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Looking Back on the FFTB
Safety Today: Change in STA Annual Review Dates
Workshop to Address U.S.-China Collaboration

SLAC Today

Tuesday - April 11, 2006

(Photo - Research Yard)
The FFTB (circled in red), a 100-meter extension from the end of the linac, has been an integral part of the Research Yard for over a decade.

Looking Back on the FFTB

The Final Focus Test Beam (FFTB) saw its last beam during the early hours of Monday, April 10. The FFTB will now be removed to make way for the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS).

For 13 years, this long concrete building housed a remarkable experimental facility that first proved it was possible to create nanometers-thin beams for future colliders.  The FFTB then went on to host more than two dozen cutting edge experiments and test beams, none of which were envisioned when the FFTB was first built.

The FFTB was designed and built by an international collaboration that included the Budker Institute-Novosibirsk, DESY, KEK, LAL-Orsay, Max Planck Institute-Munich, Kawasaki, University of Rochester, IBM and Fermilab. Operations began in 1993.   Read more...

(Column - Safety Today)

Change in STA Annual Review Dates

The SLAC Training Assessment (STA) is the tool SLAC supervisors use to assign safety training to their employees. In addition to adding individual courses throughout the year, supervisors are required to perform an annual comprehensive review of each employee's STA. In the past these reviews were due on the same date. But having one deadline for all employees at SLAC has at times been the source of confusion and inconvenience. Based on staff feedback, this approach is being modified to accommodate the needs of the laboratory.

Starting this year, supervisors can choose when to conduct their annual reviews of their employees, with the next review being due one year from that date. This allows supervisors to coordinate STA with performance and job hazard analysis and mitigation (JHAM) reviews and makes it simpler to know when the next reviews are due (always one year from the last). The new due dates will be calculated and displayed in the STA, beginning at the close of business on April 28.

Using the STA
To reset the due date for the annual review be sure to select the Annual Review button on the STA data entry screen.

For more help using the STA, see our new help pages.

ES&H hopes that you find this new process more convenient. As always, ES&H is constantly reviewing and improving its systems and so welcomes your feedback.

Workshop to Address U.S.-China Collaboration

(Photo - Daya Bay) China's Daya Bay Neutrino Experiment

Particle physics will undergo a major transition in the next few years. CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is to begin operation in 2007, while later in the decade Fermilab's Tevatron collider and SLAC's PEP-II B-Factory will shut down. This is likely to cause a fair number of U.S. physicists to join new collaborations around the world.

To help U.S. physicists explore opportunities in China, the PRC / U.S. Joint Committee on High-Energy Physics will hold a workshop in Beijing June 11 - 18. The workshop will strengthen and promote cooperation in high-energy physics between China and the U.S.

The workshop will review the current status of the Chinese high-energy physics program. Concrete proposals, with strengthened Sino-American collaboration in high-energy physics, are expected to follow from the workshop.

For further information and meeting registration, see the workshop website. Funds to help support international travel to the workshop for U.S. participants are available from the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation. Local support in China is available from IHEP.

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