LANL Director Thom Mason and DOE/NNSA Los Alamos Field Office Manager Steve Goodrum discuss safety and workforce development during the LANL Community Conversation event Thursday morning at Buffalo Thunder Resort.
Director Mason told the audience that the TA55 Division will add 1,500 employees in the near future. In answer to a question from Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus about diverse careers at LANL, Mason said, “The Lab is a broad enough place that anyone can match their skills and passion to a career at LANL”.
The director also said that Triad, the corporation that manages LANL, is targeting its dollars to the seven northern New Mexico counties, and has nearly doubled investment in the communities.
He stressed the importance of safety at LANL and pointed out that in 2018, there were only eight injuries resulting in days away from work and only two of those involved a job transfer or restriction. In January and February, the Laboratory had roughly one reportable case per month for every 160,000 hours worked. The industry rate is almost double that amount, Director Mason said.
Triad has launched an ongoing series of safety initiative:
- Electrical Safety: Triad has recently concluded a lab-wide project to clean up legacy contamination on low-voltage electrical breakers to better protect its electrical workers. A combination of early planning and consultation, excellent communication and a laser-focus on brought this project to an end three weeks ahead of schedule, with zero injuries;
- Responsible Contracts: Triad is implementing pro-safety innovative ideas such as including safety performance metrics in its construction contracts so that safety performance is now tied to contract compensation; and
- Safety Training: Triad is revamping its safety training requirements and processes to ensure that its employees get what they need to do the right thing to protect themselves and their co-workers. One-third of all first-line supervisors have received intensive safety training.
Goodrum told the crowd gathered Thursday at Buffalo Thunder that NNSA will conduct two job fairs at the University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University this year. He also said that transparency was important to the NNSA. ‘We want to be transparent so leaders understand what is going on at LANL,” he said.