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Radiological Work Requires Careful Planning

Tasks performed infrequently may involve steps not previously analyzed. Recent events at the Lab involving such tasks have resulted in elevated doses or contamination to personnel. These could have been avoided if careful planning had been performed. More>

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Adam Bradford Earns Safety Recognition Award for New Safety Barrier

When Building Manager Adam Bradford noticed a distracted worker coming too close to the edge of the loading dock between Buildings 70 and 70A one day he identified this safety issue to Facilities and EH&S staff. Bradford received a Safety recognition award for his efforts. More>

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How to Access Your Training When JHA Goes Away

Since the Lab is transitioning from the JHA to the new Work Planning & Control process, the JHA is no longer the place to view and access your training. Instead of JHA, you can now use the Berkeley Lab Training system. Here are two short videos (one for staff and one for supervisors) that show how.

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New Radiological Control Manual Issued

The EHS Radiation Protection Group has developed a comprehensive Radiological Control Manual for the Lab community. The manual is intended to capture all pertinent radiological safety requirements, guidance and supporting materials relevant to the Lab. Go here, or follow the link on the RPG website to see the new Manual.

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Staff Voting for ‘All Eyes on Safety’ Contest Begins; Deadline is May 15

Employees have submitted graphics that are both entertaining and educational, providing important reminders about safety. Go here to view the entries, then select your favorite using the ballot at the bottom of the page. Only one vote per staff person. The winner — who will receive $100 — will be announced in TABL after May 15.

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Daytime Sleepiness Can Affect Work Safety; Treatments Are Available

Daytime sleepiness is a problem often related to a condition known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea, an under-diagnosed sleep disorder. Daytime sleepiness impacts work performance in key areas such as reaction time, judgment and information processing, leading to an increased risk of work related accidents. More>

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JHA, AHD and BUAs are Going Away

By Sept. 30, the Lab will have substantially migrated to the new Work Planning & Control (WPC) system for work authorization. Once the transition is complete, the JHA, AHD and BUA systems will be deactivated, and work will be authorized by “activities” in Activity Manager. Learn more here.

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Laser Safety Program Hosts Vendor Fair on April 16

The event — from 3 to 5 p.m. in the cafeteria dining hall — features manufacturer reps will answer questions and display their newest products related to lasers, optics, protective eyewear, fiber optic lasers, enclosures, and other applications. Light refreshments will be provided.

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How to Join your Work Planning & Control (WPC) Activity

The transition from JHA to WPC is in full swing, and workers are being notified by e-mail that they have been added to WPC activities. However, to be authorized to work on an activity, workers need to complete all required trainings and accept the work conditions in Activity Manager. Learn how here.

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Supervisor Involvement in Work Planning & Control (WPC)

Supervisors play a key role in work planning and control. For high-risk activities, supervisors need to review their worker’s activities and approve their participation. For all other activities, supervisors can use Activity Manager to quickly determine their workers authorization and training status. This video show both review processes.

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