Since February, PPD has had five incidents occur.  Click HERE to read the details of the incidents.

1. Broken radius as a result of slip on ice.

2. Scratches and contusions as a result of goose attack.

3. UPS explosion at CDF.

4. Head injury requiring six staples.

5. Four-wheel dolly causes 55 gallon drum to fall.


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Thanks for all the great responses to the March challenge:

Q:  Name the Waste Generator for your area and what

FESHM Chapter describes the waste management program.

Winners are —>  Jamie Grado and William Wester

A:  The trained Waste Generators in PPD are listed HERE.  FESHM 8020, 8021, 8022 and 8023 describe the components of the Fermilab Waste Management Program.

William Wester and Jamie Grado both submitted correct answers to March’s challenge question.  Congratulations!

PPD Incident  Summaries

Fermilab has an ES&H system that has earned national recognition among the DOE sites.  Our safety record was achieved because of everyone’s hard work implementing the Fermilab Integrated ES&H Management Plan.  


You will be hearing more and more about Integrated Quality Assurance (IQA) over the next few months. And you are probably asking yourself, “How is this new IQA stuff going to affect my job?”  The answer is that it will affect you the same way  as the implementation of the Integrated Environment, Safety and Health (ES&H) Management System did. 

Lessons Learned: 

Four-Wheeled Dollies

For years, the Job Hazard Analysis (JHA or HA) form in FESHM 2060 was slightly different from the JHA form in FESHM 7010.  The FESHM 2000 series chapters are all about planning for safe operations by employees as opposed to the 7000 series which concerns construction safety usually performed by subcontractors.

ES&H management recently concluded that there was no need for any  of the minor differences in the two forms, and a decision was made to coalesce the forms, and make one unified JHA for everyone’s use. 

The PPD ES&H Tools webpage will take you to the new unified JHA form.  There are two links:  one is a pdf version, and one a Word document. 

Remember to write a JHA whenever you have two or more low level hazards or one high level hazard as defined by PPD_ESH_001.

Close-up of caster wheel attachment.  Seen here are two of the four nuts and bolts (note: no washers) that hold the caster wheel to the dolly. 

JHAs Unite!

Possible hazards might include: mechanical, chemical, or radiological.

EPA Says “Make the Easy Call”

Increased Radiation Exposure in U.S.

The National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) has recently published a new report titled "Ionizing Radiation Exposure of the Population of the United States".  The main conclusion is that the average annual dose received by a resident of the U.S. has increased from 3.6 mSv (360 mrem) in the early 1980s to 6.2 mSv (620 mrem) in 2006.  While occupational and natural background exposures have not changed significantly, medical exposures for both diagnostic and therapeutic purposes have increased dramatically. 

Here is a chart that summarizes these results.

On March 31, 2009, a technician was moving a 55 gallon poly drum filled with distilled water on an oak four-wheel dolly (available from the stock room).  During transport one of the four casters tilted on its side.  The drum fell to floor.  There were no injuries or property damage.  Upon further inspection it was noted that three of the four nuts holding the caster to the oak four-wheel dolly had vibrated loose and were missing.  This dolly was approximately two years old.  The dollies are manufactured by Brennan Equipment & Manufacturing and have a capacity of 600 pounds.

PPD plans to inspect all four-wheel dollies for loose hardware and install nylock nuts or lock washers.  The stockroom has been notified of the problem.  PPD/ES&H has been in contact with the purchaser of these dollies to communicate the problem with the vendor/supplier.

Inside this issue:

Summer Students

It’s that time of year again when summer students come to the lab to participate and work in various programs.  It is our job at the lab to ensure the students know the environment and hazards associated with the work they will be performing.  There are a number of things we can do to help students have a healthy, fun, and safe summer here at the lab.

Point of Contact:  each student should have a person that they can contact in case of any questions or concerns.  This person should be aware of any hazards in the location the student will be working.  The Point of Contact must also complete FN000309, Supervisor of Summer/Co-op Students before supervising any summer students.

ITNA-Identification Training Needs Assessment:   Each student shall have their ITNA filled out by their Point of Contact.  This will identify any training the student needs to complete prior to the start of work.

Training:  The training will provide the necessary means to carry out a safe and successful summer.

Work Locations/Environments:  Each work location should be walked through with student and Point of Contact together.  This walk through will identify potential hazards throughout the student’s work areas.  It is also necessary to review all work tools and relevant procedures.  The student shall also be made aware of the emergency procedures for their work areas.

If you follow these steps it will help ensure a successful and safe summer for the students. 

Don’t forget to use the New Employee Checklist! 

There are many similarities between the IQA and ES&H programs. Both programs ensure work is done the right way. Each program has a system of performance standards, verifications, and corrective actions. IQA, like ES&H, is everyone’s responsibility.  We need to capitalize on these similarities and set goals to integrate quality into our day-to-day tasks just as we do ES&H.

An Integrated Quality Assurance Program is critical to Fermilab’s health, reputation and growth.  It is needed to ensure the value, safety, efficiency and effectiveness of its products and services.   To compete successfully Fermilab must learn to integrate their quality systems into their operations. Remember Quality is everyone’s responsibility. 

FESHM 5035—Mechanical Refrigeration Systems

FESHM 7030—Excavations

FESHM 5034—Pressure Testing

FESHM 5025 Mobile Cranes

FESHM 5103—Respiratory Protection

FESHM 5051—Hazard Communication

FESHM 5001—Industrial Hygiene Program

FESHM 3020—Incident Investigation and Analysis

FESHM 8081—Refrigeration Management

FESHM 5064—Oxygen Deficiency Hazards

FESHM 6015—Highly Protected Risk Inspection Program


Quality Assurance

Old Cell Phones

Summer Students

Lessons Learned

New Equivalent Dose Rate

JHAs Unite