Electrical Safety Month Profiles|
In connection with Electrical Safety Month,
Fermilab Today begins a series of profiles recognizing
Electrical Safety Managers at Fermilab.
Electrical Safety Manager Jim Garvey
Jim Garvey's focus on safety has not wavered during his 35 years at Fermilab.
In his position as electrical coordinator for the Technical Division
and as a qualified Task Manager, he emphasizes safe work practices.
"Safety is a number one priority in TD," said Garvey. "We work on
everything from 480 V power supplies to computers using one-millionth
of a volt, and we practice the same level of safety throughout."
In TD, many changes have been made that increase worker safety, including
rigidly enforcing a ban on "live" electrical work, issuing work permits
that include all required personal protective equipment, and completing
a five-year short-circuit analysis of all TD buildings.
"In large part all of our efforts to improve safety are
done with a great deal of support from
the TD headquarters office," Garvey said.
Garvey has also
worked to increase safety around Fermilab, as a longtime member of the
safety committee and as the co-author of many electrical safety documents.
His work to instill safe working habits in others has paid off.
In his 35 years at the laboratory, none of the workers he's supervised
has been shocked or injured.
"Safety is a state of mind-you have to get
to the point where you do safe practices without thinking about it," said
Garvey. "It can be done."
Next: Electrical Safety Manager Jim Ranson