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NPR 8715.1B
Effective Date: February 01, 2021
Expiration Date: February 01, 2026
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Subject: NASA Safety and Health Programs

Responsible Office: Office of Safety and Mission Assurance

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P.1 Purpose

This directive describes the roles and responsibilities, the required safety and health programs, and the associated Agency requirements that provide the framework for the Agency's Safety and Health Program. The purpose of this program is to protect the public, NASA workforce, and high-value assets from all hazards associated with NASA activities and operations created or controlled by NASA and to protect NASA civil servants while performing official NASA duties from any hazard, regardless of location.

P.2 Applicability

a. This directive is applicable to NASA Headquarters and NASA Centers, including Component Facilities and Technical and Service Support Centers.

b. In this directive, "Center Director" refers to the Center Directors, to the Executive Director, Headquarters Operations, and to the directors of Component Facilities and Technical and Service Support Centers.

c. In this directive, the term "Project Manager" refers to both project managers and program managers.

d. In this directive, the term "workforce" refers to the NASA civil servants and NASA contractors.

e. In this directive, the term "public" refers to non-NASA workforce (i.e. tenants), visitors, and the general public.

f. Unless specifically prohibited, responsibilities and requirements may be delegated. When delegated, the stated role or actor still remains accountable for its implementation and outcome.

g. Where an office or organization is stated as the actor of a requirement, the Official in Charge of that office or organization is responsible and accountable for the action and its outcome.

h. In this directive, all mandatory actions (i.e., requirements) are denoted by statements containing the term "shall." The terms "may" denotes a discretionary privilege or permission, "can" denotes statements of possibility or capability, "should" denotes a good practice and is recommended, but not required, "will" denotes expected outcome, and "are/is" denotes descriptive material.

i. In this directive, all prohibited actions are denoted by statements containing the term "shall not."

j. Where conflicts exist between provisions of this directive and Federal statutes or regulations, or higher-level NASA directives, those statutes, regulations, and higher-level NASA directives take precedence.

k. Where conflicts exist between a general requirement and specific requirement, the specific requirement applies.

l. Codes and standards incorporated by reference in this directive are considered to be part of the requirements of this directive to the prescribed extent of each such reference. Where conflicts exists between provisions of this directive and provision of standards incorporated by reference herein, the provisions of this directive take precedence, except in those cases where the standard is incorporated by reference in applicable Federal statute or regulation.

m. In this directive, all document citations are assumed to be the latest version unless otherwise noted. When a specific version is stated, use of more recent versions of cited documents may be authorized by the responsible Institutional Safety Discipline Lead.

P.3 Authority

a. NPD 1000.3, The NASA Organization.

b. NPD 1800.2, NASA Occupational Health Program.

c. NPD 8700.1, NASA Policy for Safety and Mission Success.

P.4 Applicable Documents and Forms

a. Basic Program Elements for Federal Employee Occupational Safety and Health Programs and Related Matters, 29 CFR pt. 1960.

b. Hazardous Materials Regulation, 49 CFR subch. C.

c. NPR 8621.1, NASA Procedural Requirements for Mishap and Close Call Reporting, Investigating, and Recordkeeping.

d. NASA-STD-8719.9, Lifting Standard.

e. NASA-STD-8719.11, Standard for Fire Protection and Life Safety.

f. NASA-STD-8719.12, Safety Standard for Explosives, Propellants, and Pyrotechnics.

g. NASA-STD-8719.17, NASA Requirements for Ground-Based Pressure Vessels and Pressurized Systems (PVS).

h. NF 1584, Safety and Health Hazard Abatement Plan.

i. NRRS 1441, NASA Records Retention Schedules.

j. American Conference of Governmental Hygienists (ACGIH) Industrial Ventilation: A Manual of Recommended Practice for Design, 28th Edition, 2016.

k. ANSI/AIAA S-080A-2018, Space Systems - Metallic Pressure Vessels, Pressurized Structures, and Pressure Components.

l. ANSI/AIAA S-081B-2018, Space Systems - Composite Overwrapped Pressure Vessels.

m. ANSI/ASSP Z9.1-2016, Ventilation and Control of Airborne Contaminants During Open-Surface Tank Operations.

n. ANSI/ASSP Z9.2-2018, Fundamentals Governing the Design and Operation of Local Exhaust Ventilation Systems.

o. ANSI/ASSP Z9.3-2017, Spray Finishing Operations: Safety Code for Design, Construction and Ventilation.

p. ANSI/ASSP Z9.4-2011, Abrasive-Blasting Operations - Ventilation and Safe Practices for Fixed Location Enclosures.

q. ANSI/ASSP Z9.5-2012, Laboratory Ventilation.

r. ANSI/ASSP Z9.6-2018, Exhaust Systems for Grinding, Polishing and Buffing.

s. ANSI/ASSP Z9.7-2007, Recirculation of Air from Industrial Process Exhaust Systems.

t. ANSI/ASSP Z9.10-2017, Fundamentals Governing the Design and Operation of Dilution Ventilation Systems in Industrial Occupancies.

u. ANSI/ASSP Z9.11-2016, Laboratory Decommissioning.

v. ANSI/ASSP Z9.14-2014, Testing and Performance-Verification Methodologies for Ventilation Systems for Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) and Animal Biosafety Level 3 (ABSL-3) Facilities.

w. ANSI/ISEA Z358.1-2014, American National Standard for Emergency Eyewash and Shower Equipment.

x. ANSI/ASSP Z359.2-2017, Minimum Requirements for a Comprehensive Managed Fall Protection Program.

y. International Building Code (IBC), 2018 edition.

z. NFPA 70, National Electric Code, 2017 edition.

aa. NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace, 2018 edition.

bb. NFPA 101, Life Safety Code, 2018 Edition.

cc. The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (The Guide), Eighth Edition, 2011, National Academy Press, Washington D.C.

dd. The IEEE National Electrical Safety Code, 2017 edition.

P.5 Measurement/Verification

Compliance with the requirements contained in this directive is monitored by the Institutional Safety Discipline Leads, the Institutional Safety Authorities, the project Safety and Mission Assurance Technical Authority, the NASA Office of Safety and Mission Assurance, and the Office of the Chief Health and Medical Officer. Compliance may also be verified as part of selected life cycle reviews and by assessments, reviews, and audits of the requirements and processes defined within this directive.

P.6 Cancellation

a. NPR 8715.1A, NASA Occupational Safety and Health Programs, dated March 05, 2012.

b. NPD 8710.5D, Policy for Pressure Vessels and Pressurized Systems, dated March 12, 2008.

c. Chapters 3, 4, 5, 7, and 8 of NPR 8715.3D, NASA General Safety Program Requirements, dated August 01, 2017.

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