From Chief Safety Officer Martha Michels: Five things you should know

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Martha Michels

Last Thursday, staff who work in the Chief Safety Officer organization (and those who will join on June 1) plus some project managers, division heads and directorate members gathered at Building 327 for our quarterly all-hands meeting. The first part of the meeting was dedicated to a presentation by Chris Mossey, who gave an awesome overview on the LBNF/DUNE project and highlighted the key areas where ESH&Q staff have played and will continue to play a significant role. Chris’ presentation walked the audience through the science of LBNF/DUNE, the infrastructure associated with the project and the tremendous amount of pioneering work it takes to stand this project up. After Chris’s presentation, I talked about the ESH&Q centralization and why it’s a good thing for the lab and tried to answer some of the questions that have been asked over the last few weeks.

Here are the top five things you should know from the meeting.

  • The LBNF/DUNE project takes a lot of coordinated work on the part of many, many people here at Fermilab, in South Dakota, at DOE and internationally. It is our first project that truly began as an international effort. The support from our partners, the DOE and others is tremendous, and there’s much excitement about the science that will come out of it.
  • The LBNF/DUNE project is a large, one-of-a-kind project for the field of high-energy physics, and we are extremely lucky to have Chris Mossey leading the team.
  • For us to be successful, everything must shine, and laboratory management, DOE and FRA must align. This is the message we’ve heard from Nigel and one I repeated to the crowd on Thursday.
  • ESH&Q plays a critical role in the success of LBNF/DUNE, as well as all the other projects currently operating or under construction on our Batavia site. Whether you’re part of the team addressing environmental concerns; ensuring permit compliance; calculating radiation shielding thickness; ensuring safe accelerator operations; picking up and properly disposing of waste; standing ready and able to respond to emergencies and putting out fires (literally) when they start; protecting the property and the people; training the lab’s staff to ensure they are safe; answering the phones; helping to control site access; monitoring the health of the employees who do work with chemicals and other agents; helping the active construction projects execute safely; ensuring the radiation hazards are understood and sources are used properly; treating injuries when they do occur; analyzing samples to determine compliance; designing and maintaining instruments to protect us; designing and maintaining interlocks to keep us out of those places we shouldn’t be when it’s not safe; or ensuring our work is quality and assessing us where we need it – the work you do is important!
  • Combining all these excellent resources into one ESH&Q organization will enable us to use our best practices more consistently and ease our ability to move across the lab’s organizations and projects to provide greater support with more depth. Change is never easy, but it is necessary and healthy.

It was my privilege to host this meeting, and I am excited about the lab’s future and the role we will play in it.