Information and Resources for Collateral Duty Safety Officers

The Bureaus have established and continue to maintain a staff of safety and occupational health collateral-duty (CDSO) professionals who operate at appropriate levels and advise management in the development and implementation of an effective safety and occupational health program.  Each bureau has a written CDSHO program sufficient to satisfy the requirements and intent of applicable Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Departmental requirements.  CDSOs typically devote around 10 percent of their duty time to safety and occupational health program responsibilities.

The CDSOs in the bureaus are adequately equipped and competent to recognize and evaluate hazards of the working environment and to suggest general abatement procedures.

  • Initial Training for CDSOs
  • Skill-based Training for CDSOs:

    Within six months of appointment, the CDSO will be provided training that includes: The Departmental and bureau safety and health program; section 19 of the OSHA Act; Executive Order 12196; 29 CFR 1960; procedures for reporting, evaluation and abatement of hazards; procedures for reporting and investigating allegations of reprisal; the recognition of hazardous conditions and environments; identification and use of occupational safety and health standards; and other appropriate rules and regulations.

    CDSOs will also be trained, through courses in the basic elements of organizing, planning, and managing an effective safety and health program. An exception is when the CDSO has had the required training/experience within the previous three years.

  • Specialty Training for CDSOs:
    • Department of the Interior, GoLearn - Safety and Health Training
    • (CD-ROM-based) Exportable Collateral Duty Safety Officer Course
    • Departmental Safety and Occupational Health Seminars 
      OSHA Training Institute and other OSHA approved training available through designated universities and community colleges. See current catalog and training announcements made available from the OSHA Training Institute and local sources. The Collateral Duty Course for Other Federal Agencies (Course #600) is recommended.
    • Other government sources also provide excellent training opportunities such as those offered by the Office of Personnel Management, and courses offered by Departmental bureaus that have been developed for specific needs such as firefighting, electrofishing, blasting, heavy equipment operator training, firearms, and remote location survival.
  • Templates
  • Resources
  • SMIS


U.S. Department of the Interior
Occupational Health and Safety Program - SafetyNet
1849 C Street, N.W., MS 5558-MIB • Washington, D.C. 20240
(202) 513-0767
..Last Updated on 10/07/14