Public health officials recommend that everyone six months and older get an annual flu shot as soon as possible. Health Services has preservative-free vaccine available. Staff can drop by Building 26 between 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to get a flu shot, free of charge. No appointment is needed.
Terrain, congestion, weather, and limited daylight make road conditions at the Lab challenging. As a reminder, pedestrians should use crosswalks and establish eye contact with drivers and cyclists before crossing. Drivers should always remain extra attentive to unexpected encounters with pedestrians, cyclists, or wildlife. A moment of inattentiveness can result in a serious injury or fatality.
The 2015 Site Environmental Report is now available. This report documents the Lab’s performance in reducing its environmental impacts, progress toward cleaning up groundwater contamination, and compliance with applicable DOE, federal, state, and local environmental requirements. Contact Patrick Thorson (x5852) for more information.
Rachel Lance received a Hero Card from a colleague after he heard her recount how she reported a tripping hazard in a heavily used elevator to a safety professional, and it was promptly fixed. Lance’s Hero Card was entered into the Lab’s quarterly Safety Culture raffle, and she came up a winner. More>
UC Berkeley has hired a contractor to conduct 3-D aerial photography over the campus. The aircraft will also be flying over Berkeley Lab. Barring changes in weather or schedule, the project is planned to occur on Thursday, Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Contact Scott Robinson (x7955) for more information.
Have you noticed the temporary neon-colored safety messages popping up in high-traffic areas? A Safety Culture Work Group subcommittee developed the campaign to create awareness around slip, trip, and fall prevention. They brainstormed such catchphrases as “Handrails: There for a Reason,” “Get a Grip,” and “A fall, a slip, a hospital trip.” More>
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.
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.
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>
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>