In the last year we have implemented a safety program at the VATT. This program involves identifying potential hazards to personnel and telescope equipment. Problems ranging from pinch points on the telescope to fall protection have been addressed. The Steward Observatory safety manager, Dale Web, and mountain operations manager Peterson visit the observatory quarterly for a walk-through to flag any issues. In the last year we identified 24 problems, some related to necessary repairs in a now 15-year-old building. Gray completes these repairs in a timely manner as they arise and are assigned to him.
Gray has done an outstanding job repairing the concrete deck on the east side of the Observatory. In other work, the observatory water heater was replaced, fire exit doors were labeled, and emergency lighting was installed. At this writing we have addressed all issues and continue to work toward a safer work environment.