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David S. Marciniak P.E., CSP
Position:  Practice Specialty Assistant Administrator – Risk Management/ Insurance


DMarciniak PhotoDavid S. Marciniak P.E., CSP is the headquarters safety manager for the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).   He develops policy and guidance that protects the safety and health of GSA's approximately 11,500 employees throughout the United States and overseas.  David has over 35 years of experience in product safety, occupational safety and health, facility safety, and risk management.

Prior to his current position he was GSA's headquarters facility safety engineer.   The office ensured that the space GSA provided to federal employees, contractors, visitors and the general public met code requirements and did not present unacceptable safety and health risks.  Occupants totaled over one million in approximately 1600 owned facilities and 6300 leased locations comprising over 350 million square feet of space. 

Prior to joining GSA David worked for the Department of Defense in the area of system (product/design) safety, first as a staff engineer then as a branch supervisor.  In these positions he made extensive application of risk management tools and concepts.  He then became the deputy director of the public safety department and was responsible for occupational safety and health and emergency management on a 7400 acre military base.  

David has an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering, a graduate degree in engineering management and systems engineering, and is a licensed professional engineer and a certified safety professional.

David works for GSA headquarters remotely out of GSA's New York City Regional Office, his home office in New Jersey and occasionally from GSA's Philadelphia Regional Office.

Platform Statement

I have extensive experience with OSHA regulations, the ICC family of codes, NFPA codes, and the safety and health standards of ANSI, ASHRAE, ASME and other organizations.

While regulations and adopted codes must be adhered to - such does not protect from all hazards, particularly those that are unique or uncodified.  I therefore assert that compliance is "necessary but not sufficient" to adequately address many risks.  I was an early implementer of Military Standard 882 - a system safety standard practice that integrates risk management into the overall design process.  Over the years I added the (NIOSH) Prevention through Design approach, the ANSI/ASSP Z10 hierarchy of controls and now the ISO 31000 series of standards to my risk management toolbox.  

As Assistant Administrator one of my primary areas of emphasis will be to help lead the RM/I practice specialty in publicizing and educating ASSP members on the uses and benefits of risk management practices and standards.   I have been a member of the RM/I Practice Specialty since 2008 and have served as Executive Secretary on the RM/I Advisory Committee since 2015.  In this capacity I have assisted and continue to assist the Administrator and Assistant Administrator on tasks and initiatives above and beyond the scope of secretary - experience that I believe has prepared me to take on the role of Assistant Administrator.

I believe I have the organizational and people skills for this position.  For the last fifteen years I have been in a headquarters oversight role and I depend upon support from the risk management personnel in our eleven regional offices.  My success in obtaining voluntary participation in the development of national policies, and their implementation is a result of my ability to network and develop and maintain relationships with my regional counterparts.


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