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Facilities to Host Fall Hazards Safety Stand-Down May 7-11

From May 7 through May 11, the Facilities Division will participate in the National Safety Stand-Down to prevent falls in construction. The Stand-Down focuses on fall hazards and reinforcing the importance of fall prevention. Other divisions are invited to participate. Contact Kevin Goodwin at ext. 5176 or kegoodwin@lbl.gov. More information is available here.

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New CMS Notifications to Help Manage High Hazard Chemicals

To help better manage high-hazard chemicals, the Lab’s Chemical Management System will now send out notifications to chemical owners and proxies about new entries of these chemicals. The notifications serve as prompts to make appropriate updates to the hazards in their WPC Activities and to properly manage their time-sensitive chemicals. More>

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New 15 MPH Speed Limit Instituted for All Lab Roadways

In response to increased bicycle accidents and near misses involving vehicles, a 15 mph speed limit has been established for all roadways within the Lab. The new speed limit eliminates prior speed limits that ranged between 15 and 25 mph. Signage with the new speed limit has been installed throughout the Lab. The new 15 mph speed limit applies to all vehicles and bicycles.

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Safety, Security & Sustainability Fair Takes Place April 26

The fair — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the cafeteria parking lot — features info on hearing conservation, bicycle safety, and HR disability benefits, as well activities like simulated fire evacuations from the “Smokehouse,” and UC Berkeley’s bomb truck demos. The Bay View Café will offer a BBQ lunch, and attendees can enter a raffle to win an emergency backpack or radio. More>

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Five Bicycle-Related Crashes at the Lab in the Last Six Months

The incidents took place between November 2017 and March 2018, with some resulting in serious injuries, including broken bones and concussions. It is critically important that all who share the road exercise caution for their own safety and the safety of others. Go here for tips on how drivers and cyclists can decrease roadway hazards.

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Lab Achieves Water Reuse Milestone

The wastewater treatment unit at Building 70A recycled its three millionth gallon of water to a nearby cooling tower. Recycling water helps the Lab meet a water-use reduction goal of 36 percent by 2025 (2007 baseline). Key people in this project include Larry Antles, Mike Botello, Louis Chan, Rick Curtis, Robert Fox, James Harris, John Jelinski, John Parker, and John Wunderlich. More>

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Jim Floyd, Interim Chief of Projects and Construction Office, to Retire

Jim Floyd, the former EHS Division Director and current interim Chief of Projects and Construction Office (PCO), will retire effective June 29. A new interim PCO chief will be announced prior to Floyd’s departure. Go here for a message from Chief Operating Officer Michael Brandt.

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Vehicle Safety Begins With the Rubber That Meets the Road

According to estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 9 percent of vehicle crashes are tire-related. Go here to learn some simple car tire safety tips.

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Save the Date: Safety, Security, and Sustainability Fair on April 26

Protective Services is hosting the third annual Safety, Security, and Sustainability Fair on Thursday, April 26. The focus of the fair is the “Safety” of Lab employees and neighboring community, the “Security” of Lab property and assets, and the “Sustainability” of the Lab’s environment and mission. Stay tuned for more details as the date approaches.

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New Policy on Time-Sensitive Chemicals

Employees who work with chemicals may be affected by a new policy in the Chemical Hygiene and Safety Plan, Work Process P.1. The new policy, which includes requirements for four new categories of time-sensitive chemicals, can be found here.

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