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  57   Fri Nov 2 08:59:30 2007 steveBureaucracySAFETYthe laser is ON
The psl laser is back on !
  115   Mon Nov 19 14:32:10 2007 steveBureaucracySAFETYgrad student safety training
John Miller and Alberto Stochino has received the 40m safety bible.
They still have to read the laser operation manual and sign off on it.
  196   Tue Dec 18 16:50:35 2007 tobinUpdateSAFETYuvex laser safety glasses defective
A few days ago we noticed what appeared to be a blotched, speckled fracturing of the coating of the "UVEX" laser safety glasses. These are the glasses with "transparent" (reflective to 1064nm) lenses and white frames that we keep in a box on top of a filing cabinet in the control room. Today Steve measured the transmission of these glasses and found 80% transmission of 1064nm in several cases.

Do not use the white, transparent "uvex" laser safety glasses until further notice. Steve has hidden them away so that you won't be tempted.

Below is attached a photo of a bad lens.
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  203   Wed Dec 19 16:40:12 2007 steveUpdateSAFETYlaser safety glasses measured
I measured the coarse transission at 1064nm of the 40m safety glasses today.

12 pieces of UVEX # LOTG-YAG/CO2 light green, all plastic construction, ADSORBANT

3 pieces of 6KG5, Scott colored filter glass type,

individual prescription glasses: alan, bob, ben, jay and steve

7 pieces of dual waveleght glasses

These glasses showed 0.00mW transmission out of 170mW Crysta Laser 1064
  443   Thu Apr 24 15:57:53 2008 steveConfigurationSAFETYSafety at AP-ISCT
I measured the output power of the psl after the mechanical shutter.

It was 1.1 W with Ophir power meter, than unlocked the MC and measured
the power at the MC-REFL Beam Dump at the AP-ISCT 0.9 W
Power on MC-REFL photodiode 92 mW

High power metal beam shields were installed around the beam path of
MC-REFL between AP-Viewport and MC-REFL Beam Dump.
Placed HIGH POWER LASER BEAM PATH warning signs on table frame and top
covers.

Last week I placed a small monitor on the top of the OOC that
monitors the resonant spot of MC2. Please keep an eye on this monitor
when working on the AP-ISCT

AP table should NOT be left uncovered. One experienced laser operator
has to be present if the top is removed and IR-viewer scan required.
We need your full cooperation to keep this lab safe.
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  488   Tue May 20 09:28:42 2008 steveBureaucracySAFETYsafety traning for 40m
Tara Chalernsongsak, new gradstudent for K. Libbrecht was introduced to the basics of the 40m operations.
  491   Thu May 22 11:21:45 2008 steveBureaucracySAFETYearly surf sudent
Caltech under grad Eric Mintun received the 40m safety training.
Now he has to read and sign SOP of laser and ifo.
He'll be working with GigE cameras with Joe
  523   Fri Jun 6 15:56:00 2008 steveBureaucracySAFETYYoichi received safety training
Yoichi Aso received 40m specific safety training.
  539   Wed Jun 18 16:37:54 2008 steve,ranaUpdateSAFETYCO2 test in the east arm
The CO2 laser and table are in the east arm for characterization of the mechanics. We
will not be operating it until we have an SOP (which is being written). No worries.
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  552   Mon Jun 23 15:22:04 2008 ranaBureaucracySAFETYLaser Safety Walkthrough today
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  708   Mon Jul 21 15:52:22 2008 steveBureaucracySAFETYfire alarms test
The fire alarm test and evacuation drill was successfully completed at 13:45 Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Everybody was on time for the 40m meeting.
  840   Fri Aug 15 14:12:31 2008 steveBureaucracySAFETYsafety glasses required
The MOPA shutter is opened,
the PSL enclosure is switched to bypass mode,
manual block removed from PMC,

the PSL output is still blocked and the mechanical shutter is still closed.

Pumpdown is at 300 Torr continuing

Laser safety glasses are required!
  865   Thu Aug 21 10:24:20 2008 steveConfigurationSAFETYlaser safe mode condition
The MOPA and PSL shutters are closed.
Manual beam blocks are in place.
Enclosure interlock is enabled.
No other high power laser is in operation.

We are in laser safe of operation for visiting students from Japan

NO safety glasses required
  866   Thu Aug 21 16:28:59 2008 steveConfigurationSAFETYsafety glasses required
I just opened the MOPA shutter so PA is warming up.

High power beam path is cleared and laser safety glasses required.
  942   Thu Sep 11 14:27:53 2008 steveBureaucracySAFETYsafety training
Peter Kalmus received 40m specific safety training last week.
  1004   Mon Sep 29 11:17:14 2008 steveUpdateSAFETYhorizontal viewports are protected with lexan
The four horizontal viewports of arms are protected
by 3/8" thick, 8.5" OD Lexan disk of MR10 Polycarbonate.

ITMX, ETMX, ITMY and ETMY ccd cameras are not focused now.
  1068   Wed Oct 22 16:22:53 2008 steveBureaucracySAFETYCaryn received safety training
Caryn Polatchi has received 40m safety training on Monday, Oct 20
  1082   Fri Oct 24 11:09:08 2008 steveUpdateSAFETYmore lexan plates under cameras
The MC2, MC3&1 and BSC-SUS cameras were repositioned somewhat in the
process of placing lexan disks under neat them.
MC1&3 will have to be readjusted.

Now all horizontal viewports are protected.
  1123   Fri Nov 7 16:05:55 2008 steveBureaucracySAFETYinsect killer sprayed at kitchen area !

Bob and I cleaned out the sink area and sprayed
Spectracide's BUG STOP insect killer solution on the shelfs and sink
table top area.

NO eating or coffee drinking till Monday

This is an effort to stop the ants coming.
  1243   Thu Jan 22 08:34:10 2009 steveBureaucracySAFETYsafety training
Kakeru received 40m safety training yesterday.

He has no authorization to work alone in the high power beam path yet.
  1273   Thu Feb 5 09:12:29 2009 steveBureaucracySAFETYsafety updates & fire alarm test

The fire alarm test was completed at 13:30 yesterday.

 

I updated the 40M Emergency Calling List by replacing Rob by Yoichy. The calling order: Vass,  Aso and Taylor.

Rana and Yoichy were added to the "Registered PSL Operator List"  and posted it in the lab. (not in the document, that should be up dated)

We are getting ready for the annual safety audit. It will be held next week  at 14:00 Friday, Feb 13, 2009

Please participate in the preparation by correcting it or just  tell me.

 

Rod Luna is organizing the pick up of the following old equipment:

HP laser jet  5000n, 3 of 19" 10 base-T network ports and  4 small hubs,

2 Sun monitors, 1 Viewsonic monitor, 7 keypads and

Hitachi scopes 2 of V-355, 2 of V-422, 1 of V-202 and 1 of V-6165

 

 

  1280   Fri Feb 6 14:49:31 2009 steveSummarySAFETYlaser inventory
40M Laser Inventory at Feb 05, 2009
 

1, Lightwave PA#102 @ 77,910 hrs 1064nm of 2.8W @ 27.65A
                   NPRO#206 @ 2.4A                    at PSL enclosure............"Big Boy" is waiting for to be retired but not now.

2, Lightwave  NPRO 1064nm of 700mW  #415   at AP table.......cavity length measurements of Alberto

3, CrystaLaser  IRCL-100-1064S, 1064nmS of 100mW  ,sn#IR81132 at east arm cabinet

4, CrystaLaser 1064nm of 180mW # -1274 flq at scattering setup.........flashlight quality

5, RF-PD tester 1064nm of 1.2mW @20mA at SP table

6, Lumix 800-1100nm of 500mW at east arm cabinet

7, JDS-Uniphase 633nmP of 4mW oplev sus laser at 5 places,
    plus four spares in east arm cabinet
 
 
The same information is posted at the 40M WIKI also
 
 
 
  1288   Tue Feb 10 10:48:48 2009 steveBureaucracySAFETYsafety glasses scanned
All 40m safety glasses are absorbent.
 
They were scanned by 180 mW  2mm spot size  of 1064 nm beam and  their  transmissions were measured
They showed no degradation.
 
UVEX 's  LOTG-YAG/CO2 glasses (fits over personal glasses) 11 pieces,
Glendale-XC by Bacou-Dalloz,  #1166218VLT68% , aerodynamic style, 7 pieces, (4 missing )
KG5- glasses , heavier- made out of glass, 3 pieces,
Thorlab's LG10, 1 piece
Old glasses by "Laser Glass" Nd-YAG, 2 pieces
Totaling 24
 
Atm.2  showing our muilty wavelength glasses of 1064 and 530 nm
Their transmittance for both wavelength were zero.
 
Note: if you have prescripton safety glasses I would like to scan it for you !
 
 
 

 

 

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  1319   Wed Feb 18 15:31:38 2009 steveBureaucracySAFETYemergency back-up lights checked
All 13 exit and  emergency back-up lights and their batteries were checked.
Two of  the batteries were replaced.
  1332   Mon Feb 23 11:07:01 2009 steveBureaucracySAFETYKiwamu receives safety training

Osamu and Kiwamu received 40m safety training on Thursday, Feb 19, 2009

Kiwamu needs Osamu's close supervision at PSL enclosure and AP table
I hope they already read, understood and signed the laser SOP
  1700   Wed Jun 24 17:08:16 2009 steveBureaucracySAFETYsurf student safety

The 40m lab specific safety training is done. The participants were

Stephanie Erickson, Clara Bennett, Chris Zimmerman, Zach Commings, Michelle Stephen surfs and Drew Cappel  postock.

They have already went through the Caltech Safety Office laser and general safety training.

They still have to read, understand and sign the the SOP for the laser & lab

  1802   Wed Jul 29 11:15:06 2009 steveBureaucracySAFETYKevin receives safety training

Kevin Vigue, our high school summer student went through the 40m specific safety traning yesterday.

  2015   Mon Sep 28 23:44:18 2009 KojiOmnistructureSAFETYCrappy power outlet

Jenne, Koji

Tonight we found that the wireless for Martian network was down.
We inspected the router and found the power was down. The power of the weather station was also down.

By touching the power outlet which they are connected, the power changes on and off.
This problematic power outlet has a label "L#17" just below the photograph of the mk I (1989).
The plug was connected to the left one.

As it was scary, we moved the power plug to the next one (L#19).
The wireless router and the weather station were powered now,
though the weather station is showing a wrong time in its clock.

  2082   Mon Oct 12 17:27:20 2009 KojiConfigurationSAFETYStray beam blocking

Steve, Kiwamu, and Koji

We went through the PSL table to make sure any strong beam did not hit the wall.

We found that the reflection of Stephanie's OSA returned its path down to the beamsplitter.
This BS reflect that beam to the wall. That was fixed.

The surprising was that the relatively strong beam (~1mW?) went through the steering mirror
just before the PMC. We put thorlabs razor blades. I am still thinking what this indicates...
because the beam had been blocked if it was such from long time before.

During the work we found some stray optics such as a cube BS, a flipper mirror, and so on.
We can see them in the photo as those enclosed with yellow circles.
One of the beams was obtained from the reflection of the ND filter (...almost illeagal), and 
was even hittting a metal fixture for the BS cube.

If someone uses these components for useful purposes,
please let me(Koji) know. Otherwise, they are removed next week.

The other thing we found was the bright scatter from the EOM for the PMC.
As this scatter is so blight, I am going to align it.

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  2084   Mon Oct 12 18:38:07 2009 JenneConfigurationSAFETYStray beam blocking

Quote:

Steve, Kiwamu, and Koji

We went through the PSL table to make sure any strong beam did not hit the wall.

We found that the reflection of Stephanie's OSA returned its path down to the beamsplitter.
This BS reflect that beam to the wall. That was fixed.

The surprising was that the relatively strong beam (~1mW?) went through the steering mirror
just before the PMC. We put thorlabs razor blades. I am still thinking what this indicates...
because the beam had been blocked if it was such from long time before.

During the work we found some stray optics such as a cube BS, a flipper mirror, and so on.
We can see them in the photo as those enclosed with yellow circles.
One of the beams was obtained from the reflection of the ND filter (...almost illeagal), and 
was even hittting a metal fixture for the BS cube.

If someone uses these components for useful purposes,
please let me(Koji) know. Otherwise, they are removed next week.

The other thing we found was the bright scatter from the EOM for the PMC.
As this scatter is so blight, I am going to align it.

 These components are from when Rana and I used the StochMon PD to do the RFAM tuning, documented in elog 1926.  This was a very handy measurement, but I'm not sure if whether or not we need it often enough to keep the optics there.

  2085   Mon Oct 12 19:53:44 2009 KojiConfigurationSAFETYStray beam blocking
I aligned the EOM and the beam to the PMC.
The beam is still hitting the bottom of the EOM aperture,
but the further lowering the EOM reduces the PMC transmission.
So I put my compromise.

The work restored the PMC transmission to over 2.4.

Finally I centered the beams on to the MC WFSs.
As a result, the MC Trans recovered 7.5.
  2087   Mon Oct 12 20:01:13 2009 KojiConfigurationSAFETYStray beam blocking

OK! I saw the optics are redundant and some of the components are not in a right place.
I will talk with you when you are back such that we can keep the usefulness of the setup.

Quote:

 These components are from when Rana and I used the StochMon PD to do the RFAM tuning, documented in elog 1926.  This was a very handy measurement, but I'm not sure if whether or not we need it often enough to keep the optics there.

 

  2115   Mon Oct 19 11:00:52 2009 steveHowToSAFETY40m safety training

Kiwamu, Alex and Zach are practicing mandatory IR-safety scan at the 40m-PSL

40m specific safety indoctrination were completed.

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  2130   Wed Oct 21 16:18:12 2009 SteveSummarySAFETYLIGO Safety Officers visited the 40m

David Nolting, chief LIGO Safety Officer and his lieutenants from LLO and LHO paid homage to the 40m lab this morning.

They give us a few recommendation: update safety documents, move optical table from the front of ETMX-rack and label-identify absorbent plastics on enclosure windows-doors.

We'll correct these short comings ASAP

 

  2482   Wed Jan 6 16:48:52 2010 steveBureaucracySAFETYcopied NPRO key

We lost our key to the Lightwave 125/6-OPN-PS   The key shop just made one look a like that works.

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  2647   Mon Mar 1 08:49:37 2010 steveBureaucracySAFETYsafety audit

The 40m safety audit will be at Wednesday afternoon, March 3

Please participate getting our lab to inspection grade safety level.

  2716   Fri Mar 26 10:48:35 2010 steveUpdateSAFETYsafety glasses measured

Safety glasses 1064 nm transmission measured at ~200 mW level. They are all good.

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  2814   Tue Apr 20 09:15:15 2010 steveSummarySAFETYannual safety audit
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  2815   Tue Apr 20 10:55:10 2010 steveBureaucracySAFETYKevin Kuns received safety training

The 40m's new undergrad Kevin Kuns was introduced to 40m safety hazards. He is new and needs guidance as specially with 2W laser work.

Peter King will train him on Friday to LIGO-laser standard.

 

  2943   Tue May 18 11:54:29 2010 steveConfigurationSAFETYpsl mechanical shutter is not working

As we learned yesterday, the PSL laser power out put mechanical shutter is not working in the remote mode. It only works in local manual mode.

Do not rely on the MEDM screen monitor readout! The position is only changing on the monitor. The main beam must be blocked before the output periscope.

  2947   Tue May 18 15:09:02 2010 steveConfigurationSAFETYPSL output shutter in order again

Quote:

As we learned yesterday, the PSL laser power out put mechanical shutter is not working in the remote mode. It only works in local manual mode.

Do not rely on the MEDM screen monitor readout! The position is only changing on the monitor. The main beam must be blocked before the output periscope.

Ben found the Sorenson 5V ps off. It was turned off since our last scheduled power outage. I wonder what else is running on 5V in the PSL? This power supply should be on the

"alarm handler"  list to avoid future repeat of this condition. However a real safety switch would have confirming position sensors of the shutter open or closed. Is there such thing at the sites?

  2961   Thu May 20 20:03:37 2010 JenneUpdateSAFETYDon't walk down the Y(new convention) arm tonight!

Please don't go down the Yarm (Old Xarm) for right now, or if you do, please be very careful.  Kiwamu and I are set up to take beam scan measurements down the walkway, and so there are some cables / carts / other stuff down there.  We are going to get dinner really quickly before beginning the measurements. 

Right now, the PSL shutter is Closed, so there is no beam hazard outside of the chambers, just crowded space hazard.

  2962   Fri May 21 00:21:24 2010 JenneUpdateSAFETYDon't walk down the Y(new convention) arm tonight!

All clear.

Quote:

Please don't go down the Yarm (Old Xarm) for right now, or if you do, please be very careful.  Kiwamu and I are set up to take beam scan measurements down the walkway, and so there are some cables / carts / other stuff down there.  We are going to get dinner really quickly before beginning the measurements. 

Right now, the PSL shutter is Closed, so there is no beam hazard outside of the chambers, just crowded space hazard.

 

  3058   Wed Jun 9 10:31:13 2010 steveUpdateSAFETYsafety training

Nancy and Sharmila received introductory early bird surf safety training for the 40m lab.

  3121   Fri Jun 25 15:22:45 2010 JenneOmnistructureSAFETYNo entry to the 40m LVEA until further notice!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

The 40m corner station crane is out of order, and it's stuck in a way that prohibits entry to the 40m LVEA / IFO room for safety.  The crane has been locked out / tagged out. 

Until further notice, absolutely no one may enter the 40m LVEA.  Work is permitted in the desk / control room areas.

Signs have been posted on all doors into the LVEA.  Please consider those doors locked out / tagged out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

  3133   Tue Jun 29 11:48:17 2010 JenneConfigurationSAFETYBack in LASER HAZARD mode.

[Steve, Kiwamu, Jenne]

The 40m is now back in Laser Hazard mode.  Safety glasses are required for entry into the LVEA / IFO room.

  3135   Tue Jun 29 14:16:35 2010 KojiConfigurationSAFETYBack in LASER HAZARD mode.

The insects and the laser trouble... Strange coincidences with LHO surprised me, but now I have been relieved.

Quote:

[Steve, Kiwamu, Jenne]

The 40m is now back in Laser Hazard mode.  Safety glasses are required for entry into the LVEA / IFO room.

 

  3150   Wed Jun 30 18:16:55 2010 steveUpdateSAFETYSURF safety training 2010

40m SURFs Razib Obaid, Nancy Aggarwal, Unknown Bearded SMURF, Megan Daily, Gopal Nataraj, Katharine Larson and Sharmila Dhevi received 40m specific safety training on June 23, 2010.

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  3169   Wed Jul 7 17:05:30 2010 steve, ranaUpdateSAFETYSummary of Crane Damage/Malfunction

The 1 Ton yellow crane support beam jammed up at Friday morning, June 25.

 

The 40m vertex crane has a folding I-beam support to reach targeted areas. The rotating I-beam is 8 ft long. The folding extension arm gives you another 4 ft.

The 12 ft full reach can be achieved by a straightening of the 4 ft piece. There is a spring loaded latch on the top of the I-beam that locks down when the two I-beams align.

This lock joins the two beams into one rigid support beam for the jib trolley to travel.  The position of this latch is visible when standing below, albeit not very well.

To be safe it is essential that this latch is locked down fully before a load is put on the crane.

 

We were preparing to pump down the 40m vacuum system on Friday morning. The straight alignment of the 8 and 4 ft piece made us believe that

the support beams were locked. In reality, the latch was not locked down. The jib trolley was driven to the end of the 12 ft I-beam. The 200 lbs ITM-east door was lifted

when the 4 ft section folded 50 degrees around the pivot point. This load of door + jib-trolley + 4 ft I-beam made the support beam sag about 6 inches

The door was removed from the jib hoist with the blue Genie-lift. The sagging was reduced to ~3".

 

The Genie-lift platform was raised to support the sagging crane jib-trolley. The lab was closed off to ensure safety and experts were called in for consultation. It was decided to bring in professional riggers.

 

Halbert Brothers, Inc. rigging contractor came to the lab Tuesday morning to fix the crane. The job was to unload the I-beam with safety support below. They did a very good job.

 

The static deformation of I-beams sprung back to normal position. There are some deformation of the I-beam ~2 mm where the beams were jammed under load.

It is not clear if this is a new deformation or if the crane sections have always been mis-aligned by a couple of mm.

 

The crane was tested with 450 lbs load at 12 ft horizontal travel position. The folding of I-beams were repeatedly tested for safe operation. Its a 1 ton crane, but we tested it with 450 lbs because that's what we had on hand.

 

We're working on the safety upgrade of this lift to prevent similar accident from happening.

Pictures below:

Atm 1)   load testing 2007

Atm 2)   jammed-sagging under ~400 lbs, horizontal          

Atm.3)   jammed-folded 50 degrees, vertical     

Atm.4)   static deformation of I-beams

Atm.5)   unloading in progress with the help of two A-frames          

Atm.6)   it is unloaded

Atm.7-8) load testing        

Atm.9)   latch locked down for safe operation            

Atm.9)   zoom in of the crane sections misalignment    

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  3279   Fri Jul 23 16:00:35 2010 steveUpdateSAFETYcrane load test tomorrow

All 3 cranes will be load tested at 1 ton tomorrow morning between 9am and 2pm

Do not come to the 40m lab during this period. We may disturb your experiment.

Please prepare your touchy set ups to take this test.

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