No more training overload

Mike Bonkalski, Safety and Construction Manager; Jemila Adetunji, Quality Assurance and ESH&Q Training Manager, and Mike Andrews, LBNF/DUNE ES&H Manager

No one wants to retake training courses.  That is why Mike Andrews, the LBNF/DUNE manager for Environment, Safety and Health (ES&H) has pushed through an effort to compare training courses across the laboratories participating in LBNF/DUNE, identify the equivalencies, and establish a set of common courses that are acceptable by the different labs.

“Initially we looked for Fermilab and SURF equivalencies with an eye toward strengthening this partnership,” said Andrews.

Andrews and colleagues from Fermilab’s ESH&Q Section started by collecting the full unique set of relevant Fermilab courses that are required for each of three categories of workers: a physicist, an engineer and a technician – which totaled to 18 courses. The ES&H Director at SURF, Noel Schroeder, did the same at his laboratory. Then the joint team combed through each set of corresponding courses to compare scope and content.

With few exceptions, topic by topic, the team found the courses similar enough that one lab’s course could justifiably satisfy the other lab’s requirement. The Safety organizations at each lab have approved the equivalencies, requiring only evidence of the individual’s training.

“This saves time and money, and makes scheduling easier since these classes aren’t offered all the time,” said Mike Bonkalski of Fermilab.

A month or so into this effort, CERN started sending people to Fermilab for the Short-Baseline Neutrino program, and Andrews realized that it made sense to extend it to CERN, especially in light of the upcoming ProtoDUNE construction activities.

For ProtoDUNE-related work in EHN1, CERN requires training on fall prevention, confined spaces and aerial lifts. A joint Fermilab-CERN team has agreed that the corresponding Fermilab training courses are equivalent and will be accepted at CERN.

“We are now starting to look at the Brookhaven and Argonne training programs,” said Andrews. CERN has already agreed to accept any courses from those labs that Fermilab finds equivalent.

“It’s all about efficiency,” said Fermilab’s Jemila Adetunji. “As long as a person’s training is in line with what the lab requires internally, accepting it is much more efficient.”

Now, upon arrival at a collaborating laboratory, there will be no time wasted — roll up your sleeves and get to work!

Currently, travelers between Fermilab, SURF and CERN must contact their ES&H representative prior to travel to request transmission of their training records to the destination lab. The equivalencies will be posted, and then updated as the Brookhaven and Argonne programs are folded in. Look for a link in an upcoming “At your fingertips”!