Today at Berkeley Lab

How Loud is That Earbud? Stop by Cafeteria on August 17 to Find Out

Ever wondered if your MP3 player might be harmful to your hearing? Bring your device and earbuds or earphones to the cafeteria from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to find out. EHS has modified a mannequin so it can assess noise levels from MP3 players and evaluate risk. Those unable to stop by can contact Herb Toor to schedule an assessment.

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How a Kitchen Fire Led to Lessons Learned

On Memorial Day, Candace Flores was cooking when she walked away to do laundry. Within minutes, the pan burst into flames, and her kitchen cabinets caught fire. In this story, she shares an important lesson in how to put out a grease fire, and how to prevent it. More>

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EHS’s Ecclesine Participates in Women’s Transcontinental Airplane Race

Amy Ecclesine (left) of the Radiation Protection Group and her flying partner Susan Larson placed 16th in the Air Race Classic held late last month, which started in Maryland and ended 2,700 miles later in New Mexico. The race dates back to the 1929 Women’s Air Derby, in which female pilots, including Amelia Earhart, raced from California to Ohio.

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The Lab’s Fire-Fighting Goats Are Back

As part of the Lab’s efforts to manage vegetation and reduce wildland fire fuels, these polyphagous browsers have been brought back to the hill to begin their important work. The goats’ first stop is the east canyon area near Buildings 74, 83, 84, 85, and 86. They’ll move to various locations over the next several weeks. Contact Dave Cota (x4635) or Jeff Philliber (x5257) for more info. Check out this video of the Lab goats from 2015.

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Two Tips for Home Safety

First, minimize the storage of household hazardous materials; and second, use safer alternatives to common household chemicals. If you have hazardous materials that you would like to dispose of, go here for a list of Bay Area drop-off locations near you and resources for safer alternatives to common household chemicals.

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Medical Emergency Response Team Graduates

Twelve employees completed Emergency Medical Technician-Basic training to join the Lab’s Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT). MERT is part of the Lab’s Disaster Assistance Teams, designed to augment professional response to disasters. Go here for more information and to see who completed the training.

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Work Safe on Hot Summer Days

When temperatures rise, employees should plan outdoor work in cooler hours, limit the time in direct sunlight, drink plenty of water, take frequent breaks, and protect themselves from sun exposure. At the onset of a heat-related condition (heavy sweating, nausea, dizziness), contact Health Services (x6266) or, in an emergency, x6999. Go here for more information or contact Julie Zhu (x6871).

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Operations Announces Reorganization

As part of the Lab’s effort to improve the management of capital projects, address deferred maintenance and physical infrastructure needs, and advance important safety and property protection programs, Operations is reorganizing some elements of the Facilities, Protective Services, and Environment, Health and Safety Divisions, effective May 15. Go here for a message from Glenn Kubiak.

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Weight Watchers at Work

Health Services is exploring options to bring the Weight Watchers at Work program back to the Lab. Limited space is available, so those who are able to commit to the 17-week program should contact Health Services at x6266.

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Happy Earth Day…Lab Website, Fair Offer Ways to Celebrate

Since 1970, Earth Day — which takes place April 22 — has celebrated our home planet, and the ways we can all take better care of it. Learn some ways you can help make every day Earth Day by checking out the Sustainable Berkeley Lab website and stopping by the Safety, Security, and Sustainability Fair on Thursday, April 27, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Cafeteria parking lot.

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