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Gerry Schumann

Gerry Schumann

Institutional Safety Program Executive

Gerald “Gerry” Schumann is the Institutional Safety program executive and is responsible for preparing safety requirements and criteria for complex or high-value projects for construction or modification of facilities, systems, equipment or hardware. He also serves as the NASA Mishap Investigation program executive. In this role, he provides advice, support and oversight for NASA mishap investigations.

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Learning

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SATERN Courses

Course Title Course Number Buttons
100 Questions on Electrical Safety SMA-HQ-WBT-202 Additional Details
Certified Safety Professional Preparatory Course SMA-OS-EXTI-412 Additional Details
Completing the Investigation and Mishap Report SMA-002-09 Additional Details
Conducting Tailgate Meetings SMA-OS-EXTW-203 Additional Details
Confined Space SMA-OS-WBT-215 Additional Details
Construction Industry Institute's Making Zero Incidents a Reality SMA-HQ-WBT-208 Additional Details
Contractor's Safety & Health Program SMA-OS-EXTW-202 Additional Details
Crane Safety Concepts SMA-OS-EXTW-260 Additional Details
Cryogenics Safety SMA-HQ-WBT-207 Additional Details
Electrical Safety Awareness SSC-001-09 Additional Details
Electrical Safety Basics SMA-OS-WBT-241 Additional Details
Electrical Safety What Everyone Should Know GRC-111-11 Additional Details
Energy Control Program — Lockout/Tagout SMA-OS-WBT-220 Additional Details
Excavation Safety SMA-OS-WBT-219 Additional Details
Facility Life Safety Concepts SMA-OS-WBT-235 Additional Details
Facility System Safety SMA-OS-WBT-340 Additional Details
Fall Protection in Construction SMA-OS-WBT-271 Additional Details
FEMA National Incident Management System SMA-OS-EXTW-290 Additional Details
Fire Prevention and Protection in Construction SMA-OS-WBT-230 Additional Details
GHS for Managers, Supervisors and Safety Personnel SMA-OS-EXTW-214 Additional Details
Hand and Power Tools in Construction SMA-OS-WBT-218 Additional Details
Hazard Identification and Control SMA-OS-EXTW-240 Additional Details
Health & Safety Leadership SMA-OS-EXTW-310 Additional Details
Human Performance Improvement Accident Investigation Program SMA-HQ-WBT-212 Additional Details
Hydrogen Safety Seminar SMA-HQ-WBT-304 Additional Details
Industrial Fire Protection Engineering SMA-HQ-WBT-205 Additional Details
Industrial Hygiene for the Safety Professional SMA-OS-WBT-260 Additional Details
Introduction to Ergonomics SMA-OS-EXTW-350 Additional Details
Introduction to Human Factors in Mishap and Close Call Investigation SMA-001-07 Additional Details
Introduction to Safety Management SMA-OS-WBT-371 Additional Details
Introduction to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration SMA-OS-WBT-210 Additional Details
Job Hazard Analysis SMA-OS-WBT-239 Additional Details
L: Basics of Operational Safety SMA-OS-WBT-100 Additional Details
Lifting Devices and Equipment (LDE) for Managers and Program Personnel SMA-HQ-WBT-204 Additional Details
Lifting Devices and Equipment Manager (LDEM) Training SMA-HQ-WBT-201 Additional Details
Mishap Investigation Board (MIB) Chair Training SMA-002-13 Additional Details
Mishap Investigation Roles and Responsibilities SMA-002-08 Additional Details
Mobile Crane Safety SMA-OS-WBT-272 Additional Details
NASA Interim Response Team Training SMA-002-11 Additional Details
OSHA 300 Recordkeeping SMA-OS-EXTW-270 Additional Details
OSHA Recordkeeping Basics SMA-OS-WBT-270 Additional Details
OSHA 6000 Collateral Duty Course for Other Federal Agencies SMA-OS-EXTW-205 Additional Details
Overview of Mishap Investigations SMA-002-07 Additional Details
Overview of NASA Occupational Health Program SMA-OS-WBT-250 Additional Details
Personal Protective Equipment SMA-OS-WBT-221 Additional Details
Powered Industrial Truck Safety Concepts SMA-OS-WBT-245 Additional Details
Principles of Occupational Safety & Health SMA-OS-EXTI-409 Additional Details
Radiation Safety Concepts SMA-OS-EXTW-241 Additional Details
Root Cause Analysis SMA-002-10 Additional Details
Safer by Design SMA-OS-WBT-301 Additional Details
Safety & Health Management Principles SMA-OS-EXTW-280 Additional Details
Safety and Health During Disaster Recovery SMA-OS-EXTW-213 Additional Details
Safety Management System Evaluation SMA-OS-EXTW-370 Additional Details
Safety Management Techniques SMA-OS-EXTI-411 Additional Details
Safety Permit Hazards Analysis SMA-HQ-WBT-305 Additional Details
Safety Supervision and Leadership SMA-OS-WBT-373 Additional Details
Scaffold Safety SMA-OS-WBT-212 Additional Details
SFPE Principles of Fire Protection Engineering SMA-HQ-WBT-400 Additional Details
SHE 112: Flammable and Combustible Liquids SMA-OS-WBT-217 Additional Details
Signs, Signals & Barricades SMA-OS-EXTW-211 Additional Details
Slips, Trips & Falls SMA-OS-EXTW-255 Additional Details
Stairways & Ladders in Construction SMA-OS-WBT-265 Additional Details
Struck-By and Caught-In/Between Hazards in Construction SMA-OS-WBT-211 Additional Details
Subart R: Steel Erection SMA-OS-EXTW-285 Additional Details
The Competent Person SMA-OS-EXTW-201 Additional Details
The NASA Environmental Management System HQ-TNEMS Additional Details
Welding and Cutting Hazards in Construction SMA-OS-WBT-213 Additional Details
Workzone Traffic Control SMA-OS-EXTW-212 Additional Details

Instructor-Led Courses

Course Title Course Number Buttons
Aerial Platform SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0030 Additional Details
Basic First Aid SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0850 Additional Details
Battery Safety SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0036 Additional Details
Concrete and Masonry SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0069 Additional Details
Confined Space Entry SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0806 Additional Details
Construction (CFR 1926) Safety and Health Provisions SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0066 Additional Details
Construction of Facilities Management (CoF) HQ-PM-COFM Additional Details
Construction Safety and Health SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0200 Additional Details
Construction Safety and Health Overview SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0201 Additional Details
Cost Analysis for Safety & Health Professionals SMA-OS-EXTI-390 Additional Details
Crane Operations and Rigging Safety Refresher SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0028 Additional Details
Cryogenics Safety SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0313 Additional Details
Cryogenics Safety for Morpheus SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0313M Additional Details
Delivering a High Performance Safety Management System SMA-OS-EXTI-495 Additional Details
Demolition SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0068 Additional Details
Electrical Safety Refresher SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0310 Additional Details
Electrical Safety Standards SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0309 Additional Details
Establishing, Maintaining, and Assessing OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Compliant S&H Progs SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0039 Additional Details
Excavation and Trenching Safety Competent Person Class SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0048 Additional Details
Excavation and Trenching Seminar SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0045 Additional Details
Facility System Safety SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0001 Additional Details
Fall Protection Authorized User SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0311-AU Additional Details
Fall Protection Competent Person SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0311-CP Additional Details
Fall Protection Refresher for Authorized User SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0044-AU Additional Details
Fall Protection Refresher for Competent Person SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0044-CP Additional Details
Fall Protection Train the Trainer SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0311-TT Additional Details
Fire Hazards in Oxygen Systems SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0052 Additional Details
Fire Protection — Theory and Practice SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0207 Additional Details
Fire Protection and Prevention in Construction SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0070 Additional Details
Fire Scene Photography-IAFI/NAFI Webinar SMA-OSMA-VILT-FIRE-001 Additional Details
Forklift Safety SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0210 Additional Details
General Industry (CFR 1910) Safety and Health Overview SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0502 Additional Details
General Industry (CFR 1910) Safety and Health Provisions SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0066A Additional Details
General Industry Safety and Health SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0501 Additional Details
Hand and Power Tools SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0057 Additional Details
Hazardous Waste Management SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0084 Additional Details
Hazardous Waste Management Refresher SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0085 Additional Details
HAZWOPER Incident Commander Refresher Training Course SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0101 Additional Details
HFACS/HFIX 2-Day Workshop SMA-HQ-ILT-100 Additional Details
Hydrogen Safety SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0037 Additional Details
Hypergol Systems: Design, Buildup, and Operation SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0055 Additional Details
JSC Lift Managers Training Course SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0852 Additional Details
Laboratory Safety and Health SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0224 Additional Details
Laboratory Safety Seminar SMA-SAFE-NSTC-224-A Additional Details
Life Safety Code SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0217 Additional Details
Liquid Nitrogen Handlers Course SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0314 Additional Details
Lockout/Tagout SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0814 Additional Details
Machine Guarding Seminar SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0046 Additional Details
Machinery and Machine Guarding SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0204 Additional Details
Maintenance Resource Management SMA-SAFE-NSTC-026M Additional Details
Maintenance Resource Management — Module 2 SMA-SAFE-NSTC-026M-02 Additional Details
Maintenance Resource Management Refresher SMA-SAFE-NSTC-026M-REF Additional Details
Maintenance Resource Management Refresher 2 SMA-SAFE-NSTC-026M-REF2 Additional Details
Maintenance Resource Management Refresher 3 SMA-SAFE-NSTC-026M-REF3 Additional Details
Maintenance Resource Management Refresher 4 SMA-SAFE-NSTC-026M-REF 4 Additional Details
Maintenance Resource Management Refresher 5 SMA-SAFE-NSTC-026M-REF5 Additional Details
Maintenance Resource Management Refresher 6 SMA-SAFE-NSTC-026M-REF-6 Additional Details
Material Handling Storage, Use, and Disposal SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0063 Additional Details
Motor Vehicles, Mechanized Equipment, and Rollover SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0072 Additional Details
NASA Root Cause Analysis SMA-SAFE-OSMA-4003 Additional Details
Occupational Health and Environmental Controls SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0062 Additional Details
OSHA 30 Hour for Construction SMA-OS-ILT-455 Additional Details
OSHA 30 Hour for General Industry SMA-OS-ILT-457 Additional Details
OSHA Record Keeping Seminar SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0047 Additional Details
Overhead Cranes and Material Handling SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0205 Additional Details
Oxygen Systems: Operations and Maintenance SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0053 Additional Details
Personal Protective and Life Saving Equipment SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0067 Additional Details
Power Transmission and Distribution SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0075 Additional Details
Precision Laboratory Techniques SMA-SAFE-NSTC-224-B Additional Details
Process Safety Management (PSM) and the Hazard and Operability Analysis (HAZOP) Methodology SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0828 Additional Details
Safer by Design SMA-HQ-ILT-201 Additional Details
Safety in Hydrogen System Operations SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0054 Additional Details
Safety Management II SMA-OS-EXTI-490 Additional Details
Safety of Mobile Cranes, Derricks, Hosts, Elevators, and Conveyors in Construction SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0059 Additional Details
Scaffold Users Seminar SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0316 Additional Details
Scaffolding Safety SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0312 Additional Details
Signs, Signals, and Barricades SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0061 Additional Details
Situational Awareness SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0034 Additional Details
Stairways and Ladders SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0065 Additional Details
Steel Erection SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0060 Additional Details
Steel Erection SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0060A Additional Details
Techniques for Hazard Recognition SMA-OS-EXTI-320 Additional Details
Toxic and Hazardous Substances (Asbestos and Cadmium) SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0073 Additional Details
Underground Construction, Caissons, and Cofferdams SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0071 Additional Details
Welding and Cutting SMA-SAFE-NSTC-0064 Additional Details

Policy and Guidance

NASA

NPR 8715.1 NASA Occupational Safety and Health Programs

This policy provides requirements for NASA federal service occupational safety and health programs.

See NPR 8715.1
NPR 8715.3 NASA General Safety Program Requirements

This policy establishes general procedural requirements for NASA’s safety program.

See NPR 8715.3

Subdisciplines

Learn more about the series of subdisciplines that Institutional Safety oversees.

Construction Safety

Construction Safety

Construction exposes workers to many hazards and is the highest-risk activity occurring at NASA centers, and falls are one of the top causes of fatalities in construction.

The program aims to prevent accidents and keep agency personnel and contractors safe. NASA Construction Safety and Fall Prevention professionals review applicable policies, share Construction Safety concerns, and identify and create practices to resolve those concerns.

The program also works to incorporate into NASA construction projects a relatively new idea in the safety arena — prevention through design. The root of this philosophy is to construct new facilities so that fall protection is never, or at least rarely, necessary. This is achieved through methods such as installing a proper parapet around the roof so that when maintenance or inspections occur there is no need for a full body harness, lanyard, anchor point or connecting device.

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Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout)

Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout)

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration defines hazardous energy as “Energy sources including electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, chemical, thermal or other sources in machines and equipment…” To prevent injury or death, it is essential to control hazardous energy when performing work.

Lockout/Tagout procedures protect employees from hazardous energy. Locks are used to isolate physically a piece of machinery or equipment, while tags inform affected employees about the isolation. Every NASA center and facility has specific Lockout/Tagout procedures to protect employees.

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Electrical Safety

Electrical Safety

The NASA Electrical Safety program is designed to prevent electrically related injuries and property damage. This program also provides for proper training of employees to ensure they have the requisite knowledge and understanding of electrical work practices and procedures.

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Emergency Management and COOP

Emergency Management and COOP

Emergency Management and Continuity of Operations Plans (COOPs) are guided by requirements in NPR 8715.2, NPR 1040.1 and NPD 1040.4. It is NASA policy to ensure that the agency maintains a comprehensive and effective continuity capability composed of programs designed to ensure the continuous performance of essential functions under all conditions. Furthermore, the agency must have emergency management programs, plans and procedures that work within the protocol of the National Response Framework and the National Incident Management System.

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Facility System Safety

Facility System Safety

Facility System Safety applies a System Safety approach to the life cycle of facilities. It’s more than design and construction — it involves using System Safety logic to approach safety and creates a way to provide configuration control for facilities' safe operation.

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Fall Protection

Fall Protection

NASA requires all centers to implement a Fall Protection Program and appoint a center Fall Protection Program administrator to develop, implement and manage the program. The program focuses on eliminating, mitigating and controlling fall hazards before an individual is exposed.

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Fire Protection

Fire Protection

NASA’s Fire Protection Program oversees fire prevention, detection, control and suppression through engineering, inspection, training and firefighting. The program aims to protect human life, property and the environment from fire-related hazards.

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Hazardous Materials

Hazardous Materials

According to NPR 8715.3, Section 3.7 — NASA General Safety Program Requirements, Hazardous Material Transportation, Storage, and Use — NASA is responsible for protecting persons, property and the environment from exposure during the transportation, storage and use of hazardous materials.

Hazardous materials are substances or materials in a quantity and form that could pose an unreasonable risk to health, safety or property when transported in commerce. Typical hazardous materials are those that may be highly reactive, toxic, poisonous, explosive, flammable, combustible and corrosive; produce contamination or pollution of the environment; or cause adverse health effects or unsafe conditions. Materials include nanomaterials, cryogens, and hazardous material leaks or spills.

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Hazardous Operations

Hazardous Operations

Hazardous Operations refers to any operation without implementation of proper mitigations or that has a high potential to result in the loss of life, serious injury to personnel or public, or damage to property as a result of the material or equipment involved or the nature of the operation or activity itself. Hazardous Operations is covered in NPR 8715.3, Chapter 3.

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Laboratory Safety

Laboratory Safety

Laboratory Safety, covered in NPR 8715.3, Chapter 3, is responsible for protecting personnel and property in lab environments. This discipline also includes certain equipment, repair and calibration operations, as well as processing of materials.

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Mishap and Close Call Reporting, Investigating and Recordkeeping

Mishap and Close Call Reporting, Investigating and Recordkeeping

Mishap investigations allow NASA to understand the root cause of incidents and make adjustments to prevent recurrence. NASA conducts mishap investigations in accordance with NASA Procedural Requirements for Mishap Reporting, Investigating, and Recordkeeping (NPR 8621.1), which describes the procedure for reporting, investigating and documenting mishaps, close calls and previously unidentified workplace hazards to prevent similar occurrences in the future.

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Motor Vehicle Safety

Motor Vehicle Safety

It is NASA’s responsibility to ensure that motor vehicle operations comply with federal, state and local regulations. To do so, the agency implements continuous duty time for operators, policies that ban handheld communication devices while driving and require the use of seatbelts, formal operator training, vehicle safety inspections, and traffic control devices on NASA property. Although Motor Vehicle Safety covers bicycles and powered carts, it does not apply to aircraft, spacecraft, vessels, watercraft or lifting devices that are in motion while completing a lift.

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Occupational Safety

Occupational Safety

Occupational Safety requirements in NPR 8715.1 ensure that employees are furnished with a place of employment that is free from recognized hazards that cause or are likely to cause death or serious harm. It is NASA policy to implement a comprehensive Occupational Safety and Health program consistent with the OSHA Act of 1970, Executive Order 12196 and 29 CFR 1960.

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Operational Safety

Operational Safety

Operational Safety focuses on the prevention of operations-related safety hazards. It includes all areas of industrial or occupational safety traditionally found within the industry, and each of these areas are governed within Chapter 3 of NPR 8715.3C, NASA General Safety Program Requirements.

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Personal Protective Equipment

Personal Protective Equipment

NASA is required to provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to all NASA employees in situations where engineering controls, management controls or other corrective actions have not reduced the hazard to an acceptable level or where use of engineering controls, management controls or other techniques is not feasible. Protective equipment, including PPE for eyes, face, head and extremities; protective clothing; respiratory devices; and protective shields and barriers are to be provided, used and maintained in a sanitary and reliable condition wherever it is necessary by reason of hazards of processes or environment, chemical hazards, radiological hazards or mechanical irritants encountered in a manner capable of causing injury or impairment in the function of any part of the body through absorption, inhalation or physical contact.

Center directors must ensure non-NASA, contractor and non-contractor personnel at their centers provide the appropriate training, fit testing and compliance with other federal, state, local and NASA PPE requirements.

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Product Safety

Product Safety

Product Safety ensures the safety of products in their intended applications through product stewardship programs and compliance with requirements.

Safety Training and Certification

Safety Training and Certification

Safety Training and Certification oversees requirements for establishing safety training programs and the minimum training certification levels necessary for personnel involved in potentially hazardous NASA operations. Much of this training is available online. Instructor-based courses are available through the NASA Safety Training Center and SATERN.

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Test Operations Safety

Test Operations Safety

Test Operations Safety manages requirements for protecting personnel and property during test operations, for both human-controlled and unoccupied or robotic tests. Testing includes hazardous training activities and demonstrations of test hardware or procedures. The requirements apply to test facilities, test equipment located within or attached to test facilities, equipment being tested, test personnel, test conduct, and test documents.

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Underwater Operations

Underwater Operations

Underwater Operations pertains to NASA neutral buoyancy facilities, equipment, personnel and operations involving underwater activities, including the simulation of a weightless environment and NASA personnel participating in underwater operations at non-NASA facilities. It also pertains to vessels, watercraft and submersible vehicles.

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