Take Five for Goal Zero

Questions & Answers

Posted: July 21, 2009

Q: I’ve noticed that many injuries this year have involved cuts that may have been prevented with the use of gloves. What gloves are available? How do I get them? And which ones are appropriate for what tasks?

A: You can find gloves for a multitude of tasks in the Fermilab Stock Room.

For general material handling, cloth, leather or mechanics’ gloves work well. Gloves containing steel, Kevlar or other cut-resistant fibers are a good choice for when you handle objects with sharp edges or cut materials with a sharp tool. Be sure to choose gloves with a non-slip palm when handling slippery or wet materials.

Please consult with your Senior Safety Officer or Industrial Hygienist when choosing gloves for chemical handling. This is important, as a glove that provides protection against one type of chemical may not work well against another.

Posted: June 29, 2009

Q. In her Fermilab Today column, Section Head Nancy Grossman says "If something does not look right or is not going as planned, stop the work and Take Five to think about what is happening." Can you explain the "stop work" policy at Fermilab? Can anyone stop work if it looks unsafe, or is it only a supervisor? In practice, how does this work?

A. From Director's Policy #3 ES&H

"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."

Any person has the right to stop work, not just supervisors. When a person stops work, they should follow up with the supervisor or task manager on the job to resolve the safety or environmental issue. The D/S/C Senior Safety Officer and/or Environmental Officer may be consulted to help resolve the concern.

Posted: June 29, 2009

Q. I am a member of a bike-to-work group, and I log my miles when I ride my bike to work. Can I use this log to join your Accelerate to Health competition?

A. Yes! All participants should register through our Web site and complete the logs each month.

Posted: June 12, 2009

Q. With Take five, the last step is to reflect on 5 items after the work is done. What are the five items that I should reflect on?

A. After your assigned work is complete, you should first make sure that the work area is free of hazards from the work activities. Once the work area is free of hazards, mentally review the work flow. Did you feel safe doing the work? Were others around you working safely?

Think about the work process and ask yourself, how I can do this job better the next time? Are there changes that could be made to make the work activity safer? Could improvements be made that would reduce hazardous waste that was created? Are there things that could be done differently that would have gotten the work done more efficiently?

All of these items are intended to ensure that the job didn't create new hazards and to look for ways to improve our work processes at the laboratory.

Posted: June 12, 2009

Q. How should I decide what Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) I should be wearing for a job?

A. Of course the PPE you select for a task is going to depend on what hazards are present. In general you want to eliminate the hazard before you start the work. But when that is not possible you should select PPE when your eyes, face, head, hands or feet will be exposed to a hazard. Training is required before using PPE (in general and specific devices like respirators and fall protection). Ask your supervisor or your D/S/C ES&H group for PPE guidance. See the FESHM chapter as well.

Posted: June 12, 2009

Q. How do I know if the garbage left from a job is just garbage or if it can be recycled or if it's hazardous waste?

A. You should try to recycle as much as you can. Scrap metal can be collected in dumpsters provided by Business Services for recycling (not metal that has ever been in a Radiation Area though). If you think something can be recycled, but aren't sure how, contact you D/S/C ES&H group for help. If your job produces chemical waste (commercial products or lab chemicals, etc.) you must contact your local Waste Generator or ES&H group to determine if the chemical is hazardous or not. Always have the MSDS handy to help determine the waste requirements. Waste Generators know the rules for labeling and disposing of chemicals.

Posted: June 12, 2009

Q. What is the chair show and where/when is it?

A. The chair show is an open house of sorts that occurs weekly. Employees, visitors, and users can go to the showroom on the Wilson Hall Mezzanine to shop for a new office chair and other office furniture. The show is every Monday at 10:00.

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