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The EPA is asking for your help protecting the environment. They have developed a checklist of ten simple items that an individual can do to reduce their impact on the environment. Click here to see the list, and pledge to follow 5 of the 10 items on the list.


Please share what 5 things you’ve pledged to do, and you could win a PPD ES&H coffee mug.

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September Contest #1—Captions

For a pair of Mossy Oak safety glasses (w/ bag and restraint cord):


Provide a humorous caption for the following picture:

PPD ES&H Newsletter

September 2009


August Winners!!

September is National Preparedness Month

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security wants us to prepare for emergencies this month, as part of their “Ready” campaign. 


Basic steps to prepare include:

· Prepare a survival kit

· Make a plan

· Be informed


Items that should be kept in a survival kit include at least the following:

· One gallon of water per person per day, for three days – remember to include enough for your pets, too

· At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food. Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking and little or no water and choose foods your family will eat: ready-to-eat canned meats, peanut butter, protein or fruit bars, dry cereal or granola. Also pack a manual can opener and eating utensils

· Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both

· Flashlight and extra batteries

· First aid kit

· Whistle to signal for help

· Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place

· Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation

· Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

· Local maps


Your family should generate an emergency plan that includes information like: emergency contact numbers, how to contact each other in an emergency, where you plan to go if you have to relocate during an emergency, etc.


Lastly, stay informed about the types of emergencies that could affect your family—at home, work, school or daycare so you can be prepared for them.  You can learn more about Emergency Preparedness by clicking here.


Emergency Preparedness at Work

Fermilab-specific emergency procedures are available online. Building-specific maps and procedures will be posted at the entrances/exits to the building.  Please note the location of the Tornado Shelters and Emergency Assembly Area for the building(s) you work in.


Emergency wardens—responsible for ensuring all people are notified of emergency and encouraged to relocate to safe area.

Note who the emergency warden is for your area.  If your area does not have an emergency warden, discuss with your supervisor if there is anyone who is willing and able to participate.



Each year there are planned drills for fire and severe weather. It is important that you actively participate so we are all prepared should there be a real emergency. We document these drills, so should we have a false alarm, we should take credit for this as a drill. Please notify your Division Emergency Coordinator or SSO following a false alarm, to begin the documentation of the incident as a drill.

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Mr. and Mrs. Ballast

Fermilab employees playing Badminton

PAB Games—(from left) Jeff Johnson, Billy Miner, Cary Kendziora, and Stephen Pordes catch a game of Badminton outside the Proton Assembly Building; enjoying their lunchtime while both having fun and engaging in physical activity on August 11th.                                      


PPD Injury Report


8/7/09—A visiting scientist arrived at Fermilab at 2 a.m. and proceeded to the D0 outback building. While walking to the entrance the visitor approached the side of the entrance ramp and did not see the elevated ramp. The area was well lit, visitor at the time was reaching for her cell phone and did not see the step. Injuries included a laceration to lower lip, scraped wrist and chin, and minor chipped front tooth. First aid only. Splitting attention with your cell phone and another activity (i.e. driving, walking, etc.) can reduce your awareness of your surroundings and the potential hazards.   Pay attention to everyday obstacles as they can turn into hazards when your attention is diverted elsewhere.


8/12/09—An employee was “struck by” a motorized cart. While standing in front of their motorized cart, another employee was trying to pass the parked cart (at a reasonable speed), and struck the back of the parked cart, causing the cart to bump into the employee. Caused contusion and knee strain of right leg. Emergency brake was not set. Vehicles can move, even when unoccupied.  Be aware of your surroundings and distance yourself from vehicles or be sure the vehicle is immobile before working in the vicinity.


8/21/09—Employee hit forehead on electrical box while rising from a kneeling position. Caused superficial laceration to right side of forehead. Be aware of your surroundings and reposition yourself slowly as objects may have moved.


Injury Reporting Reminder

Remember to always report a work-place injury in a timely manner (preferably that day), no matter how minor it may seem. Not only can a seemingly minor injury have the potential to turn into something more serious, incident investigation is best done while all details are still fresh in people’s minds. Plus, the sooner medical is informed of the injury, the sooner the injured individual will be on the road to recovery. 

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Counterfeit boltsSuspect/Counterfeit Items                                    

A reminder to all employees involved with purchasing new equipment, products or parts: any suspect or counterfeit item needs to be reported to the ES&H Section immediately upon discovery.


Counterfeit items are defined as items whose documentation, appearance, performance, material, or other characteristics are knowingly misrepresented by the vendor, supplier, distributor, or manufacturer.


Suspect items are defined as items whose documentation, appearance, performance, material, or other characteristics may have been knowingly misrepresented by the vendor, supplier, distributor, or manufacturer


The DOE guide for Suspect and Counterfeit Items is available to assist you in determining what items you should consider suspect.


If you believe you may have found a counterfeit item, please follow the procedures beginning on page 3 of the draft Controlling Suspect/Counterfeit Items Procedure.  This document also includes examples of suspect and counterfeit items that have been recognized by DOE.


There are several resources with more detailed information regarding suspect/counterfeit items on the Fermilab Office of Quality & Best Practices page.

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September Contest #2

Answer the following question, and you could win a PPD ES&H coffee mug:


What 5 things have you pledged to do to help reduce your impact on the environment?

Please submit your responses/answers to Angela Sands by Wednesday, September 23rd.

(If there are multiple correct answers/entries, a drawing is held.)

Steve Huey

Winner of the Harley Davidson Safety Glasses:

Steve Huey


paint spill

Winning Caption:

“OK! Great job, I think we can start on the house tomorrow!!”

Runners up:

* Shaken, not stirred!

* Earl Scheib...only $19.95 any car interior, any color! That’s $19.95 for the first 10 gallons of off-white latex color. Other color options available at additional cost.

* Short cut gone bad, do it right the first time!

* Bob realized he should have covered the paint before driving on Road D.

* I wanted my new paint job done on the outside of my car! 

Jonathan Lewis

Winner of the ES&H Coffee Mug:

Jonathan Lewis


What form must be completed prior to starting any new process or activity that could have a potential effect on the environment? Who are the EOs for PPD?

Answers: Process Information Form (PIF); Rob Bushek and Angela Sands

Seat Belt Usage

Seat belts are one of the most effective ways to prevent injury during a motor vehicle crash. Wearing a seat belt can reduce your risk of crash injuries by 50%. Still, millions of Americans do not buckle up. Statistically, the biggest offenders include: teenagers, males, truck drivers and pickup truck drivers.


In 2008, the state of Illinois had a seat belt usage rate of 90.5%. In comparison to the national seat belt usage rate of 83%, Illinois is faring relatively well. Illinois is one of 30 states that now have primary seat belt laws, meaning an officer can stop and cite you for not wearing a seat belt without having to observe any other traffic offense.


Remember to obey all state traffic laws, including seat belt laws, while on Fermilab property or in Fermilab vehicles. Not only is it the law, but it could also prevent you from injury or death in the event of an accident.


Car Seat Safety Information for employees with children:

National Seat Check Saturday is September 12thChild Safety Seat Inspection Station Locator

National Child Passenger Safety Week is September 12-18th


For additional resources on seat belt safety and child safety seats , check out the following pages:

Quick Child Safety Seat Checkup Tips


National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: Child Passenger Safety


Occupant Protection


Illinois Rules of the Road


NTSB Safety Alert—Primary Seat Belt Laws