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Free Flu Shots Now Available

Health Services will hold clinics in Building 26 on most Wednesdays (2 to 4 p.m.) and Fridays (9:30 to 11:30 a.m.). No clinics on Sept. 30, Oct. 14 and Oct 19. Clinics will also take place at JGI on Oct. 6 (1 to 3 p.m.), OCFO on Oct. 13 (9:30 to 11 a.m.), Potter St. on Oct. 20 (9:30 to 11 a.m.), and JBEI on Oct. 27 (9:30 to 11 a.m.). No appointment is necessary and the vaccines are preservative free.

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Video Offers Tips on How to Prevent Slips, Trips, and Falls

In anticipation of the slippery conditions that the upcoming rainy season can present, the Lab’s Safety Culture Work Group has focused on reducing injuries due to slips, trips, and falls. These include paying attention to surroundings, walking mindfully, and pocketing the phone before walking. Looking out for each other also helps, as this quick video by EHS intern Haley Sutton shows.

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Accelerator Safety Workshop at Fermi Lab Sept. 20-22

Lab employees are invited to share experience and gain consensus on how safety systems are efficiently applied to accelerator facilities. The workshop is an open forum for individuals affiliated with U.S. or international accelerator facilities. More>

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Can Common Noises Damage Your Hearing?

Did you know that noise levels on BART can hit 100 decibels? Did you also know this is well above the threshold for requiring hearing protection at work? In fact, a number of common activities can expose you to hazardous noise levels that can damage your hearing. The good news is that there are simple actions everyone can take to protect their hearing both on and off the job. More>

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WANTED: Have You Seen This Waste Disposal Poster?

Turn in outdated waste management posters (aka “Green” posters) like this one for a reward…a new Waste Guide with updated information on what to do with various kinds of regulated and non-regulated waste. E-mail sbl@lbl.gov to receive your reward, or download it from the Lab Cleanup website (prints best at 11” x 17”). More>

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Microwave Oven Safety Tips

Practically everyone at the Lab uses a microwave oven to heat something — maybe lunch or snack in the common kitchen, or perhaps a liquid or media in a dedicated laboratory microwave. Several times a day even, we place a container in the microwave, press a few buttons and presto – it’s done. What could go wrong with something that simple? You’d be surprised. More>

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Carpool or Vanpool? Staffer from Petaluma Manages to Do Both

Marty White, the Division Safety Coordinator for the Lab’s Physics and Nuclear Science divisions, first started vanpooling in 1974, shortly after she started her first job out of college. Today, she vanpools three to four times a week and carpools once a week from the North Bay to Berkeley. More>

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Authorization Required to Access Lab Rooftops

For your safety and others, do not access Lab rooftops without an authorized business reason. In many cases, fall protection training, fall protection equipment, and a fall matrix (permit) is needed for roof access. In the past, unauthorized employees have accessed Lab rooftops and put themselves in an “unsafe zone” near the roof’s edge. Contact Herb Toor (x5918) for info.

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Before and After Pics Illustrate Munching Prowess of Lab Goats

Hundreds of grazing goats have arrived this month as part of the Lab’s efforts to prevent wildfires. And as a testament to their skill, check out these before-and-after photos of a hillside near Chamberlain Road, between Buildings 71A and 90. What was once long, dry grass was quickly mowed down to nubs.

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Stay Cool and Safe During Hot Weather

In high heat, avoid heavy meals, wear light-weight clothing, limit the time in direct sunlight, and drink plenty of water. If you feel the onset of a heat-related condition (e.g., heavy sweating, nausea, dizziness), contact Health Services (x6266) or, in an emergency, the Fire Department (x7911). For more on heat stress, go here or contact Julie Zhu (x6871). More>

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