The Department of Energy is conducting a sitewide employee survey at Hanford to measure employee perceptions of the organizational climate, particularly the attributes of a safety culture and safety conscious work environment.
EurekaFacts has been hired to conduct a comprehensive survey of all Hanford federal, contractor and subcontractor employees.
The survey partly is in response to concerns raised about the Hanford vitrification plant and resulting assessments that have shown the importance of establishing and maintaining an environment of trust and continuous improvement, according to DOE.
But in addition, DOE added safety culture attributes within its Integrated Safety Management System Guidance in October, which established new guidelines for federal and contractor employees.
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"As part of these efforts, DOE is working to further its knowledge and awareness of safety culture at the Hanford Site," DOE said in a statement.
DOE contracted out the survey to assure employees that responses will be private. Electronic responses will be collected on the company's databases using its software to maintain privacy, employees were told.
Employees will take the survey between June 6-20, and EurekaFacts is expected to present the results to DOE, the contractors and employees in early September. Results also will be presented to the unions, the Beryllium Awareness Group and the Hanford Advisory Board.
"We are committed to using the data to improve the safety culture and work environment on the Hanford Site," said Matt McCormick, manager of the DOE Hanford Richland Operations Office, and Scott Samuelson, manager of the DOE Hanford Office of River Protection, in a message to employees.