Starting Nov. 15, smoking (including “e-cigarettes”) at the main Lab site and the Joint Genome Institute will be limited to new designated areas. These areas were selected to minimize the impact of second hand smoke on nonsmokers. Zoom in on the map to view areas in detail. Off-site locations in Oakland, Berkeley and Emeryville will follow the existing policies of their buildings. The use of smoke-free tobacco will be prohibited in Lab buildings and vehicles.The smoking areas are part of a new policy that also seeks to advance the health of smokers by offering cessation resources.
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Employees from the Facilities and Environment, Health and Safety Divisions teamed up to develop a simple but effective way to limit back injury from toting 54-pound boxes of printer paper…cut the size in half. The new method will increase safety for those at the Lab who have to handle these bulky loads. More>
Tomorrow the Great California ShakeOut takes place across the state, and Berkeley Lab will be participating with a Drop, Cover, Hold On exercise and evacuation drill at 10:17 a.m. It’s important that everyone in our community knows what to do in the event of an earthquake. Protective Services will provide instructions via the public address system and the drill should last no more than 20-30 minutes. Learn how to duck and cover in a laboratory setting here. Find out more on proper evacuation protocol and the role of your Building Emergency Team here. Vehicular traffic will not be halted so use caution when exiting buildings. Contact Jan McClellan (x7570) with questions.
Employees planning to ship any items other than printed materials should be aware of the Lab’s Hazardous Materials Shipping policy. Go here to view all requirements related to shipping hazardous materials. Only appropriately trained staff are authorized to package hazardous materials and offer them for shipment from the Lab. Visit the Shipping website to learn more about policies and procedures (link in upper right corner). Staff who are uncertain about the process or have any questions related to this process can contact Shipping at x5084 or email@example.com
Check out what’s new in the world of lasers by attending the annual Laser Vendor Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 15. Sponsored by the Laser Safety Program and held in the cafeteria dining area from 3 to 5 p.m., approximately 20 manufacturers’ representatives will display the newest products related to lasers, optics, protective eyewear, fiber lasers, enclosure, and other applications. There will be free refreshments and the event is open to the Lab community. More>
Berkeley Lab has published its 2012 Site Environmental Report. The report is prepared annually and documents the Lab’s performance in reducing its environmental impacts, progress toward cleaning up groundwater contamination, and compliance with applicable Department of Energy, federal, state, and local environmental regulations. The report can be viewed here.
The Red Wing Work Shoe vendor will be onsite on Oct. 17 from 7 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. in the Bevatron parking lot. Those working in areas where there is a danger of foot injuries due to falling or rolling objects, or objects piercing the sole, may be authorized to purchase safety shoes. Employees whose jobs require them to stand or walk for long periods of time may be authorized to purchase fatigue-reducing shoe insoles up to the authorized annual limit of $35. The purchase of safety shoes and insoles require a signed Shoe Issuance Form be presented before selecting any shoes. More>
How prepared are you for an emergency, disaster, or other unexpected event? September is National Preparedness Month and agencies across the country are working to emphasize how important it is to have supplies and a personal response plan in place for the unanticipated. The American Red Cross is a great resource for preparedness planning and one of their videos takes a humorous look at what not to pack in your emergency kit. Use this online planner to build an emergency kit and draft a response plan.
Berkeley Lab’s Users Machine Shop, where scientists build their own parts for experiments at the Advanced Light Source, was once thought of as the most likely place for workplace accident. Not anymore. Learn how Kurt Krueger changed the culture at the oft-used facility. More>
Scooter, bicycle, and motorcycle riders need to be extra cautious when following the sweeper trucks that are clearing roadway dirt caused by construction vehicles. The water they leave behind takes approximately 90 seconds to dry, a period during which two-wheeled vehicles are more susceptible to losing traction on the slick surfaces. Keeping a clear distance and driving more slowly through these wet areas will substantially decrease the likelihood of losing control.