3.0 Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Policy, Responsibilities, Participation, and Commitment

3.1 HSE Policy Statement

The HSE Policy, signed by the Director, can be found here: https://wiki.lbto.org/Safety/LBTOSafetyPolicy

The Large Binocular Telescope Observatory (LBTO) reliably delivers high-quality astronomical data to our users, thus enabling world-class science at the forefront of astronomy. The LBTO is committed to conducting business in a manner that minimizes impact on our employee’s health and well-being, the safety of our equipment, the environment, and on the continual pursuit of science.

LBTO fulfills this commitment by:
  • Complying with all applicable Health, Safety, and Environmental (HSE) regulations as well as internal requirements and policies
  • Conducting operations in a hazard-free and environmentally sound manner
  • Promoting HSE awareness and personal responsibility among all employees
  • Providing open and clear communication and necessary resources at all levels of the organization
  • Striving to ensure that partners, contractors and suppliers agree to conduct business using HSE best management practices
  • Targeting risk reduction and pursuing continuous improvement in our HSE performance
  • Establishing a framework for setting and reviewing HSE objectives and targets
Safety Prioritization

Everyone should be aware of the safety prioritization on the mountain, in this order:
  1. Safety of people
  2. Safety of equipment & environment
  3. Observing (Science)
  4. Day-time operations
These priorities shall be always considered when making decisions related to emergencies, injuries, illnesses, and incidents.

3.2 Responsibilities & Participation

Leadership and Worker Participation in the HSE Management System is found in M004s00114, including the information below:

Responsibilities of all LBTO Staff, Visitors, and Contractors:
  • Follow all LBTO requirements, procedures, and best practices, as detailed in the HSE Manual and training.
  • Comply with federal and state safety regulations.
  • Identify, correct and report all hazards, unsafe equipment/conditions, incidents, and near-misses.
  • Maintain awareness of your surroundings.
  • Stop work (or call it off) if it is unsafe.
  • Stop work if you feel overwhelmed with the workload, and ask for help.
  • Report all injuries.
  • Be responsible for your safety and the safety of others.
  • Practice open and clear communication.
  • Pursue continuous improvement in safety performance.

Responsibilities of Supervisors & Management:
  • Provide a workplace free from serious recognized hazards (see OSHA "General Duty Clause" Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970)
  • Comply with, promote and ensure compliance with HSE standards, rules and regulations.
  • Administer LBTO HSE programs, policies, and procedures, as detailed in the HSE Manual.
  • Examine workplace conditions to make sure they conform to applicable regulatory and organizational HSE requirements.
  • Establish or update operating procedures and communicate them so that employees follow HSE requirements.
  • Provide training for safety, skills and competence that are necessary to perform work safely.
  • Provide resources and support, including safe tools and equipment that are properly maintained.
  • Oversee work.
  • Communicate HSE issues to the Director and Observatory Council in a timely manner.
  • Demonstrate safety leadership and promote a culture of excellence, professionalism, respect, and continual improvement.
  • For more information, see https://www.osha.gov/as/opa/worker/employer-responsibility.html.
Supervision flow shall follow the LBTO Organization Chart found at https://www.lbto.org/staff.html.

Further information on the responsibilities of management, employees, and visitors is outlined in the policy document: M004s00112.

3.3 Commitment to Safety, Vision and Principles

“Clean, Systematic and Safe: Cultivating Safety at the Forefront of Astronomy”

Read the LBTO Safety Vision & Principles here: https://wiki.lbto.org/Safety/LBTOSafetyVisionPrinciples

  • Safety is key to business success. It forms the foundation for the manner in which we treat each other, our customers, and our communities.
  • The basic principle of safety is that ALL personal injuries and accidents are preventable.
  • Safety must precede every work consideration.
  • Safety of people comes first, before safety of equipment, science, or technical operations.

Our organization’s conduct depends, first, on a clear line of direction from senior management, and then on the good faith and judgment of every employee in carrying out that policy. It should be made unmistakably clear that our policy - a policy for which every employee is to be held accountable - is to establish and maintain LBTO‘s honorable reputation as an organization of the highest standards of responsibility and accountability. To accomplish this simple but sometimes difficult objective, we rely not on a book of detailed rules but on the character and judgment of every employee. Moreover, we have full faith that LBTO employees at all levels will continue to conduct their behavior to ensure their actions will promote the values of the organization.

Safety requires that we think of people as people, both in-groups and individuals. At LBTO we do not have exhaustive lists of detailed "do” and "don'ts" but rely on the Golden Rule to assure that every employee is individually responsible and fully accountable for his or her actions or lack of action to ensure the safety and health of each of us.

Safety requires constant attention. It is no more automatic than cost control or quality assurance. Safety requires concentration. A safe individual sees what he or she is looking at, instead of looking over or through it. This kind of attention not only makes us work more safely but more intelligently. Everyone in every job must be involved in this process. There are no exceptions and can be no exemptions. If you have any suggestions for improving the safety performance of our operations, please let your manager, or HSE know. The lines of communication are open and available to everybody.

General Principles

  • Each employee is responsible for their own safety as well as the safety of others.
  • We have a moral obligation to ourselves, to our families, to our friends, and to our organization to work safely. The goal is for us all to go home safely at the end of the day.
  • Unsafe conditions, acts, injuries, accidents and near-misses shall be reported to your supervisor or sponsor immediately.
  • Each employee has the right to call a “stop work” when a condition or an act looks unsafe. Employees will never be reprimanded for stopping work on a safety concern.
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-- DavidCarroll - 25 Apr 2019
Topic revision: r10 - 12 Aug 2021, DavidCarroll
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