General Lab Information

Brookhaven Advocacy Council

The Brookhaven Advocacy Council (BAC) advises and makes recommendations to the Deputy Laboratory Director on the resolution of employee, guest, and user concerns or issues that are brought to the attention of the BAC.

A key component of the Laboratory's system of justice, the BAC is charged with the authority to receive and respond to employee, guest, and user concerns or issues; analyze and research data; and propose resolutions.

The BAC shall have access to all pertinent, uncensored information, within the Laboratory's guidelines regarding confidentiality, to assist them in the resolution of concerns or issues.

Contacting the BAC

Concerns or issues may be brought to the Council's attention by contacting any member of the Council directly (see contact information below). In addition, the Council will hold monthly meetings, generally the second Wednesday of each month. See the Laboratory Events Calendar for BAC meeting dates, location and time. The BAC invites employees, guests, and users to meet with them during the open session of their monthly meetings to share with the Council any concern or issue they may have.


The Brookhaven Advocacy Council, a key component of the Laboratory’s commitment to fairness, shall endeavor to create an atmosphere of trust between itself and BNL employees, guests, and users that is expected to contribute to a quality work environment at the Laboratory. Through action oriented initiatives, the Council will promote the full utilization of talents and capabilities of the Laboratory’s diverse work force. It will pursue the following goals.

  1. Ensure confidentiality and professionalism on the part of the Council members in the handling of employee, guest, and user concerns. Conduct itself in a manner so that employees, guests, and users at all levels feel their concerns and issues will be taken seriously.
  2. Ensure strict observance of the Laboratory’s policy of zero tolerance for retaliation against an employee, guest, or user who raised a concern.
  3. Thoroughly investigate employee, guest, and user concerns/issues and resolve in a timely way.
  4. Promote employee, guest, and user awareness of the Council’s activities.
  5. Ensure employees, guests, and users are trained and educated about diversity in their workplace.
  6. Keep the Laboratory’s Director fully informed of employee, guest, and user concerns/issues that are brought to the Council's attention.