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                                       FOREST SERVICE MANUAL
                                      ALASKA REGION (REGION 10)
                                          JUNEAU, ALASKA



                     FSM 6700 – SAFETY AND HEALTH PROGRAM

                                  CHAPTER – ZERO CODE

Supplement No.: R10 6700-2006-1

Effective Date: June 23, 2006

Duration: This supplement is effective until superseded or removed.

Approved: /s/ Mary Anne Young (for)                          Date Approved: 06/09/2006
          DENNIS E. BSCHOR
          Regional Forester

Posting Instructions: Supplements are numbered consecutively by title number and calendar
year. Post by document; remove the entire document and replace it with this supplement. Retain
this transmittal as the first page(s) of this document. The last supplement to this title was R-10
6700-98-2 to chapter 6710.

New Document                     6700_zero_code                                       6 Pages

Superseded Document(s) by        6700 Zero Code (6700-98-1, 9/23/98)                  6 Pages
Issuance Number and
Effective Date

Digest:

Removes reference to Forest/Area and replaces with Forest.

6704.7: b. Adds that the Regional Forester is responsible for ensuring safety training is also
provided for all personnel that are in frequent contact with the public.

6704.8: 2. Adds that the Forest Supervisors are responsible for ensuring safety training is also
provided for all personnel that are in frequent contact with the public.

Updates format and style of directive to the correct FSM template using the agency’s current
word processing software.
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6701 – AUTHORITY

The authority for the Region 10 safety and health program follow:

         1. 39 Stat. 535, 16 U.S.C. 1

         2. 36 CFR, Part 2.1-62; 101-19.002 (i)

         3. 41 CFR Chapter 101-20.002 (b)g

         4. 60 Stat. 842, Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA)

         5. ANSI Standard A117.1-1980

6702 – OBJECTIVE

To identify the minimum program requirements for protecting the visiting public from
recognized hazards related to the Alaska Region facilities or operations.

6703 – POLICY

The Region should establish a public safety program that minimizes the potential for injury,
illness, death, and/or property damage to the public while they are visiting the Region.

        5. Inspecting Work Places/Facilities for Public Hazards. Every effort should be made to
identify the hazards in the Region that have caused or have the potential to cause injury, illness,
death, or property damage to visitors in the Region.

Consideration should be given to the reasonable level of knowledge of the environment
possessed by most visitors in ascertaining loss-producing sources. Do not view the environment
in terms of the experienced employee.

        6. Planning Each Job With the Public in Mind. A job hazard analysis should be
developed and used in identifying hazards in a job whether it is the job itself that is the hazard or
the area in which the job is to be performed.

       7. Designing, Constructing, Operating, and Maintaining Facilities to Eliminate or
Control Hazards With Special Consideration to Physically Impaired.

              a. Newly-designed facility plans should be reviewed with public safety in mind.

              b. Accessibility standards for the physically impaired must be reviewed for each
              design to comply with regulations.
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              c. All employees should correct hazards, if possible, when encountered. The District
              Ranger should be notified when the hazard can't be corrected. A system for reporting
              hazards should be developed by each Forest.

         8. Emergencies.

              a. Employees should be able to provide accurate information to the public about
              locations, activities, climate, special environmental threats (earthquakes, fires, for
              example) in order to allow the visitor to make informed decisions about activities
              while in the Forest.

              b. Emergency plans should be prepared by each Forest and any special information,
              such as evacuation routes and weather information, for example, should be posted in
              areas that the public frequently visits.

              c. Employees with expected frequent public contact assignments must have
              successfully completed a minimum of standard first aid or its equivalent, plus CPR,
              including bloodborne pathogens training.

        9. Special Training. Training such as hazard recognition, first aid, CPR, and bloodborne
pathogens, shall be provided to those employees responsible for the safety and health of the
public.

       10. Educational Materials, Signs, Programs. The Forest will provide any special
materials, signs, and programs to alert the public of potential dangers.

              a. Brochures specific to the Forest shall contain safety messages that direct attention
              to special hazards or attractions that could be potentially hazardous to the visitor.

              b. It is encouraged that all interpretive programs shall contain a message from the
              interpreter/employee on any safety matter specific to the Forest or activity. Keep in
              mind that children are an ideal target group to get this type of safety message.

              c. The unit safety officer should review the signs of all developed areas and
              determine if the sign is appropriate for the area, and if the sign is in good repair. Any
              signs needing to be replaced or repaired should be brought to the attention of the unit
              manager.

              d. Visitor Centers and Bulletin boards in campgrounds are an ideal location to keep
              the public informed of any emergency information or pertinent safety message.
              Posters can also be displayed at these locations.
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              e. Public Service Announcements are an excellent method of imparting a message to
              a target audience such as the local community or city. Many local radio and
              television stations will allow a brief time to promote the local attractions. Safety can
              be promoted to a much larger group with the use of public service announcements.

         11. Investigating and Reporting Public Safety Related Accidents.

              a. All accidents should be investigated including accidents involving property
              damage only. The extent of such investigations should reflect the seriousness of the
              accident or potential for recurrence. (See FSH 6709.12, chapter 30 - Accident
              Investigation and Reporting.)

              b. Reporting of Public Accidents. Use form FS-6700-8, Serious Injury or Fatality
              Other Than Employees. All public fatalities, and injuries requiring medical
              treatment, and property damage of $5,000 or greater, involving the public when using
              Forest Service facilities or equipment, will be reported. Also, accidents occurring
              involving employees directly or indirectly because of alleged imprudent actions
              concerned with their work, will be reported. When there is a reasonable chance of a
              Tort Claim against the United States, the accident will be reported regardless of
              severity or amount of loss. (See FSH 6709.12, chapter 30, section 33).

        12. Support of Local Organizations. The Forest Service should support agencies and
organizations whose purpose(s) relate to public safety; for example; National Safety Council,
National Water Safety Congress, and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Forest Service units are
advised to encourage activities with the local organizations, for example, Girl-Scout troops, Boy
Scout troops, school systems, and local Chamber of Commerce. These local organizations are an
integral part of the communities surrounding the National Forest Lands, and provide effective
vehicles for conveying safety messages to the public.

6704 - RESPONSIBILITY

6704.7 - Regional Forester, Station Director, and Area Director

Responsibilities include:

       1. Establishing a public safety program which should include all of the above referenced
requirements.

        2. Ensuring that training is provided to all personnel in the Region that are in frequent
contact with the public. Such training will be in first aid, CPR, bloodborne pathogens,
investigation procedures, and personnel safety.
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       3. Providing management support in all facets of the public safety program, and establish
a working relationship with local groups and organizations to promote safety in the community.

6704.8 Forest Supervisors


Responsibilities include:

       1. Establishing a public safety program which should include all of the above mentioned
requirements.

       2. Ensuring that training is provided to all personnel in the Forest/Units that are in
frequent contact with the public. Such training will be in first aid, CPR, bloodborne pathogens,
personnel safety, and investigation procedures.

       3. Providing management support in all facets of the public safety program, and establish
a working relationship with local groups and organizations to promote safety in the community.

         4. District Ranger/Staff. Responsibilities include:

              a. Preparing emergency plans and posting of information such as evacuation routes,
              hazard notices.

              b. Ensuring that all employees are properly trained, furnished with the necessary
              PPE, and supervised to perform assigned task safely.

              c. Ensuring that all visitor accidents/injuries are investigated in accordance with FSH
              6709.12, chapter 20.

              d. Ensuring that all interpretive programs and printed materials will include an
              appropriate safety message for the visitors.

              e. Ensuring that all visitor centers and bulletin boards in campgrounds are supplied
              with safety messages and printed brochures containing safety messages.

              f. Ensuring that facilities be constructed to provide access for the physically
              impaired.

         5. Forest/Unit Safety Officer and/or Supervisor. Responsibilities include:

              a. Training employees how to identify hazards that have potential to cause injury,
              illness, death, or property damage to visitors.

              b. Reviewing job hazard analysis for any job that could be conceived as dangerous to
              visitors.
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              c. Reviewing all evacuation and emergency plans in place.

              d. Conducting inspections of developed facilities and recreation sites for potential
              hazards.

              e. Assisting in preparation of safety messages to be included in brochures or
              interpretive programs.

              f. Assisting in all investigations of public/visitor accidents/incidents, and assuring
              that all reports meet requirements set forth in FSH 6709.12, chapter 30, Accident
              Reporting and Investigations.

         6. Employees. Responsibilities include:

              a. Identifying hazards within their units that may cause injury, illness, death or
              property damage to visitors and their property.

              b. Imparting accurate information to the public about locations, activities, climate
              and special environmental threats.

              c. Reporting missing signs, or signs and all other facilities in need of repair that could
              contribute to an accident or injury.

              d. Reporting any visitor accident/incident to the appropriate authority on the unit.

				
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