Promoting Strong Safety Conscious Work Environments

June 28, 2014

Summer Issue 2014 

In This Issue

1. President's Blog
2. Regulatory News
3. ECP Development
4. Get Connected

Upcoming Events

NAECP Fall 2014 Conference
September 23 - 25, 2014
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It’s Your Our Team (Leading High Performance Teams)
September 24, 2014
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Retaliation in the Workplace:
Methods to Detect, Investigate and Prevent HIRD
September 25 - 26, 2014
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1-800ECP Advanced Investigator Training: Addressing Referred NRC Allegations
September 25 - 26, 2014
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Committee Updates 

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Reports for Summer 2014

Get Involved, Get Inspired

There are many ways to get involved with NAECP. New Member Ken Coon, Palo Verde, has explored the NAECP Website and Conference inspiring him to improve his ECP Knowledge. The result being an active member who will be a presenter at our upcoming conference in Annapolis. Follow the links below to see how he got started as an ECP Professional and an NAECP volunteer. 

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Member Opportunity
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In the Next Issue
•Knowledge Center Update
•Fall Event Wrap-up
•Winter 2015 Preview
President’s Blog

Make Your Bed
Written by 
Mike Wilson, NAECP President
Director - Employee Concerns, BP America

At this year’s commencement exercise for University of Texas graduates, the keynote speaker, US Navy Admiral William H. McRaven, said something I find very profound, “If you want to change the world start by making your bed. If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another."

Admiral McRaven continued by telling the UT graduates, "By the end of the day that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter. If you can't do the little things right you will never do the big things right. And, if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made - that you made - and a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better.“

This is great advice and I am taking it to heart. Read More ...

Regulatory / Legal Bulletin

NRC Allegation Program
Annual Trends Report

Summarized By Lisamarie Jarriel, Agency Allegation Advisor, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Each ​year the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issues an annual report that provides an analysis of national, regional, and site-specific trends in allegation[1] data.  Allegations received in calendar year (CY) 2013 decreased by approximately 7 percent compared to CY 2012 but the decrease does not appear to be the result of a general industry issue or other external factor.  Rather, the substantive change in the numbers of allegations received was based on facility-specific or vendor-specific matters.  Each allegation can include multiple concerns and in CY 2013, coinciding with the overall decrease in allegations received, the total volume of allegation concerns received decreased in three of the four regional offices and in the Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards. Region III and the Office of New Reactors experienced substantial increases in the number of concerns received.  


ECP Tips , Tools and Advice

What’s the Harm in Reporting Injuries?
Retaliation and Worker Safety Programs

Of the 2,878 retaliation cases filed with the Department of Labor in 2012, the greatest majority of those cases, 1,745 or 60%, were filed by workers who alleged that they were retaliated against for raising concerns about worker safety issues.  Section 11(c) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OSHA) prohibits any employer from discriminating against an employee who reports an injury or illness. 29 CFR 1904.36.  Unlike the DOL whistleblower litigation that the NAECP members are familiar with under the various federal environmental whistleblower protection statutes such as the Energy Reorganization Act (ERA), the Pipeline Safety Improvement Act, and the environmental protection provisions such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, etc., 11(c) cases are investigated and prosecuted by the Department of Labor.  There is no private right of action, so it is up to the Department to take enforcement action against companies that they believe have retaliated against workers for reporting workplace injuries and illnesses. 

Read More and View Resources ...  - Get Connected
Professional networking and benchmarking are key components to developing a successful Employee Concerns Program. NAECP is working to develop better tools for you to communicate with your peers outside of our bi-annual conference and training sessions. Take a look at two examples of how to share information and resources with your fellow ECP professionals. 

Benchmarking Surveys 
When on the homepage on right hand side of the screen you will see a link to the ‘ECP Benchmarking Surveys’. These questions/requests have been submitted to by your peers and are in direct relation to current events within their organizations or professional lives. Simply click on any of the Benchmarking Questions and you will be asked to ‘Begin Survey’. 
Quick Link to Benchmarking Instructions - Click Here

Forum Discussions 
The ‘Forums’ section (located under Community Tab) is intended to be used for more in-depth and ongoing discussions. The ‘Forums’ are focused on everything from ECP Development to the structure of NAECP as a professional organization. Your feedback and new topics will be welcomed by your fellow members who are seeking to improve their workplace procedures and increase general Employee Concerns knowledge. 
Quick Link to Forums Instructions  - Click Here 

Note: All Forums and Benchmarking activities require that you are logged into as a member. All features will not be available to those that are either not logged-in or not a current member.