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Multilab Safety Week 2023: October 2-6

October calendar with 2 through 6 circled

Three labs, one goal: an investment in safety

To reinforce our focus on safety, ATAP will hold a Multilab Safety Week October 2 –6, 2023. Please save these dates on your calendars to minimize conflicts with Safety Week activities.

Joining ATAP in this annual event are the Engineering Division at LBNL; the Applied Physics and Superconducting Technology (APST) Division and the High-Luminosity LHC Accelerator Upgrade Project team at Fermilab; and the Magnet Division at Brookhaven National Laboratory.



Safety Week has become a successful and popular tradition that brings the benefits of cleanliness, organization and up-to-date training to our labs, shops, and offices, and provides ongoing learning via safety-themed seminars.

The weeklong format will allow for a workday’s worth of activities while accommodating hybrid work schedules. Multilab Safety Week will be an all-hands, all-hazards event with ongoing learning and education opportunities. Throughout the week, ATAP Programs will be setting aside times that work best for them to participate in specific safety activities.

Meet the Organizers

Screen shot of the four main planners of Safety Week

Clockwise from top left, the Multilab Safety Week 2023 organizing committee: Pat Thomas and Asmita Patel, LBNL; Marteenio Samms, BNL; and Amy Pavnica, FNAL



The themes for the Multilab Safety Week will be:

  •   Housekeeping and Completion of Training
  •   Ongoing Learning and Education
    •   Seminars on Electrical Safety and Fall Protection
    •   SAFE @ Berkeley Lab — an experiential learning workshop
  •   SAFE workshop

The following is the schedule for our special safety events:

•  Monday, October 2nd, 2023 – 9:30-10:30 AM Pacific Time (PT): Kickoff Meeting with our Senior Leadership Team
•  Tuesday: October 3, 2023 – 11:00 AM – 12 noon PT – Electrical Safety- Lessons Learned – with EHS Deputy Paul Blodgett and Subject Matter Experts Ari Harding (LBNL), David Mertz (FNAL), and Eric Johnansen (BNL)
•  Wednesday, October 3, 2023 – 11:00 AM – 12 noon PT – Working From Heights with Subject Matter Experts Paul Satti (FNAL), Kevin Goodwin (LBNL), and Mike Gaffney (BNL)
•  Friday, October 5, 2023 – 11:00 AM – 12 noon PT – Safety Week NOT-Jeopardy Game: Getting to Know Your Sister Labs. A fun close-out event hosted by Asmita Patel and Pat Thomas (LBNL), Amy Pavnica (FNAL), and Marteenio Samms (BNL). Test your safety and trivia knowledge!

SAFE Workshops

A special feature this year is SAFE @ Berkeley Lab – an Experiential Learning Workshop with Instructor Joanna Martinez, and Facilitators May Estrella, Chris Georgiou, Pat Thomas and Asmita Patel

  Three SAFE Workshops have been scheduled:

  —  September 26th (1:00 PM to 4:30 PM PT)
  —  September 27th (9:00 AM to 12:30 PM PT)
  —  October 5th (9:00 AM to 12:30 PM PT).

  An email with details about the eLearning modules that need to be completed prior to their workshop date has been sent to the confirmed participants who signed up.

  The participants must complete eLearning modules by September 20th so we can register them for the workshop and send them a calendar invite to the workshop session. Please note: This will be a virtual workshop. For those who have signed up, we have made every effort to accommodate your first-choice workshop date.


Flexible Participation Across the Week

As in previous years, the expected level of effort is a total of one work day for all Multilab Safety Week activities. The change from the original Safety Day to Safety Week provides everyone the flexibility to complete the activities across the week. We expect that many people will work longer on safety issues that pertain especially to them.


There will be updates and further details as Multilab Safety Week approaches. We look forward to sharing this event with you!


Scenes from Multilab Safety Week 2022


Man (Wes Tabler) putting thing into salvage container
Salvaging excess while maintaining tagged-asset accountability?  Wes Tabler can play it like a fiddle
Jessica Rivas tips e-waste into a bin
Jessica Rivas finds that getting e-waste out of one's office is a pleasure
Liona Fan-Chiang disposes of broken space heater
Liona Fan-Chiang sends space heaters that failed a safety check to a better place
Two women on QUEST inspection: Marge Rowan (l.) and Maria Nappi
Marge Rowan (l.) and Maria Nappi participated in laser-lab management walkthrough
An optical table in BELLA before and after tidying-up
Screen shot of six people on Zoom call
These multi-lab Zoom meetings were fun and productive.  "What is 'Preparing for Not-Jeopardy'"?
Woman (Stephanie Chan) on safety inspection
Stephanie Chan conducts management walkthrough in superconducting magnet assembly area
LHC AUP team at Safety Week
High-Luminosity LHC Accelerator Upgrade Project team in magnet assembly area
Cleanup team in B58
Building 58 cleanup team takes a break from their efforts
James Nunez (l.) and Brent Henderson on management walkthrough
James Nunez (l.) and Brent Henderson conduct management walkthrough in HL-LHC AUP magnet assembly area