Office of Risk Management

Success Stories for NPS Operational Leadership in FY 2012 - Playing it Safe


NPS Operational Leadership Train-the-Trainer Class with Deputy Director O'Dell

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Quick Facts


A Call to Action
Action Item:
Play it Safe
Also Promotes:
Play it Safe
Year Accomplished:

Play it Safe in Fiscal Year 2012 - Success Stories for NPS Operational Leadership

(October 1, 2011  through September 30, 2012)


• 312 All-employee Training Classes Provided. Cumulative total of OL classes = 731.

• 63 New Collateral-duty Facilitators Trained. Cumulative total of active OL Facilitators = 305

• 5,785 Seasonal and Permanent Employees Trained. Cumulative total of employees trained = 13,656.

• 53 Implementation Success Stories.

• 47 Strategic Plan Targets for Fiscal Year 2012.

• 3 New Objectives for NPS Operational Leadership in the Safety Leadership Council Work Plan.

• #182589 = PMIS Project Statement for NPS Operational Leadership approved and funded for FY12.

• 2 Facilitators recognized for Outstanding Service.

• 84 Ideas and Recommendations on the NPS OL Implementation Menu.

 • 8-hr Supervisor Course Curriculum Development Underway.

• 22% Increase in Employees Trained over 2012 End-of-Year Estimates.

• 1 New training Module added to the 16-hr All-employee Training Course.

• 4-Step Measuring Success Model Implemented

• 12 new U.S.P.P. Facilitators.

• 3 GAR Risk Assessments for Fireworks Programs.


5 Bullet Statements To Play It Safe - Just What is NPS Operational Leadership?


• NPS Operational Leadership (OL) is an opportunity to instill a safety behavior change. It provides a personal invitation to assist all employees to increase their awareness of safety and risk in day-to-day situations by helping us understand our limitations and make better risk management decisions in the here-and-now.

• OL creates a two-prong approach to prevent or mitigate human errors.  Combined with NPS Occupational Safety & Health, OL is for all employees at all levels and in all occupations to not only lessen the physical hazards faced in the workplace but now, also the human errors associated with mishaps.

• OL introduces seven skills necessary to reduce human error. It provides a standardized approach in assessing and managing risk. In laying the foundation to enhance our safety culture, the first phase of OL (training) introduces all employees to seven critical skills necessary to reduce the probability of human error.

• OL implementation will help workforce excellence and wellness. The second phase of OL is implementation of those critical skills, tools and principles discovered through training. With NPS Occupational Safety & Health, OL helps all employees create and foster a work environment that seeks out and values input from those best equipped to make safety and risk management decisions.

• OL will "transform safety". Measuring success is the third phase of OL. Using a 4-level approach of training evaluation, participant assessment, observed behavior, and organization-wide impacts, the ultimate vision for NPS Operational Leadership is to "Transform Safety from a Discrete Program to a Leadership Practice."