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Field Federal Safety & Health Councils. (Insert FFSHC Name) (Insert Name & Title of Presenter) (Insert Date of Presentation). Authority and Guidance. Field Federal Safety and Health Councils (FFSHCs) authorized by: Section 7902, Title 5, United States Code

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Field Federal Safety & Health Councils

(Insert FFSHC Name)

(Insert Name & Title of Presenter)

(Insert Date of Presentation)

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Authority and Guidance

  • Field Federal Safety and Health Councils (FFSHCs) authorized by:

    • Section 7902, Title 5, United States Code

    • Section 19, the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970

    • Executive Order 12196

  • Policy and procedures regarding the operation and administration of the FFSHCs provided by:

    • 29 CFR Part 1960, Subpart K

    • FFSHC Operations Manual


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  • 1937 – Federal Interdepartmental Safety Council (FISC) organized, by request of President Roosevelt

    • Six cabinet officers and chaired by the Secretary of Labor

  • 1950 – Executive Order 10194 replaced the FISC with Federal Safety Councils

    • Expanded participation to include local field activity level

  • 1980 – 29 CFR Part 1960 published

    • Subpart K authorizes Secretary to sponsor and provide guidance to existing FFSHCs and establish new ones

  • 2007 – FFSHC Operations Manual published


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FFSHCs are Federal inter-agency groups chartered by the Secretary of Labor to promote the advancement of occupational safety and health throughout the Federal government.

FFSHCs provide support to Federal agencies by:

  • Conducting training

  • Serving as a clearinghouse

  • Offering technical advice

  • Sharing best practices

  • Establishing cooperative relationships


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Active FFSHCs by Region

Forty-five (45) Active FFSHCs

(As of January 2008)

Region X


Region I


Region VIII


Region VII


Region V


Region II


Region IX


Region III


Region IV


Region VI



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  • FFSHC membership comprised of Federal agency occupational safety and health personnel

  • Members officially designated by Federal agency activity heads

    • Equal number of management and non-management from each member agency

    • Agency participation is voluntary

    • Non-federal associate membership

  • ONLY designated federal agency members can:

    • Vote

    • Serve as Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary or

      Chairperson of a committee


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How DOL/OSHA Interacts with the FFSHCs

Secretary of Labor – Charters FFSHCs

Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health – Promotes agency participation in FFSHC activities

OSHA Regional Administrators (RAs) – Monitor, advise, and recommend approval or disapproval on issues concerning FFSHCs

OSHA Federal Agency Program Officers (FAPO) - Liaison between OSHA field staff and Federal agencies.

  • Provide leadership in organizing new FFSHCs

  • Assist FFSHCs with operations and activities including meetings, membership, and training

    OSHA - Office of Federal Agency Programs (OFAP) – Develops policy concerning FFSHC activities and provides overall direction and guidance for their operation


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Chartering a FFSHC

  • Local Federal agency safety and health personnel determine interest in organizing an FFSHC

  • Proposed FFSHC holds initial meeting

  • Proposed FFSHC develops Articles of Organization

  • Regional office reviews Articles and submits request to be chartered to OSHA National Office

  • OSHA - OFAP reviews Articles for compliance with 29 CFR Part 1960 & FFSHC Manual

  • If compliance requirements met, OFAP produces a charter and forwards Articles and charter to the Secretary of Labor for approval


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FFSHC Annual Report

  • All FFSHCs required to submit an Annual Report

    • Annual Report Guidelines issued from the OSHA National Office

    • Based on previous calendar year activities

    • Due March 15th of each year

  • Annual Reports include information on:

    • Meetings, training, and other occupational safety & health related events

    • Membership and agency participation

    • Special FFSHC initiatives

    • Goals and objectives for the reported calendar year and upcoming year

  • Annual Reports used to:

    • Generate reports and briefings on the status of the FFSHCs nation-wide

    • Determine OSHA National Office Recognition Awards based on performance


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  • Annual National Office Recognition Awards

    • Based on FFSHC size category

      • Category I: Federal employee population of > 24,000

      • Category II: Federal employee population of 12,000 to 24,000

      • Category III: Federal employee population of < 12,000

    • Three (3) award levels

      • Superior Performance

      • Meritorious Achievement

      • Notable Recognition

    • Up to nine (9) awards given

  • Regional Awards


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Additional Information

  • (Insert Council Name) FFSHC

    • Chair Name:

    • Chair Phone:

    • Chair Email:

  • (Insert OSHA Regional FAPO Name)

    • FAPO Phone:

    • FAPO Email:

  • OSHA Office of Federal Agency Programs website: