ES&H – A world wide lab perspective

Nancy Grossman

Nancy Grossman, head of the ES&H section, wrote this week’s column.

Similar to physics, ES&H staff have international safety conferences. I attended my first International Technical Safety Forum (ITSF) last month at SLAC. It was an excellent forum for sharing ideas and concerns. I was amazed at how similar our issues are: egress/fire issues with deep tunnels, resource needs with tight budgets, using IT to improve efficiency and the constant issue of how to communicate effectively. Many topics were covered at this forum. I’ve highlighted three of them below.

The accuracy of drawings

We are not alone in our concerns about the accuracy of drawings. All the laboratories have discovered inaccurate drawings when either upgrading or decommissioning areas. Even recent drawings are not always accurate. This is especially a concern for electrical hazards. With our imminent decommissioning activities and upgrades/modifications to the Main Injector and Recycler, this is a concern for us too.

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