ES&H Improvement Efforts Can Make a
By Mike Grissom
Accidents and injuries
have increased at SLAC over the past year and a half, reminding us that
every employee has a key role to play in maintaining a safe workplace.
Even the simplest activity, such as stepping down a short step-ladder or
carrying materials on a walkway, can lead to a personal injury.
Everybody at SLAC has ES&H
responsibility for themselves in all activities.
(Photo by Diana Rogers)
In the wake of a serious
ladder accident at SSRL in January 2003, four working groups were
established to improve SLAC’s safety management systems, aiming to
prevent similar accidents in the future.
Here’s how the work of
these groups affect employees at SLAC, and whom to contact with
questions about the goals of each.
Improved Awareness of
The Hazard Analysis
Working Group (HAWG) has developed tools to improve every employee’s
awareness of job hazards (see
centerpiece of the program is having each employee identify the hazards,
both routine and non-routine, of his or her job by filling out a routine
‘job hazard analysis and mitigation’ (JHAM) document. A number of SLAC
organizations, including MFD, EFD, SEM, and the entire ES&H Division,
already have completed JHAMs for most of their employees.
In the future,
non-routine JHAMs (NR-JHAMs) and ‘area hazard analysis’ (AHA) documents
also will be completed. All SLAC employees are expected to have a
routine JHAM on record before the end of FY05 (September 2005). In fact,
there is a possibility of all employees having a JHAM on record before
the end of calendar year 2004. I encourage all staff to do so if at all
Contact: Dave Dungan (SSRL),
Improved Goal Setting
The Vertical Integration
Working Group (VIWG) has developed a process for ensuring SLAC ES&H
goals are established and prioritized properly. In this process everyone
from line employees to supervisors and senior management flags
opportunities for ES&H improvement, which are ultimately considered by
the director and associate directors at a retreat in the fall, at which
they identify key institutional goals for the following year.
This process first took
place in FY03 with a set of five institutional goals for FY04 (see
www-internal.slac.stanford.edu/esh/divreports/fy04qr2.pdf, page 3).
The process for the next
year is underway and a number of SLAC departments/groups have already
met to consider possible ES&H goals for submission, as well as for use
in individual performance evaluations.
Contact: Janice Dabney
(TD), Ext. 3603
Improved Management of
The Readiness and
Emergency Management (REM) Team developed an improved accident scene
management program, which allows any employee present at the scene to
contribute. For details, see ES&H Bulletin #66, “Accident Scene
Contact: John Turek (SHA),
Developing a Tracking
and Trending System
The Data Management
Working Group (DMWG) is developing tools to improve the tracking and
analysis of all incidents and accidents at SLAC. The system will be
computer based and accessible to SLAC staff. This is a longer term
effort, expected to extend into FY05. If you have ideas about what kinds
of data would be useful, especially concerning corrective actions and
accident near-misses, please send them in.
Contact: Kymberly Snead
(KM), Ext. 4298
Future TIP articles will
provide details about how individuals can participate in the SLAC
“integrated safety management system” (ISMS). Details about the program,
including the safety management system document, are available on the