Amy Pavnica

Fermilab integrates environmental considerations in everything we do, including practicing sound waste reduction practices. Photo: Chris Greer, Fermilab

Fermilab generates a variety of hazardous and nonhazardous chemical wastes. The handling and disposal of these wastes are governed by state and federal regulations. In order to ensure compliance with these regulations and to help protect the environment from their impacts, we need to be sure to properly manage these wastes.

An accident in December could have been avoided if proper safety precautions had been taken. Near misses can provide valuable information about potential dangers that we might fail to notice in our everyday work. Take, for example, a recent event that happened at the laboratory. In December, two staff members were preparing to move equipment stored on a large shelving system that contained decommissioned equipment earmarked as excess or scrap. A floor dolly loaded with equipment was propped against the…

CD employee Matt Arena (second from left) receives the 2010 Industrial Hygiene award from Chief Information Officer and acting CD head Vicky White, CD ES&H employee Amy Pavnica and ES&H employee Dave Baird. Photo: Reidar Hahn Fermilab’s industrial hygiene information is now easier than ever to access thanks to Computing Division employee Matt Arena. Arena received the 2010 Industrial Hygiene award for his efforts developing and upgrading the laboratory’s industrial hygiene databases. Fermilab’s Industrial Hygiene Award is given annually to…