ASSE Urges Adoption of FACOSH Recommendations to Upgrade Fed Safety and Health Jobs
In a letter to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, ASSE urged adoption of recommendations by OSHA’s Federal Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (FACOSH) to upgrade federal safety and health positions. ASSE expressed full support FACOSH’s May 2011 recommendations to upgrade the GS-0018, Safety and Occupational Health Management job series, which essentially are
- that OPM delete the option of using experience alone as a qualification for the series and require education and/or professional certification as a CSP, CIH, or CHP;
- that the series be moved the Administrative Series to the Professional Series; and
- that OPM include “from an accredited college or university” with the education requirements.
Today’s safety and health professional confronts complex risks that did not exist a decade ago, much less in 1980 when the GS-0018 series was written, ASSE said. Organizations must place safety and health professionals in positions that allow them to provide leadership in meeting these risks. The FACOSH recommendations are specifically aimed at helping make sure that federal safety and health professionals are able to provide organizational leadership in protecting workers and serving the American people efficiently and effectively.