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Introducing "Controlled Areas"

Today around the lab, you might notice some new signs posting areas as "Controlled Area." Some of the locations initially posted are the Accelerator Area entrances at Gate 17, Gate 30, and the Alpine Gate. This identification has been added for consistency with other DOE laboratories and radiological regulations of 10CFR835.

Detailed information on Controlled Areas can be found in ES&H Manual Chapter 9, "Radiological Safety," in the requirements section under Area and Worker Classification (read it online here).

A summary of the entry requirements can be found below. Note that entry requirements for Controlled Areas are the same as for Accelerator Areas.

Unescorted Access
- Personnel must be trained in either course #375-Safety Orientation for Non-Employees (SON), or course #219-Employee Orientation to ES&H (EOESH)
- Personnel must have their SLAC ID with them
- No dosimeter is required

Escorted Access (Visitors)
- Visitors are required to be accompanied at all times by a SLAC escort trained in either SON, EOESH, GERT, or RWT. They are also required to avoid all hazards within the area.
- Visitors must have their SLAC Visitor ID with them. The escort(s) must have their SLAC ID
- No dosimeter is required.

In the near future, Controlled Area postings will expand to buildings outside of the Accelerator Area where radioactive materials and/or radiation generating devices are located such as Buildings 24, 25, 26, 31 and 44.

Be aware that within or near a Controlled Area, you may find Radiologically Controlled Areas (RCAs) with access requirements more restrictive than Controlled Areas.

RCAs requirements (unchanged from previous years) are:

Unescorted Access
- A dosimeter and ID are required
- GERT or RWT training is also required

Escorted Access
- A dosimeter and ID are required
- Visitors must be escorted by a GERT or RWT trained individual
- No entry may be made to any Radiation Areas

Please contact the ES&H Radiation Protection Department at x4299 if you have any questions.

—Jim Allan
    SLAC Today, November 17, 2006