SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

ESH Manual

SLAC is committed to protecting the health and safety of our staff, the community, and the environment as we carry out our scientific mission. We believe that safety, science, productivity, and quality are mutually supportive, and that safety is integral to each job. As stewards of our land, SLAC also seeks to minimize pollution to our environment and to protect our resources and biota.

We are all responsible for ensuring a safe work environment at SLAC, and our effort is steered by the Environment, Safety and Health (ES&H) division.

Contacting ES&H:


About ISEMS:

SLAC uses the integrated safety and environmental management system (ISEMS) to bring safety and environment into work practices at all levels.  Our core Safety and Values document shows our expectations for working safety at SLAC.

Five Core Functions

ISEMS applies these core functions as steps to our work:

  • Define scope: What do I want to do?
  • Analyze hazards: What are the risks of doing it?
  • Control for hazards: How can I control those risks?
  • Perform work: Do it (controlling for risks)
  • Feedback and Improvement: Evaluate performance. How can I do better next time?

Also consider the impact of Environmental Management on any job you do.  See About EMS for more information about the EMS portion of ISEMS.

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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