and has operating protocols that detail the use and maintenance of equipment, personnel training, drills, program documentation, etc. Employees who are members of an endorsed AED team have the potential for exposure to bloodborne pathogens in the course of their duties. AED team members will be covered by the exposure control plan in Appendix 25-5 or an equivalent plan. A list of the AED team members will be kept by each facility.

F. Providing special training, such as hazard recognition, first-aid, and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for personnel responsible for the safety and health of the public.

G. USGS personnel designated as “First Responders” shall receive training in the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.139, Bloodborne Pathogens Standard and USGS 445-2-H requirements, as contained herein.

H. Providing educational materials; (such as instructions, signs, and programs) to alert the public of potential dangers related to USGS facilities and operations.

I. Investigating and reporting accidents related to the public.

(1) It is vital that a complete investigation and documentation be made of all public accidents, incidents, and fatalities.

(2) Any injury resulting in death to a visitor that occurs on property within USGS jurisdiction will be reported by management to the Departmental Emergency Reporting System (1-888-581-2610), the Bureau and Regional Safety Managers, the Regional Safety Officer, if appropriate, and the servicing Solicitor’s Office.

(3) Upon concurrence by the Bureau Designated Agency Safety and Health Official (DASHO), a Technical Board of Investigation (TBI) will be appointed by the Bureau Safety Manager within 24 hours. The TBI will investigate the accident and provide an abstract of the incident and any recommendations that have Bureau-wide application to the Bureau DASHO through the Bureau Safety Manager. The completed report will remain on file in the USGS Safety and Environmental Management Branch.

J. Participating in and supporting agencies and organizations whose purpose(s) relate to public safety; such as the National Safety Council, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators; and the National Water Safety Congress.

K. Enforcing USGS safety requirements, including those directed at the public that have been published in the CFR.

L. The procedure for filing tort and employee claims with the Department is set forth in Part 22 of Title 43, CFR. The operating unit will provide the appropriate form, SF-95, “Claim for Damage, Injury or Death,” upon request. A claim must be filed within 2 years after the accident or incident occurs, or the claim will be barred by the Statute of Limitations. Administrative determination as to the merit of any tort/personnel claim is a function of the DOI Solicitor’s Office, or may be delegated by the appropriate DOI Solicitor’s Office.


s/Karen D. Baker 8/9/05
for Carol F. Aten
Associate Director for Administrative Policy and Services
Designated Agency Safety and Health Official

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