Today at Berkeley Lab

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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How Loud is That Earbud? Stop by Cafeteria on August 17 to Find Out

Ever wondered if your MP3 player might be harmful to your hearing? Bring your device and earbuds or earphones to the cafeteria from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to find out. EHS has modified a mannequin so it can assess noise levels from MP3 players and evaluate risk. Those unable to stop by can contact Herb Toor to schedule an assessment.

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How a Kitchen Fire Led to Lessons Learned

On Memorial Day, Candace Flores was cooking when she walked away to do laundry. Within minutes, the pan burst into flames, and her kitchen cabinets caught fire. In this story, she shares an important lesson in how to put out a grease fire, and how to prevent it. More>

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EHS’s Ecclesine Participates in Women’s Transcontinental Airplane Race

Amy Ecclesine (left) of the Radiation Protection Group and her flying partner Susan Larson placed 16th in the Air Race Classic held late last month, which started in Maryland and ended 2,700 miles later in New Mexico. The race dates back to the 1929 Women’s Air Derby, in which female pilots, including Amelia Earhart, raced from California to Ohio.

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The Lab’s Fire-Fighting Goats Are Back

As part of the Lab’s efforts to manage vegetation and reduce wildland fire fuels, these polyphagous browsers have been brought back to the hill to begin their important work. The goats’ first stop is the east canyon area near Buildings 74, 83, 84, 85, and 86. They’ll move to various locations over the next several weeks. Contact Dave Cota (x4635) or Jeff Philliber (x5257) for more info. Check out this video of the Lab goats from 2015.

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Two Tips for Home Safety

First, minimize the storage of household hazardous materials; and second, use safer alternatives to common household chemicals. If you have hazardous materials that you would like to dispose of, go here for a list of Bay Area drop-off locations near you and resources for safer alternatives to common household chemicals.

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Medical Emergency Response Team Graduates

Twelve employees completed Emergency Medical Technician-Basic training to join the Lab’s Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT). MERT is part of the Lab’s Disaster Assistance Teams, designed to augment professional response to disasters. Go here for more information and to see who completed the training.

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Work Safe on Hot Summer Days

When temperatures rise, employees should plan outdoor work in cooler hours, limit the time in direct sunlight, drink plenty of water, take frequent breaks, and protect themselves from sun exposure. At the onset of a heat-related condition (heavy sweating, nausea, dizziness), contact Health Services (x6266) or, in an emergency, x6999. Go here for more information or contact Julie Zhu (x6871).

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