By Mike Grissom
Each year, the DOE assesses SLAC’s ability to meet
established Environmental Safety and Health (ES&H) standards. Based on
both performance and process measures, SLAC received a rating of
Outstanding from DOE for fiscal year (FY) 2002. Everyone at the Lab should
be proud of his or her contributions toward achieving this rating.
Outstanding is the highest rating possible, and could not
have happened without both the hard work of many individuals across the
Lab and the results of improvements through SLAC’s Integrated Safety
Management System (ISMS). This assessment of SLAC’s ES&H performance
illustrates for DOE and Congress how well we accomplish high energy
physics and synchrotron radiation research, and it will ultimately have an
influence on future funding.
The Lab’s ES&H performance is based on two types of
measures: outcome performance and process performance.
Outcome performance measures, also called ‘lagging
indicators’, are events that have already occurred, such as the number of
Lost Work Days/Total Reportable Cases measured for Accidents and
Illnesses. SLAC’s lagging indicators are based on both ES&H Division
activities and activities from work processes in other Divisions
throughout the site.
Outcome measures for FY02 can be viewed at:
Process performance measures, called ‘leading indicators’,
reflect processes designed ‘up front’ to improve the Lab’s ES&H
performance and promote accident/incident prevention, such as the
completion of ISMS quarterly reviews, the development of a Behavior-Based
Safety Program, or the percent of Employee Training Assessments (ETAs)
Process measures for FY02 can be viewed at:
Continuing the Trend
Recent DOE assessments of SLAC’s ES&H performance are
The overall SLAC ES&H performance, taking into account the
many kinds of work in process every day, is well recognized by DOE. SLAC
ranks well compared to the other DOE laboratories.
How You Can Contribute
Each employee can influence the upcoming FY03 DOE
assessment by contributing to the achievement of our performance measures.
Future TIP articles will provide details about how individuals and
managers can fully participate in the ISMS process. Details about SLAC’s
ISMS program, including the Safety Management System document, are
available on the Web at:
Creating the Measures
Following the FY02 negotiation process, outcome
performance measures were approved by SLAC and DOE’s Stanford Site Office
(DOE/SSO), with support from DOE’s Oakland Service Center (DOE/OAK). The
measures were developed by subject matter experts from DOE/SSO, DOE/OAK
and SLAC. Guidance was provided to the experts by the Performance Measures
Core Team, comprised of DOE/SSO, DOE/OAK and SLAC members, and chaired by
a DOE/SSO representative.
A summary table providing the results for each of the
outcome performance measures in FY02 is shown in the ES&H Quarterly Report
for the period July–September 2002 at:
Process performance measures were approved as described
above. Although the Performance Measures Core Team provided guidance to
the subject matter experts, the FY99 and FY00 measures were largely
developed in response to the ISMS Phase I and Phase II final reports’
concerns and opportunities for improvement.
The FY01 and FY02 measures were designed to assess the
ongoing SLAC ISMS program by conducting quarterly reviews of projects
and/or activities. Future process performance measures are expected to
fulfill the goal of providing leading indicators with metrics to
demonstrate the health of the SLAC-wide ISMS program.
A summary table providing the results for the process
performance measures in FY02 is shown in the ES&H Quarterly Report for the
period July–September 2002 at: