Key Personnel/Identification of Roles and Responsibilities
The Incident Safety Officer must monitor and assess the safety hazards
and unsafe situations to develop measures for ensuring personnel safety.
The Incident Safety Officer can stop any unsafe operations without IC
approval, but must use discretion in issuing a stop-work order. Conditions
under which the Incident Safety Officer may stop work are limited to
imminent danger to life or health.
The Incident Safety Officer position is implemented when necessary to
manage the safety of all personnel and to relieve the IC of direct involvement
in this responsibility. The Incident Safety officer also keeps the IC
informed of present problems and potential hazards.
The Incident Safety Officer should not only identify problems, but also
should suggest solutions to minimize the risks. The IC will use
information provided by the Incident Safety Officer during development
of the incident action plan.
The Incident Safety Officer has the authority to bypass the chain of
command when it is necessary to correct unsafe acts immediately, such
as removing all personnel from areas of imminent danger. The
IC always must be informed of any corrective actions.
The Incident Safety Officer also has primary responsibility for the
- Ensuring personnel have access to the HASP and are aware
of its provisions.
- Maintaining documentation of worker training, calibration
of field instruments, visitors, and medical surveillance monitoring.
- Ensuring the proper cleaning and maintenance of personal
protective equipment (PPE) and determining the need for additional
equipment, depending on specific conditions.
- Obtaining emergency assistance
- Preparing and submitting incident reports.
- Documenting field changes to the HASP and/or Work Plan
- Approving upgrades and/or downgrades in PPE.
OSHA Forms 301 and 300 and CA/CA2.
The Incident Safety Officer will
maintain records of all reportable injuries, illnesses, first-aid treatments,
and chemical exposure on OSHA Forms 300 and 301. All recordable injuries
or illnesses will be recorded on the CA1 or CA2. At the end of the incident,
the original forms will be sent to the SHEWB Workers Compensation Program
Manager for maintenance. The OSHA Form 301 (Injuries and Illnesses Incident
Report) will be maintained with the OSHA Form 300 for all recordable
injuries, illnesses, and chemical exposures.
Due to the complicated and hazardous nature of deployments, additional
aid may be needed to assure safety operations. An Assistant Safety Officer
may be named by the Incident Safety Officer and specific operations may
have a Safety Officer assigned (an example would include a De-Con Safety
See the following Appendices: