ISM Month: A time to focus and assess
Argonne has designated June 2015 as Integrated Safety Management (ISM) Month (Login required). Safety is integrated directly into our work here at the laboratory and I am proud of our positive safety culture. Thus far in FY 2015, two directorates and 10 divisions have received National Safety Council awards. Argonne also received ISO accreditation in safety and health for the first time ever. This shows that we’re doing a good job and that others see it, too.
Now is the time to renew our focus on safety. We must remain vigilant in both our high and low hazard work.
Last year we had some close calls. In particular, the collapse of a modified lift table came very close to seriously injuring a researcher. We also had our most serious electrical shock in three years. Both of these events occurred in research divisions.
Physics tells us that injuries happen when we don’t control the potential energy sources around us. Lock Out Tag Out procedures, for example, help ensure that potential energy sources don’t turn into unexpected and dangerous kinetic sources.
Recently, the lab has seen a slight increase in incidents that result from momentary loss of focus in our work. These incidents include slips and hand injuries. As a result, ISM events and activities will target these and other areas.
Each of the Associate Laboratory Directors will be hosting ISM Month activities for their directorates. I encourage you to participate in as many of these as you can as well as the Ergonomics Roadshow hosted by Environment, Safety and Quality Assurance.
Your safety is our priority. I want to see you to go home safe to your families at the end of each work day.