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LSST received its federal construction start in August of 2014. This website supports the LSST Project Office in its construction of the facility.

The LSST 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. LSST's approach to project wide safety is addressed in the LSST 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 LSST Safety Policy establishes and defines Safety, Health, and Environmental, procedures, and requirements for the LSST 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 LSST.

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 LSST 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 LSST 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

 

Financial support for LSST comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through Cooperative Agreement No. 1258333, 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 LSST 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 LSST camera is managed by the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC).   

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