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An occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS) is required for all Federal agencies by Executive Order 12196 – Occupational safety and health programs for Federal employees. Development of the Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems Assessment Training Manual was supported jointly by the U.S. Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The manual was designed to be used in the training of government personnel on how to assess the OHSMS of Federal establishments and agencies. The manual is organized sequentially through each step in the process of conducting an OHSMS assessment. Trainees start by learning about how to prepare for an assessment and the training concludes with a discussion on how to incorporate multiple establishments’ OHSMS assessment scores into an agency-wide assessment. Each module includes exercises designed to aid Federal personnel in learning the skills necessary to complete an OHSMS assessment.