Consider this your go-to page for resources supporting your Management Safety Discussions (MSD) with your team!
Management Safety Discussions Brochures
Click here for the Management Safety Discussions for Managers and Supervisors brochure.
Click here for the Management Safety Discussions for Staff brochure.
Please use the following links to watch various educational videos regarding MSD:
- Industrial Setting Management Safety Discussion, featuring Bob May and Aaron Auston (2:16)
- Office Setting Management Safety Discussion, featuring Lauren Hansen and Josh Cameron (1:25)
- Management Safety Discussion Extended Training (7:59)
Please use the following links to watch the event videos here:
- Management Safety Discussions: Manager Meeting Recording (1:12)
- SLAC Lessons Learned and Improved Safety Protocols at the Lab (1:01)
Slide Deck Presentations
Please find the slide deck presentations below:
- Management Safety Discussions: Manager Meeting powerpoint
- SLAC Lessons Learned and Improved Safety Protocols powerpoint
Management Safety Discussions: Step-by-step!
An MSD begins with selection of a workplace location and/or activity where “hands-on” work is taking place. This information can be obtained using several different methods.
Once the workplace location and activity are selected, use the following basic sequence of steps to focus on employee engagement, behaviors, and actions:
- Participate in the 8 a.m. MCC Morning Meeting for information on daily and/or weekly activity on the Accelerator Site.
- During a SAD, check the SAD Calendar for planned activities and their locations.
- Ask the DSO about ongoing activities, locations, and relative hazard levels. Look at current (T)OSP and call the SME for a particular Hazard Category in ES&H Manual Chapter.
- Query ePAS for Permits to Work that are in the “On Issue.” State by organization, location, activity, etc. This feature will become more useful as lab organizations transition to ePAS.
- Approach the individual conducting the activity carefully. Avoid initiating a conversation when potentially hazardous activities are taking place. Wait for a suitable break in the activity - do not startle, distract, or surprise an individual.
- Identify yourself. Tell the individual(s) that you are conducting an MSD. Verify their availability for a brief conversation.
- Ask the individual(s) to describe their activities for the observed work.
- Observe: the workplace location conditions, system/components being worked on, worker position and use of tools, and use of PPE.
- Request information about the task such as routine maintenance, diagnostic, and emergent repair.
- Reinforce any observed positive worker attributes, discuss potential human performance (HPI) traps such as Task Demands, Individual Capabilities, Work Environment, and Personal Tendencies.
- Create dialogue to get the worker to tell a story so that you can better understand the context. This can be done by asking the following questions:
- What are the difficulties involved with this task?
- What gets in your way? What are the workarounds?
- How do you know things are going right? What are your cues that the process may be drifting?
- How do you explain what can go wrong with this task to people unfamiliar with it? What is in place to prevent this task from going wrong? If it does go wrong, how can you recover?
12. Enter the results of your MSD in the Management Safety Tool.
What are Management Safety Discussions (MSDs)? What is the purpose? What are the benefits? Learn all this and more on the MSD Home page.
Find announcements regarding MSDs.
Learn what MSD is, its purpose, how it should be conducted, tools for conducting it, and other general information.
Learn about the tools used for conducting an MSD, how to access them, and suggestions for using them.