ES&H’s top five

Amber Kenney

On April 8, the ES&H Section held its all-hands meeting in Ramsey Auditorium. The top five takeaways from the meeting are:

1. ES&H is here to help. The ES&H Section enables the lab’s mission. We must provide a world-class ESH program to enable world-class science. We provide expert resources 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can help us by accurately accounting for your time and working with your supervisors in scheduling exceptions to the usual nine-to-five work week.

2. DOE Work Planning and Control Assessment. DOE concluded in their assessment that our strength is that managers, supervisors and workers in general have experience, training and qualifications and demonstrate desire to conduct work safely. They identified two weaknesses: 1) Work control processes for identifying, analyzing and documenting hazards and implementing controls lack rigor and formality, and 2) responsibility and accountability for work planning and control is not understood, clearly communicated, or enforced by line management. Through work planning, we’re going to work with the rest of the lab to shore up those weaknesses.

3. Human performance improvement can help us to be reliable and safe. All human processes are prone to error, so HPI applies to everyone. We can predict, manage and prevent error-likely situations and strengthen weaknesses so we’re less likely to make mistakes.

4. The lab’s work in South Dakota is a big part of ES&H. The South Dakota Science and Technology Authority (SDSTA) manages the Sanford Underground Research Facility, the home of the DUNE far detector. It is managed by a board of directors who are appointed by the Governor of South Dakota, its funding is through DOE, and it is managed through Fermi Research Alliance. Starting in October, direct funding will be received from DOE through a corporative agreement. When we visit, we conduct assurance site visits, attend the Ross Shaft pass-down meetings, review work planning, and conduct field observations of the SDSTA and LBNF subcontractors.

5. Earth Day is Thursday, April 25. And it’s every day! Attend the Earth Day Fair this year on April 25 in Wilson Hall. At the fair, there will be a donation collection for Mutual Ground. They’re seeking like-new summer and fall clothes, shoes and purses for women, children, babies and young men. There will be exhibits from Advanced Disposal, the Fermilab Bike Share Program, Electric Vehicle Club, Garden Club, Fermilab Natural Areas, Stockroom, Garlic Breath Farm, Illinois Bat Conservation Program and Willowbrook Wildlife Center. Also, you’ll get a free 20-ounce (or less) beverage with your own reusable mug or cup on Thursday, April 25, from Fresh Seasons Cafe. Bike to Work Day is Friday, April 26. The May 1 colloquium talk is titled, “Status and Conservation Strategies for the Rusty Patched Bumblebee in the Chicago Region.”

Amber Kenney is the Fermilab chief safety officer.