J.B. Dawson

Motorists, bikers and pedestrians must pay attention to warning signs, detour signs and flaggers. Dangers still exist in work zones even if workers are not present.

Like much of the Chicagoland area at the time, Fermilab experienced flooding in April 2013. We could experience something similar this summer. Be prepared by following these tips. Photo: Reidar Hahn The rain has subsided and flooding concerns in the area have diminished, but weather conditions in the area are still favorable for flash flooding. In April 2013, Fermilab was bombarded with storms producing torrential downpours, heavy winds and lightning. We could experience similar weather conditions again soon. Always exercise…

Review your tasks before you start them. This will reduce the likelihood of accidents, delays and increased costs. When most people begin a new activity, they tend to hope that things will go right. While optimism may be a great approach to life, it can get in the way of looking at a situation with a critical and objective eye. Although we try to develop a straightforward set of tasks to accomplish a project, if we don’t think about what…

This pickup truck took a hit in a backing accident on the Fermilab site. Photo: Fermilab Security In February, Fermilab Security responded to 10 vehicle accidents, five of which were a result of improper backing. While there were no injuries reported, the estimated damage amount for these accidents was $21,923. A pedestrian-versus-vehicle backing near miss took place at Wilson Hall in January. Backing into cars or stationary objects has become the leading traffic violation at Fermilab, resulting in 50 percent…

Tread carefully in winter conditions. For many people, working or playing in cold weather can be a positive experience. You may feel invigorated by the bracing air and like you do your work with more physical energy than usual. But when you work or play outdoors or in unheated structures during the winter months, you are at risk for serious health problems, including trench foot, frostbite and hypothermia. In extreme cases, exposure can lead to death. Some of the danger…

Fermilab has maintained ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certifications, which provides assurance to DOE that the laboratory is meeting our contract requirements for environmental, occupational health and safety. On Aug. 20 Fermilab completed its semiannual surveillance audit, conducted by NSF International (formerly the National Sanitation Foundation). The audit is a beneficial step in maintaining ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2007 certifications, which are related to environment, occupational health and safety. The audit involved assessments of Fermilab’s research and development, manufacturing, waste…

ESH&Q’s Kathy Zappia displays some of the different types of protective eyewear that can be purchased at the Fermilab Stockroom. Photo courtesy of Kathy Zappia You may have heard the phrase “keep your eyes on the job.” It means more than just paying attention to what you are doing; it means properly wearing the correct eye protection for the job you are doing. The form of eye protection you choose will depend upon the activity and degree of the hazard…

During the hot summer months, stay hydrated to beat the heat. Photo: Reidar Hahn As we approach the end of spring and prepare to say hello to warmer days, be aware of hazards that can ruin your summer. Working outside in the sun and heat can expose you to hazards such as heat exhaustion, heat strokes, skin cancer and dehydration. Ultraviolet rays are the most damaging element of sunlight. Cumulative exposure to UV radiation can cause damage to the cornea…

Ride safely when you bike on the Fermilab site. Photo: Reidar Hahn May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to give biking a try. The Chicago Tribune recently noted that crash statistics show that people — both bicyclists and motorists — aren’t as well acquainted with…