Berkeley Lab

Work Planning & Control

Program Objective
Implement Integrated Safety Management (ISM) at LBNL via an activity-based work planning and control process and its supporting computer system. This effort will also complete actions resulting from the 2009 HSS Environment Health and Safety Audit.


  • A single Integrated Safety Management-based process for defining work activities, identifyinghazards and assigning controls
  • A standard process for recording worker assignments to activities, assessing worker competency to perform work safely, and recording individual worker authorizations
  • A computer system that guides Activity Leads through the process of creating work activities, assigning workers and establishing worker competency, and managing work activity change and renewal
  • Pilot rollouts of the new processes and system to validate and refine the process and system, followed by general introduction across the Lab

Key Technical Features:

  • Easy-to-use user interface that communicates the right information at the right time, featuring intuitive buttons and icons, wizards that guide the user through complex processes and a personalized view of information customized to the user’s role and needs
  • Group collaboration feature that enables a “crowd” of Activity Leads and Safety Subject Matter Experts to review and modify high-risk activity descriptions and controls without e-mail or face-to-face meetings
  • Mobile device accessibility to key workplace safety information
  • Workflow-based processing that moves activity development and approval through the process smoothly, coordinating required EHSS reviews, supplemental authorizations and line management approvals in the right order
  • Hazard identification user experience based on the common online shopping model, using the Integrated Hazard Analysis library’s hazard data as the source for text and visual descriptions
  • Control prescription that matches standardized controls to the activity’s hazards, with customization capabilities to refine and extend controls for unique activity needs
  • Integration with standard Lab data sources for information about people and locations, and to supply information for exposure assessment, medical surveillance and co-located hazards