Nancy Grossman

Nancy Grossman Nancy Grossman, head of the Environmental Safety, Health and Quality Services Section, wrote this column. Senior safety officers (SSOs) are an ESH&Q director’s eyes and ears in the field. They are the key to enabling you to do your work with a minimal amount of safety overhead. They are constantly on the lookout for how to improve programs so we can do more science by reducing the number of unwanted safety-related incidents at the laboratory and by implementing…

Nancy Grossman Nancy Grossman, head of the ES&H Section, wrote this column. It takes a village to create a strong ES&H culture. We are fortunate to have countless people out in the field working to improve the ES&H program at the lab on a regular basis, most of whom do not even work in ES&H. They include employees submitting ES&H concerns, stockroom employees searching out green products and engineers designing systems to keep doses to personnel low. The 15 Fermilab…

Nancy Grossman Nancy Grossman, head of the ES&H section, wrote this week’s column. First and foremost, I want to thank all employees who took the time to complete the safety survey last month. We had a fantastic response rate of 73 percent. This high level of participation will help us take a good pulse of the ES&H culture and risks at our laboratory. We are still reviewing the data, and I will report on the results in Fermilab Today in…

Nancy Grossman Nancy Grossman, head of the ES&H section, wrote this week’s column. Step back, look at the big picture and think outside the box. We are good at that. That is why Fermilab is so successful. We are all being asked to do more with less and thus it is important to be innovative in our approaches. Now more than ever we need to step back and be innovative. Is there a better way of doing this? Are there…

Can you guess what’s wrong in this picture? The holiday season brings many joys: family gatherings, entertaining and festive decorations. However, sometimes the holiday season also brings unexpected risks into your home and workplace. Here are a few tips to help make your holidays safe: Decorate with non-combustible or flame-resistant materials. Check for frayed wires, broken sockets or loose connections. Check labels to be sure about the proper use of indoor and outdoor lights. Don’t overload electrical outlets. Cut a…

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…

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…

Nancy Grossman, head of the ES&H section, wrote this week’s column. Nancy Grossman ES&H is part of everything we do, whether we realize it or not. We don’t often realize the impact we have on our own safety, health or the environment as we drive to work or shop for groceries. We frequently operate on autopilot, doing things as we have always done them. But all the little choices we make can affect our health and the environment and, sometimes,…

Nancy GrossmanPhoto: Reidar Hahn Nancy Grossman, head of the ES&H section, wrote this week’s column. For those of us working at Fermilab, it is hard not to focus on numbers. We like numbers and we think we understand them. But, do we? When it comes to injury statistics, the numbers aren’t always clear. Low numbers can either mean that you have a good program in place that keeps your personnel safe or it can mean people are getting hurt but…