February 6, 2004  


The Role of the Division Coordinator in ES&H

By Mike Grissom

The mission of ES&H is to work with the rest of SLAC to:

• Ensure a safe and healthful workplace

• Minimize adverse impact to the general public and the environment

• Comply with all applicable laws, standards and regulations governing environment, safety and health

The divisional ES&H coordinators (le. to right): Mike Grissom (ES&H), Rick Challman (BSD), Janice Dabney (TD), Sandy Pierson (RD). Not pictured: Ian Evans (SSRL) and Frank O’Neill (RD). (Photo by Diana Rogers)

Key players in this effort are the SLAC ES&H coordinators. These individuals make sure the line organizations have all the support and training needed to accomplish this mission.

Coordinators exist at the division, department and group levels. While most department- and group-level ES&H coordinators have other duties, the divisional coordinators spend the majority of their time ensuring that the Lab operates efficiently and meets the stated ES&H goals. They also provide specific advice on ES&H matters to their Associate Directors. The coordinators are evaluated annually by their supervisors on their performance in helping their divisions meet these goals.

The Divisional Coordinators:

• BSD: Rick Challman challman@slac.stanford.edu

• ES&H: Mike Grissom mikeg@slac.stanford.edu

• RD: Frank O’Neill fgo@slac.stanford.edu

• RD: Sandy Pierson esp@slac.stanford.edu

• SSRL: Ian Evans evans@slac.stanford.edu

• TD: Janice Dabney dabney@slac.stanford.edu

Safe and Healthful Workplace

Divisional ES&H coordinators help ensure a safe and healthful workplace by:

• Advocating for ES&H improvement SLAC-wide

• Monitoring the completion of employee training assessments (ETAs)

• Monitoring the completion of required employee training

• Conducting periodic walk-throughs of work areas

• Establishing division-level ES&H goals to support lab-wide efforts

• Investigating accidents, illnesses and incidents

Minimize Adverse Impact

They help minimize adverse impact to the general public and the environment by:

• Developing site-wide ES&H programs and policies

• Consulting on major ES&H projects

• Developing programs for their divisions to attain ES&H performance goals

• Helping to prevent the reoccurrence of accidents, illnesses and incidents through lessons learned and near-miss programs

• Staying current in general industry injury/ illness engineering

• Staying current in project-unique safety engineering

• Providing special safety programs for users

Comply with Regulations

The coordinators help ensure that SLAC activities comply with all applicable rules by:

• Advocating for ES&H compliance (through such measures as the "Work Smart" standards)

• Enforcing regulatory compliance in the field

• Enforcing compliance with the ES&H Manual and other SLAC policy in the field

• Staying current with the latest regulations and DOE requirements

• Interfacing with DOE and other regulators for ES&H

Divisional ES&H Coordinators are Key Resources for You

The divisional ES&H coordinators serve as resources for all members of their divisions: supervisors, workers and building managers. They know what people and resources are available from both ES&H and their own divisions.

Project managers will want to contact their divisional ES&H coordinator early in a project’s development with any questions they may have. All work supervisors and project managers are encouraged to make their ES&H coordinators aware of their plans.

This way the coordinator can help ensure in as efficient a manner as possible that requirements needed to move the project forward, such as safety-related citizen committee reviews, are met and that the project complies with SLAC ES&H goals.

For further information on the role of the coordinators in the SLAC integrated safety management system (ISMS), see the SLAC Safety Management System description document at: http://www.slac.stanford.edu/esh/isms/sms.pdf


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Last update Tuesday February 03, 2004 by Emily Ball