ES&H Manual



6146 Material Handling Equipment –

Non-Emission (Battery Operated or Manually Propelled) Equipment (Tunnel Vehicles)



1.0            Purpose


Jefferson Lab requires a variety of material handling equipment to perform various operations. ES&H Manual Chapter 6140 Material Handling Equipment Program provides Jefferson Lab’s minimum requirements for training; inspection and maintenance, procurement, and access for all material handling equipment. Additionally, only non-emission (e.g., battery operated or manually propelled) equipment is authorized for use within the accelerator enclosure (tunnel). This chapter, and its associated appendix, provides additional requirements related to this type of equipment when used within the restricted tunnel area. These items include:

·         3-Wheeled Tow Carts – Used in the tunnel to transport tools, materials, and/or large/heavy pieces of equipment (e.g., Cryomodules, dipole transport carts).

·         Powered Low Lift Pallet Jacks – Used in the tunnel to move heavy objects (e.g., pallets of concrete shielding blocks).

·         Electric-Powered Forklifts – Used in the tunnel for installing or removing heavy pieces of equipment (e.g., dipoles, large vacuum chambers, girders, etc).


This program satisfies applicable federal, state, and local requirements as outlined in ES&H Manual Chapter 2410 Appendix T1 Hazard Issues List.


2.0            Scope


Due to the unique hazard issues encountered within the tunnel, material handling equipment is limited to equipment which does not produce noxious emissions. Qualified Material Handling Equipment Operators do not need to comply with the additional restrictions imposed by this chapter, and its associated appendix, when non-emission or manually propelled equipment is used outside the tunnel area.


3.0            Responsibilities

NOTE:           Management authority may be delegated to a task qualified Jefferson Lab employee at the discretion of the responsible manager.


3.1              Qualified Material Handling Equipment Operators

·         Includes anyone using material handling equipment on behalf of Jefferson Lab.

·         Train, inspect, maintain, procure, and access material handling equipment in accordance with ES&H Manual Chapter 6140 Material Handling Equipment.

·         Complete any additional training as required for the work location. 

·         Only use authorized material handling equipment within designated areas.

·         Walk the designated route before starting operations.

·         Report any collision (no matter how minor) to your supervisor.


3.2              Supervisors/ Subcontracting Officer’s Technical Representative (SOTR)

·         Authorize only Qualified Material Handling Equipment Operators to perform operations involving material handling equipment.

·         Only authorize the use of appropriate material handling equipment using an approved work plan.

·         Coordinate material handling equipment operations with other affected workers.

·         Report any collision (no matter how minor) to the Hall Leader/Operability Manger/Building Manager.

·         Ensure area specific training is provided to designated operators as appropriate. 

·         Contact the Material Handling Manager when repair, replacement, or disposal of equipment is required.


4.0            Expectations


4.1              Use of Tunnel Vehicles

Only Material Handling Equipment that does not produce noxious emissions (battery operated or manually powered) is authorized for use within the accelerator enclosure (tunnel). ES&H Manual Chapter 6146 Appendix T1 Authorized Use of Tunnel Vehicles defines the minimum requirements needed to authorize the use of this type of equipment in the tunnel, the additional activities required when it is used, and how to store/recharge it safely.     


5.0            Revision Summary


Revision 1.3 – 01/24/18 – Updated TPOC from B.Sperlazza to M.Loewus

Revision 1.2 – 02/09/17 – updated TPOC from D.Kausch to B.Sperlazza per B.Sperlazza

Revision 1.1 – 12/18/15 – Periodic Review; eliminated two positions previously identified as the MHSR and the MHER, the responsibilities of these positions are now performed by the MHM.

Revision 1.0 – 09/07/10 – Updated to reflect current laboratory operations.










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ESH&Q Division

Mark Loewus





This document is controlled as an on line file.  It may be printed but the print copy is not a controlled document.  It is the user’s responsibility to ensure that the document is the same revision as the current on line file.  This copy was printed on 2/15/2018.