By Irene Boczek
The SLAC mission is to do world-class science safely and
respectfully. Referring to all Office of Science Laboratories, DOE Office
of Science Director Ray Orbach recently stated, "The standard to which
performance will be held, is world leadership in all areas of laboratory
To further support this vision and the SLAC mission, the
ES&H Division is pursuing four strategic thrusts:
• Maintain the ES&H excellence that SLAC has enjoyed.
During four of the past five years, SLAC ES&H has been rated Outstanding
(see TIP, September 5, 2003 and TIP, August 15, 2003).
• Ensure that each employee who needs ES&H information has
just the information they need, at the time that they need it, and in a
format that is useful to them.
• Provide timely, useful support and service to SLAC
• Improve the effectiveness and efficiency of our ES&H
operations so that we are first safe and protective, but still spending as
much time on science as is possible.
With this in mind, SLAC ES&H has recently reorganized. We
organized according to the life cycles of chemicals, radiation and safety.
Accordingly, Radiation Physics and Operational Health Physics are now in a
single department, Radiation Protection, led by Sayed Rokni with
assistance from Steve Frey.
Similarly, Environmental Protection and Remediation and
Waste Management are now in a single department, Environmental Protection,
led by Helen Nuckolls with assistance from Michael Scharfenstein and Susan
All ES&H communications activities are consolidated into
the Knowledge Management department, led by Kymberly Snead.
Finally, we created leadership positions for ES&H Service
and Support (led by Mike Scharfenstein) and ES&H Effectiveness and
Efficiency (led by Jack Hahn).
In the short run, these changes may have minimal impact on
your relationship with ES&H. Please continue to:
• Use the ES&H resource list for general assistance. See:
• Contact the Operational Health Physics group at Ext.
• Use the ES&H hotline at Ext. 4641 for immediate issues.
In the longer term, however, we hope to provide better
support, usable programs, and crisp, actionable guidance.
For more information about ES&H at SLAC, see: