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Safety and Health Manager’s Meeting March 4, 2002. The Occupational Health Handbook What is it and Why Should you Care? Catherine M. Angotti, R.D., L.D. Office of the Chief Health and Medical Officer. Health Handbook, NPG 1800.1. Tying the Handbook to Mission

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Safety and health manager s meeting march 4 2002

Safety and Health Manager’s MeetingMarch 4, 2002

The Occupational Health Handbook

What is it and Why Should you Care?

Catherine M. Angotti, R.D., L.D.

Office of the Chief Health and Medical Officer


Health handbook npg 1800 1

Health Handbook, NPG 1800.1

  • Tying the Handbook to Mission

  • The long torturous route to become an NPG

  • Yes, it’s almost here

  • Do any of our customers care?

  • What do the policy makers think?

  • What it IS and What it is NOT

  • Content and organization


Npg 1800 1

NPG 1800.1

Tying Handbook to Mission

(Where the rubber meets the road)

Our mission is to ensure the physical and mental health and well-being of NASA employees in all environments.

  • Establish requirements and standards for health and medical practice

  • Develop health and medical policy

  • Provide oversight of health care delivery and professional competency


Npg 1800 1 program goal

NPG 1800.1Program Goal

Assure a safe and healthful workplace

  • Integrate regulatory requirements and best practices for occupational health

  • Promulgate NASA policies to ensure a healthy work force

  • Monitor compliance with NASA policies

  • Conduct training and audits to improve worker health and safety

  • Continuously improve ethical practices


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NPG 1800.1

NASA Occupational Health’s primary customer is the NASA workforce

  • Primary activities

    • OCHMO

      • Policy Development through requirements & best practices integration

      • Budget Advocacy

      • Oversight, monitoring and review

      • Quality assurance and continuous improvement


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NPG 1800.1

NASA Occupational Health’s primary customer is the NASA workforce

  • Primary activities

    • Principal Center

      • Policy implementation

      • Budget execution

      • Review and monitor programmatic performance through periodic assessments

      • Provide Center support & training via regular conferences and consultations


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NPG 1800.1

The route to becoming a NPG

  • OHP policy documentation tree proposed in 1999

  • Original proposal included 5 NPDs and 11 NPGs

  • After negotiations, 5 NPDs and 4 NPGs approved

    • NPG 1810.1, Health Services for International Travel or Assignment

    • NPG 1820.1, Hearing Conservation

    • NPG 1840.1, Workers’ Compensation Program

    • NPG 1800.XX, Occupational Health Program Handbook

      • Contains applicable OHP operational program guidance based on policy articulated in NPD 1800.2A

      • Comparable to NPG 8715.1, Safety & Health Handbook, which is based on policy in NPD 8710.2B


Npg 1800

NPG 1800

Yes, It’s (almost)finished!

  • Original due date 1/22/02

    • NODIS allows 30 days for entry of comments and another 30 days for the originator to disposition comments

    • Barely half of all comments were received by originator’s dispositioning deadline

    • Enterprises failed to consolidate Field comments

  • Extension granted to 2/22/02

  • Received only one formal non-concurrence

  • New deadline met

    • Awaiting final NODIS review before Administrator’s signature


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NPG 1800

Who Cares?

What our customers had to say

  • 43 pages of written comments; 396 total comments submitted excluding purely format type

  • Some comments editorial in nature, but many offering substantive enhancement or clarification were incorporated

  • Numerous changes made post September 11 in several areas including emergency medical response to terrorism and critical incident debrief.


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NPG 1800

What the policy makers had to say

  • NASA Directives Management, Office of Management Systems (Code J) praised handbook as a model for handling multiple complex procedures

    • 3 out of 4 Code J Divisions respond with commendations

  • ISO Program Office sites numerous process flow charts as the appropriate process guidance to be used Agency-wide to facilitate consistency

  • Handbook commended for the inclusion of expanded OHP responsibilities under Code AM and for the consolidation of all previous NHSs


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NPG 1800

What it IS and What it is NOT

  • The OHP Handbook is a “best practices” document providing guidance to occupational health professionals in fulfilling our mission to protect the physical and mental well-being of employees in all environments.

  • The Handbook expands, supports, and provides implementation guidance for the five overarching OHP NPDs.


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NPG 1800

What it IS and What it is NOT

  • Procedures and practices regulated by law, e.g. exposure limits, surveillance exam criteria, are not waiverable via this document.

  • Variance from unique NASA-developed standards for which there are no OSHA standards will only require approval within NASA (OCHMO).


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NPG 1800

Content and Organization

  • Chapters organized according to five parent NPDs

    • Chapter 2, Occupational Health Program, NPD 1800.2A

      • General program support. Health promotion and wellness, quality assurance, records management

    • Chapter 3, Occupational Medicine, NPD 1810.2A

      • Clinical services, physical examinations, emergency services, infection control

    • Chapter 4, Environmental Health, NPD 1820.1A

      • Regulatory compliance, exposures, ergonomics, radiological health, etc.


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NPG 1800

Content and Organization

  • Chapters organized according to five parent NPDs

    • Chapter 5, Employee Assistance Program, NPD 1830.1A

      • Key program elements, workplace violence, domestic violence, critical incident stress debrief

    • Workers Compensation Program, NPD 1840.1A

      • Management of injuries and illnesses and interagency reporting


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