These videos depict some of the questions that HSS reviewers might ask, as well as the right and wrong ways to answer them. No need to learn these answers by heart. Instead, try to remember the tips for a successful interview.
The video clips are in QuickTime format. This alternate page displays video clips in Flash format.
In these videos, David Lorenzetti of the Indoor Environment Department plays the HSS reviewer and Susan Lauer of the Advanced Energy Technologies Department, an EETD office worker.
Tips: You are responsible for your own safety! Know what is in your JHA. Your supervisor authorizes your work through the JHA, which defines all hazards that you are exposed to and controls that mitigate these hazards e.g., training. JHA for office workers includes ergonomic hazards and requires an ergo evaluation and/or self-assessment of your work station in the office. If you develop any work-related physical discomfort, you should take immediate action to protect your health. Talk to your supervisor, notify Division Safety Coordinator, call Health Services for help, and get assistance with your ergonomic set-up.
Your office does have hazards, although you may not think so. Clearly indicate that you understand what those hazards are - besides ergonomics they may be trip and falling hazards, and basic electrical safety. Don't enter labs randomly if you are not authorized to work in them. You need to be trained for hazards specific to a lab. If you need to enter a lab area regularly, get the appropriate safety training for that area, and if this is a new responsibility, update your JHA. Finally, don't volunteer information that the interviewer has not asked for.
In the office - the correct response
In the office - the wrong response
In these videos, Jonathan Slack of the Building Technologies Department plays an HSS reviewer interviewing Tom Kirchstetter of the Atmospheric Sciences Department in Tom's lab.
Tips: The inspector will probably ask you about the research that you do, hazards that are present in the lab, and the ways you control them. Refer to your JHA (and other work authorization documents, if necessary). All safety hazards in the lab must be analyzed and defined by the Work Lead, and everyone who works in the lab must be authorized to work there, through the JHA process, by the Work Lead with concurrence of the worker's Supervisor. (A worker's default Work Lead is his/her Supervisor, but the Supervisor may designate another person to be the Work Lead.) You must have the appropriate training completed. It is unacceptable that you just (consider and) say that you are an expert in the field and you know better what needs to be done to protect you and your employees.
Establish possible emergency procedures or know where to refer to for basic information if you need it e.g., information about chemical spills can be found in the red "Emergency Response Guide" posters that are on display in every lab. Be attentive to the concerns of the reviewer, don't dismiss them. If the reviewer identifies a problem, try to address it on the spot; if that's not possible because it requires a more serious action, put it into CATS, correct it and get word to the reviewer later that the problem has been corrected.
In the lab - the correct response
In the lab - the wrong response