July 16, 2004  


ES&H Improvement Efforts Can Make a Difference

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 Hazards

The Hazard Analysis Working Group (HAWG) has developed tools to improve every employee’s awareness of job hazards (see www-internal.slac.stanford.edu/esh/SLACsafety/jham/). The 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 possible.

Contact: Dave Dungan (SSRL), Ext. 2008

Improved Goal Setting Process

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 Accidents

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 Management” (www.slac.stanford.edu/esh/bulletins/b66.pdf).

Contact: John Turek (SHA), Ext. 8776

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

Coming Up

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 web (www.slac.stanford.edu/esh/isms/).



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