April 21, 2021 | Safety regulations understandable for everyone

DLR AWARD "Integrated Management System" for Janine Herdel

Awarded the DLR "Integrated Management System 2020" award
DLR employee Janine Herdel, Head of Safety and Facility Management at the DLR Institute of Space Propulsion, has been honored with the DLR Award.

Janine Herdel receives the AWARD "Integrated Management System 2020" of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) on 25 February 2021: The head of department at the Institute of Space Propulsion at the DLR site in Lampoldshausen is honored for her outstanding work on process optimization and merging internal and external requirements in the field of safety.

"This award for Ms. Herdel gives a strong boost to safety at the site. Safety regulations and, more precisely, the Federal Immission Control Act define our day-to-day work on the test benches for liquid chemical space propulsion systems. Added to this is the "Zero Emission" project, which focuses on the production and use of "green" hydrogen," says Prof. Stefan Schlechtriem, Director of the Institute of Space Propulsion. "Ensuring safe processes in test operations or at the hydrogen plants are therefore the top priority."

Janine Herdel has made a significant contribution to optimizing the 12th Federal Immission Control Act, also known as the Hazardous Incident Ordinance, for employees. In particular, the Institute of Space Propulsion must meet the requirements of the Hazardous Incident Ordinance in order to maintain the operation of the test benches and systems. The Hazardous Incident Ordinance applies because a large quantity of different fuels are stored at the site. But it is not only this ordinance that must be observed: The institute's existing "Integrated Management System (IMH)" combines numerous legal texts from the federal and state governments, the municipality as well as customer requirements and the certified quality management systems of its own organizational units. Janine Herdel used the conversion of the IMH to a wiki interface to analyze the requirements of the Hazardous Incident Ordinance, identify overlaps with other safety regulations and thus supplement the specifications in a comprehensible, understandable and achievable way. The integration of the Major Accidents Ordinance gives every employee an overview of the information relevant to them with access to a single platform. This not only increases efficiency in the workplace, but also creates synergies between the individual interfaces and strengthens the transfer of knowledge.

Video: Further development of the management system at the DLR site in Lampoldshausen
Due to the large quantities of stored propellants (hydrogen and hydrazine), the entire DLR site in Lampoldshausen is subject to the requirements of the Hazardous Incident Ordinance and thus to monitoring by the Regional Council. Deviations from the Hazardous Incident Ordinance can lead to the withdrawal of the operating license for test benches and facilities. The further development of the management system at the Lampoldshausen site makes a significant contribution to meeting the legal and regulatory requirements, not only for the DLR Institute of Space Propulsion, but also for the ArianeGroup based at the site, the activities on the free-jet track of the DLR Institute of Technical Physics and for all tenants and employees of DLR in Lampoldshausen. This further development was honored with the DLR Award Integrated Management System 2020.

"My personal motivation is to make the daily work of employees and my team much easier by integrating the Hazardous Incident Ordinance into the IMH," says Janine Herdel, delighted with the award. She herself has a great interest in ensuring that safety is practiced at the site: "Safety should not be perceived as an additional complication. But to achieve this, you have to make it easy for every employee to see safety as a natural part of their day-to-day work, and we can now map this out using the entire IMH as a central platform."

Every year, DLR honors the outstanding commitment of its employees with the DLR "Integrated Management System" award, which is based on the principles of business excellence and promotes the sustainable development of DLR. Not only the achievement of systematically assured quality in projects or in quality management plays a role here, but also initiatives in areas such as occupational safety, environmental protection, security or energy management.


Janine Herdel

Head of Department
German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Institute of Space Propulsion
Safety and Facility Management
Im Langen Grund, 74239 Hardthausen