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Practice Specialty Assistant Administrator - Risk Management/Insurance Candidate


David Marciniak, P.E., CSP



David S. Marciniak PE, CSP, is the headquarters safety engineer for the General Services Administration's (GSA) Public Buildings Service.  GSA is a federal agency that designs, constructs and operates federal buildings and leases private sector space on behalf of customer agencies.

David is located organizationally within the headquarters environmental, health and safety risk management division from where he develops safety and health risk management policy and provides guidance to GSA's design and construction, leasing and property management business lines in eleven regional offices.

In this capacity David helps ensure that GSA provides safe and healthy workplaces for over one million federal employees in addition to protecting contractors, visitors and the general public in approximately 1600 owned facilities (~172 million sq. ft.) and 6300 leased locations (~170 million sq. ft.).  For ten years he has managed GSA's occupational safety and health program for our 12,000+ employees.

Prior to joining GSA David worked 20 years with the Department of Defense, 10 years of which were in safety, occupational health and emergency management and another 10 years in the area of system (design) safety.

David has an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering, a graduate degree in engineering management and systems engineering, is a licensed professional engineer and a certified safety professional.

David works for GSA headquarters remotely out of GSA's Northeast and Caribbean Regional Office in New York City, the home office in New Jersey and occasionally from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Office in Philadelphia PA.

Platform Statement

I have extensive experience with OSHA regulations, the International Code Council family of codes, key National Fire Protection Association codes and standards, and the safety and health standards of ANSI, ASHRAE, ASME and other organizations.

However - while regulations and adopted codes must be adhered to - such does not protect from all hazards, particularly those that are unique or uncodified.  I therefore assert that compliance is "necessary but not sufficient" to adequately address many risks.   During my tenure with the Department of Defense I assessed unique systems, test sites and operations for which few or no safety standards applied.  I was an early implementer of Military Standard 882 - a system safety standard practice that integrates risk management into the overall design process rather than addressing hazards "after the fact".   In my current position I apply the (NIOSH) Prevention through Design approach and the ANSI Z10 hierarchy of controls in managing risks in the facilities that GSA designs, builds and operates.   As Assistant Administrator one of my primary areas of emphasis will be to help lead the RM/I group in publicizing and educating the safety and health community on the uses and benefits of these and other risk management practices, including ISO 31000. 

I believe I have the organizational and people skills for this position.  For the last ten years I have been in a headquarters oversight role and I depend upon support from the risk management personnel in our eleven regional offices.  My success in obtaining voluntary participation in the development of national policies, and their implementation is a result of my ability to network and develop and maintain relationships with my regional counterparts.

I have been a member of the RM/I Practice Specialty since 2008 and am currently in the position of Advisory Board Secretary.


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