Operations Excellence Council minutes: Aug. 8, 2019
The Operations Excellence Council provides a senior management forum focused on delivering leading-edge science, and developing a strong commitment to, and culture around, research and operational excellence throughout the laboratory. The council supports timely, transparent, and effective decision-making on operational programs. It communicates customer feedback, needs and priorities, and reviews lab performance targets and metrics.
Michael Rabbitt (BIS) commended Audio-Visual employee, Barry Switzer (BIS), for his actions during an event where a presenter came close to backing up off the stage. His attention to safety prevented an injury.
Kim Sawyer (OPS) asked for ideas that would encourage site occupants to be more cautious and aware while driving on campus as there has been a high number of incidents recently. Recommendations included embedding these behaviors into the safety core values shout-out, sharing personal experiences, and informing lab personnel of recent incidents. Sawyer asked a few council members to communicate this message in a meaningful way to help employees avoid incidents or consequences.
All Argonne employees received an email on Monday, August 5, 2019, noting the requirement to report any interactions with talent recruitment programs operated or funded by a foreign government pursuant to U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Order 486.1. This one-question course (LEG101) is in the Training Management System.
Argonne and the other laboratories have a strong collaboration and continue to work together to implement this requirement.
Hazardous Work Registry
Computing, Environment, & Life Sciences
- There will be a cultural resource survey to support construction of the Electrical Capacity and Distribution Project
- The 60-meter tower is inspected and maintained, every two years, at the Oklahoma ARM Central Facility. Every six years the wire anchors and rods are inspected for deterioration.
- Annual lightning protection inspections will be conducted. Various buildings rooftops will be accessed and repaired, if needed.
- The sitewide steam shutdown is planned for Aug. 23 through Sept. 9. Twenty-eight buildings will be impacted. Rebecca Yassan (PMO), project manager, has been active with communications for this work. If you have any questions regarding this project, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Physical Sciences & Engineering
- The cryomodule is scheduled to be transported from Argonne to Fermilab next week.
- The installation of the reworked PAR Double Radiation Stop was completed, without incident, in mid-July.
- Leslie Krohn (CPA) encouraged teams to sign up for the one of the four 2050 visioning sessions offered to the lab.
- By October, the complexion of the site will be different — roads will reopen, and construction will be slowing down per Karen Hellman.
- The Argonne Site Office will perform an assessment of Argonne’s Quality Assurance (QA) Program from Aug. 19 – Aug. 23, 2019. This assessment will focus on implementation of DOE Order 414.1D, Quality Assurance, criteria 1, 2, and 4 (Program, Personnel Training & Qualification, and Documents and Records). Three teams will assess three QA areas: Infrastructure Services, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Energy & Global Security.