CAT Chat Minutes

February 14, 1997


Issues that require action and/or follow-up
1. The safety responsibility on the Experiment Hall floor is not clear. We had some lead in our area that was not properly stored. One day the riggers came and removed it. The FC did get it back for us. As I understand it, the Building Manager has a standing directive that says if something is improperly stored it should be removed. It is not clear what the CAT is responsible for.

Safety is the CAT’s responsibility, and storing lead properly is the CAT’s responsibility. There is no standing order of any kind for any action on the floor. The removal of lead without permission from the CAT was a mistake. We have been assured that this action will not be repeated.

2. Is it possible to say that there should be no inspection of a CATs facility without a member of the CAT present?

Yes. There will be notification of inspections well in advance to the CAT. If you have a conflict with the date and time of the scheduled inspection, please let us know. It will be rescheduled to a time that is convenient for the CAT.

3. We are required by ANL to follow their safety procedures, rather than those that are in our own CAT safety plan. It should not be this way. When we made the attempt to change the TOM CAT document, it was difficult. Our experience with this plan was that we could not put in our own plans. We do not propose dilution, but many of the issues are not practical. For example - to use open flames, as I understand, we must apply to ANL for a permit - why?

With the TOM CAT plan, we have tried to provide you with a model from which to write your own safety plan to manage your safety. The CAT safety plan is an extension of the ANL ESH plan, as it is applicable to your own area. You may not have an open flame, because it will trigger the smoke detectors and a response by the fire department. When we receive an ANL permit for such work, the local smoke detector is deactivated so that the work can be done.

4. Does APS or ANL have a liability if a CAT safety plan does not cover something that occurs?

This is covered by the user agreement between the APS and your home institution. That is why you should assure that your institution has signed a user agreement before you begin work at the APS.

5. We had a technician who needed access to our sector. We were not made aware of this before hand.

This should not happen with the implementation of the Work Request process on the WEB. The problem came up during the last run. When the system managers approve the work, the Work Request Form has a section for notifying the sector personnel. This link was not set up properly and the notifications were not made. It will be ready by the next run. You will be notified about work being done in your own sector and your neighboring sectors.

6. If the work involves our own sector shouldn’t you wait for a reply from the CAT before scheduling the work?

The message to the sector personnel will request them to notify us if they have a problem with the schedule. Absence of a response is considered to be an agreement to the request.

7. Parking is still an issue in 438.

We will check in to this!!

The radiation alarms on the floor will be reset so they will trip off the machine and the control room will be notified. The alert notice will be set close to the alarm notice (there will no longer be two levels).

One of these days we will have card keys. All of your members must be up to date on their required classes, including user orientation. All of the proper documentation for sector-specific safety orientation must be done by the CAT safety coordinator. It is the CAT’s responsibility to make certain the training of its personnel is complete.

We have User beam scheduled for the upcoming run starting on Feb. 25, 1997. We will use all the Shielding Verification and Contingency days during this period as shown on the schedule. Shielding verification work will be carried out with 25 mA.

We have a shutter operations authorization procedure for users to authorize FCs to open the shutter on their beamline. It will be in place before the run begins. Each authorization request is valid for a maximum period of 24 hrs., at which time you will need to fill out and sign a new authorization request. This will be a temporary procedure that will be used until we have automatic shutter control established.

The door brackets are being delivered, and Tecknit will begin installing them. We will take care of the most significant problems first. Please do not remove the temporary mitigation until the permanent one with door brackets has been installed. We should have all of them installed before the next run begins. If you have any delay requests or other problems with this schedule call Y. Amer.

We have a handout on the ID Control procedure. Please take one. This procedure is also on the WEB accessible from the XFD Home Page. This will permit each CAT to control the gap and tapering between undulator jaws.

The Storage Ring comes up Monday. The rf engineers have identified and fixed the crowbar trips in one of the systems.

The TV screens will be installed every six columns. They will only have one channel, at this time giving stored beam status, but we will put more channels containing other operational information in the future.