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Chapter 2500 Safety Warden Program
The Jefferson Lab Safety Warden Program contributes to the efficient implementation of effective safety regulations and best work practices. Safety Wardens are assigned to specific areas to provide ready assistance to workers and to help facilitate resolution of safety issues. The program also provides for data collection to enable continuous improvement.

The Environmental, Safety, Health, and Quality (ESH&Q) Division provides overall direction for this program. Various ES&H Manual chapters also include Safety Warden responsibilities. These are applicable when an associated hazard issue is a concern within the assigned area. While this chapter provides overall direction to Safety Wardens in all divisions, other duties and responsibilities are influenced by the activities, materials, systems, and equipment in use within an assigned area.

Table 1: Required Safety Warden Training

Training Course Safety Warden
Fire Safety Training
Safety Warden Training

Technical Appendices

T1 Safety Warden Inspections
Jefferson Lab requires all work areas and safety equipment be inspected on a regular basis. Safety Wardens are assigned to perform these inspections; confirm safe conditions or request appropriate repair, maintenance, or disposal.

ES&H Manual Chapter 2500 Appendix T1 Safety Warden Inspection Requirements provides the minimum Safety Warden Inspection requirements for common areas [1] and safety equipment.
T2 Safety Warden Appointment, Training, and Support
ES&H Manual Chapter 2500 Appendix T2 Safety Warden Appointment, Training, and Support provides the process steps for appointing, training, and supporting an area's Safety Warden.
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Note: Management authority may be delegated at the discretion of the responsible manager.

Everyone at Jefferson Lab
  • Request support from the Division Safety Officer to determine sufficient Safety Warden resources for a given area.
  • Request a mitigation determination for facility and equipment safety concerns from the Safety Wadens assigned to an area.
  • Cooperate with your area Safety Warden in resolving safety issues.
Safety Warden
  • Perform and document Safety Warden Inspections in accordance with requirements.
  • Maintain Safety Bulletin Board(s).
    • Qualifications Include:
      • Employed at Jefferson Lab for at least six months.
      • Successful completion of SAF901 Safety Warden Training, and SAF108 Fire Safety Training, and area specific training as required.
      • Know the hazards associated with their assigned area.
      • Medically capable of carrying out assigned duties.
      • Perform the majority of their work in the assigned area.
Safety Warden's Supervisor
  • Ensure adequate time is allocated to perform required inspections.
  • Recommend qualified candidates for the Safety Warden Program.
  • Update appointed Safety Warden's Skills Requirement List (SRL) and performance measures to reflect responsibilities.
Safety Warden Coordinator
  • Coordinate Quarterly Inspections with Safety Warden.
  • Review area specific hazard mitigation requirements with area Supervisor and ensure these are included in the Safety Warden's inspection.
  • Oversee the on-site safety warden training program.
  • Determine need for area Safety Warden and coordinate candidate recommendations.
  • Maintain master list of Safety Wardens ensure all areas are represented.
  • Meet with Safety Wardens quarterly - reinforce program requirements, recognize accomplishments, share lessons learned, etc.
Division Safety Officer (DSO)
  • Ensure monthly Safety Warden Inspections are performed in all areas for which the division is responsible, regardless of Safety Warden's affiliated division.
  • Support the Safety Wardens appointed to areas for which the division is responsible, regardless of Safety Warden's affiliated division.
Associate Directors and Division Managers
  • Confirm appointments of all Safety Wardens and the areas assigned, regardless of division affiliation.
ESH&Q Associate Director
  • Meet with all Safety Wardens annually - reinforce program requirements, recognize accomplishments, share lessons learned, etc.
  • Act as ultimate arbitrator for inter-division ES&H related issues.

Document Control:
    APPROVAL DATE:   06/03/15
    REVIEW DATE:  06/03/18
    Revision History
    Revision 1.2 - 06/03/15 - Periodic Review; Clarified content; Removed responsibility for "everyone" to determine area hazards; Added Option 4 to Conflict Resolution Requirements.
    Revision 1.1 - 05/20/14 - Added Required Safety Training Table.
    Revision 1.0 - 01/21/11 - Content replaces expired document "ES&H Manual Chapter 3230 Communication of Hazards to Visitors." Updated reflects current laboratory operations.

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