October 17, 2003  



Management Has a Role in Protecting Workers

By Mike Grissom

A recent increase in accidents and injuries at SLAC serves to remind us that every manager has a key role in environmental protection and worker safety at SLAC. Even a simple activity such as climbing a ladder or putting gasoline in a lawn mower can prove hazardous enough to cause serious personal injury. Three steps managers can take to manage risk include:

• Learning to recognize hazards

• Taking actions to control hazards

• Verifying hazards are well controlled

Learn to Recognize Hazards

As part of the corrective action following the January 28 ladder accident at SSRL, the Hazard Analysis Working Group (HAWG) is developing a process to improve hazard identification, including general and task-specific hazard analyses. The requirements for HAWG are on the Web at http://www.slac.stanford.edu/esh/isms/perfmeas/FY03OutPM051203.pdf

Even before HAWG completes its work, SLAC managers can access existing resources and tools that promote hazard awareness:

• Recall and refresh the hazard recognition process from your professional/technical training

• Consult with your Division/Department/Group ES&H Coordinator (also know as Safety Officer)

• Consult with ES&H Division subject matter experts about workplace hazard recognition

• Take appropriate ES&H courses on hazards known to exist in your workplace

• Refer to other online tools, such as the Hazards Analysis web site at http://www.slac.stanford.edu/esh/isms/hazanalysis.html

Take Action to Control Hazards

SLAC managers are responsible for ensuring all work under their supervision is adequately controlled. Good work planning includes the control of hazards. Methods for controlling hazards include:

• Designing and implementing engineered controls (i.e., machine guards to protect against rotating parts)

• Developing appropriate administrative controls (such as posting signs and installing area control ropes)

• Ensuring availability of necessary personal protective equipment (PPE)

• Confirming all employees have taken required safety training. Managers must review every employee’s ETA annually and update as needed during the performance evaluation period.

Verify Hazards are Well Controlled

All SLAC managers are required to periodically conduct walk-throughs (also known as ‘safety inspections’) of the areas under their supervision, and the required frequency depends on the type of work area. Where there are particularly hazardous activities, there should be a walk-through every quarter; in office buildings and other areas with lower hazard activities, annual inspections are adequate.

The walk-throughs should verify that engineered controls are in place and functioning properly, administrative controls are observed, and any needed PPE is used in the correct manner. If significant deficiencies are found (i.e., subcontractors or staff working on elevated surfaces without adequate fall protection), then the work should be stopped until the proper safety systems are put in place.



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