The basic objective of field councils is to facilitate the exchange of ideas and information to assist agencies to reduce the incidence,
severity and cost of occupational accidents, injuries, and illnesses. Field councils shall act on behalf of the Secretary or his designees on
occupational safety and health activities in carrying out within their respective geographic areas the following functions:
To act as a clearinghouse on information and data on occupational accidents, injuries, and illnesses
and their prevention.
To plan, organize and conduct field council meetings or programs which will give technical advice and
information on occupational safety and health to representatives of participating agencies and employee organizations.
To promote improvement of safety and health programs and organizations in each Federal agency
represented or participating in council activities.
To promote coordination, cooperation, and sharing of resources and expertise to aid agencies with
inadequate or limited resources. These objectives can be accomplished in a variety of ways. For example, fie]d councils could organize and conduct
training programs for employee representatives, collateral duty and professional safety and health personnel, coordinate or promote programs for
inspections, or, on request, conduct inspections and evaluations of the agencies' safety and health programs.
To provide Federal Executive Boards, Federal Executive Associations, labor union organizations and
other employee representatives with information on the administrative and technical aspects of safety and health programs.
To evaluate the safety and health problems peculiar to local conditions and facilitate solutions to
these problems through council activities.
To develop a cooperative relationship with local community leaders by informing them of the existing
functions and objectives of the council and by calling on them for support and participation in council meetings and activities.