SI policy (SD 419) is to “ensure that all alleged hazardous conditions are investigated, that identified safety and health risks are properly assessed and controlled….” Operating environments of the SI comprise a wide variety of health and safety risks that can never be totally eliminated. However, through the application of effective risk management principles and resources, associated risks can be reduced to acceptable levels.
The goal of risk management is to accomplish a balance between performance at the height of one’s potential and still maintain a safe working environment effectively controlling known hazards.
The STRI Director will ensure implementation of a safety risk management program that follows the Guiding Principles and the SI Risk Management Five-Step Process:
Step 1- Identify hazards
Step 2- Assess risks to life, property and the environment from those hazards
Step 3- Develop controls and make decisions on what risks are acceptable
Step 4- Implement controls and track corrective actions through completion
Step 5- Periodically evaluate the effectiveness of this 5-step risk management process
In order to manage risk in the laboratory, lab users will need to submit a Laboratory Safety Plan to the facility Scientific Coordinator for evaluation first and to the Safety Coordinator for approval.
In order to manage risk in the field, field researchers will need to submit a Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment and Control Plan to the facility Scientific Coordinator for evaluation first and to the Safety Coordinator for approval.
For any clarifications, please discuss your research plan with your STRI sponsor, your facility’s Scientific Coordinator o with the STRI Safety Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) to determine the risk level of your projected activities.
Smithsonian Work Policies
Failure to comply with SI and STRI policies and local laws might be a cause for termination of your project and/or official relationship with STRI.
All STRI operations and initiatives are required to be conducted with the utmost concern for the safety and security of individuals, the upkeep of infrastructure and equipment and the preservation of the environment. Therefore, it is required of all STRI employees, research collaborators, students, invitees and subcontractors to comply with the policy requirements of SD 419 -Smithsonian Institution Safety and Health Program
All small boat operators must hold a Panamanian goverment (ACP or AMP) license to operate small boats. You will need a license from ACP to operate boats in the Panama Canal Waters. You will need an AMP license to operate boats outside Panama Canal waters. You must be authorized by the STRI facility’s Coordinators prior to using a STRI boat and comply with the STRI Small Boat Use Guide (pdf).