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In the spirit of collaboration and knowledge-sharing, two organizations that work closely with us — the Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) Magnet Division and Fermilab’s High-Luminosity LHC Accelerator Upgrade Program — joined ATAP.   Multi-Lab Safety Week 2022 was held from October 31 through November 4. Berkeley Lab’s Engineering Division and ALS-U Project also participated.

The expected level of effort was a total of one workday. We spread it over a week to provide everyone the flexibility to complete their activities and to allow time for three seminars presented by multiple subject-matter experts from all three national laboratories.  

As Safety Day evolved into Multi-Lab Safety Week, extensive physical clean-up and organization, and completion of on-the-job training, remained the bedrock of these events.

Seminars share knowledge, lessons learned, resources

Multi-Lab Safety Week 2022 also offered a series of topical seminars. On Monday, October 31, 2022, over 300 attendees from the three national labs participated in kick-off meetings launching the event. 

On Tuesday, Andrew Peterson (Berkeley Lab), Edward Sierra (BNL), and Angela Aparicio (Fermilab) co-presented a seminar on the processes, procedures, and responsibilities underpinning the Occurrence Reporting and Processing System (ORPS). Over 200 participants attended the seminar.

The focus turned to material handling on Wednesday, with Melanie Alexandre and Michael Kincaid of Berkeley Lab, Fred Horn from BNL, and Amy Pavnica and David Cathey of Fermilab covering covered the correct way to handle materials, highlighting some key lessons learned and best practices and sharing tips and resources from all three national labs.

Attendance was strong again on Thursday, with over 200 attendees hearing from Kurt Ettinger (Berkeley Lab), Michael Clancy (BNL), and Robert Bushek (Fermilab), who provided their perspectives on the proper Personal Protective Equipment for labs and shops.

Closing out the week, LBNL’s Asmita Patel, Patricia Thomas, and Joe Chew co-hosted “Not-Jeopardy” on Friday. The game provided more than 150 participants with a fun opportunity to test their safety knowledge and to learn more about their sister labs: who knew, for example, that goats are employed as an effective wildfire prevention measure in the steep terrain of the Berkeley hills? Not-Jeopardy was a great team-building event and a fun way to end a hard-working week.

Honoring the top performers of Multi-Lab Safety Week 2022

The success of Multi-Lab Safety Week is built on an all-hands effort, but each year, some stand out for exceptional dedication and the quality of their contributions. To promote ongoing safety-culture awareness and maintain the momentum of Safety Week, we honor an outstanding individual worker and the top-performing team for exceptional safety and organization effort. These honors resulted from pleasantly difficult decisions in assessing the excellent contributions of so many people.

Individual Award: Reed Teyber

Reed Teyber, a research scientist in the Superconducting Magnet Program, received the individual award, honoring the person most helpful to others in Safety Week efforts. His co-workers reported that he more than lived up to his reputation as a dependable year-round contributor to ATAP safety efforts; during Safety Week, he went the extra mile, including leading QUEST efforts in Building 58 and participating in a Management Walkaround in Building 71.

Team Award: Berkeley Accelerator Controls & Instrumentation (BACI) Program

A winning combination for safety. Clockwise from top left: Yilun Xu, Tong Zhou, Russell Wilcox, Qiang Du, Dan Wang, Gang Huang, and Neelay Fruitwala

Team honors go to the team representing the laser lab and electronics shop of the BACI Program for their performance in work-area cleanup and their commitment to workplace safety. Their task involved Building 71-170 and 170A, where a wide variety of laser experiments and related electronics work is underway. They were selected for this honor by division management, after final walkthroughs and reports from all the teams.