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Chapter 18
Safety, Health, and Environmental Management (SHEM)

ARS employees are charged with the responsibility to implement and/or comply with all applicable provisions of the ARS Safety, Health, and Environmental Management Program as it pertains to operations within their workplace, duties, and responsibilities (see Chapter 1 of the ARS Manuaal 230.0). The ARS Safety, Health, and Environmental Management (SHEM) Program is the Agency’s plan to effect optimal achievement of error free and, therefore, accident free task preparation which involves employee, machine, and environmental relationships. Within ARS, the SHEM function encompasses the related functional areas of: Safety Management, Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Health Management, Employee Assistance Program, Worker Compensation, Environmental Management, Radiation and Biological Safety.

Workplace Violence is not directly addressed by the SHEM Program. Currently the Workplace Violence issue impacts at least two areas in ARS:

  • Safety
  • Human Resources

Acronyms:

See Chapter 22 for a comprehensive list of commonly used acronyms.

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Points of Contact:

Bonnie King
Safety and Occupational Health Manager
USDA-ARS-WBSC
Natural Resources Research Center
2150 Centre Avenue, Building D, Suite 310
Fort Collins, CO 80526-8119
Telephone: (970) 492-7021
Fax: (970) 492-7031
E-Mail: bonnie.king@ars.usda.gov

Terry Roark
Branch Chief
USDA-ARS-AFM-FD
Safety, Health & Environmental Management Branch
5601 Sunnyside Avenue, Room 4-1254
Beltsville, MD 20705-5127
Telephone: (301) 504-1248
Fax: (301) 504-1252
E-Mail: terry.roark@ars.usda.gov

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