Values and Expectations Regarding Safety, Health, and
the Environment at SLAC
At SLAC, the health and safety of people comes first
and takes precedence over the attainment of other Laboratory
objectives. Safety, science, productivity, and quality are mutually
supportive and safety is integral to each job. The safe way to do
things is the best and most effective way in the long run. Each of our
actions must reflect this commitment and our integrity.
SLAC laboratory objectives, including safety,
quality, costs, customer service, and production volume, are our
lifeblood and critically important to us. Our overriding priority to
safety means that if there should at any point exist a conflict
between safety and other objectives, the conflict must be worked out
so that we can deliver our objectives safely. Faced with an immediate
decision, safety is the overriding priority.
Everyone at SLAC has the right to a safe and
environmentally protected workplace. Injuries, occupational illnesses,
and environmental incidents can be prevented. We each commit to take
all steps needed to ensure personal safety, the safety of others, and
protection of the environment in our daily activities.
The principles of The Respectful SLAC Workplace (http://www.slac.stanford.edu/welcome/slaconly/workplace.html)
apply to the management of people, including their safety and
protection of the environment. Supervisors must maintain an atmosphere
where safety and environmental concerns may be brought forward without
fear of retaliation.
We Expect Compliance with the Law and Regulations
SLAC recognizes that safety and environmental
protection is accomplished through compliance with laws, regulations,
and best management practices. SLACs Work Smart Standards (http://www.slac.stanford.edu/esh/isms/wssintro.html)
define the applicable environment, safety, and health laws and
regulations and compliance with these is required. If rules and
regulations are not followed, especially when willful violations
occur, supervisors will work with Human Resources to address the
situation on behalf of the Laboratory through an appropriate
corrective action process.
We Expect Our Leaders to Take Responsibility for
Safety of People at SLAC and for Protection of the Environment
The safety of people and the environment are line
management responsibilities. Everyone in the line authority is
responsible and accountable for the prevention of injuries and
protection of the environment in their daily work at SLAC.
Managers and supervisors are role models and must
demonstrate their commitment to health, safety, and the environment in
their daily activities.
Managers and supervisors must ensure that employees
follow safe work practices and observe all rules and regulations
regarding personal safety, the safety of others, and the protection of
Each of Us Take Personal Responsibility for Safety of
People at SLAC and for Protection of the Environment
We each understand that safety excellence is the
product of the way that we think and that the way we think affects our
actions. Our thinking begins with the proposition that "Safety Comes
We each commit to involvement in safety activities
because we know that this cements our safety values and builds safety
awareness, ownership, and compliance.
We each commit to continuous improvement in safety
and environmental protection consistent with the SLAC Safety
Management System (http://www.slac.stanford.edu/esh/isms/sms.pdf).
Reference: Stewart, J.M. (2002). Managing for World
Class Safety. New York: A Wiley-Interscience Publication.