Safety is a top priority at NOAA. The NOAA Safety and Environmental Compliance Office (SECO) is the lead organization for safety at NOAA. We want all employees and contractors to "promote a safe and healthy, environmentally responsible, energy efficient work environment". All NOAA employees and their contractors are required to take the NOAA Employee Safety Awareness Course each year.
Regional Safety Manager:
Regional Environmental Compliance Officer:
GMD Radiation Safety Officer:
GMD Area Safety Representative:
Radiation safety with regard to radioactive materials.
NOAA/GMD uses a number of low to mid-level radioactive materials to monitor trace gases and aerosols in the atmosphere. Our NOAA/ESRL and ARL Idaho Falls site license from the Nuclear Regulator Commission NRC covers the use of Nickel-63, Hydrogen-3, and Polonium-210. The current version of our NRC license is Amendment 43 of license# 05-11997-01 and expires on January, 2022. Most of these radionuclei materials must be tested every 6 months for leakage from their sealed cells, with exceptions for stored and inactive sources, and certain low level sources. When tested and passed for no leakage ( < 0.005 microcuries), these sealed sources are extremely safe to the users and the public.
NOAA/GMD has over 130 electron capture detectors (ECDs) in use worldwide from ground based stations, balloon platforms, tall towers, ocean vessels, and airborne aircraft, manned and unmanned (many are also stored as spare units and inactive). Almost all of the ECDs have Nickel-63 as a source. We have a complete safety basis for the Nickel-63 ECD custom gas chromatographs and a new license will cover the use and operation of those sources. This document includes the need for these sources, specifications (source strengths and manufacturers), removal of cells from their ovens, training slide, and emergency safety procedures (see MSDS attachment). A short summary of this safety basis is included in a ECD Safety presentation.
Every six months, the GMD Radiation Safety Officer must conduct wipe test for radioactive leakage. The typical 5-15 millicuries source must not leak more than 0.005 microcuries. Station personnel or users may be asked to perform some wipe tests. Here are the directions for conducting the wipe test.
For more information on safety, please contact the GMD area safety representative.
Documents and Links
- NOAA Safety and Environmental Compliance Office (SECO)
- NOAA Employee Safety Awareness Course
- NRC Materials License
- NOAA/ESRL Safety Course
- Radioactive Material Training Record
- NOAA/ESRL Safety Basis for Custom Radioactive ECD Ovens
- ECD Safety Training Presentation.
- Wipe Test Directions.
- ESRL Radioactive Source Relocation Form.
Observatory ECD Shipping Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)
National Weather Service Safety ManualPromoting a safe work environment is a top priority of the Earth System Research Laboratory, Global Monitoring Division (GMD) and GMD remains strongly committed to reducing safety related accidents and injuries on the work site. After careful consideration, we have selected the Safety Manual used by the NOAA National Weather Service (NWS) as our guidelines for written safety procedures. This guidance manual is comprehensive and updated periodically. Through adoption of the NWS procedures, GMD can focus on strategies and processes to better support a division-wide safety program.
- Table of Contents
- Chapter 1 - FALL PROTECTION
- Chapter 2 - WORKING ALONE
- Chapter 3 - SAFE ELECTRICAL WORK PRACTICES
- Chapter 4 - CONTROL OF HAZARDOUS ENERGY SOURCES
- Chapter 6 - CONTROL OF HAZARDOUS ENERGY SOURCES
- Chapter 7 - HAZARD COMMUNICATION
- Chapter 8 - PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
- Chapter 9 - COMPRESSED GAS SAFETY
- Chapter 10 - RESPIRATORY PROTECTION
- Chapter 11 - HEARING CONSERVATION
- Chapter 12 - CONFINED SPACE ENTRY
- Chapter 13 - INDOOR AIR QUALITY
- Chapter 14 - WALKING - WORKING SURFACES
- Chapter 15 - BATTERY CHARGING AND STORAGE OPERATIONS
- Chapter 16 - FLAMMABLE AND COMBUSTIBLE LIQUID STORAGE
- Chapter 17 - IONIZING AND NON-IONIZING RADIATION
- Chapter 18 - ACCIDENT/ILLNESS REPORTING AND RECORDING
- Chapter 19 - HAND AND POWER TOOL SAFETY
- Chapter 20 - MACHINE GUARDING
- Chapter 21 - LASER OPERATIONS
- Chapter 22 - CRANES, HOISTS AND SLINGS
- Chapter 23 - EMERGENCY RESPONSE AGREEMENTS
- Chapter 24 - SAFETY TRAINING PROGRAM
- Chapter 25 - ERGONOMICS
- Chapter 26 - TRENCHING AND EXCAVATION OPERATIONS
- Chapter 27 - FORKLIFT
- Chapter 28 - WELDING/HOT WORK
- Chapter 30 - OFFICE SAFETY
- Chapter 31 - ASBESTOS SAFETY
- Chapter 32 - MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY
*Chapter 5 will be replaced by the Occupant Emergency Plan for David Skaggs Research Center.