U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board
All individuals that take on the responsibility of being part of a coordinated function (regardless of their assigned goals or expected outcomes) generally bring with them specific expertise. Relative to the Chemical Safety Board’s CDL regarding emergency response and emergency planning, this holds true regardless of whether ones function is hazardous materials response, emergency response, first aid response or Incident Command leadership. One constant that transcends all domains and activities embodies the fact that each and every individual must come to grips with the realistic understanding that there are aspects of their role(s) that they don’t know (as no one can “know it all”). Thus NOT knowing what one does not know is vital to the CSB’s goal of incident prevention and saving lives. In this presentation Manny Ehrlich will examine several US Chemical Safety Board investigations and will ask the audience to answer the questions:
• “what is not known in this situation?”
• “what would the possible outcome have been if it were known?”
He’ll also examine how companies can establish the mindset whereby it is not only “ok” but essential that everyone learn to function in a multidisciplinary environment with SME’s available from each discipline.