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SLAC Welcomes New Communications Director
Safety Today: Toxic Chemical Reduction—a SLAC Commitment
Reuse of Government Property—Part II

SLAC Today

Tuesday - September 23, 2008

SLAC Welcomes New Communications Director

(Photo - Rob Brown)
Director of Communications Rob Brown. (Photo by Brad Plummer.)

This week, SLAC welcomes new Communications Director Rob Brown. Brown brings to SLAC a broad palette of hands-on communications experience, from his early work as a photographer and bioscience writer for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Wetlands Research Center to various public affairs roles at Rockefeller University and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. His most recent work includes a post in New Orleans, helping to lead Army Corps of Engineers communications during post-Katrina rebuilding efforts.

"Rob's experience communicating science and progress to the public, media and policymakers will be invaluable to SLAC as we move forward with the lab's mission," said SLAC Director Persis Drell. "We're very pleased to have him on board."

Brown takes the helm from Human Resources Director Lee Lyon, who has worked double duty to support both HR and Communications since the departure of previous Communications Director Neil Calder last December. David Harris will continue in his role as deputy director of Communications.

"I have very much enjoyed working with the Communications staff as their acting director during the last nine months," Lyon said. "I am also extremely pleased that we have found a director with as much talent and experience as Rob. He can now lead the group forward to achieve SLAC's communications goals."

"I'm looking forward to getting to know the people who make SLAC science possible," Brown said. "I'll be seeking new ways to get the SLAC story out. The science is going to be a ball."

SLAC staff are invited to meet Rob and welcome him in person at the Communications trailer (re-) warming party this Thursday from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. 

(Column - Safety Today)

Toxic Chemical Reduction: a SLAC Commitment

SLAC is implementing two key approaches to reduce the presence of toxic chemicals on site, as part of the Toxic and Hazardous Materials Reduction plan.

The first approach is to reduce existing inventories. Over time, many areas accumulate materials that are no longer needed. Routine workplace walkthroughs by line managers should include checking cabinets and drawers to ensure that legacy, hazardous or radioactive materials are not present. Legacy materials were purchased before the Chemical Management Services system was implemented, so are not tracked as part of the CMS system. Materials that are old, expired or have damaged containers should be disposed of as hazardous waste. Contact Waste Management to schedule a pick-up. Alternately, left-over products may be useful elsewhere on site. Contact Judy Fulton or Micki DeCamara to assist you with redistribution.

The second approach is to replace toxic materials with less- or non-toxic products. Environment, Safety and Health staff review all new chemical catalog additions through the CMS procurement system, Haas tcmIS. Certain bad actors are generally rejected. Examples include PCB, asbestos, highly volatile paints and solvents, and ozone-depleting substances. Materials with potential health effects must be managed to reduce any risk. Finding a safe alternative, if possible, is the best bet. See the Pollution Prevention and Waste Minimization Web page for help. Otherwise, please use and store the smallest amount possible. The less material we have on site, the lower the risk of environmental impact.

Reuse of Government Property—Part II

When equipment or material is no longer needed by an individual or department, the item must be turned over to Salvage. If you have any property—furniture, office supplies, electronics, laboratory equipment, etc.—that you can no longer use, the Salvage group will re-issue it on site or distribute it as excess to the outside world. Here are step-by-step instructions to move unused property on to others.

To begin, fill out part A of the salvage material request transfer form and send it with the item or items to Salvage. If appropriate, contact Radiation Protection Field Operations (x4299) to have the item surveyed for radioactivity. Refer to the form for items that are exempt from radiation screening. You can then deliver the item to Salvage. Drop off hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Alternately, make arrangements with Labor Pool or Salvage to pick up items.

If there is no on-site interest, the item is entered into the GSAXcess system for screening by other government agencies. Equipment or material that was not transferred or donated through GSAXcess will then be offered to the public.

Typically, these items are sold on the internet at Employees can purchase SLAC surplus property from Bid4Assets as long as they were not involved in the decision to dispose of the property, its preparation for sale or the choice of method for sale.

For questions or information on availability of excess, contact Gus Venancio (x2329).

This article is the second of two describing how the SLAC community can re-use and recycle excess government property. See part I here.

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