CERN Accelerating science

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The mandate of the Handling Engineering (HE) Group is to provide transport and handling services for the technical infrastructure of CERN, accelerators and experiments. This includes the design, the tendering/procurement, the installation, the commissioning, the operation, the maintenance and decommissioning of standard industrial and custom built transport and handling equipment.

Handling is considered as high risk activity in which no compromises regarding safety issues is acceptable. The creation and respect of procedures and operation manuals are fundamental. Likewise no compromises are acceptable for the conformity of the equipment park and the observance of periodic safety inspections.

The Heavy Handling (HH) section prepares, organizes and coordinates all transport and handling operations for accelerators and experiments and CERN users in general. The transport and handling operations are in general executed by a service provider.

The Project Office (PO) is in charge for all design, integration and feasibility studies related to transport and handling operations. The section also manages several supply, service and rental contracts as well as CERNs fleet of utility vehicles, trucks and trailers.

The Handling Maintenance (HM) section covers all necessary technical, administrative and managerial actions during the life cycle of the industrial transport, handling and lifting equipment to maintain it in a state in which it can perform the required function. For maintenance purposes two service contracts intervene according to a fixed intervention schedule, for breakdown interventions or upon request. In addition the section keeps a network of local and international equipment specialists.

The Lift Management (LM) section covers all necessary technical, administrative and managerial actions during the life cycle of passenger and goods lifts to maintain them in a state in which it can perform the required function. For maintenance purposes two service contracts intervene according to a fixed intervention schedule, for breakdown interventions or upon request.

The consolidation and ensuring conformity of the existing transport and handling equipment park that was commissioned between 1957 and 2007 requires a major effort over the next years. In the course of this exercise the optimisation and rationalisation of the transport and handling equipment park will also be taken into consideration.