Steward Observatory Safety Health and Environment Plan

Steward Observatory is committed to excellence in the areas of environment, safety, and security (ES&S). This commitment is an essential part of our business. Creative and cost-effective ES&S solutions are necessary for our long-term success. Meeting this commitment is a responsibility shared by everyone, including contractors and third parties.

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Life-Threatening Emergencies:
From any office or campus public phone: 911
From your cell phone: 911
Non Life-Threatening Emergencies:
UAPD (Police Department): 621-8273
Facilities Management: 621-3000
Radiation Control: 626-6850
Custodial Services: 621-7558
Parking and Transportation: 621-1108

Steward Observatory Safety Manual
Safety Management Members
Steward Observatory Building
Mt. Graham International Observatory
Imaging Technology Laboratory


High standards of ES&S performance shall be directed by the following principles:

  • Commitment - All employees understand the need for and demonstrate a strong commitment to high standards of ES&S performance.
  • Build Trust - The Observatory conducts its operations in a manner of building trust on ES&S issues with its employees, government, and the public. We recognize and respond to any legitimate community concerns about the environmental and health safety impact of our programs.
  • Accident Prevention - All employees strive for the goal of no accidents, injuries, unsafe work practices, or conditions.
  • Reduction of Emissions/Releases - Reduction and prevention of waste and emissions/releases are among the objectives of all operations. Reuse and recycle materials when it makes good economic and environmental sense to do so. Consider possible environmental impact when making decisions, including those concerning facilities management and construction projects.
  • Emergency Preparedness - Emergency preparedness is a vital function and is the responsibility of management and supervision at all levels.
  • Compliance - The Observatory complies with all applicable environmental, health, and safety laws and regulations.
  • Training/Education - The Observatory proactively assures that employees are adequately trained and educated on ES&S issues. We limit occupational injuries and illnesses by emphasizing safety education and safe work practices for all employees.
  • Measurement of Performance - ES&S performance are measured and communicated company-wide. Compliance reviews and audits are periodically conducted.
  • Communication - The Observatory provides appropriate and timely information about its ES&S commitments, responsibilities, and achievements to its employees and the public, and participates in appropriate industry-sponsored ES&S initiatives and programs.

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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