Safety share: Each of us is a safety leader
By Betsy Dunn, Environment, Safety and Quality Assurance Director
At Argonne, safety is part of our culture. It is how we do work. It is how we think, plan and act. It keeps our work strong and enables us to create and innovate successfully, and it inspires confidence in our partners, peers and neighbors.
One of Argonne’s long-standing cultural traditions is to begin each meeting with a safety share. A safety share is an interesting topic, anecdote or resource that one passes on, hopefully encouraging a brief group discussion on a given topic. It is an excellent way to kick off meetings, break the ice and build a stronger team. It also helps to put safety in the forefront of our minds each and every day.
To help you with this, Argonne has developed a Safety Share Library. The online resource has safety shares binned by topic area for easy navigation. Safety shares can be downloaded and are available for your use.
Individual employees, groups and divisions are also encouraged to submit their own safety shares for inclusion in Argonne’s Safety Share Library. To do so, fill out a safety share template and submit your entry as a Word document to SafetyShare@anl.gov. Safety shares will be reviewed and edited per Argonne safety and communication standards and may be promoted lab-wide in Argonne Today and Snapshot.
A safety share can be an interesting set of statistics, a how-to guide or even a story about something you experienced and an associated lesson learned. Or perhaps you have developed habits to share about combatting common complacencies. Your ideas and lessons learned can help others. Both work-related and at-home safety topics are welcome. Safety doesn’t end when we leave campus — it’s a way to live well.
Each month, a safety share submitted by an individual will be selected by the Environment, Safety and Quality Assurance division to receive a Spot Award for demonstrated safety leadership. The Spot Award program offers three award levels: gold ($100), silver ($50) and bronze ($25).
Each of us is a safety leader in our laboratory community.