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COLLATERAL-DUTY SAFETY OFFICER

Essential Competencies

ENTRY LEVEL

Description: These competencies identify the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required to perform basic safety functions. Duties are performed under the technical leadership of a senior safety professional. Emphasis at the entry level is on developing and acquiring work skills with movement to developmental level or Safety Technician series, entry level.

I. Bureau Orientation and Administration

A. Government and bureau organization and function
B. Bureau philosophy and mission
C. Diversity
D. Workers' Compensation (OWCP)

II. Problem Solving

A. Basic safety hazard recognition
B. Initiate abatement or preventative actions
C. Inform workers of safety hazards

III. Safety Procedures, Regulations and Inspections

A. Awareness of safety and health codes, laws and regulations
B. Awareness of specific park policies affecting safety
C. Perform inspections under direct supervision of others

IV.Communication

A. Interpersonal communication skills
B. Writing basic reports and instructions
C. Computer skills; DOS, Windows, word processing, Dbase
D. Basic instructional skills

V.Planning

A. Participate in staff meetings
B. Awareness of private industrial hygiene assistance
C. Communicate requirements and needs for PPE to supervisors

VI.Training and Development

A. Communicate effectively with employees and management
B. Informal field workplace instruction

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of bureau mission, policy and guidelines.

Ability to identify general safety hazards.

Basic knowledge of safety management and legal compliance.

Ability to provide instruction to individuals.

DEVELOPMENTAL LEVEL

Description: These competencies identify the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required to perform intermediate safety functions. Duties are performed under technical leadership of a senior safety professional. Emphasis at the developmental level is on developing and acquiring additional work skills with movement to full performance level, Safety Technician series, developmental level, or Safety and Occupational Health series, entry level.

I.Bureau Orientation and Administration

A. Government and bureau organization and function
B. Bureau philosophy and mission
C. Diversity
D. Workers' Compensation (OWCP)
E. Travel regulations and budget
F. Personnel and payroll
G. Career development

II.Problem Solving

A. Safety hazard recognition
B. Initiate abatement or preventative actions
C. Communicate with employees/managers on safety hazards
D. Initiate local safety and health guidelines
E. Analyze problems, develop solutions and policy statements
F. Motivate employee behavior

III.Safety Procedures, Regulations and Inspections

A. Safety and health codes, laws and regulations
B. NPS guidelines and park policies affecting safety
C. Safety inspections and reports
D. Job hazard analyses

IV.Communication

A. Interpersonal communication skills
B. Writing reports and instructions
C. Advanced computer skills as required
D. Instructional skills
E. Meets and negotiates with divisional and management staff on general safety issues

V.Planning

A. Participate in meetings, program planning and budget execution
B. Awareness of private industrial hygiene assistance
C. Communicate requirements and needs for PPE to supervisors
D. Time scheduling skills
E. Safety and health liability

VI.Training and Development

A. Communicate effectively with employees and management
B. Informal field workplace instruction
C. Employee motivation
D. Park training program planning and coordination

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of bureau mission, philosophy, policy and guidelines; and Federal government administrative procedures.

Ability to recognize and assess safety hazards, and develop abatement/control measures.

Knowledge of safety and health standards and regulations and liability issues.

Ability to creatively solve problems and communicate recommendations to others.

Ability to coordinate park training programs and provide instruction to small groups.

FULL PERFORMANCE LEVEL

Description: These competencies identify the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required to perform safety management functions. Work is performed under general technical leadership of a safety professional. Individual has competence to manage a small safety program. Career path at full performance level can lead to Safety and Occupational Health Specialist series, developmental level.

I.Bureau Orientation and Administration

A. Government and bureau organization and function
B. Bureau philosophy and mission
C. Diversity
D. Workers' Compensation (OWCP)
E. Travel regulations and budget
F. Personnel and payroll
G. Career development

II.Problem Solving

A. Safety hazard recognition
B. Initiate abatement or preventative actions
C. Communicate with employees/managers on safety hazards and high risk activities
D. Initiate local safety and health guidelines
E. Analyze problems, develop solutions and policy statements
F. Motivate employee behavior
G. Statistical data analysis

III.Safety Procedures, Regulations and Inspections

A. Safety and health codes, laws and regulations
B. NPS guidelines and park policies affecting safety
C. Safety inspections and reports
D. Job hazard analyses
E. Accident investigation and witness interviewing
F. Hazardous materials communication
G. Safety/Risk Management concepts
H. Blueprint reading and design analysis
I. Basic industrial hygiene techniques

IV.Communication

A. Interpersonal communication skills
B. Writing reports and instructions
C. Advanced computer skills as required
D. Instructional skills
E. Meets and negotiates with divisional and management staff on general safety issues
F. Meeting organization and management
G. Public speaking
H. Negotiation skills

V. Planning

A. Participate in meetings, program planning and budget execution
B. Awareness of private industrial hygiene assistance
C. Communicate requirements and needs for PPE to supervisors
D. Time scheduling skills
E. Safety and health liability
F. Safety program planning, budget formulation and execution

VI.Training and Development

A. Communicate effectively with employees and management
B. Field workplace instruction and supervisory safety training
C. Employee motivation
D. Park training program planning and coordination
E. Conduct training sessions on safety and occupational health topics

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of bureau mission, philosophy, policy and guidelines; and Federal government administrative procedures.

Ability to apply safety and health standards and regulations, perform procedural safety management tasks and communicate instructions, techniques and recommendations to others.

Knowledge and understanding of safety and health standards and regulations and liability issues.

Ability to creatively solve problems and communicate recommendations to others.

Ability to provide park safety training program.

National Park Service
Training and Development Division
Essential Competencies
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