Important Changes in SLAC Safety Training
By Paul Bloom
With everyone’s employee training assessment (ETA) due for update each
year by May 1, around this time the ES&H Training team announces changes
in the program. And there have been more than usual this year,
especially in the last six months.
One change most of you
are aware of is that Electrical Safety for Non-electrical Workers
(Course 239) has become mandatory for most SLAC workers. This is one
example of how the new electrical safety programs are impacting our work
In addition, we are initiating a
non-employee safety training program (NESTP). This will impact
contracted parties as well as users and students. Under this program,
all non-employees will also be required to have an annual training
assessment. Since the ETA no longer applies to just employees, the name
is changing to the SLAC Training Assessment (STA) to better reflect the
growing role of this tool.
The highlights of the
2005 STA are:
• The ETA gets a new name—SLAC
Training Assessment (STA).
• Enhancements to the
electrical safety training program, including:
239—Electrical Safety for Non-electrical Workers. The name has been
changed to General Electrical Safety and is mandatory for all who work
at the Lab for more than 60 days in a year and/or work unescorted in
industrial areas. There is a refresher requirement every 36 months.
Course 136—Lock and
Tag for Affected Employees is now a prerequisite for Course
157—Lock and Tag for the Control of Hazardous Energy. Course 136
will not require refresher training and will be offered by
computer-based training only.
Course 157 will
continue to require refresher training every 36 months and will be
offered by classroom only.
251—Electrical Safety for Research and Development. We are now
offering this as a seven-part, computer-based course that you can take
at your desktop.
For more information on these and all
the new changes to SLAC safety training see:
Another exciting change beginning
March 31 is a new on-line registration tool. This will eventually be a
one-stop shop for all SLAC training, showing your STA information and
the course catalog. It will allow you to manage training outside of the
listed training curriculum, including recording what courses you have
taken and handling payments and reimbursements for training and
For more information
on the registration tool, see:
Updating Your STA
The STA, at
is intuitive to use and easy to complete, especially since we have
streamlined the process. It should take only a few minutes to fill out.
Remember, decisions regarding training should be made using results from
the job hazard analysis and mitigation (JHAM) process, which by now you
should be familiar with, along with the environmental controls in your
Use the Course
If you have additional questions
about what courses are appropriate for your employees, please use our
updated course catalog (https://www-internal.slac.stanford.edu/esh-db/training/slaconly/bin/catalog_index.asp).
The catalog answers such questions as who should attend a course,
prerequisites, refresher training requirements and options for taking
the course (classroom, computer, etc).
Everyone who works at
SLAC is required to have an updated STA. It is the responsibility of the
supervisor or, in the case of non-employees, the SLAC contact, to ensure
that a STA is current for their reports and that the identified training
Thank you for helping us all work
more safely and productively in 2005.