FSM 6700 - SAFETY AND HEALTH PROGRAM

GP SUPPLEMENT 6700-91-1

EFFECTIVE 10/25/91

TITLE 6700 - SAFETY AND HEALTH PROGRAM

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6710 SAFETY AND HEALTH PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION

FSM 6700 - SAFETY AND HEALTH PROGRAM

GP SUPPLEMENT 6700-91-1

EFFECTIVE 10/25/91

TITLE 6700 - SAFETY AND HEALTH PROGRAM

ZERO CODE

6704 - Responsibilities .

1. Each Staff Officer and Subunit Manager is responsible for implementing the Occupational Safety and Health Program for their area of responsibility. Since there is a wide variation in hazards and number of people involved, the methods may vary widely. For Ranger Districts, MSHNVM, Wind River Nursery, Engineering Zones and SO Engineering Organization, and other Supervisor Office Staff areas, a written plan is required. Each manager shall also designate a representative to coordinate safety activities with the Forest Safety Officer.

Submit Subunit program plans to the Forest Administrative Officer by January 31, and include at a very minimum the following items:

a.Action to be taken to reduce or eliminate identified safety problems, which includes prevention, awareness, training, and incentive efforts.

b. Public safety actions to eliminate hazards to the public.

Examples concerning public safety:

Road washouts, slides, heavy logging traffic, and narrow roads.

Timber sales adjacent to a public use road with timber being felled across the road.

It is the responsibility of every employee to report any situation which they consider unsafe in regard to public safety.

Action shall be taken to correct the unsafe condition immediately.

In many cases the Washington Industrial Safety and Health Administration (WISHA) or Office of Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) representative should be contacted to verify the safety concerns and take appropriate action.

c. Permittee and contractor safety actions.

Examples of areas include:

(a) Timber sale contracts.

(b) Road construction.

(c) Construction and service contracts.

(d) Special Use Permittees.

(1) All Forest Service employees with contract inspection duties shall ensure that all safety requirements are met.

If compliance cannot be obtained, an OSHA or WISHA representative shall be contacted for action. After action has been determined, a full report noting corrective procedure shall be forwarded to Subunit Manager for proper compliance.

OSHA - Bellevue, WA.

(206) 442-7520

WISHA - Vancouver, WA.

(206) 696-6317

2. Each Staff Officer and Subunit Manager is responsible for making yearly inspections of their appropriate areas for compliance with OSHA standards.

3. The Forest Engineer is responsible for required annual inspections of all Forest Service owned or leased facilities and offices by a qualified safety and health specialist and Union representative. Findings must be submitted to the Forest Administrative Officer by September 1 of each calendar year.

4. The Forest Administrative Officer or his/her designee is responsible for the following:

(a) Maintaining a system that provides for a rapid analysis of accidents, providing information to all managers.

(b) Coordinating with all Subunit Managers and SO Staff Officers to assess training needs. Subunit Managers and SO Staff Officers, and more specifically, immediate supervisors are responsible to ensure that employees are properly trained in order to perform assigned duties and meet safety requirements.

(c) Review annual Forest Safety and Health Program charter developed by the Forest Safety and Health Committee by January 1 of each calendar year.

(d) Managing the S.O. Safety Program and designating an S.O. Representative to serve on the Forest Safety and Health Committee.