As a best practice, Fermilab is updating the tags used for lockout/tagout and configuration control. In addition, four types of configuration control tags are now available, with the appropriate wording and color for the degree of hazard.

On Thursday, Oct. 17, from approximately 9 p.m. to midnight, Fermilab and the Kane County Sheriff’s Office will conduct live-gunfire tests of Fermilab’s on-site gunfire detection system. These tests will be conducted safely, using bullet traps – no live rounds will be fired into the air or into the ground, and there will be no danger to the public or wildlife. However, the sound of gunfire may be heard in neighborhoods near Fermilab on Thursday evening.

Due to the construction of the Integrated Engineering Research Center several new traffic and pedestrian control measures are in place in front of Wilson Hall.  Please exercise caution when accessing Wilson Hall. A new stop sign has been added to northbound Discovery Road and Pine St. Please come to a complete stop and be cautious of construction vehicles and pedestrians. Also please note that the pedestrian/bike path adjacent to the east pond is now closed and a new temporary path…

Avoid West Nile virus

In May, the Illinois Department of Public Health confirmed reports of mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile Virus. There have yet to be any confirmed human cases in Illinois. There are steps you can take to avoid being infected. Protect yourself and your family by reducing your exposure to mosquitoes.

Many from around the Chicagoland region are likely familiar with RRFB signs, which are activated by the pedestrian and act as an additional visual warning to motorists to yield or stop to pedestrians in the crosswalks. FESS, APS-TD and IARC facility management recently installed RRFB signs at the convergence of the IARC and APS-TD campuses.

The Fermilab Fire Department would like to remind everyone of some safety tips during this upcoming extreme hot weather, with temperature indexes of over 100 degrees: Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids, about 5 to 7 ounces every 15 or 20 minutes. Avoid dehydrating liquids. Alcohol, coffee, tea and caffeinated soft drinks can hurt more than help. Wear protective clothing. Lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing helps protect against heat. Change your clothing if it gets completely saturated. Pace yourself. Slow…