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Integrated Safety Management Workshop Safety Incentives and Worker Involvement Don Metzler, DOE-EM Federal Project Director Joe Legare, S.M. Stoller Corporation. The Challenge Maintain Proactive Employee Involvement in ISM Core Functions.

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Integrated Safety Management Workshop

Safety Incentives and Worker Involvement

Don Metzler, DOE-EM Federal Project DirectorJoe Legare, S.M. Stoller Corporation


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The ChallengeMaintain Proactive Employee Involvement in ISM Core Functions

  • Moab is a remote site with an increasing level of activity

  • The project is transitioning into a new phase of work with increased construction activity at Moab and Crescent Junction

  • The workforce has fluctuated from ~12 to ~120 contractor and subcontractor personnel during the past 12 months

  • Worker engagement in the ISM core functions is essential to workplace safety

  • The Safety Incentive Program engages workers in feedback and work planning functions


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IntroductionMoab UMTRA ProjectMoab, UT - Crescent Junction, UT - Grand Junction, CO


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Site Overview

  • Uranium ore was mined and milled by private companies for Federal Government use in national defense programs.

  • After the 1950s, uranium was also needed for nuclear power.

  • Milling operations created process wastes and tailings, a sand-like material containing radioactive materials and other contaminants.

  • Seepage from the tailings pile resulted in contaminated ground water beneath the uranium processing site.


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Site OverviewMoab Site

  • Adjacent to the Colorado River

  • Three miles northwest of Moab in Grand County, Utah

  • Public roads border the site to the north and the southwest

  • Union pacific railroad traverses the site

  • Bordered on the north and southwest by steep sandstone cliffs


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OverviewMoab Site


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Site OverviewCrescent Junction

  • ~30 miles north of Moab Site

  • Located between Crescent Junction and Thompson Springs

  • Undeveloped and remote


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Hazards Review

Some of the hazards associated with work at Moab and Crescent Junction include:

  • Motor vehicle traffic

  • Biological hazards: Spiders, insects, snakes

  • Construction hazards

  • Radiation and contamination

  • Flammable liquids

  • Buried utilities

  • Work near water

  • High-pressure underground gas lines

  • Working on or near active rail lines

  • Exposure to heat and cold


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DOE Current Activities

  • Groundwater extraction and injection

  • Characterization of airborne, soil and ground water

  • Maintenance of access and radiological controls to the tailings pile

  • Development of site infrastructure in support of the DOE preferred alternaitve

  • Preliminary assessment and activities related to remediation of vicinity properties

  • Revegetation of remediated areas

  • Development of site infrastructure at Crescent Junction

  • Site staffing has fluctuated from ~12 to ~125 contractor and subcontractor personnel over last yr


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DOE Planned Activities

  • Construct a lined cell at Crescent Junction

  • Construct a haul road for transporting tailings by containers from the pile to the rail line

  • Construct rail spurs at Moab and Crescent Junction sites

  • Begin excavation of the pile, transport to Crescent Junction, and place the tailings in the cell


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The ChallengeMaintaining a Strong Safety Culture

Maintain a strong core safety culture at two remote DOE sites with an increasing level of activity

  • Develop and maintain open lines of communication between the workforce, supervisors and managers to achieve a strong core safety culture in a dynamic work environment

  • Achieve workforce ownership of the processes for working safely


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The challengeMaximizing Employee Involvement

Define the scope of work

Analyze Hazards

Implement controls

Perform the Work

Feedback and Improvement


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Safety Incentives Program

  • High degree of employee involvement in providing feedback during work planning

  • Employee ownership of safety message

  • Recognition through on-the-spot awards for feedback and improvement initiatives

  • Monthly safety lunch with feedback and worker recognition for safe performance of work

  • Innovative means of reinforcing the safety message

  • Direct involvement of the DOE Federal Project Director and Stoller Management


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The ApproachHigh Degree of Workforce Involvement

  • Individual and team contribution are recognized

    • Daily toolbox meetings

    • Weekly Safety Presentations

      • Workforce led presentations on selected safety topic

    • Monthly Safety Lunches

      • DOE HQ expectations communicated

      • Stoller Corp. safety culture communicated

      • Workforce, management, subcontractor participation


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Making the Message StickInnovation and Incentives

  • Safety skits

  • Safety Jeopardy

  • Guest speakers

  • Safety videos

  • On-the spot awards

  • Monthly safety awards


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Making the Message StickSafety Skit

“Backhoe operator for hire”

  • Created and enacted by project workers

  • Site manager and worker interact in a safety skit

  • Other luncheon attendees point out safety and health poor practices

  • Active involvement and memorable learning experience


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Making the Message StickSafety Skit“Back Hoe Operator for Hire”


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Making the Message StickSafety Jeopardy

  • And the answer is:

    • A friendly competition where your knowledge of hazards and safe work practices will make you a winner.

    • What is safety Jeopardy?


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Innovation and IncentivesOn-the-Spot Awards

  • Specific on-the-spots recognizing worker safety acts and initiatives will be enumerated here


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Conclusion

  • The safety incentives program has been in place about six months

  • Workers have responded favorably to the safety incentives, safety lunch and to senior DOE and contractor management involvement



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