Atmospheric Boundary Layer Experiments Site
Safety Orientation

I. Introduction



II. Visitor Check-in

III. Dress Code and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

A. Dress code --Will wear:

NOTE: The site scientist may grant a variance, upon request, to the dress code requirements outlined above depending on the site activities at the time of the request. Construction activities and work inside a designated construction area will always require hard hats, safety glasses, and other safety equipment as outlined in the construction job specific requirements.


B. PPE -- Will wear:

IV. Smoking/Alcohol/Drugs/Fire Arms

V. Hazards

During your visit we want you to be aware of some of the hazards that you might encounter and also become familiar with safety rules designed to mitigate them. Although we have divided the hazards into four general categories, this is not an all-inclusive list.

V. 1 Electrical Hazards

Equipment must always be de-energized before performing maintenance. Hot work is not allowed and if an instrument has capacitors, they must be bled off before work is performed.

We abide by OSHA's Lock Out/ Tag Out Standard and you are required to do the same.

The standard basically states that you will lock out and tag out all energy-producing devices prior to working on them, so that they can not be re-energized accidentally. You should provide your own locks and tags and/or make arrangements with the site scientist to ensure the availability of same prior to starting work.

All outdoor receptacles, receptacles 6 feet from exterior doors, and outlets around sinks must be protected by Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs). When using an extension cord a GFCI is always required. Portable GFCIs may be used.

If you need to excavate or penetrate the ground or trailer wall on this site, you must have authorization and a permit from the site scientist. All utilities must be identified and located before the start of said work. Hand digging is required at all times when digging within three feet of buried utilities.

V. 2 Chemical

We abide by OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard. Haz/Com is also known as the "Employee Right To Know Law." It may be called the Chemical Hygiene Plan at your laboratory/university/company.

This standard means you have the right to know of chemicals that we use on site and we have the right to know what chemicals you are using at our site. This is accomplished through the manufacturer's Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS), labels on products or containers, and the education that this standard exists.

If you are bringing chemicals to our site, you must provide a list of them to the site scientist. Include all chemical items including those as benign as distilled or drinking water. Remember, you must have the appropriate Material Safety Data Sheet(s) for all chemicals that you bring to the site.

All chemicals brought to the site by you must be taken with you when you leave. All wastes must be properly disposed of by you.

Proper handling and storage of flammable liquids and compressed gases is required at all times.

Chemicals that we use at this site, in substantial quantity, are helium, liquid nitrogen, and carbon dioxide.

Helium, an asphyxiant, is used to launch the weather balloons. Helium cylinders are stored and used outside.

Liquid nitrogen is used to cool certain instruments. It is a cryogenic material and its hazards are asphyxiation and burns. The main dewars are stored outside and small amounts of liquid nitrogen are taken inside the trailers in small dewars. Personnel are required to wear PPE, as outlined in the MSDS, when using liquid nitrogen.

V. 3 Non - Ionizing radiation

This site contains radio frequency, microwave and laser radiation. All are well contained, and appropriate engineering controls are in place to protect us. However, if you plan to work on an instrument and must disable safety engineering controls (e.g., a laser interlock) you must inform and gain approval from the site scientist before the start of said work.

V.4 Natural Hazards

This site is located in rural Kansas, thus there is a myriad of natural hazards one might encounter. Some of them are:




VI. Facilities

VII. Camera and Video Policy

You may use your personal still frame cameras and video camera to capture your visit to the site. However, please DO NOT publish the photos or make documentary from your video camera film without prior approval from the site scientist.

VIII. Safety Violations/Discrepancy

The site scientist, construction field representative, and/or the ANL safety coordinator have the authority to cease operations of any activity that is in violation of federal, state, or local safety regulations or is in violation of the above-mentioned items covered in this orientation. Any person has the authority to cease operations that are immediately dangerous to life and health (Imminent Danger). The site scientist must be immediately notified of the incident.

IX. Accidents/Injuries

All accidents, injuries, and/or near misses must be reported to the site scientist as soon as possible after they occur. In the absence of the site scientist please report same to the ANL safety coordinator at 630-252-2885.