Message from Mike Dallas: Spring Cleaning Update

Message from Mike Dallas: Spring Cleaning Update

All of us are interested in ensuring that JLab remains a safe and healthy place to work, and one way to do that is to keep our work spaces, and the entire campus, clean and clear of potential safety hazards.

To that end, the lab will conduct a Spring Clean Up during the week of May 5-9. You may already have seen posters around the campus announcing this effort, or you may have heard from your supervisor.

The clean up will involve all divisions and all employees, with each division being assigned a clean up day. Each manager is responsible for ensuring the participation of his or her staff. The goal is not only to clean up our individual work areas, but also to remove scrap wood, cardboard, metals and other excess items that may have piled up over time both indoors and out.

There also are some basic rules:

  • Coordinate with RadCon (876-1743) when your cleanup efforts involve removing material from an accelerator enclosure. Any material from an accelerator enclosure (CEBAF or FEL) requires a release survey by RadCon. Note: DOE has imposed restrictions on metals. Any metal that has been in the tunnel or in any of the halls or the FEL vault when beam was energized cannot be recycled.
  • No mixing of recyclables. In other words, wood scrap goes into the wood dumpster, recyclable metals in their dumpster and paper and other permissible recyclable office waste goes into the paper dumpster.
  • Everyone is expected to participate.

If you will need a dumpster or other equipment to clean your area, please contact Tom Briggs at extension 5430 or by e-mail at

If you have questions regarding excess materials, contact Joan Holloway at extension 7348, or by e-mail at

For any other questions, please contact Tom Briggs or Rusty Sprouse.

The schedule for the clean up is:
Accelerator Division, Monday, May 5
Engineering Division, Tuesday, May 6
Physics Division, Wednesday, May 7
FEL, Thursday, May 8
Facilities Management and office workspaces lab wide, Friday, May 9.

If your division is unable to complete the clean up on its assigned day, you can use Friday as a catch-up day. Just be sure to make arrangements with Tom, Joan or Rusty. Also on Friday, senior managers will tour the site to see the results of the clean up.

I look forward to a successful effort as we prepare for the visit from DOE's Office of Health, Safety and Security (HSS) in June. As you know, HSS team members will inspect our processes to ensure that any activity conducted here is planned and executed with a focus on protecting our workers and users, the public, and the environment.

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