SESHA 2002 Symposium - Abstract

Emergencies: I'll Show You Mine, If You'll Show Me Yours

Rodstein, Jay*; Caller, Joe*
(Honeywell Labs, Minneapolis, MN and Philips Semiconductors, Albuquerque, NM)

***Please keep in mind that this paper's primary goal is to propose and demonstrate an objective method for discussing incidents***** Emergency responses in the semiconductor industry occur more frequently than any of us care to discuss. SSA has an open forum in the Closing Session of each Annual meeting where incidents may be discussed, however it has been many years since any meaningful sharing of incidents has occurred. Our contention is that an annual "dose" of this information is not only valuable to emergency coordinators but to all semiconductor health, safety and environmental professionals. This presentation will take these incidents out of the closet and bring them to the Conference as part of a formal session. We will present two incidents in a format that lends itself to efficiently sharing highlights of an incident. This increased objectivity promotes evaluation in a professional, rather than a personal light, so that presenting incidents is viewed as sharing a learning experience, rather than revealing mistakes or inadequacies. The incident-reporting format follows: Notification - How incident notification was made and what information responders had? Response Actions - What response actions were taken and how response operations were concluded? Lessons Learned - What worked well? What didn't work so well? Follow up - What follow-up has occurred and is it working? The following two incidents will be presented by the authors: Incident 1 - Low level hydride alarm at toxic gas storage room during weekend night shift. Incident 2 - Power outage led to unusual circumstances, multiple alarms and hazards.

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