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Lab’s 2015 Site Environmental Report Now Available

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.

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Rachel Lance’s Proactive Efforts Result in Hero Card and Raffle Win

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>

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Low Flying Planes Over the Lab on Oct. 13

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.

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Safety Culture Work Group Initiative: Safety Messages in Neon Chalk

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>

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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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