April 2, 2004  


Safety GoalsóNo One Gets Hurt

By Irene Boczek

No one gets hurt. Thatís what we would all like to have happen at SLAC. But people are getting hurt, at a higher rate than any other DOE Science Laboratory. Because injuries donít happen every day, we tend to ignore their presence until they affect us personally. And even though many injuries we see in the workplace can be fixed or cured, some have the potential for long-lasting detriment to your health and lifestyle. A small accident or injury now can lead to much greater pain and disadvantage in the future.

Indicates rate of accidents requiring more than first aid at different laboratories. The DOE HQ goal is indicated by the dotted line. (Data courtesy of Irene Boczek)

Here at SLAC we need to work together to reduce the number of future accidents that occur. In fact we aim to reduce accidents and injuries by 20 percent in the next year, as a first step toward getting down to a lower baseline level. This is not to say that any level of accident or injury is acceptable. By their nature, accidents are unpredictable, but we can take steps to reduce the chances of them happening. We need to aim for zero accidents and zero injuries.

What can you do to reduce your own personal risk of injury? First, and most important, identify and control the hazards in your workplace. This means ensuring that you are current with all necessary safety training, can identify the hazards in your workplace and follow the safe work practices required for your own work circumstances, use the proper materials or tools for all jobs, and allow sufficient space to perform all tasks.

What is SLAC doing to help? Our Lab-wide ES&H efforts are focusing on accident reduction. The Associate Director of your division and other management staff will work with you to identify what can be done to enhance safety within the division as well as what you can do to enhance your own safety. This yearís Talk, Walk program is centered on accident reduction. Youíll be hearing more from us with simple ideas for reducing your risks.

No one gets hurt. Thatís our aim and we want to help you make your workplace safer now for the benefit of your future well-being.


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Last update Tuesday March 30, 2004 by Emily Ball