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It is the policy of Berkeley Lab to perform all work safely with full regard
to the well-being of workers, guests, the public, and
the environment.

Keys to implementing this policy are the following
core safety values:

  • The institution demonstrates a strong commitment
    to safety by integrating safety into all facets
    of our work.
  • Managers and supervisors are actively involved
    and demonstrate leadership in performing work
  • Individuals take ownership for safety and continuously
    strive to improve.
  • Individuals demonstrate an awareness and concern
    for the safety of others.

The Laboratory has adopted an Integrated Safety Management System approach to environmental health and safety management. Employees must implement as part of their planning and daily work the following principles and functions.

DOE’s Seven Guiding Principles

  1. Line Management Responsibility for Safety.
  2. Clear Roles and Responsibilities.
  3. Competence Commensurate with Responsibilities.
  4. Balanced Priorities.
  5. Identification of Safety Standards and Requirements.
  6. Hazard/Environmental Aspect Controls Tailored to Work Being Performed.
  7. Operations Authorization.

ISM’s Five Core Functions

  1. Define the Scope of Work.
  2. Analyze the Hazards (including environmental aspects).
  3. Develop and Implement Hazard Controls (including environmental controls).
  4. Perform Work within Controls.
  5. Provide Feedback and Continuous Improvement.

For a detailed description of employee rights and responsibilities for implementing these principles and functions, go here.