Lab employees prepare to return to work

Lab employees prepare to return to work

By Tony Lee Orr

GCN Staff

MAY 18—Some Los Alamos National Laboratory employees may return to work as early as Monday if firefighters continue to contain the wildfire that threatened lab facilities for two weeks, officials said.

In the meantime, reintroduction crews are checking each building at the New Mexico complex for damage, said Nancy Ambrosiano, a spokeswoman for the lab.

A message on the Los Alamos lab Web site from lab director John Browne tells employees to be ready to report to work as early as Monday.

"Upper-level managers and their staffs are in place in the main administration building, developing plans for the upcoming return to technical, programmatic work," the message states. "At the same time, laboratory divisions and group offices are making contact with their workers, establishing the order in which people and projects will come back online, as their buildings are OK'd."

Re-entry will be based on the status of the wildfire and the progress made in opening lab buildings, the message notes.

Most of the buildings "were battened down pretty well and suffered no damage," Ambrosiano said. Those buildings can be occupied as soon as electrical service and other basic systems are checked. The lab's Web page is hosted on an onsite server that has remained operational, she said.

Some buildings, however, contain hazardous materials and will require a more thorough inspection, Ambrosiano said. Lab workers will be moved back into their buildings as soon as each is cleared for occupancy, she said.

Employees called back on Monday will likely take part in the re-entry program, Ambrosiano said.

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