Beginning on June 14, 2010, the Office of Health, Safety and Security (HSS) at DOE, in partnership with the nonprofit, non-partisan National Academy of Public Administration, will host A Worker Dialogue: Improving Health, Safety and Security at DOE. This web-based “conversation” will engage the DOE workforce in an open, online dialogue to discuss challenges, generate innovative ideas and recommend ways to improve worker safety.
A Worker Dialogue was an important example of how government can use new collaborative tools in a targeted way to inform policy and programs, even on such a specific issue as worker safety at Department of Energy (DOE) facilities. Over the one month the Dialogue was live, DOE’s Office of Health, Safety and Security (HSS) received dozens of ideas, informed by first-hand experience, on how to improve worker safety programs. Moreover, HSS showed a willingness to experiment with an innovative and inclusive approach and to build its capacity for continuing this engagement in the future.