Directorate of Technical Support and
The Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management (DTSEM) includes offices located in the National Office along with the Salt Lake and Cincinnati Technical Centers. DTSEM provides special expertise in a number of areas to ensure that OSHA's capabilities are state-of-the-art with regard to occupational safety and health. These areas include:
- industrial hygiene,
- safety engineering,
- occupational medicine and nursing,
- sample analysis and equipment calibration and repair,
- emergency preparedness and response,
- surveillance of emerging issues,
- statistical analysis, and
- technical data services.
Experts in these areas are used by the Agency to supplement other program staff by providing specialized technical expertise and advice. The wide range of expertise and services available in DTSEM results in our being involved in every major program area of the Agency, as well as in compliance assistance and outreach activities. Implementation of our Directorate's programs provides support, service, and solutions for the rest of OSHA.
Director and Office Information
- Amanda Edens, Director
- Lee Anne Jillings, Deputy Director
- Directory of Offices and Personnel
- U.S. Department of Labor/OSHA - DTSEM
- 200 Constitution Ave., N.W., Room N3653
- Washington, DC 20210
- (202) 693-2300
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Selected OSHA Products and Publications
DTSEM led the development of the following OSHA resources:
- Heat Stress. Technical Manual Chapter, (September 15, 2017).
- Anthrax. Safety and Health Topics Page, (August 2017).
- Worker protections against occupational exposure to infectious diseases. Supplemental Guidance, (June 2017).
- Hazardous Waste and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER). Safety and Health Topics Page, (May 2017).
- Working Safely with Wire Rope. Safety and Health Information Bulletin (SHIB), (January 19, 2017).
- Crushed by Carriage during Skyline-Skidding Operation. Fatal Fact, (August 2016).
- Lethal Exposure to Methylene Chloride during Bathtub Refinishing. Fatal Fact, (August 2016).
- Lightning Safety When Working Outdoors. OSHA/NOAA Fact Sheet (Publication 3863), (May 2016).
- Fall Protection in Construction. Technical Manual Chapter, (April 14, 2016).
- Protecting Zip-Line Workers. Brochure (Publication 3845), (March 7, 2016).
- Restrooms and Sanitation Requirements. Safety and Health Topics Page, (February 2016).
- Health and Safety Risks for Workers Involved in Manual Tank Gauging and Sampling at Oil and Gas Extraction Sites. NIOSH/OSHA Hazard Alert (Publication 3843), (February 2016).
- Working with Scissor Lifts. Hazard Alert (Publication 3842), (February 2016).
- Hazards when Purging Hydrogen Gas-Cooled Electric Generators. Safety and Health Information Bulletin (SHIB), (January 22, 2016).
- Carbon Monoxide Explosion Hazards in Electric Arc Furnace Steelmaking Operations. Safety and Health Information Bulletin (SHIB), (December 4, 2015).
- Health Effects from Contaminated Water in Eyewash Stations. InfoSheet, (2015).
- Preventing Cuts and Amputations from Food Slicers and Meat Grinders. Fact Sheet, (May 2015).
- Parking Garage Collapse during Construction. Fatal Fact, (2015).
- Green Tobacco Sickness: OSHA/NIOSH Recommended Practices
- Worker Exposure to Silica during Countertop Manufacturing, Finishing and Installation. Hazard Alert, (February 2015).
- Cleaning and Decontamination of Ebola on Surfaces. Fact Sheet (Publication 3756), (October 2014). Also available in Spanish. Fact Sheet (Publication 3773), (January 2015).
- Blood Lead Laboratories
Provides a source for regulated employers to locate laboratories that OSHA has determined meet the requirements of the accuracy provisions of the Lead Standards.
- Chemical Exposure Health Data
Represents records of the Salt Lake Technical Center sampling information system from 1984 forward. Includes data on personal, area, and bulk samples for various airborne contaminants.
- Emergency Preparedness and Response
Provides information on how to prepare and train for emergencies and the hazards to be aware of when an emergency occurs.
- Graduate Nurse Internship Program
Eight week internship that blends current OSHA projects and issues with the theoretical bases of the intern's academic study into a practical occupational safety and health experience at the national level.
- Injury and Illness Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements
Discusses OSHA's recordkeeping requirements and provides information on how to prepare and maintani records of serious occupational injuries and illnesses, using the OSHA 300 Log.
- National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety & Health
Advises the secretaries of labor and health and human services on occupational safety and health programs and policies.
- Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories (NRTL)
Recognizes private sector organizations to perform certification for certain products to ensure that they meet the requirements of both the construction and general industry OSHA electrical standards.
- Occupational Medicine Resident Elective
Eight week training rotation that provides an opportunity to see how occupational health policy is developed and applied at the national level and enhance their knowledge of workplace safety and health programs.
- Technical Data Center
Provides a full range of professional reference and research services primarily to OSHA employees throughout the nation who rely upon the Center to maintain and locate materials to support their research.
A variance is a regulatory action that permits an employer to deviate from the requirements of an OSHA standard under specified conditions.