Best Practices Workshop for Safety Culture

Posted: November 15, 2014 - 11:35am

More than 65 contractor and federal employees from 20 organizations recently met at Y‑12 to share safety culture best practices and lessons learned. The two-day workshop featured more than two dozen presentations on creating and improving workplace safety culture, including sessions on developing monitoring panels, assessing performance, and improving trust and communication.

“The second you think you have it all right, you’re in trouble in high-risk operations,” said NNSA Production Office Manager Steve Erhart.

Joining Erhart at the opening session was CNS president and chief executive officer Jim Haynes, who encouraged participants to discuss success stories but also be open to talking about what’s gone wrong. “Often we learn more from gaps and shortcomings,” said Haynes.

“I’m proud that we took the lead in setting up this intensive workshop,” Haynes said. “For two days people from across the Enterprise had an opportunity to focus on one of the most important things we do: create a healthy safety culture at work.”

NPO and CNS sponsored the event, which drew participants from DOE, NNSA, the national labs (Lawrence Livermore, Oak Ridge, Sandia and Idaho), production and environmental management sites (Y‑12, Pantex, Savannah River, Kansas City, Nevada, ETTP and WTP), local organizations (Isotek Systems and ORAU) and labor representatives from the Atomic Trades and Labor Council, International Guards Union of America and Knoxville Building and Construction Trades Council.

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