Accident Reduction Talk and Walk
By Jack Hahn
As indicated in the recent Director’s All Hands memo, accidents have
been on the rise. In 2003 the Laboratory experienced 33 accidents,
compared to 19 in 2002.
Responding to this increase in accidents, the Laboratory is planning an
Accident Reduction Talk and Walk Standdown. Since 1996, SLAC has
conducted many annual Talk, Walk, and Clean (TWC) Standdowns coordinated
by the Safety and Environmental Discussion Assistance Committee (SEDAC).
The purpose of these Standdowns was to assess and remedy the most
pressing safety and environmental issues. This tradition was interrupted
last year by a review of SLAC’s safety programs against OSHA and DOE
requirements in preparation for our recent OSHA costing visit.
This year the more traditional Standdown will return, focusing on
reducing accidents with the resulting lost and restricted work time. As
in previous years, operations will cease during the Standdown. The
accelerator, and critical processes in other areas, will go into an
appropriate stand-by condition. All members of the Laboratory will be
assigned to small teams organized by division.
Each team will select one of two methods for conducting this year’s
1. Talk—a meeting in which ideas for reducing accidents and related lost
and restricted time are discussed, the two most important issues are
identified, and corrections within the control of the team are suggested
2. Walk—a walk-through inspection in which facility conditions relevant
to reducing accidents are identified for corrective action
The Clean component of the earlier TWC standdowns will not be conducted
this year because a similar task was performed in preparation for the
OSHA visit that occurred this February.
A number of tools will be made available to teams to facilitate the
standdown process. These include:
• An Accident Avoidance Analysis Tool that provides ideas from safety
professionals for typical approaches to preventing accidents, based on
actual SLAC incidents
• A Job Hazard Analysis Tool that can be used to prevent accidents
• A Values and Expectations Tool to provide a reminder of
Directorate-approved Laboratory values and employee/management
• A Facility Checklist Tool to support Walk activities
These tools and other materials will be finalized in mid-April and made
available on the Standdown web site:
The TW 2004 Standdown will take place on Friday, April 30, from 8:00
a.m. to 10:00 a.m. A TW Team Leaders’ Orientation is scheduled for
Monday, April 19, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Panofsky Auditorium.
Thanks in advance for helping us to reduce accidents as well as the lost
and restricted time resulting from these unfortunate events.
If you have questions, please contact your SEDAC Division
• BSD/Director’s Office: Rick Challman (Ext. 3004,
• ES&H: Richard Cellamare (Ext. 3401,
• RD: Steve Williams (Ext. 2276,
• SSRL: Ian Evans (Ext. 3110,
• TD: Carolyn Burton (Ext. 4593,
Accident Reduction Talk and Walk Standdown