Department of the Interior, Safety and Health Strategic Plan

 

Background

For over 160 years, the employees of the Department of the Interior have served as stewards of the natural, cultural, and historical resources of the people of the United States.  The Department of the Interior’s (DOI) mission is complex and multifaceted and the programs and mission stretch from the North Pole to the South Pole and across twelve time zones.  The Department’s mandate rivals any government agency in its breadth and diversity – and its importance to the everyday lives of Americans is inestimable.  Additionally, in these challenging times of increasingly scarce resources across the globe, DOI’s responsibilities are expanding as the Nation looks to its public lands for energy, water, food, wildlife protection, recreation, and enhanced security.


Purpose

We recognize that an effective workforce will be more critical than ever to the continued success of the Department.  Our people define our character, culture, and capacity to perform, and our ability to achieve our mission is dependent upon conducting our work safely in hazardous environments, and where possible, providing our visitors and partners a safe experience on Interior-managed facilities and lands.


Mission Statement

Support accomplishment of the DOI’s mission by promoting a safety and health culture that recognizes and prevents injury and illness associated with workplace hazards.


Vision Statement

The DOI values our nation’s resources by valuing our workforce through Occupational Safety and Health Program advancements that protect employees, improve workplace and work life, and enhance productivity.


Enhancing our Safety and Health Culture

Knowledge of responsibilities and actions necessary to control exposures to Occupational Safety and Health hazards are an essential part of everyone’s duties in the Department.  Ensuring that our managers, supervisors and employees have the knowledge, skills, resources, and commitment to control workplace hazards will assist in our efforts to protect both our employees and the visiting public.  Senior leadership commitment to enhance our safety and health culture will ensure we remain an employer of choice and a trusted icon to the American public.


Strategic Plan Composition

This strategic plan has six goals.  Each goal includes strategies intended to provide broad direction to senior leadership within the Bureaus, Equivalent Offices, DOI Designated Safety and Health Official, Director of the DOI Office of Occupational Safety and Health, and the Bureau Safety and Health Managers.

Interior is determined to use these strategies that will hold executives and managers accountable for recognizing and controlling risk in the workplace.  The appendix in this plan correlates to the “Department of the Interior Occupational Health and Safety Program Elements and Associated Standards and Requirements,” and is intended to provide specific safety program guidance to Executives, Managers, and Bureau Safety and Health Offices in the formulation and implementation of their respective safety and health programs.  Interior’s managers and employees are responsible for implementing the program elements and accomplishing the mission and vision for Occupational Safety and Health.  Operational decisions influence our work environment and must contribute to maintaining or improving employee and visitor safety.
The DOI safety and health community will work with managers to implement and continuously improve the occupational safety and health program.  By developing Bureau measurable goals, commensurate with these strategies and within its respective capabilities, DOI will be able to evaluate progress and implement the most effective actions to meet or exceed DOI initiatives and the most current Department of Labor initiative goals (e.g., Protecting Our Workers and Ensuring Reemployment “POWER” Initiative) for Federal employees, and most importantly, reduce the employee exposure to hazards that cause occupational injuries and illnesses.  

DOI goals fall into six categories:

Goal 1.  Enhance the Role of Leadership and Management in Promoting a Culture of Safety.

    Strategy 1:  Leadership and management demonstrate responsibility and accountability for motivating effective safety and health program implemaentation through communication of policy that culminates in sfety as an organizational value.

    Strategy 2:  Leadership and management demonstrate commitment and involvement through adequate budget formulation that includes sufficient financial and personnel resources, transparently and effectively allocating and managing those resources, to implement an effective and efficient safety and health program.

    Strategy 3:  Leadership and management promote the occupational safety and health program through an awards and recognition process to engage employees in promoting desirable performance and safe behaviors at all organizational levels.

Goal 2.  Enhance Employee Inclusion, Participation, and Engagement in Achieving Safety and Health Commitments.

    Strategy 1:  Employees/employee representatives demonstrate involvement in development and implementation of safety and health program activities through active participation on safety committees.

    Strategy 2:  Employees are knowledgeable in safety and health practices and promptly report conditions or hazards that promote unsafe and unhealthful work environments.

Goal 3.  Prevent Exposure to Hazards and Mitigate Risk through Recognition and Prevention Programs and Processes.

    Strategy 1:  Prevent exposure through inspection, identification, prioritization, and tracking of corrective actions utilizing feasible, cost effective exposure controls.

    Strategy 2:  Implement a process to appropriately analyze and control risk associated with work environments.

Goal 4.  Enhance Internal Evaluation and Analysis Processes to Validate the Effectiveness of the Safety and Health Program. 

    Strategy 1:  Implement an internal safety and health program evaluation process to assess and validate the effectiveness of the safety and health program which incorporates senior management-level reviews and follow-up action to ensure continuous improvement is attained and sustained.

    Strategy 2:  Implement a developed injury and illness analysis process that incorporates performance metrics and prioritized actions offering the greatest opportunity for risk reduction to control employee hazard exposures. 

Goal 5.  Improve Occupational Safety and Health Training and Awareness throughout the Department.

    Strategy 1:  Identify, develop, and provide employees with occupational safety and health training appropriate and inclusive of rights, roles and responsibilities, hazard recognition and control principles and practices, selection and use of personal protective equipment, and job-specific safety and health training congruent with associated employee work operations and/or assigned tasks (e.g., completion of the online DOI Learn Safety: Authorities, Roles, and Responsibilities for Executives course).

    Strategy 2:  Identify, develop, and provide training for occupational safety and health staff (both full-time and collateral duty safety and health staff professionals) which provides sufficient knowledge, skills, and abilities to be able to carry out safety and health program responsibilities.

Goal 6.  Implement and Continuously Improve the Occupational Safety and Health Program.

    Strategy 1:  Implement a developed program process that provides for the reporting and investigation of accidents and “near miss” incidents so root cause and the means to prevent recurrence are identified and shared throughout the Department. 

    Strategy 2:  Implement a developed occupational health program, appropriate for the size and nature of the work and associated hazards, and for which all employees, from senior management to the individual field worker, are knowledgeable of applicable policies, standards, procedures, and other program information to assure consistent application throughout all levels of the Department.

    Strategy 3:  Identify, develop, communicate, and implement fire protection and prevention procedures for employee protection should a disastrous event occur. 

    Strategy 4:  Identify, develop, implement, and communicate procedures and training requirements for the safe operation of all motorized vehicles and equipment.

    Strategy 5:  Contractors develop and implement site-specific occupational safety and health program inclusive of Federal, State, local authority regulations, and Bureau safety and health regulatory requirements. 

    Strategy 6:  Implement a process (developed by Bureaus and equivalent offices) for facilitating hazard reduction through inclusion of safety and health program requirements and risk controls within contracts for design, manufacture, and the procurement of goods and materials.

    Strategy 7:  Implement developed policies integrating safety and health processes into all high-hazard or specialized operations requiring additional safety emphasis (e.g., aviation, cableways, hazardous noise/hearing conservation, lockout/tagout, electro-shocking, explosives, rocket-netting, firearms, radiation, underwater diving, or watercraft operations, volunteer workers, Wildland fire, off road vehicles such as ATVs or UTVs).

Appendix
Department of the Interior
Occupational Safety and Health
Program Elements and Associated Standards and Requirements

 

The DOI safety and health community will use the Strategic Plan for Occupational Safety and Health to describe future direction to their leadership and management.  This guide closely focuses on programmatic goals directly linked to the required occupational safety and health program elements that are supported by the Department and Bureau Protecting Our Workers and Ensuring Reemployment (POWER) Initiative efforts.  Use of Bureau developed metrics, commensurate with its respective capabilities, associated with the following program components will provide the quantitative and qualitative information needed to ensure continuous safety and health program improvement is attained and sustained.

 

1. Leadership and Management

Program
Components

Program Goals

Department of Labor
and DOI Standards/References

(i) Commitment, Involvement, and Communication

Program Goals:

  • Visible, committed, management leadership that provides a motivating force for an effective safety and health program and demonstrates that Occupational Health and Safety is an organizational value.
  • Adequacy of program information flow within the organization.

OSHA Reference(s):

  • the Act
  • E.O. 12196
  • 29 CFR Part 1960
  • OSHA Instruction FAP 2.1B JUN 19 1989

Department Manual Reference(s):

  • Chapter 1: Authority, Purpose, Policy
  • Chapter 2: Responsibilities

(ii) Responsibility and Accountability

Program Goals:

  • Effective safety program leadership includes delegation of authority to line managers, accountability for actions, and adequate implementation tools.

OSHA Reference(s):

  • the Act
  • E.O. 12196
  • 29 CFR Part 1960
  • OSHA Instruction FAP 2.1B JUN 19 1989

Department Manual Reference(s):

  • Chapter 1: Authority, Purpose, Policy
  • Chapter 2: Responsibilities

(iii) Financial Resources

Program Goals:

  • Accident prevention initiatives and safety and health program staffing and implementation is considered in budget formulation.
  • Adequacy of resources to implement the safety program is reviewed periodically.

OSHA Reference(s):

  • the Act
  • E.O. 12196
  • 29 CFR Part 1960
  • OSHA Instruction FAP 2.1B JUN 19 1989

Department Manual Reference(s)

  • Chapter 1 Authority, Purpose and Policy
  • Chapter 2 Responsibilities
  • Chapter 3 Annual Action Plans
  • Chapter 4 Safety and Health Standards, Procedures and Guidelines
  • Chapter 6 Inspections and Abatement

(iv) Personnel Resources

Program Goals:

  • Size of staffing and technical skill of employees are adequate based on the goals in the strategic plan, geographic dispersion, complexity of mission, and other high-risk factors.

OSHA Reference(s):

  • the Act
  • E.O. 12196
  • 29 CFR Part 1960
  • OSHA Instruction FAP 2.1B JUN 19 1989

Department Manual Reference(s):

  • Chapter 11 Staffing Safety and Health Positions

(v) Policy

Program Goals:

  • Safety and health policy/program establishes an overall sense of direction, identifies requirements and responsibilities, and sets the expectations for action by the Bureau and offices.
  • Safety and health policies and program are current, comprehensive, address hazards identification and effective risk management practices, and are successfully communicated in terms of their scope, detail, and expected outcomes.

OSHA Reference(s):

  • the Act
  • E.O. 12196
  • 29 CFR Part 1960
  • OSHA Instruction FAP 2.1B JUN 19 1989

Department Manual Reference(s):

  • Chapter 4 Safety and Health Standards, Procedures and Guidelines

(vi)
Program Promotion and Recognition

Program Goals:

  • Establishment of a safety and health awards and recognition process that involves senior managers and promotes desirable performance (adequacy of comprehensive safety management system elements and accident/incident trend analysis) and safe behaviors at all organizational levels.
  • Effective means are established to inform all employees of safety and health information and to promote safety and health program awareness, for example, Safety Week, newsletters, and Web sites.

OSHA Reference(s):

  • the Act
  • E.O. 12196
  • 29 CFR Part 1960
  • OSHA Instruction FAP 2.1B JUN 19 1989

Department Manual Reference(s):

  • Chapter 10 Safety Management Awards

2. Employee Participation and Engagement

Program
Components

Program Goals

Department of Labor
and DOI Standards/References

(i) Safety Committees

Program Goals:

  • Employees/employee representatives are involved in the development and implementation of Safety Program activities as demonstrated by (a) employee participation on safety committees at all levels of the organization, (b) communication with organizational management, (c) involvement in hazard identification and abatement, and (d) access to safety and occupational health information to ensure a safe work environment for their protection.

OSHA Reference(s):

  • the Act
  • E.O. 12196
  • 29 CFR Part 1960
  • OSHA Instruction FAP 2.1B JUN 19 1989

Department Manual Reference(s):

  • Chapter 2 Responsibilities
  • Chapter 9 Department Safety and Occupational Health Councils, Committees and Working Groups

(ii) Program Involvement and Unsafe/
Unhealthful Reports

Program Goals:

  • A demonstrated process that (a) promotes employee involvement in the safety and health program and in reporting hazards; (b) prohibits, by policy and actions, supervisory or employee reprisals for hazard reporting; and (c) ensures an effective means to respond to, take action on, and mitigate workplace hazards.

OSHA Reference(s):

  • the Act
  • E.O. 12196
  • 29 CFR Part 1960
  • OSHA Instruction FAP 2.1B JUN 19 1989

Department Manual Reference(s):

  • Chapter 8 Employee Reports of Unsafe Conditions and Allegations of Reprisal

3. Hazard Recognition and Prevention

Program
Components

Program Goals

Department of Labor
and DOI Standards/References

(i) Inspection, Identification, and Prioritization of Deficiencies

Program Goals:

  • An effective, proactive safety and health program that seeks to identify new or previously missed hazards and failures in hazard controls, analyzes findings, and identifies feasible abatement methods.

OSHA Reference(s):

  • the Act
  • E.O. 12196
  • 29 CFR Part 1960
  • OSHA Instruction FAP 2.1B JUN 19 1989

Department Manual Reference(s):

  • Chapter 6 Inspections and Abatement

(ii) Hazard Control and Abatement

Program Goals:

  • An effective tracking system is in place that (a) documents interim and final abatement actions and (b) promotes the use of engineering, work practice, and administrative controls, and personal protective equipment (PPE), as applicable, to prevent and (or) control workforce exposure(s) to such hazards.

OSHA Reference(s):

  • the Act
  • E.O. 12196
  • 29 CFR Part 1960
  • OSHA Instruction FAP 2.1B JUN 19 1989

Department Manual Reference(s):

  • Chapter 6 Inspections and Abatement

(iii) Process/ Operational Hazard Analysis, Management of Change

Program Goals:

  • Job, task, and process analysis and risk assessments are conducted and updated as new processes, jobs, and tasks are begun.
  • Recommended controls that minimize or eliminate worker exposure to the hazard(s) are implemented.

OSHA Reference(s):

  • the Act
  • E.O. 12196
  • 29 CFR Part 1960
  • OSHA Instruction FAP 2.1B JUN 19 1989

Department Manual Reference(s):

  • Chapter 14 Job Hazard Analysis

4. Evaluation and Analysis

Program
Components

Program Goals

Department of Labor
and DOI Standards/References

(i) Program Evaluations and
Assessments

Program Goals:

  • Internal safety and health program evaluations are conducted at appropriate organizational levels to assess and validate the effectiveness of the Bureau’s or office’s safety and health programs, identify and address program weaknesses, and ensure continuous improvement.

OSHA Reference(s):

  • the Act
  • E.O. 12196
  • 29 CFR Part 1960
  • OSHA Instruction FAP 2.1B JUN 19 1989

Department Manual Reference(s):

  • Chapter 3 Annual Action Plans and Status Reports
  • Chapter 5 Program Evaluations

(ii) Accident Analysis and Prevention

Program Goals:

  • An effective Bureau safety and health program is in place that assesses injury and illness records for causes of injuries, locations, and occupational fields that experience high rates of injuries, and establishes and implements a process to prioritize actions to control hazard exposures.

OSHA Reference(s):

  • the Act
  • E.O. 12196
  • 29 CFR Part 1960
  • OSHA Instruction FAP 2.1B JUN 19 1989

Department Manual Reference(s):

  • Chapter 1 Authority, Purpose, Policy
  • Chapter 2 Responsibilities
  • Chapter 7 Incident/Accident Reporting/Serious Accident Investigation

(iii) Data Analysis, Performance Metrics and Management Review and Follow up

Program Goals:

  • An effective safety and health program is in place that has set objectives and developed quantified performance indicators based on issues that offer the greatest opportunity for program improvement and risk reduction.

 

 

 

OSHA Reference(s):

  • the Act
  • E.O. 12196
  • 29 CFR Part 1960
  • OSHA Instruction FAP 2.1B JUN 19 1989

Department Manual Reference(s):

  • Chapter 1 Authority, Purpose, Policy
  • Chapter 2 Responsibilities
  • Chapter 3 Annual Action Plan and Status
  • Chapter 5 Program Evaluations

5. Training and Awareness

Program
Components

Program Goals

Department of Labor
and DOI Standards/References

(i) Mandatory Safety and Occupational Health Training

Program Goals:

  • Proactive steps are taken to ensure training for all workers, including new workers, on their safety and health rights, fundamental principles of hazard control, hazards in the workplace, PPE, emergency evacuation procedures, and any applicable emergency action plan responsibilities.
  • Safety and health training conveys the safety and health responsibilities of all personnel who work at the Bureau or affect its operations.
  • Safety and health training is integrated into occupational or job-specific training, and training records are maintained.

OSHA Reference(s):

  • the Act
  • E.O. 12196
  • 29 CFR Part 1960
  • OSHA Instruction FAP 2.1B JUN 19 1989

Department Manual Reference(s):

  • Chapter 13 Safety and Health Training
  • USGS Chapter 14, Safety and Health Training

(ii) Training for Safety and Occupational Health Professionals

Program Goals:

  • Specific training is provided to designated full-time and collateral duty safety and health staff that provides them with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to be able to carry out their safety and health responsibilities (that is, hazard recognition, accident investigation and root cause analysis, hazard controls, OSHA standards, and so forth).

OSHA Reference(s):

  • the Act
  • E.O. 12196
  • 29 CFR Part 1960
  • OSHA Instruction FAP 2.1B JUN 19 1989

 

Department Manual Reference(s):

  • Chapter 11 Staffing Safety and Health Positions
  • Chapter 12 Professional Development
  • DOI Chapter 28/USGS Chapter 13 Collateral Duty Safety/Health Officers

6. Program Implementation and Operation

Program Components

Program Goals

Department of Labor and DOI Standards/References

(i) Accident Reporting and Investigation

Program Goals:

  • An effective program is in place that provides for investigation of accidents and “near miss” incidents so that their causes and the means for their prevention are identified.

OSHA Reference(s):

  • the Act
  • E.O. 12196
  • 29 CFR Part 1960
  • OSHA Instruction FAP 2.1B JUN 19 1989

Department Manual Reference(s):

  • Chapter 7 Incident/Accident Reporting/Serious Accident Investigation

(ii) Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Medicine

Program Goals:

  • An occupational health program is in place that is appropriate for the size and nature of the work and its hazards and for which all employees, from top management to the individual field worker, are knowledgeable of applicable policies, standards, procedures, and other program information to ensure effective program application at all levels of the organization.

OSHA Reference(s):

  • the Act
  • E.O. 12196
  • 29 CFR Part 1960
  • OSHA Instruction FAP 2.1B JUN 19 1989

Department Manual Reference(s):

  • Chapter 17 Industrial Hygiene Program
  • Chapter 18 Occupational Medicine Program
  • DM Chapter 20/USGS Chapter 26, Personal Protective Equipment
  • DOI Occupational Medicine Handbook

(iii) Fire Protection and Prevention

Program Goals:

  • Written procedures are established and communicated to employees for their protection and evacuation in the event of an unexpected or disastrous event (for example, fire or natural disaster),  inclusive of training and conducting drills annually.

OSHA Reference(s):

  • the Act
  • E.O. 12196
  • 29 CFR Part 1960
  • OSHA Instruction FAP 2.1B JUN 19 1989

Department Manual Reference(s):

  • Chapter 19  Fire Safety
  • Chapter 26  Emergency Response Safety

 

(iv) Motor Vehicles and Motorized Equipment

Program Goals:

  • Written procedures are established and communicated to employees for the safe operation of all motorized vehicles and operation of motorized equipment, inclusive of operator training.
  • Employees receive training appropriate for equipment being operated.

OSHA Reference(s):

  • the Act
  • E.O. 12196
  • 29 CFR Part 1960
  • OSHA Instruction FAP 2.1B JUN 19 1989

Department/Survey Manual Reference(s):

  • Chapter 16  Motor Vehicle Safety

 

(v) Contractor Safety

Program Goals:

  • Contractors and their employees are required to develop and implement their site-specific safety program that complies with Federal, State, and local regulations and Bureau safety and health rules.
  • Safety and health performance is considered in the competitive bidding process, including a review of injury and illness rates.

 

OSHA Reference(s):

  • the Act
  • E.O. 12196
  • 29 CFR Part 1960
  • OSHA Instruction FAP 2.1B JUN 19 1989

Department Manual Reference(s):

  • Chapter 24  Contractor Safety
  • Chapter 25  Concessionaire Safety

(vi) Procurement and Design Reviews

Program Goals:

  • Bureau contracting and engineering staffs facilitate the reduction in hazards by including safety and health requirements and controls within contracts for the design, manufacture, and shipment of goods and materials.

OSHA Reference(s):

  • the Act
  • E.O. 12196
  • 29 CFR Part 1960
  • OSHA Instruction FAP 2.1B JUN 19 1989

Department Manual Reference(s):

  • Chapter 24  Contractor Safety
  • Chapter 25  Concessionaire Safety

(vii) Specialized Programs and High-Hazard Activities

Program Goals:

  • Policies are developed and networking is established that integrates safety processes into all high-hazard and specialized operations that require additional safety program activities, for example, aviation, cableways, lockout/tagout, electro-shocking, explosives, rocket-netting, firearms, radiation, underwater diving, and watercraft operations.

OSHA Reference(s):

  • the Act
  • E.O. 12196
  • 29 CFR Part 1960
  • OSHA Instruction FAP 2.1B JUN 19 1989

Department Manual Reference(s):

  • Chapter 15  Aviation Safety
  • Chapter 21  Radiation Safety
  • Chapter 22  Watercraft Safety
  • Chapter 27  Underwater Diving

 

 

 

 

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