By Heather Rock Woods
Lloyd Gordonís (LANL) gentle Texas drawl sounds familiar
to every SLAC employee and many users after his recent two-week teaching
marathon on electrical safety. In the first four days alone he conducted
11 sessions attended by more than 1,500 people.
Lloyd Gordon (Photo by Diana Rogers)
"This is a record for me, even though Iíve lectured to
25,000 people in 15 years of training for the DOE," Gordon said during a
lunch break that, like most of his breaks, consisted more of answering
questions than eating lunch.
His courses at SLAC covered everything, ranging from
office-variety electrical safety to how to handle the unique electrical
hazards presented by the Labís research and accelerator equipment.
An electrical engineer, Gordon is on loan from Los Alamos
National Laboratory (LANL), where he is a Division Electrical Safety
Officer and Principal Electrical Engineer for R&D Electrical Safety. He
consults and advises DOE on safety across its lab complex, and has
previously worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and at two
SLAC management asked him here to give an immediate series
of classes in response to an electrical arc flash that badly burned an
electrical contractor at SLAC on October 11. (See TIP, October 15, 2004 at
"When we have a serious accident in our national labs, we
have to set a standard of excellence for the whole community," Gordon
said. "We need to engage everyone in safety consciousness."
Gauging by the numerous questions he has received, class
participants took a serious interest in the material. Craig Moore (SCS)
attended the specialized course on Electrical Safety for R&D Equipment
(ES&H Course 251). "I really appreciate this, this is a treat," Moore
said. "Safety is important everywhere. Iíll point out safety problems at
an amusement park if I see something out of line."
Gordon was inundated with questions during class breaks.
"People ask really good questions," he said. "They have a
lot of interest in home safety, not just the non-technical people, but the
technical people too. [SLAC Nobel laureate] Richard Taylor was interested
in the R&D safety culture in other countries."
Electrical Safety for Non-Electrical Workers (ES&H Course
239) is now required for all employees. The ES&H course catalog includes
this and the other courses Gordon taught in October, but have never before
been conducted on such an intense schedule involving the entire Lab at
"Normally I teach Course 239 once a month with up to 30
people max," said George Burgueno (SHA), an electrical safety engineer who
developed much of the material for the course.
"Lloyd did a beautiful job," Burgueno said. "Heís got
valuable experience, heís down to earth, heís knowledgeable, and his
stories are about useful lessons learned."
Gene Holden (KM), an ES&H instructional designer, said
1,220 people requested higher-level training from Gordon.
In his two-week SLAC stint, he taught the 2.5 hour Course
239 seven times, the seven hour Electrical Safety for R&D Equipment twice
(for a total of 550 people), and eight other electrical courses ranging
from 2 to 2.5 hours each.
"Iím a high-energy speaker and try to keep the class
engaged. At the end of the day Iím beat. Iím taking my vitamins and
resting," he said at the beginning of week two.
Video and computer-based training will be available at a
later date for employees and users who were unable to take the training
courses held October 18-29.