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Safety at the Earth & Planets Laboratory is a top priority. We are committed to a safe working environment in the laboratory and everywhere on campus.
In the event of a major weather or emergency event, the Broad Branch Road campus of the Carnegie Institution for Science will follow the lead of the D.C. Area Federal Government.
In addition, the Facility Management team maintains a phone line (202-478-8486) which will be updated before 6:30 a.m. on days when such events occur. This phone line will be accessible to all employees so that they may hear condition reports and confirm whether or not they are expected to report to work.
Call 202-478-8486 for up-to-date emergency status.
CLOSED: If DC area Federal Government offices are CLOSED, campus personnel are not required to report to work and will not lose pay or annual leave for that day.
OPEN under a DELAYED ARRIVAL: If federal agencies in the Washington, DC, area are OPEN under a DELAYED ARRIVAL, employees should plan to arrive for work no more than a specified number of hours later than they would normally arrive.
Under this condition, the campus will open on time, but non-emergency employees may adjust their normal arrival time consistent with the announcement. For example, if an employee normally arrives at work at 8:30 a.m. and is directed to arrive no more than 2 hours late, the commuter would be granted an excused absence from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Employees who arrive for work more than the specified number of hours later than their normal arrival time will be charged annual leave for the additional period of absence.
Employees designated as emergency personnel are expected to report for work as directed by the Facility Manager.
UNSCHEDULED LEAVE: If federal agencies in the Washington, DC, area are OPEN under an UNSCHEDULED LEAVE policy, Broad Branch Road campus employees may take annual leave, without the prior approval of their supervisors, for a portion of or the entire scheduled workday. Employees should inform their supervisors of their intentions as soon as possible. Employees designated as emergency personnel are expected to report to work as directed by the Facility Manager.
OPEN: If federal agencies in Washington, DC, are OPEN; employees are expected to report to work on time unless conditions in and around the BBR campus are such that it would be dangerous or not possible for employees to work (i.e., damage or outages in buildings, ice or heavy snow on the roadways). Employees should call the emergency phone line for condition reports.
If there is no message on the line, then employees should report to work on time.
EARLY DISMISSAL: If for any reason, employees are dismissed for the day upon arriving at work, there will be no loss of pay or annual leave.
EXCEPTIONS: Members of the BBR Engineering Staff or other Staff members who are designated by the Facility Manager as emergency/essential personnel will be asked to make every effort to report to the campus on days when the Federal Government is closed.
The Director works with the Facility Manager to make final decisions regarding these policies each time weather or another event occurs.
On the morning of a day in which there is/has been/will be a major weather or emergency event, the Facility Manager and the Director will contact one another before 6:30 a.m. to decide as to whether employees will be asked to report to work on time, by the above-listed policies.
The Directors and the Facilities Manager may use the following checklist to make considerations regarding whether the employees will be asked to report to work:
- Has the Federal Office of Personnel Management made a public announcement about changes to their operations?
- Are roads impassable on the BBR campus and the immediately surrounding area?
- Are secondary/neighborhood roads in the greater DC area are impassable?
- Have there been reports of ice on the roadways in the area? Extensive debris in the roadways?
- Are one or more buildings on campus are incapacitated (due to damage or power outages)?
- Is there a high likelihood of weather or another event that will take place during the workday, which could cause damage or make it difficult for employees to return to their homes?
Once a consensual decision has been reached, the Facility Manager will ensure that the message on the emergency phone line (202-478-8486) has been updated.View Carnegie-wide policy