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10 Things You Should Know About Niña Horne

Niña Horne of the Environment, Health, and Safety Division feels sorry for little french fries, is terrible at bagging groceries, and despite two guitar heroes in her family, has never learned to strum along. Learn more about Horne here. Are there 10 things we should know about you or someone you work with? If so, send email to communications@lbl.gov.

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What to Do With a Chemical You Can’t Identify? Here Are Some Tips

If you come across a chemical or material that is unlabeled or with a label that is unreadable, contact your Division Safety Coordinator. Unknown materials are expensive to characterize and pose an unnecessary risk to workers. Here are some practical prevention tips to help labs and technical areas prevent the generation of unknown chemicals and materials.

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Safety Tips for Wet, Dark Days

With the rainy season upon us and shortened daylight hours, employees are reminded to be extra aware of fellow drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists during evening commutes, to use the flashlight from their mobile phone when walking in dark areas, and to watch for slippery floors and entrances when it’s raining. Go here for more tips on staying safe during winter months.

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New Process for Purchasing Safety Shoes

Starting Nov. 16, safety shoes may be purchased on eBuy through S&S Supplies & Solutions. A trailer will be on-site from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 16 for fittings, and representatives from eBuy and EHS will be on hand from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to answer questions about safety shoes and eBuy purchasing. Go here to see a list of available safety-shoes.

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Heed the Messages Around the Lab to Limit Falls While Walking

Pedestrian injuries due to trips and falls are on the rise at the Lab and worldwide. To address this issue, the city of Honolulu is now fining people for viewing their smart phones while crossing the street. Amsterdam has embedded LED-illuminated strips in crosswalks. At the Lab, chalk stencils remind staff to “Walk Mindfully,” “Pocket Your Phone,” and “Hold the Rail.” More>

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Engineering Division Ergo Improvements Make Positive Impact

Engineering Division Ergo Advocates implemented a proactive approach to manage ergo risks in the division. Ergo exposure is the second highest recordable injury at the Lab, so the team honed in on hazards contributing to this risk. Since implementation, the division has eliminated injuries for staff who were at high-risk and reduced those at moderate risk by 46 percent. More>

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Did You Miss the Flu Shot Clinics? There is Still Time to Get Protection

Health Services has a limited number of flu vaccines still available on a drop-in basis. Health Services (Building 26) is open Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Lawrence, McMillan Roads Restricted to One Lane on Oct. 23

To accommodate work to close a decommissioned ground water monitoring well, Lawrence Road will be restricted to one lane near Building 31 (morning hours), and below Building 37 (afternoon). McMillan Road near Grizzly Gate will be restricted mid-day. The gate will be open for exit. Flaggers will direct traffic. Anticipate short delays in these areas.

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Lab’s 2016 Site Environmental Report Now Available

The Site Environmental Report for 2016 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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Free Flu Vaccine Available

Free flu shots are available from Health Services in Building 26 on Oct. 4, Oct. 11, and 18 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.; no appointment is needed. The vaccine is preservative free.

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