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Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007


2007 Holiday Shutdown Cost Savings and Work Approvals

The Laboratory ‘Holiday Shutdown’ (6pm - Friday, December 21, 2007 through Tuesday, January 1, 2008) offers a significant opportunity for energy cost savings.  These savings are realized by shutting down equipment and utilities.

Minimum work forces will continue the following functions during the shutdown:

  • Plant Operations & Maintenance - Plant Maintenance Technicians
  • Safety - Fire Department, Environmental Protection, Radiation Assessment
  • Animal Care - Animal Colony Support Staff
  • Hydrogen Safety - Mechanical Engineering and Technical Support
  • Receiving & U.S. Mail - Material Operations
  • Custodial Services (as requested, if you have employees working)

Special programmatic needs may require additional employees to work during the shutdown.  All employees who must work during the period must have advance approval by the Division Director cognizant.  In addition, employees who must work with unsealed radioactive materials must have the intended work reviewed and approved by the Environmental Health & Safety Department one week before the shutdown period.

Alternative utility and/or equipment services may be required.  Requests for service should be routed through the appropriate Building Manager and forwarded to the Facilities Division no later than Friday, December 14, 2007.  The Laboratory would normally spend $6300 per day on energy during December.  Those who work during the Holiday Shutdown can save energy by:

  • Setting back thermostats in their own space;
  • Shutting off nonessential lights and equipment;
  • Using smaller portable heaters and work station lighting while working inside;
  • Keeping outside windows and door closed.








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