Stop Work Authority and Responsibility
- Every employee has both the authority and responsibility to decline any work directives that are unclear or unsafe. Don’t take chances!
- Likewise, each employee has both the authority and responsibility to promptly STOP any active work activities that they believe could present an immediate danger to life or health (IDLH).
- No Odin Supervisor shall subject employees to disciplinary action, retaliation or retribution of any kind for implementing a Stop Work action for something they genuinely believe is unsafe.
- This Authority goes beyond simply stopping work – it embraces our company culture of reaching a “Ground Zero3” workplace: Zero Incidents, Zero Injuries & Zero Illnesses.
Every employee is authorized and expected to decline any work directive from a Supervisor that is unclear or believed to be unsafe in any way. Likewise, every employee is authorized and responsible to promptly speak up and STOP any active work task that they believe is being performed unsafely or has the potential to cause immediate injury to people, damage to equipment or harm the environment. Employees can fully stop a job, or just part of a job or work task.
Once the work has been safely stopped, the employee who implemented the stoppage will Talk to the involved workers and explain his/her observations and concerns about the activity. This discussion must always be conducted in a professional manner between the parties. Use of profanity or inflammatory remarks is counter-productive and not permitted. Courtesy is universally appreciated.
Acceptance does not always mean complete agreement. It’s natural for co-workers to have differing viewpoints about work methods. Reaching 100% agreement may not always be possible, but it is imperative to achieve a mutual consensus about how to proceed. We thank one another gratefully, and without resentment, for stopping an unsafe situation that may have prevented someone from getting hurt.
Work may not proceed until corrective actions are developed and the work plan is Revised. Formal revisions involve significant changes to the means or methods how the work will be performed, or changes to the types of safety devices that will used. Formal changes are incorporated into the written work plan or noted on the AHA (“dirty-up” the AHA). Informal revisions are simple corrections, such as a co-worker donning a PPE item that was forgotten or stepping a few feet back from a perimeter hazard.
Work may resume after the unsafe situation has been satisfactorily corrected. All workers directly involved in the activity are informed of the required corrections before resumption. Other workers who are not directly involved but operating nearby and may be affected by the resumption of work will also be notified. The Supervisor and/or Competent Person overseeing the activity will reassess the activity after work resumption to confirm the prescribed corrections have resolved the safety concern.