Jim Floyd, Environment, Health and Safety
The Advanced Light Source’s Environmental Health and Safety program is responsible for both staff and user safety. As always, there are many different issues and opportunities to work on. Following are some of the current highlights:
We have instituted a more efficient beamline review process for smaller projects. Called Abbreviated Beamline Reviews, these have fewer steps and reviews than previous procedures, though they cover the same design and readiness review steps. This was finalized in ALS Procedure BL 08-16, which can be found at https://sites.google.com/a/lbl.gov/procedures/, and we have successfully used this new process in six reviews.
We are also in the process of combining the annual beamline inspections with the annual permanent end-station inspections. By combining these inspections, our goal is to provide clearer guidance for beamline staff, more consistency, better follow-up on open items, and fewer overall inspections. We expect to start trial runs of these in the next month.
There are two main user safety initiatives. We’re working with User Services on the design of a new User Portal and have already done extensive analysis of, and comparison with, other DOE light source user safety systems. Generally, we want to model our system after the one used at Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source, and are in the process of identifying current software that might accomplish this. We hope that this might be done in conjunction with the Berkeley Lab work planning and control efforts.
Overall, we continue to push pro-active efforts to identify vulnerabilities and address them before they become incidents. An update on some of the items raised by staff:
We are always looking for ways to improve. Please let us know if you have any questions or ideas.