Operations Excellence Council update: January 25, 2018
Argonne’s Operations Excellence Council (OEC) is a senior management forum focused on delivering leading-edge science, and developing a strong commitment to, and culture around, research and operational excellence throughout the laboratory. The council supports timely, transparent and effective decision-making on operational programs. It communicates customer feedback, needs and priorities, and reviews lab performance targets and metrics.
Highlights from the council’s meeting include:
Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) establishes a framework for identifying, analyzing, managing and monitoring risks. Enterprise risks generally comprise circumstances that could reasonably interfere with the lab’s ability to meet strategic or operational goals, objectives or commitments. They can also comprise circumstances that could result in financial constraint, hinder our ability to comply with regulatory requirements or jeopardize our ability to protect personnel, the environment or the lab’s reputation. ERM is a labwide process that facilitates risk awareness, communication, prioritization and continuous improvement.
On a regular basis, the OEC evaluates risks in terms of threat, consequence, impact and likelihood. The OEC works closely with risk managers to ensure risks are effectively mitigated to an acceptable level and they monitor risks to evaluate progress and adjust, as needed. On Jan. 18, 2018, the OEC reviewed the following through the ERM process:
- Advanced Photon Source-Upgrade (APS-U) Project – The upgrade is a $770 million project that leverages more than $1.5 billion of existing infrastructure at the APS to keep the facility a world class hard X-ray synchrotron source for decades to come. The APS-U is positively positioned and ready to move forward, though there are challenges due to the federal budget process that could affect our ability to complete the project in a timely manner in a very competitive international landscape.
- Research Misconduct – Maintaining the integrity and quality of laboratory research is of critical importance. Research misconduct is defined as fabrication, falsification or plagiarism in proposing, performing or reviewing research, or in reporting research results. Preventing, detecting and remediating research misconduct is required under the Argonne Prime Contract and covered by lab policy. Failure to abide by lab policy and the requirements of the Prime Contract could result in loss of funding and a negative reputation with our sponsors.
On Jan. 25, 2018, Deployed Safety Services Manager Bryan Wozny (HSE) recognized the newly implemented Laboratory Area Lead role for laboratory spaces using hazardous chemicals, as defined within Argonne’s Chemical Hygiene Plan, and as assigned in ISAAC. To date, 510 Laboratory Area Leads have been identified in 38 buildings on site. Wozny provided a comparison of Argonne’s role with those at Oak Ridge and Pacific Northwest National Laboratories.
Business Administrator Tracy Rogness (HSE) provided a monthly update of the 20 firstname.lastname@example.org reported items for the month of December. The list included floor tile replacements, slippery weather conditions, pedestrian crossings being blocked and electrical concerns in buildings.
Workday Project Manager Kevin Maranto (HRS) shared information related to a newly drafted procedure on Emergency Contact Information, LMS-PROC-334, and recognized the importance of having information in an emergency event where an employee may be found unresponsive. A campaign timed to coincide with Open Enrollment this past November was highly successful, and Argonne’s current response rate is 87 percent. Emergency contact information is only available to Argonne’s Fire Department, and a few key personnel in Human Resource Services and Health and Employee Wellness. The Fire Department Fire Alarm Office is trained to verify and respond to valid requests for information from external agencies.