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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, 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.

Lastly, we are preparing for upcoming lab-wide efforts to replace the Job Hazards Analysis (JHA) with a new work planning and control system. Our focus is on work planning at the beamlines, and, in particular, how we train and qualify new staff to work on them. We’re starting with a few individual beamlines to learn about issues that might be specific to the ALS. Eventually, we will develop ALS-wide models that can be incorporated into the lab-wide system. If you’d like more information on this, please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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.

Shraddha Ravani is continuing her efforts to help us provide better biosafety support to our users. Most users can now take advantage of a division-wide Bio Use Notification (BUN) without having to create their own. Its scope is steadily expanding and we are now working to get a USDA soil permit. This should allow us to accept an even broader range of samples. Use of the User Support Building’s biology labs continues to expand. If you have an interest in the capabilities of these labs, please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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:

  • After one year of experience using the new User Machine Shop system, users now take a brief annual refresher to keep everyone aware of the system.
  • We have a more standard and thorough orientation package for new affiliates.
  • The ALS1001 training is now linked to the card-key access system.
  • The control room staff now have emergency guides to assist them in the event of an emergency.
  • An online Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) awareness course that will be more tailored to the needs of our staff is in the works.

We are always looking for ways to improve.  Please let us know if you have any questions or ideas.


Jim Floyd