Safety - General


The Rubin Obs. Project is committed to achieving the highest performance in safety, health, and environmental management practices with the aim of creating and maintaining a safe and healthy working and operating environment. This site focuses on personnel and equipment safety throughout the design, construction, and operation phases of the project. Rubin Obs. approach to project wide safety is addressed in the Safety Policy. Site specific details for working conditions and procedures, as well as the management structure at each site are found in the local Safety, Health & Environment Plans.

The Rubin Obs. Safety Policy establishes and defines Safety, Health, and Environmental, procedures, and requirements for the Rubin Obs. Project consistent with all United States and Chilean laws and regulations. The objective of the policy is to make safety, health and environmental management an integral part of the effort from initial planning and design, to construction, commissioning, and finally throughout the operation of Rubin Obs.

In addition to the stated policies and requirements, this policy lays out a foundation for project development and operations intended to establish a culture where the safety and health of personnel and equipment is a paramount concern, and that individuals are empowered and management is structured to encourage and promote safety in all elements of the project.

To realize the commitments to project wide safety, the Rubin Obs. Project has established this Policy on the basis of clear lines of communication, clear procedures, critical review, personal responsibility and accountability for safe design and conduct. The Rubin Obs. Safety Policy is addressed by four major elements:

1) Local Safety, Health, and Environmental (SHE) Plans
2) Safety Reviews and Hazard Analysis
3) Safety Manager and Safety Council
4) Design for Safe Development and Operation

Stop Work Authority Summary

Any person can and shall immediately request termination of any activity they participate in or witness that could pose a serious threat to the life or health of people, the environment, or equipment while working on the Rubin Obs. project.  Such a termination request shall be communicated verbally with the individual(s) engaged in the activity or through the supervisor of the activity.
The person asked to terminate an activity shall do so immediately.  Disagreements or differences of opinion about the need to terminate an activity shall occur only after the activity is stopped and people are removed from the hazard.
The appropriate local senior manager and the local safety professional shall be notified immediately to assist in the evaluation of the hazard. The activity can resume after the hazard has been corrected and after the appropriate local senior manager and the local safety professional have acknowledged that correction in writing. The appropriate local senior manager shall forward the written corrective action to the Rubin Obs. Safety Manager within 24 hours of the resolution.   If the resolution is not made locally, then the local senior manager shall notify the Rubin Obs. Safety Manager and the Rubin Obs. Project Manager to assist in possible resolutions and approvals.



Financial support for Rubin Observatory comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through Cooperative Support Agreement No. 1202910, the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science under Contract No. DE-AC02-76SF00515, and private funding raised by the LSST Corporation. The NSF-funded Rubin Observatory Project Office for construction was established as an operating center under management of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA).  The DOE-funded effort to build the the Rubin Observatory LSST Camera (LSSTCam) is managed by the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC).
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 to promote the progress of science. NSF supports basic research and people to create knowledge that transforms the future.
NSF and DOE will continue to support Rubin Observatory in its Operations phase. They will also provide support for scientific research with LSST data.   

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