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SAFETY ENGINEER

Essential Competencies

ENTRY LEVEL

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

II.Standards, Regulations and Procedures

A. Safety, health, building and fire codes
B. Hazard recognition
C. Inspection and survey techniques
D. Accident and fire investigation
E. Accident and fire recording and reporting
F. NPS-50 and 485 DM
G. Personal Protective Equipment

III.Fire Protection and Life Safety

A. Fire and life safety hazards identification
B. Operation and process identification
C. Engineering controls identification

IV.Construction Safety

A. Construction hazards identification
B. Construction operations and process identification
C. Personal Protective Equipment identification

V.Safety Management

A. Hazard identification
B. Operation and process identification
C. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) identification
D. Engineering controls identification

VI.Communication

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

VII.Training and Development

A. Preparation of instructional materials
B. Informal field workplace instruction

VIII.Supervisory and Management - None

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of bureau mission, policy and guidelines.

Knowledge of safety, health, fire and life safety standards and regulations.

Basic knowledge of procedures and application of safety, health, fire and life safety standards.

Basic knowledge of safety engineering and legal compliance.

Ability to provide instruction to small groups.

DEVELOPMENTAL LEVEL

Description: These competencies identify the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required to perform intermediate safety engineering functions. Duties are performed under general supervision or 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. Individual has competence to lead a small to mid-size safety program.

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.Standards, Regulations and Procedures

A. Analysis, interpretation and application of safety and occupational health, building and fire codes and standards in a workplace environment
B. Hazard recognition, assessment techniques, hazard abatement and engineering controls
C. Specialized inspection techniques, including construction, design, fire protection and industrial safety
D. Accident and fire investigation
E. Accident and fire recording, reporting and statistical analysis
F. NPS-50 and 485 DM
G. Personal Protective Equipment
H. Blueprint reading and design analysis
I. Formulation of local policy and procedures where clear guidance may not be available.

III.Fire Protection and Life Safety

A. Fire and life safety hazards identification and assessment
B. Operation and process identification and assessment
C. Engineering controls identification and assessment

IV.Construction Safety

A. Construction hazards identification and assessment
B. Construction operations and process identification and assessment
C. Personal Protective Equipment identification and assessment

V.Safety Management

A. Advanced Safety/Risk Management
B. Regulatory compliance; laws and regulations
C. Safety and Occupational Health program management
D. Conducts/promotes safety activities/awareness for workplace

VI.Communication

A. Interpersonal communication skills
B. Writing reports and instructions
C. Advanced computer skills as required
D. Instructional skills
E. Public speaking
F. Negotiation skills
G. Meeting organization and management

VII.Training and Development

A. Conduct training sessions on safety and occupational health topics, accident prevention and technical safety practices
B. Research, preparation and organization of educational materials and techniques
C. Organizing conferences and training

VIII. Supervisory and Management

D. Supervision and leadership
1. Accountability
2. Leave administration
3. Effective supervision
4. Employee Evaluations
5. Employee development/career counseling
6. Principles of human behavior
7. Conflict management

E. Decision making
F. Organizational skills
1. Managing work groups
2. Team building

G. The budget process
H. Policy formulation and administration

I.Liabilities, bureau and personal

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

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

Knowledge and understanding of safety, health, fire protection and life safety standards and regulations.

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

Knowledge and understanding of safety engineering philosophy and programmatic requirements.

Ability to develop and provide training.

Ability to supervise a few lower graded personnel.

FULL PERFORMANCE LEVEL

Description: These competencies identify the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required to perform advanced safety engineering functions. Work is performed without direct supervision. Individual has competence to effectively manage a safety program and supervise subordinate personnel; and routinely advises management on programmatic matters.

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.Standards, Regulations and Procedures

A. Full and complete knowledge and analysis of codes, standards, laws and regulations that apply to safety and occupational health, fire protection and life safety as well as application of that knowledge to all workplace situations
B. Hazard recognition, assessment techniques, hazard abatement and control
C. Specialized inspection techniques, including construction, design, fire protection, life safety and industrial safety
D. Complete competence in accident and fire investigative techniques and ability to appear as witness as necessary
E. Accident and fire recording, reporting and statistical analysis
F. NPS-50 and 485 DM
G. Personal Protective Equipment
H. Interpret and advise on correction to designs and blueprints on safety, fire safety and occupational health issues
I. Formulation of local standards and procedures policy where clear guidance may not be available
J. Recognized as technical authority on safety and occupational health, fire protection and life safety standards and regulations

III.Fire Protection and Life Safety

A. Fire and life safety hazards identification and assessment
B. Operation and process identification and assessment
C. Engineering controls identification and assessment
D. Develop techniques to provide equivalent levels of fire protection and life safety
E. Formulate and provide recommendations to reduce and manage hazards
F. Resolve complex issues where there may be no precedent

IV.Construction Safety

A. Construction hazards identification and assessment
B. Construction operations and process identification and assessment
C. Personal Protective Equipment identification and assessment
D. Develop techniques to control exposure
E. Formulate and provide recommendations

V.Safety Management

A. Advanced Safety/Risk Management
B. Regulatory compliance; laws and regulations
C. Ability to advise management on any aspect of a safety and occupational health/risk management program
D. Conducts/promotes safety activities/awareness for workplace
E. Formulate and provide recommendations to management on hazard control and abatement
F. Ability to recommend to management program changes/modifications to existing safety and occupational health program

VI.Communication

A. Interpersonal communication skills
B. Technical writing
C. Advanced computer skills as required
D. Instructional skills
E. Public speaking
F. Negotiation skills
G. Meeting organization and management

VII.Training and Development

A. Conduct training sessions on safety and occupational health topics, accident prevention and technical safety practices
B. Research, preparation and organization of educational materials and techniques
C. Organizing conferences and develop training programs
D. Advanced teaching strategies
E. Recognized as an expert

VIII.Supervisory and Management

A. Supervision and leadership
1. Accountability
2. Leave administration
3. Effective supervision
4. Employee Evaluations
5. Employee development/career counseling
6. Principles of human behavior
7. Conflict management

B. Develop position descriptions and evaluation standards

C. Advanced Management
1. Management by objective (and other current management theories)
2. Integrated management/resource sharing/partnerships
3. Project management/program planning
4. Executive development
5. Analytical skills

D. Organizational skills
1. Managing work groups
2. Team building

E. Plan and administer budget
F. Formulate and administer policy
G. Liabilities, bureau and personal
H. EEO training

I.Ethics

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

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

Ability to interpret and apply safety and health, fire and life safety standards, laws and regulations.

Ability to identify, assess and resolve fire protection, life safety and construction safety hazards and recommend to management appropriate control/abatement measures.

Ability to manage a safety management program.

Ability to advise management on safety engineering issues and to develop and provide recommendations to management on ways to improve the safety of employees, visitor safety and loss control.

Ability to develop safety training programs and provide formal instruction.

Ability to supervise a multi-level staff at several locations.

National Park Service
Training and Development Division
Essential Competencies
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