DASHO Council Charter
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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
DESIGNATED AGENCY SAFETY AND HEALTH OFFICIAL COUNCIL CHARTER
The Secretary, Department of the Interior, is required by Executive
Order 12196 of February 26, 1980, in accordance with the Occupational
Safety and Health Act of 1970 as amended in 29 U.S.C. 668, to furnish
to employees safe and healthful places and conditions of employment.
The Secretary is also required to operate an occupational safety
and health program in accordance with the Order and to appoint a
Designated Agency Safety and Health Official (DASHO) who has sufficient
authority to represent the Secretary and to be responsible for the
management and administration of the Departmental Safety and Health
Program. Further, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA) 29 CFR 1960 regulations for federal agencies mandate that
additional DASHOs be appointed at appropriate levels in the organization.
Thus, the Department of the Interior has established bureau DASHO
positions. Heretofore, the bureau DASHOs, in conjunction with the
Departmental DASHO, have met as a Council in an ad hoc fashion to
discuss appropriate activities, actions and initiatives to further
the Departmental Safety and Health Program.
The purpose of the Designated Agency Safety and Health Official
Council is to provide executive level bureau and office involvement
in the formulation of policy and the management of the Departmental
Safety and Health Program. The Council will determine collective
action to achieve the Departmental Occupational Safety and Health
Additionally, the DASHO Council gives direction to and approves
actions by the Department of the Interior Safety and Health Council
which is comprised of bureau and office safety and health managers
and which functions at the operational level.
The Designated Agency Safety and Health Official Council is hereby
established by authority of the Secretary of the Interior through
this charter. The Council will function under the general guidance
of the Assistant Secretary - Policy, Management, and Budget.
Members will be the bureau Designated Agency Safety and Health
Officials plus the Departmental Designated Agency Safety and Health
Official. They will be able to speak for respective bureaus/agencies
during meetings where commitments to recommendationsare required.
Council members will have appropriate Departmental, bureau or office
authority to provide management oversight for Safety and Health
Program activities, actions and initiatives commensurate with mission
needs, funding capacity, and operational capability.
In addition to the Departmental DASHO, the Council will be comprised
of bureau DASHOs from the following bureaus:
The National Biological Service DASHO will be a member of the Council
until September 30, 1996, at which time the Service will be absorbed
into the U.S. Geological Survey. The Office of Aircraft Services
and the Office of Managing Risk and Public Safety will each appoint
individuals who will be advisory "of Counsel" members
of the DASHO Council. Such members do not vote.
- Bureau of Indian Affairs
- Bureau of Land Management
- Bureau of Reclamation
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
- U.S. Geological Survey
- Minerals Management Service
- National Park Service
- Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
- Office of the Secretary
The DASHO Council will discharge its direction and findings through
both the Departmental Office of Managing Risk and Public Safety
in the Office of the Secretary and internal bureau/agency line command.
The responsibilities of the Council are to:
- Revise and maintain the Departmental Occupational Safety and
Health Strategic Plan and approve Departmental implementing actions
for the Plan.
- Provide direction to the Departmental Safety and Health Program.
- Make Departmental Safety and Health Program activity, action
and initiative decisions based on Department of the Interior Safety
and Health Council recommendations.
- Direct and advise the Office of Managing Risk and Public Safety
and the Office of Budget regarding the expenditure of monies targeted
as safety and health initiatives in the Office of the Secretary
centralized capital working fund.
- Act collaboratively in performing functions as identified by
OSHA regulations. OSHA requires that the Departmental DASHO and
- Set up an occupational safety and health program;
- Provide sufficient budget and staff to implement the program;
- Establish a set of procedures that ensures effective program
- Set goals and objectives for reducing and eliminating accidents,
- Establish plans and procedures for evaluating program effectiveness;
- Set priorities with respect to injury/illness causal factors
corrective actions can be taken.
- Organization and Structure:
The Departmental and bureau DASHOs will establish a governing structure,
rules and regular meeting schedule for the Council.
- Meetings and Reports:
The Council will establish times and develop the reports necessary
to conduct business and to evaluate the overall performance and
achievement of Council decisions. The Council will meet no less
than four times each year on a schedule determined by the Council.
- Salary, Travel, and Incidental Costs:
Normal costs incurred by Council members and working groups/task
forces will be borne by related bureaus and offices. Extraordinary
expenses must be pre-approved and covered by a written agreement.
- Effective Date:
This charter becomes effective when signed by the Secretary of
the Interior and may be revised by Council majority vote with approval
of the Secretary.
Bruce Babbitt /s/
Secretary of the Interior
Date: July 9, 1996