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Safety in the Science Directorate

Work Planning and Control

WPC It is the responsibility of every individual working in the Sciences Directorate to be aware of and familiar with the hazards associated with their work and the laboratory environments that they conduct research  in. Equally everybody is responsible for following work procedures and protocols and ensuring that resources are available to perform their work in a safe manner.

SLAC’s work planning and control (WPC) program is an integral part of ensuring that safety is built in to all of our activities. The expectation from the Associate Laboratory Director (ALD) for Science and Line Management is that all staff, students, post docs and visitors or users MUST adopt and use work planning and control principles when planning and performing experiments both at SLAC and other off site locations.  Refer to the SLAC WPC Program for more details.

Management Walkaround procedure

The mangement walkaround plan applies to all line managers including ALD's, supervisors, ESH Coordinators and Building Managers as well as point of contact for users and students.  The table below shows the frequency of management walkarounds:

Management Title

Minimum Frequency Of Walkthroughs

·         ALD

·        Deputy Directors


·       Division Directors

·   Dept Heads/Project Managers (red and yellow work)

·         Laboratory Managers/PI’s with “ownership” of specific areas

·         Supervisors

NOTE:Monthly walkabouts for PULSE and SUNCAT labs will be performed by the PULSE Division Director

The SUNCAT Division Director will perform quarterly walkabouts of the SUNCAT areas.

Weekly for laser labs

Monthly for non-laser labs

· ES&H Coordinators (Facility walkthroughs)

Weekly (at least some proportion of the labs)

·  Dept Heads/Project Managers (green work)


· Building Managers (Facility walkthroughs)

Weekly (at least some proportion of the labs)

Management Walkaround Plan

Who do I contact for Safety and Building related questions?

The Safety Coordinator directly supports PSD staff and projects and is the primary resource for assistance with all Environment Safety & Health (ESH) matters. The Safety Coordinator acts as the primary interface between you as the PSD customer and institutional ESH programs.  Photon Science also has a laser mentor who is available to provide assistance on laser related questions.  They are not here to do work for you but instead to provide guidance as needed.  Feel free to call on them if you need assistance.

Person Responsibilities

Nimmi Kovvali (x3094) 
Lead ES&H Coordinator for Science.  Manages the ES&H team and responsible for overseeing work activities for various areas in the directorate.  She develops and manges WPC acitvities within the directorate in conjunction with her team. Nimmi also supports the PSLB project as the Science Liaison.  In this role she gathers requirements from the scientific community and ensures that these requirements are being translated into the building design and structure.  She

Charina Rockwell (x4069) 
Charina is the Building Manager and Safety Coordinator for activities in B040 and B040.  She manages all aspects of laboratory safety in B040 and ensures that the building services are aligned with the science needs.

  Sandy Pierson (x2686)  
Sandy Pierson is the primary ES&H contact for the LZ efforts in B620 and B621 and is also the building manager for these areas.  In his role as Building Manager, he coordinates between the LSST and LZ projects to ensure building activities are aligned with these two key experimental programs.  Sandy also manages safety oversight for former PPA buildings in the Research Yard and B033.   Sandy is the back-up support for the SCDMS project and works closely with Norm.

Norm Picker (x3839)
Norm Picker supports the Science Directorate for half of his time and ES&H for the other half.  He is matrixed to Science to help support the EXO and SCDMS programs.

He is an engineer by training and enjoys applying his training in mechanical engineering, hazardous materials, and safety to the identification and control of hazards related to equipment, processes and experiments. Norm reports to Ernie Gomes in ES&H but is matrixed to the Science Directorate. For Science related needs, Norm reports to Nimmi and interfaces with others on the team to ensure our customer needs are being met.

Marc Welch (x3754)



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