All ATF experiments must be reviewed for environment, safety and
health (ESH) concerns before set up
is begun. For simple experiments, that review is initiated by completing
the ESR, or Safety Approval Form, also called the "Experimental
Safety Review". Please e-mail the first draft to the ATF
ESH Coordinator. For routine experiments
that present no hazards, the form should be submitted at least three
weeks prior to initiating setup. Planning for experiments with hazards
(see list below) requires more time and preparations. Please consult
Work Guide for details.
The safety review of research to be conducted at the ATF is an
important effort that requires your full participation if the review is
to be conducted in a timely manner. Please allocate sufficient time to
ensure that the review is completed prior to your arrival at the
facility to conduct this work. While the ESH staff who reviews your
submission will work closely with you to apply the requirements
appropriately, do not expect them to complete activities that can only
be conducted by you.
Scenarios Requiring Additional Training
Keep in mind that some types of activities, equipment and materials
if utilized in your work may require additional training and procedures.
- Use of lasers
- Use of radioactive materials
- Use of significant quantities of flammable liquids
- Use of toxic or biological materials
- Generation of hazardous or radioactive wastes
- Use of material handling equipment such as hoists or
- Use of machine shops
Also keep in mind that transportation of hazardous and radioactive
materials to and from the BNL site must be conducted in compliance with
BNL & DOT regulations. Please do not hesitate to contact the ATF Safety
Officer, Karl Kusche (631-344-3116) if you have questions during the
preparation of this form.
Other Requirements to be Aware of
- All experimental reviews expire in one year and
users are required to resubmit their experiment
information on a new form at that time.Users should
reevaluate their activities and assure that the new form
accurately reflects their work.This re-review is
required to assure ongoing attention to ES&H risks.
- All Users that will work on an experiment must be
listed on the form and must be aware of the risks and
controls involved. The experiment Principal Investigator
is responsible to assure this.
- Significant changes to an experiment must be
reported to the ATF Safety Officer for initiating a
re-review. That re-review must be documented on the ESR
and must occur before the change is implemented. A
significant change is one that introduces new risks or
changes the character of existing hazards and could
require a change in the required controls.
- At the start of set up for an experiment the user
must contact the ATF Safety Officer who will print the
ESR, review any requirements outlined on the form with
the User, and confirm that all Users involved in the
experiment have been trained and are wearing their TLD
dosimeter. The ESR will then be posted in the ATF
control room as a reference.
- At the start of experimental operations, the User
will contact the ATF User Coordinator who will inspect
the set up and assure that all required controls are
implemented. If noted on the ESR, the ATF User
Coordinator will contact the ERC for inspection before
the experiment begins.
- At the end of an experiment the User must contact
the ATF User Coordinator who will remove the posted form
and assure that all User equipment is either removed or
left in a controlled condition.