Experiment Safety Reviews (ESRs)
Experiment Safety Reviews - All work at the Laboratory must be reviewed
before it can begin. In the Physics Department, this is accomplished primarily through
ESRs. The ESR describes the objectives of the experiment or project and presents a
safety analysis of the means to accomplish that work, thereby defining a safety envelope
within which the work can be safely completed. The intent is that the scope of an ESR
will be broad enough that researchers have the necessary flexibility to meet their
objectives. Physics has appointed Achim Franz as its Experiment Review Coordinator (ERC).
The ESR Form - ESRs are completed, submitted, and managed through a web-based
system. This system aids in supplying information, consistency, completeness, and follows
the principles of Integrated Safety Management (ISM). Although the form seems long, most
ESRs need only a page or so of information. Contact Achim Franz if you have questions or
problems with the web form.
Work Permits - Physics also uses Work Permits and Job Safety Analysis (JSA)
to review work that is more specific in its objectives. If a project is well defined
and limited in scope, has a limited time or production quantity, or follows a fixed
and documented procedure, it may be suitable to use a work permit or JSA as the safety
review. In particular, JSAs are used to review work done by non-BNL workers who do short-term
work, for example copy machine repairs and service. However, any project may still be
reviewed as an ESR.
ESR Form & Links:
Notice - This site does not contain the official copies of the
Physics Department's Experiment Safety Reviews. The official copies are maintained by the Lab-wide
electronic ESR system. All material on this site is subject to change in content or format at
any time without notice.
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Last Modified: July, 2021