safety

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.

The lab’s COVID-19 protective measures help protect us all. The main goal of a face covering is to reduce respiratory droplets that enter someone’s breathing space. Remember to wear a face covering in buildings and all government vehicles to reduce the amount of respiratory droplets that can deposit on potentially shared surfaces.

The ES&H Section has posted two new webpages, both accessible from the ESH at Work website. The Work Planning and Control webpage link is located under the ESH at Work menu on the left side. The goal of the webpage is to centralize work planning contacts for subject matter experts, provide easy access to FESHM 2060 resources and hazard analysis IMPACT information, and provide access to other additional work planning and control resources. The Hazard Analysis IMPACT database webpage link…

The Fourth of July is just around the corner. Some may enjoy online fireworks displays, while others may attend outdoor shows where social distancing is enforced. Fireworks can be dangerous and can cause severe injuries when improperly used. Read on for a few suggestions for a safe holiday gathering.

In March the ES&H section finalized a revamp of FESHM 2060: Work Planning and Controls, using recommendations from the 2019 DOE Office of Enterprise Assessment, Work Planning and Controls. The updated chapter incorporates stronger safety concepts from the Department of Energy’s Integrated Safety Managements Systems.

An accountability drill will be held on Thursday, April 9. If you are a Fermilab employee or contractor and are working on Thursday, you are required to respond when you receive the message. See the April 7 all-hands or all-users email from Fermilab COO Kate Gregory for more details. Please note that is only a drill. If you are a Fermilab employee or contractor, you should respond “onsite” only if you are physically on the Batavia site. If you are teleworking or working…

A new Fermilab webpage has been established to provide the latest updates on Fermilab’s response to information on coronavirus (COVID-19). See www.fnal.gov/covid19. The lab’s COVID-19 response task force will keep this page updated with important information, including travel restrictions. Please check it frequently.

When planning work, it is important to consider all aspects of the activity. Something that can easily be missed is loose objects that may be hanging from the body, such as clothing, hair, tools, lanyards, and so on. Remember to take this into consideration when working around moving or rotating parts, electrical equipment, tech shops, climbing ladders, confined spaces and many more. If you use a lanyard to hold your Fermilab identification you are required to have a breakaway lanyard….