No. 3.000 Rev. 4

Environment, Safety and Health

Effective Date 02/15/2008



This policy addresses the laboratory-wide establishment of an ES&H program.



This policy applies to all employees of Fermilab and to Users, Visitors, Fermilab contractors and their subcontractors when they are on-site.


ES&H Policy

Fermilab employees, subcontractors, and users will only conduct work and operations in a safe and environmentally sound manner.

All persons who enter shall fully comply with all procedures, instructions and directives contained in the Fermilab ES&H Manual in order to assure a safe and environmentally sound workplace.

It is Fermilab's policy to integrate environment, safety and health protection into all aspects of our work, utilizing the principles and core functions of the Integrated ES&H Management System and implemented through the appropriate lines of management.

Every person on site is responsible for hazard reduction and is accountable for performing all activities in a safe and environmental manner. Every person has the right and responsibility to stop work or decline to perform an assigned task because of a reasonable belief that the task poses an imminent risk of death, serious physical or environmental harm, or other hazards to workers. No one will be subjected to reprisal for taking such an action, or for raising a concern.

The ES&H Section shall prepare, maintain and update an ES&H manual to implement this policy that is for use by all Division/Sections. Division/Section Heads shall establish and maintain an ES&H program for their respective areas of responsibility in accordance with the Fermilab ES&H Manual.

Safety and Health Policy

It is the policy of this Laboratory to provide a safe and healthful workplace for Employees, Users, Visitors, Contractors and their Subcontractors. The Safety and Health (SH) Program includes the following features:

  • Compliance with applicable standards and Local, State and Federal legal requirements through Fermilab's Work Smart Set of Standards (WSS) and the contract between Fermilab Research Alliance and the Department of Energy.
  • Prevention of injury and ill health and continual improvement in SH management and performance.
  • Prompt abatement of identified hazards. To the maximum extent practicable, all hazards shall be eliminated or minimized through engineering or administrative controls. Where engineering or administrative controls are not feasible, appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) shall be provided by the organization free of charge. Where hazard abatement resources are limited, priorities shall be assigned to take care of the most serious problem first. Appropriate notices shall be posted to warn employees of unabated serious hazards and to define interim protective measures.
  • Procedures to review, in advance of construction/procurement, the design of facilities, systems and subsystems to ensure SH hazards are eliminated or controlled through the life cycle.
  • Thorough incident investigations and a comprehensive OSH management information system which provides all SH data required by federal agencies and contractual requirements.
  • A comprehensive occupational health surveillance program, both medical and industrial hygiene, implemented by qualified personnel, including:
    • Industrial Hygiene programs that identify and monitor potential hazards in the workplace.
    • Medical surveillance programs that monitor employees who are exposed to potential hazards.
    • Trend analysis to identify increasing exposures or groups of employees exhibiting the same medical symptoms. Documents and records to show compliance with the WSS, this policy and the Fermilab ES&H Manual.

Working Alone

Avoid working alone whenever possible. If you must work alone, be sure your supervisor is aware of where you are and what you are doing. If possible, make sure someone checks on you periodically. Be familiar with, and follow, all emergency warning signals and instructions. Notices on these signals are posted throughout the laboratory.

If there is an evacuation signal, evacuate immediately and go to your designated assembly area. Remain in that area until the Fire Department arrives and you are released.

Environmental Policy

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory conducts scientific research with regard for the protection of the community and the environment and compliance with all applicable environmental laws and regulations. We believe that high standards of environmental practice are fully consistent with our search for an understanding of the fundamental properties of nature. Through our Environmental Management System (EMS) we are committed to protecting the environment in the daily conduct of experimental physics.

To advance the goals of continual improvement in our programs for conserving, enhancing and restoring environmental quality, complying with applicable legal requirements and identified environmental aspects, and establishing the framework for setting and reviewing environmental objectives and targets, Fermilab's policy is to:

  • Integrate environmental considerations into our planning and decision-making processes, evaluate the environmental impact of our actions and take all necessary measures to mitigate adverse effects.
  • Employ sound pollution prevention and waste reduction practices by avoiding waste generation when possible, minimizing pollution at the source where feasible and aggressively pursuing recycling opportunities.
  • Minimize our emissions and effluents by employing cost-effective operational controls.
  • Employ products, whenever possible, through design or procurement, that contain recycled materials, prevent pollution, are safe, energy-efficient, and protective of the environment, and can be reused, recycled or disposed of safely.
  • Incorporate the philosophy of sustainability in all our activities wherever, and to the maximum extent, consistent with our mission.
  • Avoid harm to cultural resources (e.g., historic properties, archaeological resources, cemeteries, etc.), protected species, natural habitats and ecologically sensitive areas wherever and whenever feasible.
  • Continually improving our programs for protecting our environment through active self-assessment, and act swiftly and responsibly to correct conditions that may endanger health, safety, or the environment, report them promptly, and inform everyone that may be affected.
  • Demonstrate to the public the means to minimize or avoid the detrimental impact of scientific research on the environment and to foster environmental awareness in the community.
  • Educate experimenters and employees at all levels to appreciate and protect our environmental resources by adhering to and implementing this policy.