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SAFETY TECHNICIAN

Essential Competencies

ENTRY LEVEL

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

A.Safety, health and fire codes
B.Hazard recognition
C.Inspection and survey techniques
D.NPS-50 and 485 DM

III.Accident Investigation

A.Accident reporting and recordkeeping
B.Basic accident investigation techniques
C.NPS/DOI accident reporting procedures
D.Safety Management Information System (SMIS)

IV.Technical Safety Knowledge

A.Safety/Risk Management
B.Basic Ergonomics
C.Personal protective equipment
D.Visitor safety
E.Safety training

V.Communication

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

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of bureau mission, policy and guidelines.

Knowledge of safety and health standards and regulations.

Basic knowledge of procedures and application of safety and health standards.

Basic knowledge of safety management and legal compliance.

Ability to provide instruction to small groups.

DEVELOPMENTAL LEVEL

Description: These competencies identify the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required to perform basic safety and occupational health management functions. Duties are performed under direct supervision of a senior safety professional. Emphasis at the developmental level is on developing and acquiring additional work skills with movement to the Safety Specialist series, developmental level. Individual has competence to lead a small 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.Safety Inspections

A.Safety, health and fire codes
B.Hazard recognition, abatement and control
C.Specialized inspection techniques, including construction, design, fire protection, and industrial safety
D.NPS-50 and 485 DM
E.Laws and regulations
F.Follow-up inspections

III.Accident Investigation

A.Accident reporting and recordkeeping
B.Advanced accident investigation techniques
C.NPS/DOI accident reporting procedures
D.Safety Management Information System (SMIS)
E.Principles of motor vehicle accident prevention
F.Tort claims processing/management
G.Statistical analysis

IV.Technical Safety Knowledge

A.Advanced Safety/Risk Management
B.Applied Ergonomics
C.Personal protective equipment
D.Visitor safety
E.Safety training
F.Safety and occupational health regulatory compliance
G.Blueprint reading and design analysis

V.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

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

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

Knowledge and understanding of safety and health standards and regulations.

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

Knowledge of safety and occupational health principles and programmatic requirements.

Ability to develop and provide training.

Ability to supervise a few lower graded personnel.

FULL PERFORMANCE LEVEL - NONE

National Park Service
Training and Development Division
Essential Competencies
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