DATE: February 5, 2020

SUBJECT: Safety and Health Management Program

  1. PURPOSE. This Directive assigns responsibilities for establishing and maintaining comprehensive safety and health programs within the Department of the Treasury to ensure compliance with applicable law, regulations, and guidance. This Directive also authorizes the release of Treasury Publication (TD P) 75-10, “Safety and Health Management Program,” which provides additional guidance.
  2. SCOPE. This Directive applies to all bureaus, offices, and organizations in the Department of the Treasury, including the Offices of Inspectors General within the Department. The provisions of this Directive shall not be construed to interfere with or impede the authorities or independence of the Treasury Inspector General, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, or the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program. This policy applies to all Treasury employees, officials, detailees, interns, and contractor employees
  3. POLICY. Treasury policy is to conduct business in a manner that protects human health and meets or exceeds the requirements of law, regulations, and guidance. Safety and health considerations and accountability are fundamental and integral components of policy, operation, planning, and management across all Treasury missions, activities, and functions. Treasury will employ safety and health practices and implement life-cycle, cost-effective and efficient programs for reducing work related hazards and risk, and protecting human health and wellbeing.
    1. The Assistant Secretary for Management (ASM) is the Designated Agency Safety and Health Official who has overall responsibility for safety and health programs for the Department. The Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Treasury Operations is designated as the Assistant Safety and Health Official serving as the senior career official responsible for the Department’s safety and health policy development and implementation.
    2. The DAS for Treasury Operations establishes the overall policy and guidelines to implement safety and health programs within the Department and is specifically responsible for:
      1. establishing the Department’s safety and health policies and programs with an adequate organization to implement these programs at all operational levels; and
      2. ensuring cross-functional, Department-wide safety and health Council(s) with appropriate representatives necessary to expeditiously meet the goals and requirements of safety and health programs, including in collaboration with other agencies.
    3. Bureau Heads, or their designee(s), are responsible for:
      1. serving as the bureau’s designated safety and health official to manage and ensure the effective implementation of safety and health programs;
      2. notifying the Director, Office of Safety, Health, and Emergency Preparedness (SHEP), no later than 60 days after the date of such designation;
      3. ensuring safety and health programs that address the goals of this Directive are developed and routinely evaluated, and that there are procedures in place for identifying and correcting program issues;
      4. ensuring the Director of the SHEP is provided a copy of each notice of violation, compliance agreement, administrative order, consent order, notice of non-compliance, or equivalent document (regarding safety and/or health noncompliance at a facility) issued by a federal, state, or local regulatory enforcement organization and plans for addressing each, within 10 business days of receipt of the document;
      5. ensuring both OSHA and the Director of SHEP are notified per 29 CFR 1904.39; and
      6. complying with all relevant safety and health regulations, directives, procedures, and direction from authoritative sources.
    4. The Director of the SHEP serves as the principal safety and health officer for the Department and principle safety and health advisor for Departmental Offices (DO). He or she leads a team of senior safety and health professionals under the general guidance of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Treasury Operations and is responsible for:
      1. providing program implementation of safety and health provisions of this Directive and applicable law, regulations, and guidance;
      2. conducting oversight activities to ensure that effective safety and health programs are implemented throughout the Department;
      3. coordinating the submission of required reports to Department of Labor (DOL, Office of Management & Budget (OMB), Occupational Safety and Health Admiration (OSHA), and other applicable entities;
      4. providing advice and counsel to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Treasury Operations, the ASM, the Secretary, and other Department officials to assist them in carrying out their safety and health duties and responsibilities;
      5. reviewing applicable laws, regulations, and guidance, whether proposed or enacted, that may impact the Department, to assist officials in responding in a manner consistent with the Department's mission and policy;
      6. representing the Department before standards-making organizations, other federal agencies, and private-sector national and international safety and health organizations for the benefit of the Department, federal government, and the American public; and
      7. complying with all relevant safety and health regulations, directives, procedures, and direction from authoritative sources.
    5. Treasury Supervisors and Managers are responsible for:
      1. notifying SHEP of potential or existing hazardous workplace conditions and unsafe activities and situations in a timely manner;
      2. timely reporting of accidents and incidents to SHEP;
      3. promptly conducting accident and incident investigations, in conjunction with SHEP;
      4. working collaboratively with the bureau Human Resources and SHEP to establish alternate duty assignments as a result of work related illness or injury and participate in return to work efforts; and
      5. complying with all relevant safety and health regulations, directives, procedures, and direction from authoritative sources.
    6. Treasury Employees are responsible for:
      1. their own actions, performing their duties in a safe and healthy manner, and encouraging others to do likewise;
      2. complying with the Occupational Safety and Health Act and all applicable safety and health regulations and requirements;
      3. immediately reporting to their supervisors or other appropriate personnel all injuries, illnesses, hazards, unsafe acts, property damage, tort claims, and business interruptions;
      4. working with management and SHEP to ensure information is promptly entered into the appropriate reporting tool and database when an injury, illness, or near-miss incident that potentially could have resulted in an injury occurs; and
      5. completing required safety and health training and discussing any questions or comments with their supervisors.
    1. Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, 29 USC ch. 15.
    2. Safety Programs, 5 USC 7902.
    3. 29 CFR 1910 Occupational Safety and Health Standards.
    1. Comprehensive Procurement Guideline for Products Containing Recovered Materials, 40 CFR pt. 247.
    2. Federal Electronics Challenge.
    3. Treasury Affirmative Procurement Plan.
    4. Federal Acquisition Regulation, 48 CFR.
    5. Whole Building Design Guide.
    6. Basic Program Elements for Federal Employees OSHA 29 CFR 1960.
  7. OFFICES OF PRIMARY INTEREST. The Office of Safety, Health, and Emergency Preparedness, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Treasury Operations, and Office of the Assistant Secretary for Management.


David F. Eisner
Assistant Secretary for