The MIT Plasma Fusion Center (PSFC) is a research laboratory at MIT devoted to the study of plasma physics and its applications. The scope of research includes magnetic plasma fusion experiments, high frequency rf source development, ionospheric plasma physics, plasma processing, and fusion reactor design among other research areas.
The director of the PSFC
is responsible for providing adequate
facilities, equipment, instruments, supervision, and instructions to control
environmental and safety hazards and to comply with applicable
state and federal
requirements. In order to better fill this responsibility the Director
of the PSFC has appointed a Safety Officer and a Safety
Committee which report to him.
This document describes the mandate of
the safety committee and details of how its role will be fulfilled.
Its duties will be defined, the staffing and structure outlined, the
meeting schedule detailed, and its authorities and reporting requirements
will be laid out.
III. Structure and Meetings
The Safety Committee shall consist of a number
of PSFC personnel of varying technical and administrative backgrounds,
representative of the PSFC population
as a whole, who are dedicated to providing a safe workplace at the PSFC.
They must be familiar with safety issues in their own work areas, and also have
expertise in some area of safety concerns commonly found at the PSFC. The
members must have a demonstrated commitment to safety.
addition to PSFC personnel, several MIT safety professionals also sit on the
PSFC Safety Committee in an advisory capacity.
At this time representatives of the MIT Radiation Protection
Office, the MIT Industrial Hygiene Office, and the MIT Safety Office
participate in all Safety Committee activities.
The committee is chaired by the PSFC Safety Officer, who is responsible for
setting the meeting agenda, calling emergency sessions, establishing
subcommittees, and reporting to the director.
Administrative functions are performed by the Assistant PSFC Safety Officer and the Secretary of the Safety Committee. These include arranging meetings and seminars, distributing written materials generated by and for the committee, and reporting the meeting minutes.
PSFC Safety Committee shall meet monthly to review current safety concerns,
and approve safety procedures, and to advise the PSFC Director through the
Safety Officer on safety policy. Emergency sessions may be called for
immediate review of accidents or serious safety infringements by the Safety
Officer or his/her designate.
The duties of the Safety Committee include:
Members of the Safety Committee shall be provided with current information
on state, and federal regulations in the ES& H area by the PSFC Office of
Environment, Safety, and Health. They shall
meet with MIT safety personnel to
review inspection and audit requirements, at the regularly scheduled Safety
Committee Meetings, prior to each performance of an inspection or audit.
New members shall receive individual training in walk-through inspections
from an MIT safety professional or a representative of the PSFC Office of
Environment, Safety, and Health.