Developing plans and procedures, including schedules and cost estimates. These
should be consistent with the overall Process schedule developed by the Convened
Group, though they will necessarily reflect a greater degree of detail.
Resolving team comments within the team. Before beginning their deliberations, the
teams should have a common understanding of how they will work to reach consensus
on important issues while ensuring that differing opinions are fairly considered. In the
event that a team cannot reach consensus on an issue, then the "differing opinions"
protocol developed by the Convened Group should be applied.
Interacting with non-members. The teams should be expected to consult Operational
and Technical Experts or other parties to clarify information included in the definition of
work and hazards. Plans for these exchanges, including assignment of responsibilities
and points of contact within the teams, should be made before the teams begin their
work. Interactions with Stakeholders and Interested Parties will generally be conducted
via the Convened Group and according to protocols they have established. The Process
Leader may be tasked to interact on behalf of the Convened Group with these various
As with the Process protocols developed by the Convened Group, the team protocols should be
documented. The Process Leader and team members should also establish any additional
requirements for documentation of team activities that they deem appropriate and that are not
included in the Convened Group's documentation requirements.
Audiences for Documentation
Documentation requirements should be planned with an awareness of the target audience and
their concerns. Primary audiences for N&S Process documentation are:
workers and staff (such as ES&H and technical staff) associated with the safe
performance of the work for which the N&S Process was performed;