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Focus on Safety
Keck Foundation Donates $1.5 Million to the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope
Kids Day Registration
Reminder: Construction on Sand Hill Road
Safety Seconds

SLAC Today

Tuesday - July 17, 2007

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Focus on Safety

As announced in yesterday's Director's Column, this week brings 30-minute Focus on Safety training sessions to all employees and users at SLAC. At these sessions, supervisors will discuss the main types of injuries at the lab and ask their groups to identify the hazards in their specific work areas. An important element of these discussions will be brainstorming hazard controls to reduce the risk of accidents in every work group. The results of this brainstorming will be consolidated and used to provide ideas for the Environment, Safety, and Health (ES&H) Division and management to evaluate.

As Jonathan noted, even though there have been improvements in our safety performance over the years, too many co-workers are still injured on the job.

"Our hope is that this week's safety focus talks will help to keep safety at the forefront, contributing to an even safer place to work," said Brian Sherin, the Chemical & General Safety Department Head. "On behalf of the ES&H Division, we want to thank everyone for taking the time to seriously consider the Focus on Safety training sessions. In addition to what's being done this week, we strongly encourage all departments to make ES&H part of their regular meeting agendas."

Details on this program are available at the Preventing Accidents at Work: Focus on Safety website.

Keck Foundation Donates $1.5 Million to the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope

The LSST, scheduled for completion by 2013.

The W. M. Keck Foundation has announced a gift of $1.5 million to the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST). The gift will be administered by the University of California, Davis, on behalf of the consortium building the telescope. SLAC leads the R&D effort to build the LSST camera.

The support from the Keck Foundation is for the final phase of research and development of focal plane imagers, which will capture images in the telescope's giant camera. The LSST's three-billion pixel digital camera will use a novel imaging technology that is a critical and unique feature of the project.

"We are extremely grateful for the generous donation from the W. M. Keck Foundation," said LSST Director J. Anthony Tyson, professor of physics at UC Davis. "The focal plane imager is one of the most time-critical elements in this project. We can now address this long-lead technology which could allow the project to meet its goal of completion by 2013."

Proposed to begin operations in 2014, the 8.4-meter LSST will be able to survey the entire visible sky deeply in multiple colors every few nights, probing the mysteries of dark matter and dark energy, and opening a movie-like window on objects that change or move rapidly: exploding supernovae, asteroids that might pose a hazard to the Earth, and distant Kuiper Belt Objects.


Kids Day Registration

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Kids Day 2006.

Don't forget to sign your kids up for SLAC's annual Kids Day! The 300 available spots are filling up fast, and registration ends on July 30.

"Workshop assignment is on a first come, first served basis, so registering early is beneficial," said co-workshop coordinator Teresa Troxel. "This year it's even more important because we are being strict about not mixing older and younger kids in the workshops. This should improve the experience for the older kids."

Reminder: Construction on Sand Hill Road

This week brings major construction-related delays to Sand Hill Road. On Wednesday, both inbound lanes through the Main Gate will be closed; on Thursday both outbound lanes will be closed. Learn more about these closures...

Safety Seconds

We have to name the special class of engineering controls mentioned in yesterday's column—so for the time being it will be a "Volitional Engineering Control" or VEC. In the case of the two Cessna Citations, which were ironically carrying people from the same company, one pilot chose to use the built-in VEC of de-icing boots (which inflate and knock ice off the flight control surfaces), and the other pilot did not. Only the second plane crashed. Many of you have the opportunity to utilize VECs every day—safety glasses, gloves, sunscreen, and stair railings, to name a few.

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