Faces at the Lab: ALS’s Jim Floyd

June 25, 2012

Division/Department: Advance Light Source (ALS)

Years at the Lab:
19 years. I was brought in to help with response to the DOE Tiger Team. The EH&S Division added over 90 people at that time.

What do you do at the Lab?
I am the safety manager at the Advanced Light Source for both staff and users. I have worked in radiation protection, industrial hygiene, information systems, dosimetry, waste management, and the Bevatron for EHS division, before moving to the ALS five years ago.

What do you like best about your job?
The opportunities to make things work better. I love working with the ALS users. They always bring their “A” game and keep me on my toes.

What are some of your favorite activities outside of work?
I like traveling, Warrior games, brewing beer, and hiking. I plan to hike all the East Bay Parks, and have discovered some great places along the way.

What is the most unusual thing that has happened to you on the job?
There were some pretty strange meetings with the public over the tritium controversy. One of my highlights was meeting Glen Seaborg and getting his signature on a periodic table.

What is your greatest achievement at work?

Turning around the Dosimetry Department. It now has better technology with higher quality and is much more efficient and responsive.

What would you like to accomplish in the future?
To develop a great pre-conceptual plan for NGLS such that DOE selects Berkeley Lab for this initiative. I also want to create more risked-based EH&S processes rather than compliance based as is our current practice.

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One Response to “Faces at the Lab: ALS’s Jim Floyd”

  1. Helen Jefferson says:

    Besides being a tongue twister “risked-based EH&S processes rather than compliance based” makes me ask what does Mr Floyd mean?

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