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ORAU, CNS experts to discuss effective safety communications during Safety Fest TN 2014

Free seminar draws upon lessons learned at Uranium Processing Facility Project

Sept. 3, 2014

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—ORAU safety and health experts David Duncan, Ph.D., and Jeffrey Miller, Ph.D., along with Kathryn King, a Consolidated Nuclear Security communications specialist at the Y-12 National Security Complex, will give a presentation titled “Effective Safety Communications” during Safety Fest TN, Sept. 8-12, 2014, at the New Hope Center at the Y-12 National Security Complex.

The seminar, taking place at 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 9, informs organizations on how to improve the effectiveness of safety communications by first examining how communication breakdowns contributed to well-known safety catastrophes, like the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Detailed instructions on how to develop an effective safety communications plan; methods for implementing and monitoring the plan; and techniques for measuring and evaluating the effectiveness of safety communications will also be presented. Successful case studies will be presented including experiences from the Y-12 National Security Complex’s Uranium Processing Facility Project where the effectiveness of safety communications has dramatically improved over a three-year period after implementing these methods.

“These techniques can be broadly applied to any business or agency where managing safety personnel and operations is of paramount importance due to the nature of the industry or work performed,” said Miller, who is an expert on using safety culture surveys to measure the effectiveness of these types of communications.

Hosted by the Oak Ridge Business Safety Partnership for the third consecutive year, Safety Fest TN offers a week of safety classes and seminars, along with a Safety Expo and a community Safety Forum, all free of charge. ORAU, a DOE Volunteer Protection Program Star Site for safety since 2004, is also one of three companies sponsoring keynote speaker Bruce Wilkinson, a leadership and communication specialist, who motivates through humor, passion, enthusiasm and authenticity. ORAU President and CEO Andy Page will introduce Wilkinson during the Safety Forum portion of Safety Fest TN on Sept. 8 from 9-10 a.m. CNS is also a sponsor and the host site for Safety Fest TN.

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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