A Colorado chemistry professor’s experience with national laboratory safety culture has changed the way he does research. When Monte Helm first arrived at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to extend his research, he feared that his work would be hampered by too many restrictive safety rules. Those fears vanished quickly. More>
Warmer weather means more staff are cycling to and from work. Remember most traffic laws that apply to cars also apply to bikes, including stop signs, speed limits, and yielding to pedestrians. Lab policy requires helmets use. Wear bright clothing and use tail lights.
Requires drivers to provide three feet between cyclists and vehicles when passing. More>
Event takes place August 5-7; discount registration deadline is July 5. More>
Stay cool in this week’s heat by avoiding heavy meals, wearing light, loose clothing, and drinking plenty of fluid. If you feel the onset of a heat-related condition, contact Health Services (x6266) or, in an emergency, the Fire Department (x7911). For additional information on heat stress, go here or contact Dan Best (x7246). More>
Spring is birthing season for a variety of local wildlife, including deer. Employee Sreela Sen of the Engineering Division captured these two newborns trying to cross the road with their mother near Building 46. While these little ones are adorable, their precarious circumstance is an important reminder for those driving around the Lab to be aware and use caution. Also, do not attempt to get close to or feed deer or other wild animals.
More than 200 Hero Cards are waiting in the wallets of participating Berkeley Lab employees, and they are ready to hand one over to you on the spot. All you have to do is a good deed— help a neighbor, offer some timely advice, or highlight a potential safety hazard. The card not only thanks you for advancing safety at the Lab, it could lead to a cash reward. Two Berkeley Lab employees, Paula Ashley and Sandra Ritterbusch, are already winners. And there’s another twist: when you receive a Hero Card, you can pay it forward. More>
For the next two weeks, starting on Monday through Feb. 28, the East Bay Regional Parks And East Bay Municipal Utilities District will be conducting brush pile burning in the Grizzly Peak Area and Moraga/Orinda Watershed. Depending on wind direction, Lab employees may see smoke coming from these areas. All burning will be closely monitored by these agencies.
The EH&S Division has produced a video that demonstrates how to safely transport a gas cylinder. It provides information for how to identify a cylinder’s contents, its pressure and approximate weight, and tips for how to safely transport cylinders using carts. The video is included in the LBNL Pressure Safety Training course (EHS0171) and can be found as a link in PUB 3000 Gas Safety Chapter 13. View this and other safety videos on the EH&S Safety Flicks website.
Health Services will be closed on Monday, Dec. 23. In case of an emergency, call 911 from any Lab or cell phone. Those who incur non-emergency work-related injuries can go directly to US Healthworks in Berkeley, located at 2580 Seventh Street, Suite 100. For more information, contact Health Services (x6266).