Tuesday, February 20, 2007
A glovebox is a sealed workspace that allows lab workers to handle radioactive materials safely from a separate area.
The suspension of the work comes after two lab workers were exposed to plutonium through cuts they suffered in separate accidents while working in gloveboxes last month.
Lab spokesman Kevin Roark said the amount of plutonium was relatively small.
But he said the seriousness of the accidents is associated with the exposure to open wounds.
Roark said both workers are responding well to therapies.
Lab managers were informed of the incidents Jan. 25 and immediately suspended handling plutonium in gloveboxes pending a full review, he added.
If you don't work at TA-55 why would you need to be informed?
OK, but why would we not need to be informed? As a LANL employee who might be seeking to transfer to another LANL organization, I would like to know as much about other LANL groups and divisions as possible so that I might make an informed choice. The safety and security records of these organizations is part of the equation.
Your blog made the managers standup meeting at TA-55 this morning. It was the safety topic(no they didn't say if you read it you will be drawn a quartered). One of the five new Div leaders used it as a segue to talk about the lack of communication at LANL. The sad part is that all the GL's at the meeting didn't seem to understand that when they learn something that may be of value to the workers maybe they should pass it along - to the workers that is. Imagine that.
You are correct, all these incident reports are forwarded to a long list of people on the day, or day after, they occur. There is no attempt to hide them. I get them routinely over email, and frankly, delete them because there are too many. If the local rag doesn't care, why should anyone else? Why not complain to them?
This is just more "bash management, the truth be damned" that is all too prevalent here.
I'll bite. How do I get on that email distribution list?
We should have a mindset to learn from accidents and mistakes, not fear appraisals from management, or even try to blame somebody. There is risk in everything we do, and we should do our best to reduce that risk wherever we can. Perhaps if everyone would put their minds to work (which I believe is what the DOE is paying us to do) instead of whining and coplaining, and follow procedures and policy, that LANL will be better off.
Your "the people who needed to know were told" crap is managerspeak for "we wanted to cover our asses by making sure as few people as possible learned that there had been two more fuck-ups at LANL".
besides, small doses of Pu can be good for you. It has the same effect at Viagra, plus your Pp will glow in the dark like Luke Skywalker's sword!
Consider yourself told. There are still more that have not made the news.