February 3, 2006  


Director's Corner

By Jonathan Dorfan

Our Collective Commitment Revisited

As we enter a new calendar year, I wish to reiterate my very strong commitment as Director to provide a workplace free of injuries and accidents, a workplace that is environmentally protective. I do so in accordance with the principles of the Integrated Safety and Environmental Management System (ISEMS). As I said in my All Hands talk last August, my goal is to provide an environment such that none of you get hurt working at SLAC. But I can’t prevent all injuries alone in my role as Director. Each one of us individually has pledged to take personal ownership for our safety and the safety of our coworkers. Likewise we are committed to the protection of the environment.

Jonathan Dorfan, Director
(Photo by Diana Rogers)

As I also said in my All Hands talk, I cannot stress enough that the bottom line is clear; safety begins and ends with our individual behaviors. Injuries and accidents are almost always preventable if we, as individuals, remain vigilant and follow the ISMS core functions:
a) define the scope and plan the work
b) assess the hazards of the work
c) develop controls for the hazards
d) perform the work with the planned controls
e) provide feedback for lessons learned analysis at completion.

You may remember that I stressed in my All Hands talk that we should not be slaves to injury statistics, but rather strive to eliminate injuries. I continue to believe that strongly. At the same time, I also stressed that statistics are very helpful to measure our collective performance and can be a guide to emerging vulnerabilities. Accordingly, I bring you these updates as feedback for preventing further injuries.

The goals for FY05 Total Recordable Cases (TRC) and Days Away Restricted or Transferred (DART) were no more than 17 and 8 cases respectively. The actual FY05 performance was within the goals, namely we had 11 TRCs and 8 DARTs. You are to be congratulated on meeting the goals. By way of ‘ lessons learned’, we analyzed last year’s 11 TRC occurrences and 45 first aid occurrences, and found that almost all these occurrences could have been prevented if more appropriate choices had been made by the individual(s) doing the work.

This year’s TRC and DART goals are more stringent, namely ‘14 and 6’. To date we have already reached 5 TRC and 3 DART and 15 first aid occurrences; again almost all of these occurrences were preventable with modified choices.

Let me thank you for reading this column and for your continued partnership towards the goal of eliminating injuries to you, our irreplaceable staff and loyal users.

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Last update Tuesday January 31, 2006 by TIP