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Division of Safety and Risk Management (DSRM)

Division of Safety and Risk Management (DSRM)

The Office of Facilities, Property, and Safety Management (OFPSM) Division of Safety and Risk Management (DSRM) provides senior leadership, policy, and oversight for Indian Affairs’ (IA) safety programs required by law including occupational safety and health, industrial hygiene, and public safety (non-law enforcement).  It provides technical leadership, assistance, and training to execute the mission of Indian Affair’s safety and risk management program. The Central Division, known as DSRM, is responsible for developing, revising, evaluating, and implementing policy, plans, programs, directives, and guidelines to be published in the Indian Affairs Manual (IAM).  Technical support to the IA safety program is provided by DSRM by collecting statistics, analyzing information, preparing reports, providing training, and maintaining a safety management information system. The Federal Occupational Safety and Health, Motor Vehicle Safety, Employee Injury Compensation, Loss Compensation, and Technical Assistance programs are also administered by DSRM.  DSRM works closely with the BIA Regional Safety and Health programs that provide support to the local BIA and BIE entities in the field.

As the designated Authority Having Jurisdiction for the Indian Affairs, DSRM is responsible to assure construction, major repair, alteration, rehabilitation, and remodeling of buildings, physical plants, and facilities meet IA policy, adopted safety and health codes, and mandated standards for IA controlled facilities. DSRM reviews architectural and engineering drawings, specifications, shop design submittals, and all other documents for construction and major rehabilitation or repair of facilities and existing facilities for compliance with applicable health and safety codes and standards.  DSRM is designated as the Indian Affairs Fire Marshal and the Authority Having Jurisdiction for the enforcement of IA adopted safety and occupational health codes, policy, and mandated standards.

DSRM conducts acceptance inspections for new construction, major renovation projects for issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy.  DSRM maintains a records system of all inspections and evaluations to provide information on safety and health conditions to IA management and Department of the Interior officials.  DSRM conducts annual evaluations of BIA Regional Safety and Health Programs.

Although the regional safety managers report directly to their respective regional director, the Division provides oversight and technical assistance to enhance regional safety programs.  Regional programs provide services to both Bureau of Indian Affairs and Bureau of Indian Education.

The Division is responsible for providing guidance and technical assistance to programs to ensure compliance with the following activities/functions:

  • Federal Occupational Safety and Health
  • Building and Safety Code Compliance  
  • Final Inspection and Issuance of Certificate of Occupancy
  • Accommodations for People with Disabilities
  • Indian Affairs’ Fire Marshal
  • Employee Loss Compensation
  • Injury Compensation and Return to Work
  • Motor Vehicle Operator Safety
  • Student Safety
  • IA - Facilities Management System (IA-FMIS ) Safety and Condition Assessment Portal (S&CAP)
  • IA - Safety Connect/Safety Management System


Mailing Address

Office of Facilities, Property and Safety Management
Division of Safety & Risk Management - Indian Affairs
1011 Indian School Road NW
Suite 331
Albuquerque, NM 87104
United States

Division of Safety and Risk Management

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