The Integrated Safety Management and Quality Assurance Working Group (ISM/QA) met in Washington, DC, May 19-22, 2014.
On the afternoon of May 19, a leadership integration meeting was held to confirm deliverables for subgroup meetings over the next three days.
The following day’s meeting started with a session for all attendees. John McDonald, the new chair of the ISM/QA Working Group, opened the joint session. Pat Worthington (DOE), Matt Moury (DOE), Jim Hutton (DOE), Dan Bullen (DNFSB), Jim Winter (DOE), and Ted Giltz (Hanford Hammer) presented topics.
A wealth of information, including agendas and attendance list, can be found at
The EFCOG web site also has notes on the joint session and proceedings from these subgroups: Safety Culture, QA, QA Policies and Procedures, Supply Chain, Work Management, and Human Performance Improvement.
For me, the meeting was all about doing a substantial amount of work. The Safety Culture group, where most of my efforts were concentrated, had a big task this time. I encourage you to e-mail or call leaders of the subgroups for more details. Or if you know someone on the EFCOG working group or subgroup at your site, swing by for a talk.
I usually have a sense of openness and sharing at these meetings, and this one was no exception. We are a group with a shared set of philosophies, trying to solve problems, exchange ideas, and improve performance. We sometimes have, uh, passionate discussions, and at the end we find ways to agree and move forward.
I intend to publish these notes three or four times a year. Next will be a short reminder about the meeting in Las Vegas, to be held October 28-30. I will give you as much information as possible about the expected agendas. If you want more information, or different information than I am supplying, please comment on the blog. I am very open to changing and improving this effort.
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